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Contact: Tanya Whiton, Assistant Director, (617) 731-7697

[Chestnut Hill, MA, October, 2013]  The Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College is proud and pleased to announce the Program’s first-ever online fundraising campaign, Writers Helping Writers, launched by the Solstice Alumni Association (SOLA) on Monday, October 21. The campaign has raised over $1700 in its first week; Writers Helping Writers aims to raise $5,000 for students entering the Solstice Program in 2014.

From SOLA Members:

“So many talented writers dream of taking their craft to the next level. The reality is that many require financial support to do so. As part of its ongoing commitment to serving students of diverse backgrounds, the Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program has offered need-based scholarships since its inception. To date, thirty percent of Solstice graduates have received financial support in order to realize their creative goals.

It is our goal to ensure that writers of all ages and backgrounds continue to take part in the inspiring, supportive community of artists that helped us achieve our dreams.

In the words of one fellow alum: ‘Receiving scholarship funds legitimized for me that my creative pursuits were worth something, were worthwhile endeavors. Solstice was willing to invest in me, and that was the first of many layers of much-needed confidence that I was to gain going through the program.’

You don’t have to be a writer to donate! Supporting the arts is vitally important. When you donate to the Writers Helping Writers campaign, tax deductible contribution provides working artists with the tools they need to sustain the creative cultures in their home communities.”


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 Program 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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