Sunday, May 15, 2011

Small but Mighty (and Affordable): A Summer Writing Program Worth Noting

Dennis Lehane is a July writer in residence at Pine Manor College, the small but well-focused college just outside Boston. If you sign up for this new program, you might see him as you stroll the campus ... but I have to confess, if I had these courses close enough to me to audit, my mind would be entirely on my classwork, and on the great writing that I know would emerge! Here's what Pine Manor asked me to pass along:


[Chestnut Hill, MA, May 2011] Pine Manor College is pleased to announce that a select number of graduate-level creative writing courses will be open to the public for auditing during the summer residency of its Solstice MFA Program, scheduled from July 8–July 17, 2011.

Classes are open to serious writers working at all levels; auditors are encouraged to complete the advance preparation requirements for any MFA class they wish to attend. The registration fee is $25 per course for Solstice graduates/$35 per course for the general public; the deadline for enrolling as an auditor for the summer 2011 Residency is July 1, 2011.

For course descriptions, our audit policy, and a downloadable registration form, go to:

Summer 2011 MFA classes that are open to the public include:

·        The Political Novel
·        The R&R Moment: Recognition & Reversal
·        Point Of View In Fiction
·        The Slant-Wise Mirror: Creating Speculative Fiction Images That Reflect Reality

Creative Nonfiction:
·        The Experimental Essay: A Class For All Genres
·        The Travel Essay As Gateway To Sacred Space

Persona: Across Genre
·        The Multiple Selves Within Me: Narrator As Persona In Literary Nonfiction
·       Persona: Writing About Someone Other Than Yourself (Poetry & Fiction)

·        Be Bold! Revise!
·        Introduction To Prosody
·        About The Music Inside Your Lines

Special Guest Q&A:
·        Q&A with three-time Newbery Honor Winner Jacqueline Woodson


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.

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