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  • 7 Reasons to go to Literary Conferences

    7 Reasons to go to Literary Conferences

    When I decided to "become" a "real writer," the best advice I received was from prolific children's author Bruce Coville. He said, "You should join the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators." So I did. I went to their conference that summer—they hold a big one in Los Angeles every year for all levels, and a more professionally-oriented one in New York in the winter. I was a newcomer and the LA event was walking distance from my house, so how could I refuse?READ MORE »
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    What We Talk About When We Talk About Craft

    In her keynote speech at the Goddard MFAW Vermont residency, @r3reiko talks about craft and urgency: "the truth we need to speak, the warning we need to impart, the redemption we need to share, the beauty we see in the world, the thrill of being alive..."READ MORE »
  • Last Call for the 2019 LWC&R

    Last Call for the 2019 LWC&R

    There’s still one spot available at the 2019 Lighthouse Writers’ Conference & Retreat. Perhaps you’d like to be the lucky final registrant? if so, all the information you’ll need is below! Come connect with other alumni writers, and with yourREAD MORE »
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    I already did cancer as a child and had the t-shirt to prove it.READ MORE »

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  • MFAW-VT Alumna Chera Hammons Miller Named Writer-in-Residence

    MFAW-VT Alumna Chera Hammons Miller Named Writer-in-Residence

    Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Beloit Poetry Journal, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Connotation Press, Rattle, Sugar House Review, Tar River Poetry, THRUSH, Tupelo Quarterly, Valparaiso Poetry Review, and The Writer's Almanac, among others. Books include Amaranthine Hour (Jacar Press, 2012), Recycled Explosions (Ink Brush Press, 2016), and The Traveler's Guide to Bomb City (Purple Flag Press, forthcoming January 2017). She is a member of the editorial board of poetry journal One. She lives in Amarillo, TX.
  • MFAW-VT Alumni Joe Ricker and His 5-Book Deal

    MFAW-VT Alumni Joe Ricker and His 5-Book Deal

    About the author: Joe Ricker is a former bartender for southern literary legends Barry Hannah and Larry Brown. He has also worked as a cab driver, an innkeeper, acquisitions specialist, professor and in the Maine timber industry. Esquire magazine referred to him as "[a] man of letters who's gentle in the way that only the toughest of hard-asses can be." He grew up in Sanford, Maine, and earned degrees from Marion Military Institute, Ole Miss, and Goddard College. Ricker now lives in Reno, Nevada, where he teaches in the University of Nevada's English department.
  • MFAW-WA Faculty Member Beatrix Gates Has Poems Coming in HUMMINGBIRD

    MFAW-WA Faculty Member Beatrix Gates Has Poems Coming in HUMMINGBIRD

    MFAW-WA faculty member Beatrix Gates has two poems, “Dear Half,”  and “Chaco Canyon” coming out in November’s HUMMINGBIRD.
  • MFAW-VT Alumna Jennifer Judge / Jenny Holzer Collaboration

    MFAW-VT Alumna Jennifer Judge / Jenny Holzer Collaboration

    MFAW-VT alumna Jennifer Judge’s  poem. “81 North,” was recently selected to appear in a Jenny Holzer art installation in the Comcast Technology Center lobby in Philadelphia.  This is the text was originally sent when she was asked if her work could

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  • Liz Kellebrew posted an update 8 months ago

    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…

  • In April 2016, Sage Hill Press will publish All We Can Hold: A Collection of Poetry on Motherhood including poems by Annalee Dunn (2011), Isla McKetta (2010), and Ellen Welcker (2010).

  • Faculty member Rahna Reiko Rizzuto talks MFAs and Goddard’s pioneering program on The MFAProject today. Read it for some free advice you can share with your friends.

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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,

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