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[Chestnut Hill, MA, December 2012] The Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program invites local writers to audit graduate-level creative writing courses during its winter residency, scheduled from January 4-13, 2013 on the Pine Manor College campus in Chestnut Hill, MA.

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. 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 winter 2013 Residency is Friday, December 28, 2012.

Winter 2013 MFA classes that are open to the public include:


The Future Now: Dystopia

Lyric Moment and Narrative Mo(Ve)Ment in Fiction (w/Pablo Medina)

Creating Unforgettable Characters (w/Julia Glass)

Creative Nonfiction:

The Making Of Self: Perspectives On Life Writing, Myth, And Narrative Theory

Secrets & Surprises: The Ethics of Disclosure in Memoir


Ekphrasis: Writing from Art

Writing for Young People:

Picture Books from Beginning to End

The Read-Aloud (Middle-Grade) Novel (w/Grace Lin) 


Ideas of Ancestry (w/Terence Hayes)

Free Form: What Free-Verse Poets Can Salvage from the Monuments of Closed Forms

Reinventing the Sonnet (w/Gibson Fay-LeBlanc)


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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