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  • UNDER A PURPLE DISCO BALL: Writing Your Life

    UNDER A PURPLE DISCO BALL: Writing Your Life

    Goddard MFAW Faculty member, Rahna Reiko Rizzuto, talks about how to pick and choose the elements of your memoir: "Every moment in our lives contains the seed of a story. They are what I pick and choose from to make a narrative. I could tell you the story my selfless father, or the loss of my mother. I could tell you the one about the empty nest, or the purple disco ball." READ MORE »
  • On H.G. Wells

    On H.G. Wells

    Goddard MFAW faculty John McManus: I’m thinking this morning of Herbert George Wells, the science-fiction writer and prophetic humanist born 150 years ago this week. READ MORE »
  • Child’s Play

    Child’s Play

    Kyle Bass, Goddard MFAW faculty: Like the tikes who showed up again and again in my stories, I preferred the company and troubles of adults. It appears my child-self fits a psychological profile for what I’ve become. READ MORE »
  • Book People

    Book People

    Goddard MFAW faculty Michael Klein: Apparently, E.L. Doctorow once taught a course that only had one book on the syllabus. The class read the one book and decided from there what the next book should be. If it was Jane Eyre, somebody might then suggest The Wide Sargasso Sea, which was a prequel and written by another writer at a completely different time. Perhaps, reading both books would give a person a rounder sense of the world created by both sets of characters. READ MORE »

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  • Sheila Curran Bernard Receives NYFA Award

    Sheila Curran Bernard Receives NYFA Award

    Sheila was awarded a named collaborative fellowship from NYFA: the Geri Ashur Screenwriting Award (established in 1984) in memory of Geraldine Ashur, for Playwriting/Screenwriting.
  • Alexis Smith’s Second Novel Published

    Alexis Smith’s Second Novel Published

    We're happy to celebrate the publication by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt of Goddard MFA in Creative Writing alumna, and recent Visiting Alumna, Alexis Smith's second novel, Marrow Island.
  • John Hadden’s Memoir Published by Arcade

    John Hadden’s Memoir Published by Arcade

    Goddard alumus John Hadden's book Conversations with a Masked Man: My Father, the CIA, and Me was published by Arcade Publishing. James Carroll, author of An American Requiem, says John's book is "a poignant encounter" in which he "shows how the wounds of the past refuse to heal, and how acknowledging that truth can open into hard won wisdom -- and even love."
  • An Interview with Douglas A. Martin

    An Interview with Douglas A. Martin

    In the new Rain Taxi, Douglas Martin and Andy Fitch talk through the examples of Kathy Acker, Hart Crane, Gertrude Stein, Virginia Woolf, William Faulkner, and others. Narcissism. Writing sentences like painting. And how one gets involved in the 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 2 weeks, 3 days ago

    What some Goddard MFAW students and alumni did this summer! Good to see how so many get their work out into the world! Congratulations, all!

    MFAW Alumna Chana Porter’s play PHANTASMAGORIA or Let Us Seek Death!, which swirls Mary Shelley’s life with the Frankenstein story, will be at the Ellen Stewart theater at La MaMa October 20th-November…[Read more]

  • 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 4 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]

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The writers who teach in the Goddard MFA in Creative Writing Program have been published and produced internationally, and are recognized in their fields. They are active writers. Collectively, current and recent faculty members have published more than 150 books,

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  The Writer in the World is a collaborative site for the Goddard MFA in Creative Writing community – faculty, alumni and students – to share their news and their thoughts. Here, you can hear about publications, awards, productions, retreats,

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