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The Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College is pleased to offer the 2013 Jacqueline Woodson Fellowship for a Young People’s Writer of African or Caribbean Descent. This $1,000 fellowship is given once annually to a writer who has applied and been accepted to the MFA Program, and is based solely on the quality of the writing sample included with application materials.

The deadline for fellowship applications is October 15, 2012 (postmark date). Note: Awards must be applied toward the winter residency/spring semester directly following acceptance; fellowships cannot be deferred or applied toward a summer residence/fall semester start. For an application form and further details, go to:

A guote from our donor: “There is such a need for the voices and stories of people of color in the world. My hope is that this Fellowship will help a young writer find that voice and hone it at Solstice. The Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor’s commitment to diversity across lines of race, economic class, and gender has always struck me as phenomenal. This program is rare and very necessary.”

Jacqueline Woodson is the author of a number of books for children and young adults, including the forthcoming Each Kindness (October, 2012), the recent Beneath a Meth Moon; Peace, Locomotion; the Newbery Honor books After Tupac & D Foster, Show Way, and Feathers. She also adapted Locomotion as a play, and the stage version premiered at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. in October, 2010. Jacqueline’s work has received myriad honors, including the Caldecott Medal, the Coretta Scott King Award, two Jane Addams Peace Awards, three Lambda Literary Awards, the Kenyon Review Award for Literary Excellence, and a number of ALA Best Book Awards.

As an undergraduate institution consistently ranked among the most diverse in the country, Pine Manor College emphasizes an inclusive, community-building approach to liberal arts education. The Solstice MFA in Creative Writing reflects the College’s overall mission by creating a supportive, welcoming environment in which writers of all backgrounds are encouraged to take creative risks. We strive to instill in our students an appreciation for the value of community-building and community service, and see engagement with the literary arts not only as a means to personal fulfillment but also as an instrument for real cultural change.

Directions to Pine Manor College, complete bios of our authors, and more information about the Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program can be found at


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