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.
Students: the 2017 Kratz Summer Writing Fellowship application form is now available here.
To learn about our Summer Writing Fellowships for undergraduate students at Goucher College, please visit www.goucher.edu/kratzfellowships.
Information about last year’s Kratz Summer Writing Fellowship Winners is available here.
Previous Author Events
The Fall 2016 visiting writer was Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Egan.
About the Spring 2016 Visiting Author Event:
We were pleased to welcome the Spring 2016 Kratz Center Writer-in-Residence, Andrew Ervin, along with author Talley English, for a dual reading in the Batza Room of the Ungar Athenaeum. Check out this profile of author and alum Andrew Ervin from the Goucher Quarterly.
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.
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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.
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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.
Eleanor Kratz Denoon (1915 - 2010)
The founding donor of the Kratz Center for Creative Writing was Eleanor Kratz Denoon, class of 1936. She was a tireless champion of literature, a lifelong advocate for peace, and a beloved alumna of Goucher College.