Welcome to the website of The Kratz Center for Creative Writing at Goucher College. Co-directed by Madison Smartt Bell and Elizabeth Spires, the Kratz Center is one of Maryland’s premier undergraduate academic centers devoted to the study and presentation of creative writing. To learn about our Summer Writing Fellowships for undergraduate students at Goucher College, please visit www.goucher.edu/kratzfellowships.

About the Fall 2104 Visiting Author:


Photo: Jennifer Weiner

We are pleased to welcome the bestselling novelist Jennifer Weiner as the Fall 2014 Visiting Author. Jennifer Weiner is the author of ten hugely popular novels and a vocal proponent of gender equality in the media. On Wednesday October 8, 2014 at 8:00 p.m., Jennifer Weiner will read and discuss her work and sign books in the Hyman Forum of the Sanford J. Ungar Athenaeum.  At 3:00 p.m. on the same day, the community may “Meet the Author” in the Soper Room of the Julia Rogers Building. Both events are free and open to the public, but tickets for the 8:00 p.m. reading must be reserved online at http://goucher.edu/tickets. Teachers are welcome to bring students. Email kratz@goucher.edu for more information. Arrangements for the appearance of Jennifer Weiner made through Greater Talent Network, Inc., New York, NY. For more information about Jennifer Weiner, click here.

About the Spring 2014 Writer-in-Residence:

We were pleased to welcome the novelist Michael Kimball as the Spring 2014 Kratz Writer-in-Residence. Click here to read more about Michael Kimball’s residency.

About the Fall 2013 Visiting Author Event:

We were pleased to welcome the cartoonist and novelist Lynda Barry as the Fall 2013 Visiting Author. Click here to read more about Lynda Barry’s visit to the college.

About the Spring 2013 Writer-in-Residence Event:

We were pleased to welcome the novelist, essayist, and educator Kyoko Mori as the Spring 2013 Kratz Writer-in-Residence. For more information on this event, click here.

About the Fall 2012 Visiting Author Event:

We were pleased to welcome Colm Tóibín as the Fall 2012 Visiting Author. Colm Tóibín is the Award-Winning author of the novels The Master and Brooklyn, and the Mellon Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. For more information on this event, click here.