There are still spaces available for the Clockhouse Writers’ Conference & Retreat, so please do visit the CWC website for registration materials if you’re thinking of joining us!

A Morning's Writing at the CWC Conference & Retreat, Photo: Heather Huddleston
A Morning’s Writing at the CWC Conference & Retreat,
Photo: Heather Huddleston

The conference occurs during the MFAW-VT residency and includes solitary time for writing; works-in-progress sessions to critique each other’s work; workshops run by you, our creative participants; evening readings and common-room gatherings; and the unveiling of the new issue of Clockhouse, our alumni-run, national literary journal.  We also join the MFAW program for the presentation and Q&A of their visiting professional and for the reading of the Visiting Writer.  (This year’s visitors are writer Nick Flynn and literary agent Samantha Shea.)  What’s a bit more intangible–but equally at the heart of the week–is just what we all remember about our Goddard MFA experience:  The impromptu and seemingly around-the-clock sharing of writing, laughter, and more writing.

To learn more about CWC and the Clockhouse Writers’ Conference & Retreat, and to download a registration form, please visit  We anticipate a wonderful gathering, and we sincerely hope that you’ll be a part of it!

The 2018 Clockhouse Writers’ Conference & Retreat will take place from July 2 through July 6 on Goddard College’s Plainfield, Vermont, campus. If you’re an alumnus of Goddard’s MFAW program–from either Plainfield or Port Townsend–please consider joining us! Registration forms are available here.

It’s Not Too Late to Register for the CWC&R!
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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 or contact CWC's lead steward, Lucy Turner.

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