Goddard College

MFA Program

Program Established: 
1976
Location: 
Plainfield, VT
Genre: 
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Residency: 
Low
Duration: 
2 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
100 (Vermont); 50 (Washington)
Application Deadline: 
October 15, 2017
Application Fee: 
$65
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
David De Lucca
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Jan Clausen, Beatrix Gates, Elena Georgiou, Bhanu Kapil, and Jane Wohl
Fiction: Rebecca Brown, Aimee Liu, Micheline Aharonian Marcom, Douglas A. Martin, John McManus, Victoria Nelson, Rahna Reiko Rizzuto, Darcey Steinke
Nonfiction: Kenny Fries, Michael Klein, Nicola Morris, Richard Panek

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers scholarships.

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 
Other Features: 

The program also offers coursework in genre fiction, young adult fiction, graphic novel writing, hybrid and experimental forms, nature writing, playwriting, screenwriting, travel writing, writing for television, and libretto.

Students attend two eight-day residencies each year, and can choose to attend January and June residencies at the Plainsfield, Vermont, campus, or February and July residencies at Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend, Washington.

The program hosts visiting authors and publishing professionals and the alumni-only Clockhouse Writers' Conference and Retreat. Other features include opportunities to work with the Vermont campus radio and online station WGDR.

The priority application deadline for the Vermont residency is October 15 for the spring term and April 15 for the fall term. The application fee is waived for materials submitted before the priority deadline. The general application deadline is November 15 for the spring term and May 15 for the fall term.

The priority application deadline for the Port Townsend, Washington residency is November 15 for the spring term and April 15 for the fall term. The application fee is waived for materials submitted by the priority deadline. The general application deadline is December 15 for the fall term and May 15 for the spring term.

Graduates: 

Ellis Avery, Adam Braver, Karen Engelmann, Karen Essex, Cara Hoffman, Mary Johnson, Chris Millis, Christian Peet, Matthew Quick, Selah Saterstrom, Alexis Smith