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The Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program is now accepting online applications [] for its winter 2013 residency/spring semester. The postmark deadline for applicants who wish to be considered for a genre-based fellowship is Monday, October 15, 2012. Fellowships include:

· The Dennis Lehane Fellowship for Fiction
· The Michael Steinberg Fellowship for Creative Nonfiction
· The Sharon Olds Fellowship for Poetry.
· The Jacqueline Woodson Fellowship for a Young People’s Writer of African or Caribbean Descent

These $1,000 fellowships are awarded once annually to writers who have applied and been accepted to the Solstice MFA Program, and are based solely on the quality of the writing sample included with application materials. 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 further details, go to:

The MFA Program accepts rolling admissions year round; general application students accepted prior to November 30, 2012 may be offered a space in the winter 2013 residency/spring semester. Following that date, all acceptances will be for the summer 2013 residency/fall semester.

Solstice also offers need-based scholarships; students who hope to receive a need-based scholarship should submit their application and FAFSA as early as possible, as scholarships are awarded until funds are exhausted. Roughly twenty percent of Solstice MFA Program students receive need-based scholarships.

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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