Faye Rapoport DesPres


Some news from my MFA Alma Mater, below. If you’re interested in an MFA program that will also prepare you to teach, read on:

[Chestnut Hill, MA, December 2012] The Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program is pleased to announce the introduction of its Applied Track in Pedagogy, designed to give low-residency students the training they need to teach at the college level. Featuring a series of classes dedicated to pedagogy basics, course design, assessment and grading, and classroom management, the pedagogy track will also require students to do an applied internship during their third semester in the MFA program, during which they will gain valuable classroom experience.

The Applied Track in Pedagogy will be officially launched at the upcoming winter residency of the Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program, scheduled for January 4-13, 2013 on the Pine Manor College campus in Chestnut Hill, MA. The first unit, “Current Approaches to Teaching College Composition,” will be taught by PMC/MFA faculty member Kathleen Aguero, Director of the College’s Composition Program for 15 years. This class will provide an overview of some key theories about teaching composition, and ask students to articulate and examine their assumptions about how writing is taught and learned.

As one of the few low-residency programs to offer an Applied Track in Pedagogy at the college level, Solstice will offer an added benefit to MFA students hoping to find work in higher education after graduation.

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 Program 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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