Goddard College in Vermont

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MFA Program

Program Established: 
1976
Location: 
Plainfield, VT
Genre: 
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Cross-Genre
Residency: 
Low
Duration: 
2 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
20 each year
Application Deadline: 
October 15, 2019
Application Fee: 
$65 (0 if submitted by priority application deadline)
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Rhonda Brace
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Jan Clausen, Darrah Cloud, Kenny Fries, Beatrix Gates, Bhanu Kapil, Douglas A. Martin
Fiction: Jan Clausen, Darrah Cloud, Beatrix Gates, Elena Georgiou, Susan Kim, Aimee Liu, Douglas A. Martin, Rogelio Martinez, John McManus, Victoria Nelson, Keenan Norris, Richard Panek, Rahna Reiko Rizzuto, Sherri L. Smith
Nonfiction: Jan Clausen, Darrah Cloud, Kenny Fries, Beatrix Gates, Bhanu Kapil, Aimee Liu, Douglas A. Martin, John McManus, Victoria Nelson, Keenan Norris, Richard Panek, Rahna Reiko Rizzuto
Hybrid: Jan Clausen, Beatrix Gates, Elena Georgiou, Bhanu Kapil, Douglas A. Martin, Keenan Norris
Cross-Genre: Jan Clausen, Beatrix Gates, Bhanu Kapil, Douglas A. Martin, Keenan Norris
Graphic Novel: Susan Kim, Sherri L. Smith
Dramatic Writing: Deborah Brevoort, Darrah Cloud, Kenny Fries, Susan Kim, Rogelio Martinez, Victoria Nelson
TV Writing: Susan Kim, Rogelio Martinez
Libretto: Deborah Brevoort, Darrah Cloud, Kenny Fries, Beatrix Gates

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, in January and July, at the Goddard College campus in Plainfield, Vermont. Goddard College also offers a low-residency MFA program in Port Townsend, Washington, with residencies held during February and July.

The program hosts visiting authors and publishing and production 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.

Application Deadlines

Priority application deadlines: October 15 for the spring term, April 15 for the fall term
Final application deadlines: November 15 for the spring term, May 15 for the fall term

The application fee is waived for materials submitted by the priority deadline.

Graduates: 

Ellis Avery, Adam Braver, Karen Engelmann, Karen Essex, Cara Hoffman, Mary Johnson, Chris Millis, Christian Peet, Matthew Quick, Selah Saterstrom, Alexis Smith, Chana Porter, Sarah Cannon, and Simone John.