Welcome

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.

Check us out on facebook.  Current students and alums… log in and join our group page.

The Spring 2016 Kratz Center Writer-in-Residence  is Andrew Ervin.

Information about the Kratz Center 2016 Summer Writing Fellowship Winners is available here.

Students:  keep an eye on this space for the 2017 SWF application form.  It will be available here.


Previous Author Events

About the Fall 2015 Visiting Author Event:

We were pleased to welcome three-time National Book Award finalist Gail Godwin as the Fall 2015 Visiting Author on October 1, 2015. For more information about the author, please click here.

About the Spring 2015 Reading Event:

Our spring reading event for 2015 featured two distinguished alum-authors, Jordana Frankel, the Spring 2015 Kratz Writer-in-Residence, and novelist Andrew Ervin. The reading was held Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at 8:00 p.m. in the Alumnae House for a packed house of 80 students and guests.  For more about Andrew Ervin’s new book, click this link: Burning Down George Orwell’s House.

About the Fall 2014 Visiting Author Event:

We were 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. 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.