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  • Two Questions

    Two Questions

    A writer’s most valuable tools are not the pen or keyboard but rather her ability to listen, to pay attention to things, and to know the right questions to ask.  READ MORE »
  • Congratulations to the Newest MFAW Alumni!

    Congratulations to the Newest MFAW Alumni!

    On behalf of the Clockhouse Writers’ Conference 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 graduated in Plainfield, Vermont, during the past week:READ MORE »
  • Embracing the Personal

    Embracing the Personal

    “It all just feels so... personal.” N is a new student of mine, one who has worked in the theater industry for years, but never written a play before.  He called me before our first week of class, and I could tell he was feeling intimidated by the process of playwriting.  We discussed some exercises he could do and some of his favorite plays and playwrights, and I think I assuaged the majority of his concerns.  His one lingering reservation: “It’s just so personal.”READ MORE »
  • From Fear to Yearning to Write Fiction Now

    From Fear to Yearning to Write Fiction Now

    “Fiction is the art form of human yearning.” – Robert Olen Butler "We are living in the most fearmongering time in human history." – Barry Glassner “I think what we need to do is to remind people that the Earth is a very dangerous place these days. That ISIS is trying to do us harm. And that the president’s commitment is to keep the country safe.” – Sean SpicerREAD MORE »

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  • NYC Book Launch for Douglas A. Martin’s ACKER

    NYC Book Launch for Douglas A. Martin’s ACKER

    The NYC book launch for Goddard MFA faculty member Douglas A. Martin‘s new book Acker, will be held on Monday, November 20, 7pm, at Callicoon Fine Arts, 49 Delancey Street. The event will include readings by Wayne Koestenbaum, Dorothea Lasky, Douglas A. Martin, and Darcey
  • In The New York Times, Goddard Faculty Member, Kenny Fries asks: “What Kind of Society Do We Want to Be?

    In The New York Times, Goddard Faculty Member, Kenny Fries asks: “What Kind of Society Do We Want to Be?

    Online today at The New York Times, Goddard MFA faculty member Kenny Fries asks:  “What kind of society do we want to be?” In “The Nazis’ First Victims Were the Disabled,” Kenny Fries writes about the echoes of the extermination of the “unfit”
  • Goddard MFA Faculty Bhanu Kapil’s Poem in The Guardian

    Goddard MFA Faculty Bhanu Kapil’s Poem in The Guardian

    Goddard MFA faculty member Bhanu Kapil‘s “Poem Dictated to Eric Trump at 3.46am After a Marathon Video Binge of Twilight and its Two Sequels” was included in the The Guardian‘s 21 poems that Donald Trump might like to see at the base
  • Goddard MFA Faculty Deborah Brevoort’s Plays Published

    Goddard MFA Faculty Deborah Brevoort’s Plays Published

    Goddard MFA faculty member Deborah Brevoort‘s  two comedies, The Poetry of Pizza and The Velvet Weapon, have been published by No Passport Press. In both plays, Deborah Brevoort shows her keen eye for comedy.  The Poetry of Pizza is a trans-cultural romantic comedy

“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

 

 

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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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  • Go to the blog site and check out yesterday’s re-posting of one of our most popular posts this past year–Kenny Fries’ “What is wrong with this picture?”

  • The Writer posted an update 1 year ago

    MFAW student Ni’Ja Whitson’s world premiere performance piece–“A Meditation on Tongues” is written up in today’s New York Times.

    The choreographer Ni’Ja Whitson’s “A Meditation on Tongues” is a live adaptation of “Tongues Untied,”…[Read more]

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

    MFAW-VT alumni Christian Peet’s Tarpaulin Sky Magazine (not his press) has just launched a post-election special. Here’s the link: https://tarpaulinsky.com/us-election-2016/

    This special includes MFAW faculty Jan Clausen and BFA faculty Arisa White.

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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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