The Soft Parade: A Writer’s Response to COVID-19

Goddard Alumnus Ron Estrada reaches out, in this time of pandemic, and offers his thoughts, his voice, and a helping hand.

What Happens When Something Happens

What Happens When Something Happens

Blind-querying was like a demoralizing, isolating, full-time job. A job you do for free. Two months into querying, I read at the University of Connecticut’s bookstore. Usually, I would read something funny. But that night, tired and annoyed, I read a somber scene. Who’s listening anyway? I thought.

Dramaturg-ing A Distinct Society

Dramaturg-ing A Distinct Society

The main difference between editing and dramaturgy is that dramaturgs get to have the fun that I always saw the playwrights having together in grad school when I would peer out the window of my lonely writers’ garret. It was as clear to me then as now that the togetherness of collaboration in theatre makes for a more joyful time than sitting alone at a desk for thirteen years, moving words around.

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...

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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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