Plainfield, Vt., and Port Townsend, Wash.—Goddard College announced that its low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (MFAW) program will offer two new areas of study, television writing and libretto writing, beginning in June of 2015, the start of its fall semester.
The program already offers a robust dramatic writing concentration in screenplay and stage playwriting, as well as the genres fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction/memoir, cross-genre and hybrid forms, and graphic novel scriptwriting.
“TV writing has recently emerged as a place where some of the most exciting dramatic writing is now found,” said Elena Georgiou, Acting Director of the MFAW program. “With many of our graduates already writing successfully for TV shows such as Nurse Jackie and Saint George, offering a concentration in TV writing is the obvious next step for our program,” she said. “In addition, the libretto writing will meet the needs of students who have expressed an interest in writing for the opera and musical stage.”
Award-winning faculty who will lead the television writing concentration are Susan Kim, four-time Emmy nominee, Writers Guild Award Winner for Best Documentary, and a head writer and writer on dozens of shows for children’s television, documentaries, and specials; Darrah Cloud, writer of numerous made-for-TV movies, including Undercover Christmas, A Holiday Romance, and Night Ride Home; and Rogelio Martinez, who has written scripts for the Sprout children’s series, Astroblast!
Experienced faculty in the libretto writing concentration include Deborah Brevoort, author of Embedded, which premiered at Fargo Moorhead Opera, and of the librettos for Die Fledermaus and Mozart’s The Impressario for the Anchorage Opera; Kenny Fries, who was commissioned by the Houston Grand Opera to write the libretto for The Memory Stone; Darrah Cloud, author of the musical O Pioneers!, which aired on PBS’s Great Performances; Beatrix Gates, who was awarded a Meet the Composer grant from Commissioning Music USA/NEA to write the libretto for The Singing Bridge; and Rebecca Brown, a Seattle-based opera critic who leads opera lectures at the Seattle Opera.