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GODDARD MFA FACULTY AT WORK

With more than 150 books and productions to their names, you are in good hands with our award-winning and internationally-recognized faculty. Find out more about them and their latest projects here.

GODDARD MFA WRITERS IN WORDS

Talking about, thinking about, teaching about the writing life. In our own words.

Right for You. Write for the World.

Nurture YOUR Radical Imagination at Goddard. The first low residency MFA in Creative Writing. Eight day intensive residencies start your semester. Then work one-on-one with your advisor through the term. At Goddard, your individualized program is designed with you, FOR you.

COVID 19 UPDATE

Our one-on-one live mentorship is real, active, urgent and engaged: it is not “online learning,” rather, it is unbounded by time and space. We are still here, and still coming together (though we are preparing a new virtual intensive next semester if needed). If you want to engage in a community of writers, NOW is the time.

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The Ripple Effect: Pandemics and How We Remember Them

Growing up, my brother and I were made to wash our hands after handling paper bills or coins because, we were sternly told, money carries germs. Now, during this strange hiccup in history, I wash my hands for 20 seconds after I have taken dollar bills out of my wallet and smile at the rueful memories of childhood. But along with them comes, for the very first time, a whiff of something darker—a sense of family-transmitted fear, trauma, and death that might have kicked off this practice a hundred years ago.

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INSIDE THE SEISMOGRAPH

I have no big picture. Like many women of North America who are artists and writers of this time, I have changing pictures of a changing life, and I am lucky to have been able to make change, in some small ways. With few impediments, by some standards, I’ve achieved relative comfort, performing my teaching duties and writing tasks, and answering my calling–poetry that sharpens my days and wakes me day and night. This much I do on a daily basis, like breathing. Most with attention, some worry, not enough lightness, at times.

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Error in F Sharp

Today’s lesson from faculty member Richard Panek: “Everything counts in art. And writing is no exception. Every choice. Every word. Every piece of punctuation. Every paragraph break. Everything. Everything is a choice, and everything needs to be there for a reason.”

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Empathy in a Time of Crisis

Alumna Jess Lewis offers empathy and advice for our Covid 19 world, based on her experience of being trapped in a person-sized tent in Antarctica for weeks on end: “I felt like I had lost control of everything. So I sat down one day and wrote down a few things that I could do daily that would bring me joy and that would establish some amount of control over my day-to-day life.”

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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

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

Bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook and many other novels

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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

Author of the critically acclaimed novels Running, So Much Pretty and Be Safe I Love You

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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.

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ABOUT THE WRITER IN THE WORLD

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, and the writing life.

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OUR FACULTY

The writers who teach in the Goddard MFA in Creative Writing Program have been published and produced internationally, and are recognized in their fields. Collectively, they have published annd produced more than 150 books and plays,  and have won most of the major U.S. literary awards.

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