Now Accepting Applications for 2009 Writers in Paradise

August 29, 2008

Please visit the website for the 2009 list of faculty, workshops, and to download your application materials today.


Pine Manor Low-Residency MFA Deadline

August 22, 2008

On behalf of the director of the Low-Residency MFA program at Pine Manor College, Meg Kearney, I post the following information regarding their application for the Winter 2009 Semester.

[Chestnut Hill, MA]

The Solstice Creative Writing Programs of Pine Manor College enable aspiring writers to pursue their interests in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry and writing for young people while balancing the demands of work and family life. Emphasizing diversity, community-building, and craft, we seek writers committed to their art.

Our Low-Residency MFA application deadline for the Winter 2009 semester is November 3, 2008 (not a postmark date; materials must be received by our offices before or on November 3). Applications received by October 17, 2008 will receive priority consideration.

For detailed faculty bios and an application, got to

K.L. Nappier

August 22, 2008

2006 WIP Alumna K.L. Nappier’s supernatural thriller Bitten wins Dream Realm Awards Horror Division.

The Annual Dream Realm Awards recognizes excellence in the independent electronic press. Kathy’s novel was workshopped by participants in Dennis Lehane’s Novel Workshop of 2006 and published by Double Dragon Publishing in 2007.

Bitten, the sequel to Kathy’s novel Full Wolf Moon, is scheduled for re-release as a paperback through Aisling Press in 2009. Aisling has already published Full Wolf Moon as a paperback, with plans to release it as a hard cover, as well.


Wendy Buffington

August 4, 2008

WIP ’08 Alumna, Wendy Buffington, has been accepted into the MFA Program for poetry at Ole Miss.

She was also the recipient of the Mason Daly Poetry Award given by the Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College. In addition, Wendy also had two poems (“Reconciliation” and “Through the Cracks”) published in the 2008 Eckerd Review.

Wendy was a participant in the WIP 2008 Poetry workshop with Beth Ann Fennelly. Her poem, “Father”, was selected for Honorable Mention in the “Best Of” the poetry workshop. Beth Ann’s comments about this poem are featured in SABAL, Volume 3.

Congratulations, Wendy!

Good Luck at Ole Miss!

Sonia Quinones

August 4, 2008

Good news from WIP ’06 Alumna, Sonia Quinones:

Sonia Quinones was a recipient of the 2008 Emerging Voices Rosenthal Fellowship for fiction. Emerging Voices is an intensive eight-month program involving writers in the early stages of their literary careers. The program includes one-on-one sessions with mentors, seminars on topics such as editing or working with agents, master classes with a renowned novelist, courses in the Writers’ Program at UCLA Extension and a one-month teaching residency.

As part of the fellowship, Sonia has given readings at the 2008 Los Angeles Times UCLA Book Festival, the Kirk Douglas Theatre, and will be giving a reading at the West Hollywood Book Fair September 2008. An excerpt from Sonia’s novel-in-progress has also been selected to be read at WordTheatre on August 23, 2008.

Sonia won third place in The Atlantic’s 2007 Student Writing Contest for poetry. Her poem, Tio Pancho’s Farewell, was published in The Atlantic’s 2007 Summer Fiction issue. Most recently, she was accepted into the low-residency MFA Creative Writing program at Queens University at Charlotte where she will be studying fiction.

Sonia was a participant in WIP’s 2006 Short Story workshop with Peter Meinke. Her story “Frayed Edges” was also selected as the “Best Of” her workshop and was published in SABAL, Volume 1.

Congratulations, Sonia!