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  • Claribel Alegría: A Poetry Pendant

    Claribel Alegría: A Poetry Pendant

    By chance or design, I held the words of the Salvadoran poet Claribel Alegría, later translated by poet Carolyn Forche and published by Pittsburgh in Flowers from the Volcano.READ MORE »
  • Highlights from the Clockhouse Writers’ Conference & Retreat

    Highlights from the Clockhouse Writers’ Conference & Retreat

    The 2018 Clockhouse Writers’ Conference & Retreat took place last week–here are a few snapshots!                                                 IfREAD MORE »
  • Michael Klein, Goddard College 2018

    Michael Klein, Goddard College 2018

    But beauty is still important, isn’t it?  It seems to me and other fairly intelligent people in America, that we are living in a time when the failure to describe the time we are living in is truly mystifying.  So, please bear with me—I will get to today’s reason for all of us being here, but I don’t know what to say to you today that somehow hasn’t come out of outrage and disbelief—outrage and disbelief at the fact that one of the last bastions of seemingly liberal thought—the fourth estate—has normalized an aberration. READ MORE »
  • Writing By the Seat of Your Pants

    Writing By the Seat of Your Pants

    Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about thrillers. About why recently I’ve been reading them compulsively at all hours of the day and night. Maybe the subject for a new book? I’m thinking about that. In the meantime I devour them at a great rate.READ MORE »

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“We are leaving our incredible faculty, brilliant talents themselves, who truly care about the likes of us, who utilize equal parts love and cattle prod…but we’re taking each other.”

Goddard MFA Graduate, Vermont, Jan. 2013

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, Goddard MFA alumna and author of An Unquenchable Thirst: A Memoir, a Kirkus Best Book of the Year



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Matthew Quick, Goddard MFA alumnus, and bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook and many other novels.

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, Goddard MFA alumna and author of the critically acclaimed novels So Much Pretty and Be Safe I Love You

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  • The Writer posted an update 1 month, 1 week ago

    MFAW-WA faculty member Beatrix Gates has been accepted into Jen Bervin’s “Tactile Notation” workshop at Haystack Mt School of Crafts on Deer Isle and is thrilled at the prospect of being a student in this two-week workshop to “experiment with intertextual, intratextual, and interdisciplinary approaches to process, and consider reading and writi…[Read more]

  • The Writer posted an update 1 month, 1 week ago

    MFAW-VT student Jess Lewis has just gotten her first publication. To read it, go here:

  • MFAW-WA alumna Liz Kellebrew’s prose poem, “Flood, Fire, Mountain,” will appear in Writers Resist: The Anthology 2018, coming out this October. There are plans in the works for a reading at AWP ’19 in Portland, OR, and possibly elsewhere. Stay tuned…

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Faculty of the Goddard MFA in Creative Writing Program

Faculty of the Goddard MFA in Creative WritingGoddard Porches, Port Townsend, Washington, Program Site The writers who teach in the Goddard MFA in Creative Writing Program have been published and produced internationally, and are recognized in their fields. They are

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  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,

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