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 Spring 2015 Writer-in-Residence:

We are pleased to welcome the novelist Jordana Frankel as the Spring 2015 Kratz Writer-in-Residence.  Prof. Frankel is a creative writing instructor at Writopia Lab and a former marketing associate at the Book Report Network.  She received her BA from Goucher College and an MFA in creative writing from Hollins University.  She currently lives in New York City. The Ward is her first novel.  For more information, please feel free to email us:  kratz@goucher.edu.











We are pleased to announce that our spring reading event will feature two distinguished authors, Jordana Frankel, the Spring 2015 Kratz Writer-in-Residence, and novelist Andrew Ervin. The reading will be held Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at 8:00 p.m. in the Alumnae House.  Admission is free, and everyone in the community is welcome to attend.

Andrew Ervin’s first book, a collection of novellas titled Extraordinary Renditions, was included among the best books of 2010 at Publisher’s Weekly. His new novel, Burning Down George Orwell’s House, will be published in 2015. Ervin studied philosophy at Goucher College and completed his MFA in fiction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His short fiction has appeared in Conjunctions, The Southern Review, Fiction International, and several anthologies.

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Previous Events

About the Fall 2104 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.