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  • Laughs (Or Lack Of…)

    Laughs (Or Lack Of…)

    Goddard MFAW faculty member Rogelio Martinez on writing comedy: "I place laughs in a play to carefully track the play’s relationship with the audience. If a laugh fails to land then there may be several reasons why. It may be the acting or the directing, but usually it’s the writing. It has little to do with the laugh itself but with those things surrounding the laugh – plot, characters, obstacles, etc. In other words, it’s not whether the joke is funny or not but whether the audience has been paying attention to the play." READ MORE »
  • Congratulations to the Newest MFAW Alumni!

    Congratulations to the Newest MFAW Alumni!

      On behalf of the Clockhouse Writers’ Conference‘s Board of Stewards and the alumni community of the Goddard College MFAW program, I want to extend my congratulations and warmest welcome to those who’ve graduated in Port Townsend, Washington, during the READ MORE »
  • Parle français? Read English? ¿Una palabra a la vez? Oy.

    Parle français? Read English? ¿Una palabra a la vez? Oy.

    By Richard Panek When my younger son was in high school, my wife and I realized we would need to hire a tutor for his French class. Sometimes I would overhear their lesson, and I would think: He’s hopeless. I didn’t READ MORE »
  • Body Language

    Body Language

    Goddard MFA Faculty member Susan Kim writes, "When I discovered that the residency theme was “Body, Language” and that I was expected to deliver a keynote, I grew despondent. Maybe what I really was, was overwhelmed. Because let’s face it: anything with “body” in it is one hefty mother of a subject. Writing outside of the body is difficult…and risky. We risk getting it wrong. We risk looking really stupid. And we certainly risk offending, often the same readers we are trying to reach. READ MORE »

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  • Goddard Poets in the House

    Goddard Poets in the House

    Goddard MFA alumna Teresa Mei Chuc writes, "If you're in NYC on Sat., July 30th, I hope you can join us for a poetry reading at Poets House. Several Goddard College MFA in Creative Writing alumni will be there: Drew Dillhunt (Port Townsend, WA), David Giver (Plainfield, VT), Susan Deer Cloud (Plainfield, VT) and Teresa Mei Chuc (Plainfield, VT).
  • Political Incorrectness: History in the Family

    Political Incorrectness: History in the Family

    Today it's popular to say that political correctness is destroying America, but a recently discovered set of century-old clippings offer a cautionary reminder of what our country was like without political correctness. Goddard MFA faculty member Aimee Liu's opinion piece about political correctness and her family history was published in the LA Times on March 27.
  • Interview with Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi

    Interview with Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi

    Goddard's Port Townsend MFA faculty member Aimee Liu will be interviewing Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi on Tuesday, March 15, in Los Angeles about her new book Love, Loss, and What We Ate. This vivid memoir of food and family, survival and triumph, traces the arc of Lakshmi’s unlikely path from an immigrant childhood to a complicated life in front of the camera—a tantalizing blend of Ruth Reichl’s Tender at the Bone and Nora Ephron’s Heartburn.
  • 2015 Ruby Prize Winner

    2015 Ruby Prize Winner

    Goddard MFA alumna ('14) alumna Dawn Renee Jones is the winner of the Southern Rep Theatre's 2015 Ruby Prize for her play, A Heap See. Jones will receive a $10,000 cash prize, as well as a ten-day writer's residency at Hedgebrook and a workshop and reading of her play in New York City. The 2015 Ruby Prize review panel included nationally recognized theatre makers such as Maria Goyanes, Daniel Alexander Jones, and Niegel Smith. Panelists responded to the intrepid, theatrically adventurous worlds of winner's and finalists' work.

“We are leaving our incredible faculty, brilliant talents themselves, who truly care about the likes of us, who utilize equal parts love and cattle prod…but we’re taking each other.”

Goddard MFA Graduate, Vermont, Jan. 2013

I yearned for creative freedom...My advisors at Goddard helped tailor my studies to my unique needs and interests, while at the same time stretching me beyond where I might have wandered on my own.

Mary Johnson, Goddard MFA alumna and author of An Unquenchable Thirst: A Memoir, a Kirkus Best Book of the Year



“Goddard’s emphasis on diversity and individuality really appealed to me...I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted out of an MFA program: self-directed learning that would allow me to take risks and follow hunches, and a safe environment in which I could make the mistakes we all need to endure if we are going to learn.”

Matthew Quick, Goddard MFA alumnus, and bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook and many other novels.

Goddard College is the only school I ever wanted to attend. It's a place where radical change is supported and encouraged; where commitment to creative discipline and social justice is expected. I know of no other institution where respect for the craft of writing is fostered with such joy or where dedication to intellectual rigor and curiosity are modeled by the faculty with so much respect for the student. I'm proud to be an alumna of this historically progressive institution. Goddard College changed my life.

Cara Hoffman, Goddard MFA alumna and author of the critically acclaimed novels So Much Pretty and Be Safe I Love You

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  • The Writer posted an update 1 month ago

    MFA alumna Liz Kellebrew is thrilled to announce that a short story from her Goddard thesis, “The Bee Charmer,” was published in the latest edition of The Coachella Review. Congratulations!

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  • The Writer posted an update 2 months, 1 week ago

    Special Vermont Residency Occasion: On Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 7pm—after graduation—we will be holding a Bon Voyage Garden Party for a number of our community elders.
    As most of you already know, Paul Selig resigned after 22 years in the MFAW program, with 18 of those years as Director. (Luckily, he has already returned to us as a member of our…[Read more]

  • The Writer posted an update 3 months ago

    SUBMIT! GrubStreet, a non-profit creative writing center located in the heart of downtown Boston, is seeking emerging writers to contribute to our new series, “Writers React,” on GrubWrites, an online publication with a dedicated following. GrubWrites has recently featured such authors as Alexander Chee, Lauren Groff, and Viet Thanh Nguyen.

    F…[Read more]

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