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[Chestnut Hill, MA, April 2012] The Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program invites local writers to audit graduate-level creative writing courses during its summer residency, scheduled from July 6-15, 2012 on the Pine Manor College campus in Chestnut Hill, MA.

Classes include several sessions taking place as part of State of the Union: Diversity & Poetic Craft, a two-day colloquium designed to encourage cross-pollination between styles and approaches to poetry, open up a broader discourse about the art of writing poetry, and encourage experimentation across poetic “camps.”

Classes are open to serious writers working at all levels; the registration fee is $30 per course for Solstice graduates/$40 per course for the general public. The State of the Union: Diversity & Poetic Craft panel discussion & keynote speech by Stephen Dunn are FREE and open to the public.

For course descriptions, dates and times, a detailed audit policy, and a downloadable registration form, go to: The deadline for enrolling as an auditor for summer 2012 Residency is Friday, June 22, 2012.

Summer 2012 MFA classes that are open to the public include:

· Fragmented/Fractured Narrative
· Creating a Sense of Place
· Writing the End

Creative Nonfiction:
· Writing Personal Essays
· Nonfiction as Fiction
· Dateline Zanzibar: Travel Writing 101

Writing for Stage & Screen:
· Writer-in-Residence Dennis Lehane on Writing for Cable Television

State of the Union: Diversity & Poetic Craft:
· Where I’m From: Identity & Subjectivity in Poetry
· Oulipo: Experiments in Potential Literature
· FREE: State of the Union: Panel Discussion featuring all faculty & guests
· An Eye For An I: Lyrical Elements In Poetry—For The Prose Writer
· Incorporating Sound Into Poetry
· FREE: State Of The Union (Or Disunion) Keynote with Stephen Dunn

The Business of Writing:
· Publishing in Literary Magazines

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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