Beyond the Three Act Structure: the Japanese Art of Kishōtenketsu

We learn so much by sharing our stories.  What if we could learn to be conflict free? When I was an undergrad at New York University, I took a course called "Japanese Literature in Translation."  We read book after book by celebrated Japanese authors...
What Kind of Monster Are You?

What Kind of Monster Are You?

I hope that this year, you are able to write in your life as it is and to tell the truth about what it has been to live that life, and that the forest beings and the city beings meet in your imagination, and that there on the balcony your oranges and coffee are waiting for you and that they are not facts but rather vectors, and that what you do end up writing has so much vitality, so much life, that it ends up melting the golden frame, and that if writing is impossible, if life does not feel possible, as it sometimes does not, that then, or even then, you can allow yourself to touch the edges of what is not you.

Accumulations: On Tools for Writing

Accumulations: On Tools for Writing

“Physical supplies associated with occupational tasks interest me, perhaps because the necessities of writers are so minimal,” writes poet and Goddard MFA alum Laurel Radzieski.

Literary Friendships

Literary Friendships

We are writers who are cranking out books, or coming out with something new and scary for us; we are being adapted for TV and movies, or working on the same unwieldy masterwork for decades. We have rewritten and reconceived, swapped essays for short stories, ping-ponged between age groups. We are trying to get our heads around a new story, trying to wrestle with our families’s truths; we have stopped writing. My writing friends are international bestsellers, Oprah picks, award winners and more, but no one of us is any better than the other.

On Reviews

On Reviews

I don’t read reviews and when I do I am just looking ever so briefly to see if it’s good or bad. Basically, it’s not me I care about but all the people who put their time, energy, and money making the play work. The one thing on my mind: Did the show meet its...

WRITING IN PICTURES

WRITING IN PICTURES

My publicist told me to write in pictures. Actually, she said to start using Instagram to build up my social media following in advance of my novel’s release next spring. It makes no sense, I protested. I write in words: stories, essays, novels. Books are published in...

A Lesson from Doggerel

A Lesson from Doggerel

I’m no poet, and I know it. (That rhyme and meter, right there, is me stretching my poetic talents, rubber band-like, as far as they go; any farther and I’d risk putting my eye out.) But I’ve occasionally written doggerel for the blog site The Last Word on Nothing as...

Marie Ponsot Keeps Her Word

Marie Ponsot Keeps Her Word

The year before last in bright April, Marie Ponsot, award-winning poet and beloved teacher, celebrated her birthday at home, as usual, where the circle, always slightly changing shape, and always the same, of poet friends, generations of former students gathers every year. We assemble in the early breath of New York City’s spring–first for her birthday in early April, then in June, to read our contributions to STILL AGAINST WAR, Poems for Marie Ponsot.

The Danger of Inaccurate Words

The Danger of Inaccurate Words

At the end of an interview for a prestigious residency, I mention my physical access needs, making it clear that I can walk and manage some stairs. “We’ve had wheelchair-bound fellows before,” my interviewer tells me. As soon as I hear her say “wheelchair-bound,” I...

On Humility: Between the Text and the Idea

On Humility: Between the Text and the Idea

“Writing turns you into somebody who’s always wrong. The illusion that you may get it right someday is the perversity that draws you on. What else could? As pathological phenomena go, it doesn’t completely wreck your life.” The speaker of these unsettling words is...

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february

16feb7:00 pm8:30 pmFeaturedSarah Townsend Reading

Event Details

Debut memoirist Sarah Townsend will be returning to Goddard College as our Visiting Alumna.  She will read and answer questions about her book Setting the Wire: A Memoir of Postpartum Psychosis (The Lettered Streets Press, 2019). This public event will take place at 7pm in the Reading Room on the second floor of Building 204, 200 Battery Way, in Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, WA 98368. A reception and book signing will immediately follow the reading.

Please join us for this public reading and celebration!

Bestselling author Claire Dederer described Setting the Wire as “a tightly coiled and disturbingly gorgeous exploration of her postpartum mental breakdown. I devoured these pages–while willing myself to slow down so I could catch every nuance of Townsend’s taut, lyrical, wise writing.”

Sarah Townsend received her MFA from Goddard College, and her MA in counseling psychology from Northwestern University. Setting the Wire has been featured on Beyond Well with Sheila Hamilton, The Ish with Cameron Dezen Hammon, UpFront with Cat Brooks of KPFA (NPR) in Berkeley, and in the Chicago Review of Books. Sarah currently teaches at Hugo House in Seattle, WA. She also serves on the advisory committee of Perinatal Support Washington and on the Postpartum Psychosis Task Force of Postpartum Support International. She co-facilitates the Holyoke Reading Series and the Goddard College Alumni Lighthouse Writers’ Conference & Retreat.

Time

(Sunday) 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Location

Goddard College Fort Worden Campus

Fort Worden

19feb7:00 pm8:30 pmFeaturedAward-winning Author Nisi Shawl to Speak at Goddard MFAW Port Townsend Residency

Event Details

Critically acclaimed author Nisi Shawl will be speaking at Goddard College’s MFA in Creative Writing Program on Wednesday, February 19, 2020.  They will read and answer questions about their work, which includes the steampunk novel Everfair –an alternate and happier history of the so-called Belgian Congo. This public event will take place at 7pm in the Reading Room on the second floor of Building 204, 200 Battery Way, in Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, WA 98368. A reception and book signing will immediately follow the reading.

Nisi Shawl also wrote the James Tiptree, Jr. Award-winning story collection Filter House (2008). Other recent titles include the collections Talk Like a Man (2019) and A Primer on Nisi Shawl (2018). They co-wrote Writing the Other: A Practical Approach (2005), a standard text on inclusive representation in the imaginative genres and the basis for many of their online and in-person workshops.  They co-edited the anthologies Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany; and Strange Matings: Science Fiction, Feminism, African American Voices, and Octavia E. Butler.  In 2019 Solaris published their latest editing venture, the acclaimed anthology New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color.

Shawl has spoken at Duke University, Spelman College, University of Hawai’i Manoa, Smith College, and several other educational institutions, and has taught at University of Washington Bothell and at Sarah Lawrence College.  They regularly contribute book reviews and criticism to The Seattle Times, Ms. Magazine, Los Angeles Review of Books, Seattle Review of Books, and The Washington Post.  They also edit book reviews for the feminist journal Cascadia Subduction Zone.  Shawl is a Carl Brandon Society founder and a Clarion West board member.  They live in Seattle near an enticingly large lake filled with dangerous currents.

Time

(Wednesday) 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Location

Goddard College Fort Worden Campus

Fort Worden

26feb5:30 pm7:00 pmZOOM into the Goddard MFA! Join Our February Info Session.Meet Goddard College MFA in Creating Writing's program director Elena Georgiou and learn how our low-residency MFA program can help you develop your voice as a writer in the world.

Event Details

Want to find out more about the Goddard low residency MFA in Creative Writing? On FEBRUARY 26th, join our next virtual Zoom meeting with Director Elena Georgiou and discover why the first low residency MFA program in the country is still thriving and may be the best for you!
GODDARD HONORS YOUR VOICE, YOUR VISION, YOUR GOALS AND YOUR LIFE.  OUR AWARD-WINNING FACULTY IS HERE TO HELP YOU DEVELOP THE SKILLS YOU NEED TO CREATE THE PROJECT YOU CAME TO WRITE. OUR RESIDENCIES GIVE YOU THE FREEDOM TO EXPERIMENT OR DIVE DEEPLY INTO YOUR GENRE.  NO LECTURES, NO REQUIRED TRACKS, NO ONE ELSE’S CANON.
Goddard’s model is ideal for people with commitments to family or work who choose to hone their writing skills at the same time. The Goddard MFA program enables you to tailor your study to any of a wide variety of genres: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, graphic novel, and hybrid forms, and to learn from a diverse faculty of published authors. Goddard also offers playwriting, screenwriting, TV writing, and libretto writing from our Vermont campus, through one-on-one mentorship from working writers in the TV, theatre, film, and opera fields.
Goddard’s program takes place on two coasts: Port Townsend, WA in February and July, and Plainfield, VT in January and July.
Our next call is on February 26  2020 5:30-7:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 
Register in advance for this meeting:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/vJ0scuiurDkjPzFxMPRzHhQDjS7UZNX0Lw
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Time

(Wednesday) 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm EST

Location

Virtual

Organizer

Goddard College Admissionsdaphne.kinney-landis@goddard.edu

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