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[Chestnut Hill, MA, February 2012] The Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College is pleased to announce the annual Lee Hope Fellowship. Through the generous support of Lee Hope —editor of Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices— and the Solstice Institute, the Solstice MFA Program is able to award The Lee Hope Fellowship to support an incoming student of diverse background or experience. The Fellowship provides $500 toward first-semester tuition for a student who begins the program during the summer residency/fall semester. All applicants are welcome to apply. In keeping with the MFA Program’s inclusive mission, the Hope Fellowship especially seeks to support individuals from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

General applications for the summer residency/fall 2012 semester are due by March 15, 2012 (not a postmark date; materials must be received by our offices before or on March 15). Applications for the Hope Fellowship must be submitted by the general application deadline; for more information and a downloadable application form, go to:

A founding supporter of the Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program, Lee Hope Betcher serves on the Board of Directors of the Solstice Writers’ Institute, a nonprofit organization in the service of creative writers, and is Executive Editor of the organization’s literary magazine, Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices. Both the magazine and the Institute have an informal “sister” relationship with the MFA Program.

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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