The New American Story Project

Goddard MFA in Creative Writing faculty member Micheline Aharonian Marcom, along with four other artists and writers, for the past year and a half has been working on The New American Story Project, a digital oral history project recording the stories of children who have fled violence in Central America and have come to the United States as refugees. JoAnne Tompkins, a current student in the Goddard MFA in Writing Program in Port Townsend, WA, interviews Aharonian Marcom about The New American Story Project.

And have you read… Guardians?

And have you read… Guardians?

Guardians, the final installation in the young adult trilogy written by Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan, is coming out in paperback from HarperTeen later this month. TW:   What was the inspiration for the story?  Laurence and I watch a lot of old movies and had...

And have you read… The Walking?

And have you read… The Walking?

The Walking, Goddard MFAW faculty member Laleh Khadivi’s historical novel, began as a meditation on migration, all kinds of migration, bird, whale, antelope, fish and human… The Writer asked her how she got started.

And have you read…Once You Go Back?

And have you read…Once You Go Back?

Goddard College faculty member Douglas Martin's sixth book! The Writer interviewed him below: 1. What was the impetus for this book? I wanted to do something similar to what Anna Kavan had done in her book, Sleep Has His House. I also wanted to revisit the terrain of...

And have you read… Learning from Old Masters?

And have you read… Learning from Old Masters?

Poet Jane Wohl's new book, Learning from Old Masters is just out! Below is an interview with Jane about her latest: 1) Who are the Old Masters?  I took the title of the book from the title of the first poem which is a long discursive poem that moves between Old...

And have you read… Fox, Tooth, Heart?

And have you read… Fox, Tooth, Heart?

John McManus' new story collection, Fox Tooth Heart, was published by Sarabande Books earlier in November. This holiday week, The Writer decided to feature our interview with John and celebrate his latest book. Hooray x infinity! 1) What was the impetus for this book?...

And have you read… Flash House?

And have you read… Flash House?

1) What was the impetus for writing this book? The first inspiration for this novel was my own family. I lived in India as a child for two years, during which my father worked for the UN and my mother for the Indian Government. My father flew all over Asia for work,...

And have you read… Headwaters?

And have you read… Headwaters?

Have you ever wondered who began the low-residency MFAW Program at Goddard College, the first of its kind anywhere? Who spearheaded our progressive and oft-imitated curriculum? It was Ellen Bryant Voigt, who just last week won a MacArthur Fellowship Grant. Ellen grew...

And have you read… The Stick Wife?

And have you read… The Stick Wife?

Darrah Cloud's play, The Stick Wife, premiered at the Los Angeles Theatre Center in 1987. It has subsequently received over 100 productions. The Writer interviews her here. Q: What was the impetus for writing The Stick Wife? I read an article in the New York Times...

And have you read… Rhapsody of the Naked Immigrants?

And have you read… Rhapsody of the Naked Immigrants?

On Elena Georgiou's rapturous rhapsody... Q: What was the impetus for this book? The impetus of the book was to try to document working-class immigrant voices. I am the daughter of immigrants who then also immigrated. In my experience, working-class immigrants, on the...

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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

march

19mar6:30 pm8:00 pmZOOM into the Goddard MFA! Join Our March 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 MARCH 19th, 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 Zoom meeting is on March 19, 2020 6:30-8:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 
Register in advance for this meeting:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/uJwtcumhrzwjjCG7HSs5fSvD74SlLLqmJA
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
For more information, contact Daphne Kinney-Landis, Associate Director of Admissions, at Daphne.kinney-landis@goddard.edu.
Request information  or  APPLY NOW

Time

(Thursday) 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm EST

Location

Virtual

Organizer

Goddard College Admissionsdaphne.kinney-landis@goddard.edu

april

11apr2:00 pm3:30 pmZOOM into the Goddard MFA! First of two April Info Sessions.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 APRIL 11th, 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 Zoom meeting is on April 11, 2020 2:00-3:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 
Register in advance for this meeting:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/v5cpc-yrqzovAQ6y9LqVhTjdGnGEFPY4WA 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

For more information, contact Daphne Kinney-Landis, Associate Director of Admissions, at Daphne.kinney-landis@goddard.edu.

Request information  or  APPLY NOW

Time

(Saturday) 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EST

Location

Virtual

Organizer

Goddard College Admissionsdaphne.kinney-landis@goddard.edu

30apr7:00 pm8:30 pmZOOM into the Goddard MFA! Second April 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 APRIL 30th, 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 Zoom meeting is on April 30, 2020 7:00-8:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 
Register in advance for this meeting:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/v5cpc-yrqzovAQ6y9LqVhTjdGnGEFPY4WA 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

For more information, contact Daphne Kinney-Landis, Associate Director of Admissions, at Daphne.kinney-landis@goddard.edu.

Request information  or  APPLY NOW

Time

(Thursday) 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EST

Location

Virtual

Organizer

Goddard College Admissionsdaphne.kinney-landis@goddard.edu

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