Lasell University’s Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program

MFA Program

Program Established: 
2006
Location: 
Newton, MA
Genre: 
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Residency: 
Low
Duration: 
2 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
5-10
Application Deadline: 
November 7, 2022
Application Fee: 
$0
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Quintin Collins, Assistant Director
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Kathleen Aguero, Jose Angel Araguz, Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Nicole Terez Dutton, Iain Haley Pollock
Fiction: Venise Berry, Steven Huff, Sandra Scofield, Sterling Watson
Creative Nonfiction: Amy Hoffman, Randall Horton, Anne-Marie Oomen
Writing for Young People: Brendan Kiely, Laura Williams McCaffrey, David Yoo
Comics & Graphic Narratives: Josh Neufeld

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers partial funding through fellowships and scholarships.

The Writers-Helping Writings Need-based Scholarships offer a $1,000 tuition discount per semester ($4,000 total). The Kurt Brown Fellowship for Diverse Voices offers $1,500 tuition discount applied to first semester; the Frances L. Toner Fellowship for Veterans offers a $1,000 tuition discount applied to first semester or free room and board on campus for student’s first year; the Monica Hand Fellowship for Nontraditional Students offers $1,000 tuition discount applied to first semester for applicants forty years of age or older; and Genre-Based Fellowships ($1,000 each tuition discount applied to first semester) include the Dennis Lehane Fellowship for Fiction, the Michael Steinberg Fellowship for Creative Nonfiction, the Martin B. Bernstein Fellowship for Poetry, and the Jacqueline Woodson Fellowship for a Young People’s Writer of African or Caribbean Descent.

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 
Other Features: 

The program includes tracks in Writing for Young People and Comics & Graphic Narratives, as well as a track in Pedagogy.

For the winter residency, the application deadline to be considered for a fellowship is October 24 and the deadline for general applications is November 7. For the summer residency, the application deadline to be considered for a fellowship is May 1 and the deadline for general applications is May 15.

Graduates: 

James Anderson, Richard Anderson, Maria Luisa Arroyo, Ellen Austin-Li, Kerry Beckford, Sabra (Porter) Benedict, Joanne Carota, Jane Cawthorne, Heather Christie, Eileen Cleary, Donna Coffey, Quintin Collins, Rebecca Connors, Tanya Coovadia, Jenifer DeBellis, Suzanne Deshchidn, Michael Farrell, Angela Foster, Joseph Gannon, Garvan Giltinan, Estela González, Hannah Goodman, Karima Grant, William Hastings III, Christina Irace, Maryann Jacob, Mark Jednaszewski, Kimberly J. Kreines, Cathy Lentes, Melissa Lucken, Annette Marquis, Alison McLennan, Joyce McPherson, Melanie Meehan, Elizabeth Mercurio, Debbie Merion, Mike Miner, Kimberly Mitchell, Jim Naremore, Jina Ortiz, Faye Rapoport DesPres, Andy Smart, Martin Smith, Jasen Sousa, Billy Still, Alison Stone, Kim Suhr, Daniel Summerhill, Teresa Sutton, Jessica Swearingen, John Theo, Jonathan Todd, Emily Van Duyne, Cynthia Zelman