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  • The Seep, October 8-20, 2016

    The Seep, October 8-20, 2016

    Goddard MFAW faculty Beatrix Gates: There’s a drought here in Maine, and lately I’ve been studying a seep in the backfield. A seep is a moist or wet place where water, usually groundwater, reaches the earth's surface from an underground aquifer and pools in a depression. A seep will be found quickly by wildlife and bring new birds and animals to the area. There is every sign that’s true. READ MORE »
  • Locker Room Talk

    Locker Room Talk

    Goddard MFAW alumna Julie Parent: "It's locker room talk, and it's one of those things.” In response to events in the presidential campaign over that last 10 days, I’ve tried several times to write something resembling a cohesive thought pattern. Instead, I’ve remained anxious and rattled by the reality that one of the main candidates for President of the United States is on tape bragging about committing sexual assault, who later dismisses his remarks as something he’s not proud of but with the implication that they are somehow normal, even expected. READ MORE »
  • White Girl Migration

    White Girl Migration

    After graduate school, I joined a migration of writers to New York. My homeland was Skokie, a suburb outside Chicago, where our mostly old neighbors had just survived the holocaust and I could walk all by myself to their houses to play cards with them. We lived in identical small ranch houses, mine distinguished by being a place where adults spelled out the word “divorce” over my head like profanity and always in relation to other people. There was dinner every night, breakfast every morning, cocktails and television, piano lessons, BBQs on the patio, a set of World Book Encyclopedias and 12 novels, one of which was Gore Vidal’s MYRA BRECKINRIDGE, which I read on the sly when I was 12. READ MORE »
  • Register Now:  Lighthouse Writers’ Conference & Retreat

    Register Now: Lighthouse Writers’ Conference & Retreat

    Lighthouse Writers’ Conference & Retreat Fri, Feb. 10 – Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, Port Townsend, Washington It’s here! We are thrilled to announce the second annual Lighthouse Writers Conference and Retreat (LWC&R). Revitalize your own work amid the richness of READ MORE »

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  • Goddard MFA Faculty Member Douglas A. Martin’s poem “Eelgrass”

    Goddard MFA Faculty Member Douglas A. Martin’s poem “Eelgrass”

    Goddard MFA in Creative Writing faculty member Douglas A. Martin‘s poem “Eelgrass” was chosen for the Poem-a-Day project of the American Academy of Poets.  The poem appeared on October 13 and can be read here. Poem-a-Day is the original and only daily
  • Kyle Bass Works with Renowned Artist Carrie Mae Weems

    Kyle Bass Works with Renowned Artist Carrie Mae Weems

    Goddard MFA in Creative Writing faculty member Kyle Bass is working as dramaturg with renowned visual artist and MacArthur “Genius” Grant award-winner Carrie Mae Weems on the creation of her first-ever theatre piece Grace Notes: Reflections for Now, which examines escalating racial tensions across the United States
  • 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.

“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 31 minutes ago

    Congratulations to MFAW-VT student Ian August’s whose short play, “Queens of the Realm,” was published in The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2016. Also, two monologues from his full-length play The Goldilocks Zone were published in The Best Women’s Stage Monologues 2016. Both anthologies are published by Smith and Kraus.

  • The Writer posted an update 1 week, 6 days ago

    MFAW-VT Alumna Lucy Snyder’s story, “Along The Scenic Route,” is in the anthology X-Files: Secret Agendas from IDW Publishing. Congratulations, Lucy!

  • The Writer posted an update 2 weeks, 3 days ago

    Congratulations to MFAW alumna Kita Mehaffy, whose short play Civilization will be produced in Santa Fe next month by Ironweed Productions!

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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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