I am a would-be artist, for now content in the sadistic pursuit of mastery.
To blog or not to blog–that is the question, writers. Whether it is nobler to essay than to blog is a serious matter, and not everyone can do it or do it well.Because to do it well, one must face the truth of blogging and accept it: it’s a genre. It has rules. It requires… attention to craft.
Many thanks for the wonderful response to Clockhouse Volume Five–here are a few more excerpts! To learn more about Clockhouse and its contributors, to purchase past and current copies, and to submit work for next summer’s Volume Six, please
Clockhouse, the national literary journal published by the Clockhouse Writers’ Conference in partnership with Goddard College, is extremely pleased to announce the publication of Volume Five and to offer a few excerpts here. We hope you’ll visit the Clockhouse
The Progressive has published Goddard MFA faculty member Kenny Fries‘s “A Healing Tree: Remembering Hiroshima” to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the atomic bombing. “A Healing Tree” is adapted from an excerpt from his forthcoming book, In the Province of the Gods, which
Goddard MFA faculty member Jan Clausen‘s essay “Against Literary Nationalism” has been published in Jacobin Magazine. In the essay, based on thoughts from a post on the Goddard MFA blog The Writer in the World , Clausen writes, “Writers in the U.S. must
Goddard MFA alumna Cara Hoffman‘s latest novel, Running, is reviewed in the New York Times Book Review. In the review, Justin Torres writes, “”Hoffman impressively evokes the combination of nihilism, idealism, rootlessness, psychic and economic necessity, lust and love that might set
As the CNN election night coverage began, I was calm. Before the culminating night of the 2016 presidential campaign, I had believed that only in fiction Donald Trump could be elected president. However, while I was in the classroom, teaching my students about writing in scenes, the fiction was happening.
“This issue celebrates the pain and brilliance in the breaths we take or don’t. See how much time has to offer in the 2016 issue of Clockhouse.” So says Editorial Director Sarah Cedeño in her reflection on what so many
Goddard College MFAW-VT faculty member Jan Clausen: “I get it. I keep trying to build cathedrals when I should be building yurts.” This comment from an advisee, about her struggle to get annotations down to more manageable dimensions, has stuck with me for years as a witty image for one of the perennial dilemmas of critical writing.
By Richard Panek Two years ago I wrote an essay for another website, lastwordonnothing.com, that I called “Love Story,” and for the opening I paraphrased the opening of the novel of the same name: “What can you say about a fifty-seven-year-old book that
There is something rotten in Denmark: transforming life, scholarship, and writing toward a more sustainable paradigm —or —you’ve got the craft skills, now what are you going to do with it? By Karen Walasek Anyone alive who is paying attention
“Would you like to see your mother one more time?” asked the huge blonde woman with a Norwegian last name, one of a set of triplets who had taken over the funeral home from their father in Scottsdale, Arizona. For
She’d been feeling sad all week and she said it was because of a conflict with her lover or place of employ or caused by reading too many vacuous comments in the newspaper and the proud ignorance and misanthropy of
When the Supreme Court issued its historic decision affirming marriage equality on June 26, the MFAW-VT residency had just gotten underway. Taking time out from her G-4 study planning, Em Bowen answered a request from the National Journal for an