The Kratz Center for Creative Writing is an academic program that fosters excellence in creative writing for Goucher College, the state of Maryland, and beyond. The Kratz Center brings nationally and internationally recognized authors to campus for its Fall Visiting Authors Series and its Spring Writer-in-Residence Series. These authors work closely with students to provide them with a stimulating environment in which the highest quality of writing is encouraged.

Created by a generous $1 million gift from Eleanor Kratz Denoon, a 1936 Goucher alumna, the Kratz Center builds upon Goucher’s long-standing reputation of producing talented and distinguished writers such as Jennifer Crowell, author of Necessary Madness; Christine Stewart, who received the 1998 Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship for her collection of poems; John McManus, author of a collection of short stories, Stop Breaking Down; and many more.

The following is an interview originally published in The Goucher Quarterly Magazine (January 2000) between the Kratz Center’s Co-Director, the novelist and Goucher professor Madison Smartt Bell and Rick Bader in which Professor Bell talks about the college’s new Kratz Center for Creative Writing.

The following is the introduction of David Guterson that Madison Smartt Bell offered on
September 13, 1999, in the Kraushaar Auditorium on the occasion of the Kratz Center’s first visiting author event.

The Kratz Center functions cooperatively with Goucher’s undergraduate Creative Writing Program within the English Department, enhancing and expanding the curriculum with distinguished guest writers and new course offerings.

In addition to the Fall and Spring author and writer-in-residence series, the Center hosts an array of master classes and symposia each semester. The Center also manages a student-run writing group called Word for Word that visits conferences, curates small events with local appeal, and holds other peer activities like “write-nights” (student-led critical feedback sessions) and “think-nights” (shoptalk about writing craft).

The Center offers annual Summer Writing Fellowships to select creative writing students at Goucher. To read detailed guidelines for the Kratz Summer Writing Fellowships, click here. Or Goucher students should email kratz@goucher.edu to receive the application form and waiver form for the Kratz Summer Writing Fellowships.