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  • Writ in Air

    Writ in Air

    Goddard MFAW Faculty Keenan Norris: While life still goes on as unpredictably as ever, the sabbatical itself is proving to be the perfect vehicle for productivity. It’s the safest means of going off the grid that I think exists outside of utilizing all that trust fund money I don’t have and selling my majority share in that wildly successful company of mine that doesn’t exist. In all seriousness, I feel really privileged to have this time away from teaching to write, to read, to explore some new creative directions for my work and to assess and re-develop my teaching strategies. READ MORE »
  • On Giving Thanks

    On Giving Thanks

    Goddard College MFAW faculty Richard Panek: When I think about giving thanks, I don’t think about what or whom I’m thanking. The feeling is more a sense of general gratitude, even relief; it’s a reminder to myself to be aware of what’s good—an exercise that has become more poignant in recent days. READ MORE »
  • Ferrante, A Milkman, A Flying Nun, A Journalist

    Ferrante, A Milkman, A Flying Nun, A Journalist

    Goddard College MFAW Director Elena Georgiou on Elena Ferrante and what it means for a writer to answer the question, "Who are you?" READ MORE »
  • Dear Writers

    Dear Writers

    Goddard College MFAW Director Elena Georgiou reminds us to witness, document, invent, and imagine a different kind of future. Imagination is our strength. Faith is our call to action. READ MORE »

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  • The Octavia Project Receives Full Funding for 2017

    The Octavia Project Receives Full Funding for 2017

    The Octavia Project, co-founded by MFAW-VT alumna Chana Porter, has received full sponsorship for their 2017 program from Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, of VanderMeer Creative.  The sponsorship will enable sixteen Brooklyn girls to have a summer of interdisciplinary creative writing and
  • Rogelio Martinez’s PING PONG published by Broadway Play Publishing

    Rogelio Martinez’s PING PONG published by Broadway Play Publishing

    MFAW-VT faculty member Rogelio Martinez’s play Ping Pong has been published by Broadway Play Publishing. Ping Pong, based on true events surrounding the groundbreaking table tennis tournament that marked a new chapter in U.S. – China relations, tells the story of the
  • Scholastic to Publish Sherri L. Smith’s Pearl, a YA Graphic Novel

    Scholastic to Publish Sherri L. Smith’s Pearl, a YA Graphic Novel

    MFAW-VT faculty member Sherri Smith‘s Pearl, a YA graphic novel, will be published by Scholastic in 2018. Publisher’s Weekly notes that Cassandra Pelham at Scholastic’s Grphix imprint, “nabbed world rights” to Pearl.  Illustrated by Christine Norrie, the book, set in 1941, follows a
  • Kenny Fries’s In the Province of the Gods to be published in Fall 2017

    Kenny Fries’s In the Province of the Gods to be published in Fall 2017

    MFAW-VT faculty member Kenny Fries‘s memoir, In the Province of the Gods, will be published by the University of Wisconsin Press, Fall 2017. Mira Bartok, author of The Memory Palace, winner of  the National Book Critics Circle Award and  a New York Times

“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 3 weeks 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 posted an update 1 month ago

    MFAW-WA student Charles Fairchild\’s short story, \”Willa Jones,\” has been published in The Pinch Literary Journal (print only). Congratulations!

  • The Writer posted an update 1 month, 1 week 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.

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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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