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Solstice MFA in Creative Writing

March 15, 2022

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The Solstice Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing program, established at Pine Manor College in 2006, will now be part of Lasell University. The MFA is a nationally recognized graduate degree program devoted to nurturing new and emerging voices in fiction, non-fiction, graphic narrative, poetry, and more.

“The Solstice MFA in Creative Writing program, with its reputation for inclusion and excellence, is a valuable addition to Lasell’s academic offerings,” said Lasell University President Michael B. Alexander. “The adoption of this program reflects Lasell’s commitment to the arts and will serve to enhance our University’s reach and impact.”

Students will continue to work with Solstice’s award-winning faculty and writers-in-residence, including Terrance Heyes, Renée Watson, Dennis Lehane, José Angel Araguz, and Sandra Scofield. The low-residency portion of the program will be hosted on Lasell’s campus.

Meg Kearney, MFA Founding Program Director“With a cadre of world-class writers, a rigorous curriculum, and a commitment to social engagement, the MFA in Creative Writing has built an inclusive, supportive environment for writers of every background,” says founding director Meg Kearney (pictured left). “We are grateful to President Alexander and Lasell University’s leadership team for recognizing the program’s reach, value, and rich history.”

Thirty percent of the program’s alumni have published at least one book since graduation, and graduate work appears regularly in literary journals.

The MFA will join more than 35 other master’s degree programs housed in Lasell University’s Division of Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS), including six MBA degrees and master of science options in criminal justice, communication, education, athletic training, marketing, and more.

Over the last five years, the number of students enrolled in GPS classes at Lasell has grown by 52 percent and the number of credits graduate students are pursuing is up by 96 percent. More than 22 graduate programs have been added since 2016 to reflect the need for skilled leaders in growing industries such as human resources, applied sport science analytics, sustainable fashion operations, and digital media.