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[Chestnut Hill, MA, August, 2012] The Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College is pleased to offer the 2013 Michael Steinberg Fellowship for Creative Nonfiction. This $1000 fellowship is given once annually to a writer of creative nonfiction who has applied and been accepted to the MFA Program, and is based solely on the quality of the writing sample included with the student’s 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:

2012 winner Ann Breidenbach had this to say about being awarded the Michael Steinberg Fellowship for Creative Nonfiction:

“I have experienced few things as humbling or meaningful as being awarded the Michael Steinberg Fellowship for Creative Nonfiction for my first semester in the Solstice MFA Creative Writing Program. Michael Steinberg is a pioneer in the genre of creative nonfiction and a tireless advocate for the development of emerging writers. Through establishing this fellowship Michael Steinberg continues his generous support, education and mentorship of emerging writers and helps build both the Solstice writers’ community and the larger community of creative nonfiction writers.”

About our donor: Solstice MFA writer-in-residence Michael Steinberg is a memoirist, essayist, and founding editor of the literary journal, Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction. His memoir Still Pitching was named the 2003 Independent Press memoir of the year.


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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