President Kenny made opening remarks at the Appreciation Ceremony.
I had the great honor and pleasure of thanking all those who had been part of CWC’s first twenty years, and of extending special thanks to those who’d served in central ways.
Three of our Founders–Maureen Dunphy, Lucinda Garthwaite, and Chrystal Wing–were able to attend, and Maureen offered thoughts on behalf of the Founders.
Editorial Director Sarah Cedeño and Lead Drama Editor Edward Pinkowski led a Preview Reading of CLOCKHOUSE Volume Five, to be published later this month. (Cover Image, Mark Rice; Design, Julie Parent)
MFAW Program Director Elena Georgiou and the MFAW Program hosted the CWC Community, MFAW Faculty and Students, and Goddard College administrators and staff at a lovely Strawberry Celebration in the Manor House Garden.
Elena Georgiou Hosting the Strawberry & Cream Celebration
Tricia Shepherd, a past CWC&R Coordinator.
Yvonne Rutford and Sam Sherman, both past CWC&R Coordinators
Carolyn Bardos, a Coordinator of the 2017 CWC&R, chatting with a current MFAW student.
Carolyn Locke and Yvonne Wing, both past CWC&R Coordinators, with Founder Chrystal Wing.
2017 CWC&R Participants
2017 Co-Coordinator Carolyn Bardos with CWC&R participant Wanda Pothier-Hill, whom we thank for all these photographs!
Founder Maureen Dunphy with Lucy Turner, a 2017 Coordinator and, as of July 6, 2017, Lead Steward of the Clockhouse Writers’ Conference.
In other news from the 20th Anniversary Celebration week, I stepped down as Lead Steward on July 6th, after the conclusion of festivities. It was of the greatest honors of my life to lead the Clockhouse Writers’ Conference through so much of its second decade, and I know that Lucy Turner–elected unanimously to succeed me–will do a wonderful job of leading CWC into its third decade. You’ll hear directly from Lucy in next week’s Writer in the World CWC posting but, for now, please join me in thanking Lucy and wishing her well in her new position: Her election is truly one more reason for all of us to celebrate!
With every good wish and, again and always, heartfelt thanks,
CWC is the alumni association of Goddard's MFAW Program. It holds the annual summer Clockhouse Writers' Conference & Retreat in Plainfield, Vermont, and the annual winter Lighthouse Conference & Retreat each winter. Its national literary journal CLOCKHOUSE is published in partnership with Goddard College and the MFAW Program. For more information, please visit www.clockhousewriters.com or contact CWC's lead steward, Lucy Turner.
Want to find out more about the Goddard low residency MFA in Creative Writing? Beat the deadline; our application deadline for Spring 2020 on our Port Townsend campus is this
Want to find out more about the Goddard low residency MFA in Creative Writing? Beat the deadline; our application deadline for Spring 2020 on our Port Townsend campus is this Friday! On JANUARY 14th, 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, and TV writing from our Vermont campus, through one-on-one mentorship from working writers in the TV, theatre, and film.
Goddard’s program takes place on two coasts: Port Townsend, WA in February and July, and Plainfield, VT in January and July.
Debut memoirist Sarah Townsend will be returning to Goddard College as our Visiting Alumna. She will read and answer questions about her book Setting the Wire: A Memoir of Postpartum
Debut memoirist Sarah Townsend will be returning to Goddard College as our Visiting Alumna. She will read and answer questions about her book Setting the Wire: A Memoir of Postpartum Psychosis (The Lettered Streets Press, 2019). This public event will take place at 7pm in the Reading Room on the second floor of Building 204, 200 Battery Way, in Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, WA 98368. A reception and book signing will immediately follow the reading.
Please join us for this public reading and celebration!
Bestselling author Claire Dederer described Setting the Wire as “a tightly coiled and disturbingly gorgeous exploration of her postpartum mental breakdown. I devoured these pages–while willing myself to slow down so I could catch every nuance of Townsend’s taut, lyrical, wise writing.”
Sarah Townsend received her MFA from Goddard College, and her MA in counseling psychology from Northwestern University. Setting the Wire has been featured on Beyond Well with Sheila Hamilton, The Ish with Cameron Dezen Hammon, UpFront with Cat Brooks of KPFA (NPR) in Berkeley, and in the Chicago Review of Books. Sarah currently teaches at Hugo House in Seattle, WA. She also serves on the advisory committee of Perinatal Support Washington and on the Postpartum Psychosis Task Force of Postpartum Support International. She co-facilitates the Holyoke Reading Series and the Goddard College Alumni Lighthouse Writers’ Conference & Retreat.
Critically acclaimed author Nisi Shawl will be speaking at Goddard College’s MFA in Creative Writing Program on Wednesday, February 19, 2020. They will read and answer questions about their
Critically acclaimed author Nisi Shawl will be speaking at Goddard College’s MFA in Creative Writing Program on Wednesday, February 19, 2020. They will read and answer questions about their work, which includes the steampunk novel Everfair –an alternate and happier history of the so-called Belgian Congo. This public event will take place at 7pm in the Reading Room on the second floor of Building 204, 200 Battery Way, in Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, WA 98368. A reception and book signing will immediately follow the reading.
Nisi Shawl also wrote the James Tiptree, Jr. Award-winning story collection Filter House (2008). Other recent titles include the collections Talk Like a Man (2019) and A Primer on Nisi Shawl (2018). They co-wrote Writing the Other: A Practical Approach (2005), a standard text on inclusive representation in the imaginative genres and the basis for many of their online and in-person workshops. They co-edited the anthologies Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany; and Strange Matings: Science Fiction, Feminism, African American Voices, and Octavia E. Butler. In 2019 Solaris published their latest editing venture, the acclaimed anthology New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color.
Shawl has spoken at Duke University, Spelman College, University of Hawai’i Manoa, Smith College, and several other educational institutions, and has taught at University of Washington Bothell and at Sarah Lawrence College. They regularly contribute book reviews and criticism to The Seattle Times, Ms. Magazine, Los Angeles Review of Books, Seattle Review of Books, and The Washington Post. They also edit book reviews for the feminist journal Cascadia Subduction Zone. Shawl is a Carl Brandon Society founder and a Clarion West board member. They live in Seattle near an enticingly large lake filled with dangerous currents.