Jacqueline Woodson Fellowship Deadline Extended

From Pine Manor College

Contact: Tanya Whiton, Associate Director, (617) 731-7697


[Chestnut Hill, MA, September 24, 2015]  The Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College is extending the deadline for the 2016 Jacqueline Woodson Fellowship for a Young People’s Writer of African or Caribbean Descent. This $1,000 fellowship is given once annually to a writer who has applied and been accepted to the MFA Program, and is based solely on the quality of the writing sample included with application materials.

Applicants who want to be considered for the Jacqueline Woodson Fellowship should submit a general application form no later than October 16, 2015. There is no separate application form. Awards are based on the quality of the writing sample and personal essay included as part of the general application process; awards must be applied toward the summer residency/fall semester directly following acceptance.

In Jackie’s words:There is such a need for the voices and stories of people of color in the world. My hope is that this Fellowship will help a young writer find that voice and hone it at Solstice. The Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor’s commitment to diversity across lines of race, economic class, and gender has always struck me as phenomenal.  This program is rare and very necessary.”

Jacqueline Woodson is the author of numerous books for children and young adults, including the 2014 National Book Award winner Brown Girl Dreaming; Each Kindness;Beneath a Meth Moon; Peace, Locomotion; the Newbery Honor books After Tupac & D Foster, Show Way, and Feathers. She also adapted Locomotion as a play, and the stage version premiered at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. in October, 2010. Jacqueline’s work has received myriad honors, including the Caldecott Medal, the Coretta Scott King Award, two Jane Addams Peace Awards, three Lambda Literary Awards, and the Kenyon Review Award for Literary Excellence.

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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