Pine Manor College

Chestnut Hill, MA

The Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program offers concentrations in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, comics & graphic narratives, and writing for children & young adults. Its mission is to nurture all the voices of America and beyond; to help students reach their full potential as writers through a demanding curriculum that balances the workshop experience with the study of literary craft, criticism, and theory; and to prepare students for the rigors of being a professional writer after graduation. The Solstice Program provides a supportive, welcoming environment in which writers of all backgrounds feel safe and are encouraged to take creative risks. Working with some of the best writers in the country, our students emerge with a deep, well-rounded knowledge of their art, a strategy for continuing the development of their creative vision, and a supportive circle of peers and mentors.
We seek to instill in our students an appreciation for the value of community-building and community service, and the belief that engagement with the literary arts is not only a means to personal fulfillment but also an instrument for social justice and real cultural change.
We are co-educational, inclusive, and affordable; our diverse and dedicated faculty is committed to helping students of all backgrounds achieve their writing goals.

Degrees Offered



Fiction, Poetry, CNF, CYA, Graphic Novel

Residency type


Program length

2 years

Financial Aid


Teaching opportunities

Pedagogy internships are available as an option.

Editorial opportunities

Internships in digital publishing are available as an option.

Cross-genre study

Students are able to take craft classes in subjects outside their concentration; students from all genres also eat together, and mingle at receptions, barbeques, movie nights, and readings.


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