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[Chestnut Hill, MA, November 2013] The Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program invites local writers to audit graduate-level creative writing courses during its winter residency, scheduled from January 3-12, 2014 on the Pine Manor College campus in Chestnut Hill, MA.

Classes are open to serious writers working at all levels; the registration fee is $40 per course for the general public. For course descriptions and a registration form, go to:

The deadline for enrolling as an auditor for winter 2014 Residency is Friday, December 20, 2013.

Winter 2014 MFA classes that are open to the public include:


·       Introduction to Prosody

·       Myth as Metaphor (cross-genre)

·       Hybrid Texts (cross-genre)


·       The Intriguing Beginning (short fiction)

·       The Flow of Meaning in the Novel

·       The Work and Play of the Imagination in Speculative Fiction

·       The Character’s Plot


Cross-Genre (fiction & nonfiction):

·       Place within Place: Inside the Outside

·       Is this a Story? Plot in Fiction and Nonfiction

·       The Body: Characterization in Fiction and Nonfiction


Writing for Young People:

·       Unpacking the Picture Book

·       Saying Stuff Good: A Workshop about Strengthening Your Writing with the Effective Use of Voice

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.






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