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[Chestnut Hill, MA, November 2015] The Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program is pleased to announce the addition of Comics & Graphic Narratives to its body of genre concentrations, which also includes fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and writing for children and young adults. “We are extremely proud to add Comics & Graphic Narratives to our slate of genre concentrations,” said Solstice MFA Program Director Meg Kearney. “We believe students of the genre will welcome the chance to master their craft in a program that offers academic rigor within a supportive community.”

The Solstice Program is now accepting applications for the Comics & Graphic Narratives concentration for the summer 2016 residency/fall semester; the application deadline is April 15, 2016.

New faculty member Josh Neufeld will be offering a FREE class at the winter 2016 residency, on Monday, January 4 from 1:15–3:15 p.m.:“More Alchemy Than Science: Comics & Graphic Narratives.” Neufeld is a cartoonist known for his nonfiction narratives of political and social upheaval; heis the writer/illustrator of the New York Times-bestselling nonfiction graphic book A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge.

Mr. Neufeld had this to say: “I’m really looking forward to joining the Solstice faculty and helping to launch this new concentration. The growth I’ve seen—just over the course of my own career—in the appreciation of the comics form is truly astounding, and I’m excited to support the next great group of cartoonists in reaching their goals.”

Neufeld’s class is appropriate both for writers/artists who are new to the form and to those with experience in the genre. The class will explore the dynamic realm of sequential art, and the ways that comics can produce powerful moments of frisson between words and images.

For more information about applications guidelines, Josh Neufeld’s complete bio, and a detailed course description, go to:

About Pine Manor College

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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