The 2017 Kratz Summer Writing Fellowship
Click here to download the application form for the 2017 Kratz Summer Writing Fellowship (SWF) competition.
Guidelines And Stipulations:
Each year, the Kratz Center for Creative Writing at Goucher College offers writing fellowships for the summer. The fellowships fund worthy projects falling within the following areas: travel and/or research connected to and culminating in a work of creative writing; a writing-related internship, at (for example) a literary magazine or book publisher; and/or attendance at a summer conference or workshop. The awards range from between $1,000.00 to $3,000.00. The following ten stipulations apply:
1) Qualified sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have taken a 200-level and a 300-level writing workshop at Goucher College by the time of the receipt of the award are invited to apply.
2) Students do not have to be English majors with a concentration in writing.
3) Submit up to eight poems, up to 25 pages of fiction or creative nonfiction, a sample chapter from a novel with a one-page plot synopsis, or one play.
4) Fiction writers, poets, creative nonfiction writers, and playwrights may apply.
5) Fellowships may not be used to fund Intensive Courses Abroad (ICAs).
6) No changes may be made in the category of the original proposal (for example, money awarded for an internship must be used for an internship).
7) Projects funded must be completed in the summer—fellowships may not be used for a project scheduled to happen later.
8) Fellowship awardees are required to submit a dossier of the writing produced during the fellowship to the Directors of the Kratz Center in the Fall semester following the summer fellowship period (see the agreement below for specifics).
9) Applicants are urged to be specific and thorough in the articulation of their artistic agenda in the narrative and the budget. Avoid over-generalized statements and carefully rationalize artistic aims. For travel requests, rather than merely stating plans for a road trip, articulate how funds requested for travel reflect the applicant’s creative approach.
10) Use scanners in the Library (or elsewhere) to create scanned copies of the signed application form and waiver prior to emailing the complete dossier to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Past Kratz Summer Writing Fellows:
1) Marie Claire Bryant will write a collection of poems about Baltimore city.
2) Scott Carpenter will write poems based on travel to China.
3) Elizabeth Anne Causey will write fiction based on travel to Brazil.
4) Dara Crawley will write fiction based on the idea of the Southern African American Gothic.
5) Nola Dolan will write fiction based travel to Williamstown, Virginia.
6) Emily Hewlings will write poems inspired by study at the New York State Summer Writer’s Institute.
7) Noah Klein will write essays about your father while traveling to sites inspired by him.
8) Emilie Lewis will write a novel about horses while traveling in the Northern United States.
9) Lindsey Long will write a novella and play inspired by travel to Italy and the story of Galileo.
10) Samantha Richardson will write poems inspired by travel to Arles, France and the work of Van Gogh.
11) Craig Richie will write a play on the idea of friendship informed by cross-country research.
1) Corrine Bennett received funding to travel to Buenos Aires to produce fiction inspired by Borges and Cortazar.
2) Lisa Charron received funding to travel to Nepal and India to support the creation of contemplative poetry.
3) Hannah Fenster received funding to fund attendance a the Iowa Summer Workshops at the University of Iowa.
4) Alexandra Kessler received funding to travel and study among the fishermen and seafarers of Montauk, NY to support the creation of fiction.
5) Timothy Proser received funding to travel and research in Nashville and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee to support the creation of fiction about regional Southern male masculinity.
6) Raychel Rapazza received funding to support fiction about the past and present cultural history of New York City inspired by Dorothy Parker and Edith Wharton.
7) Anna Richardson received funding to travel and research at organic farms in California, Oregon, and Hawaii to support the creation of poetry.
8) Inga Schmidt received funding to travel to Valley Forge, Cuyahoga Valley, Badlands, Grand Teton, Zion, North Cascades, Theodore Roosevelt, And Glacier to create environmentally themed poetry.
9) Laura Tims received funding to attend the Stony Brook Southhampton Literature Conference.
10) Sierra Troy-Regier received funding to travel and study in Mexico, Kentucky, and Louisiana to support fiction on the theme Of “landscapes.”
1) Elise Burke, Class of 2012, received a fellowship to support the creation of a collection of historical short fiction informed by travel and study through Assateague and Chincoteague Islands in Maryland and Virginia.
2) Vincent Dajani, Class of 2013, received a fellowship to support the creation of a collection of magical realist fiction about psychic mediums informed by travel and study at Lily Dale, a psychic community in New York State.
3) Jacob Dilson, Class of 2013, received a fellowship to support the creation of a ten-poem portrait of a post-Katrina New Orleans based on fieldwork within the city.
4) Aaron Gilbert, Class of 2012, received a fellowship to support the creation of a collection of literary journalism about socioeconomically disadvantaged youth based on fieldwork in Portland, Oregon.
5) Omari Jeremiah, Class of 2012, received a fellowship to support the creation of literary journalism inspired by travel throughout Costa Rica.
6) Camden Kimura, Class of 2012, received a fellowship to support study at Skidmore College’s New York Summer Writer’s Institute while writing a collection of poems.
7) Peter Krause, Class of 2012, received a fellowship to support the creation of a collection of poems based on his travels throughout several East Asian countries.
8) Lara “Bea” McQueen, Class of 2012, received a fellowship to support study at the Tin House’s Writer’s Workshop at Reed College in Portland, Oregon while writing a collection of fiction.
9) Raychel Rapazza, Class of 2012, received a fellowship to support internships and field studies at several literary agencies in the greater Boston and New Hampshire areas while writing a collection of fiction.
10) Laura Tims, Class of 2013, received a fellowship to support employment and field study at the Fine Print Literary Management Agency in New York City while writing a young adult novel.
11) Rebecca Titus, Class of 2013, received a fellowship to support fieldwork throughout the Southwestern United States while producing a collection of persona poems and original photographs.
12) Naomi Weekes, Class of 2013, received a fellowship to support fieldwork across the United States from East to West and back while writing poems about diverse American identities.
1) Luke Albao received funds to travel to Hawaii, the birthplace of his father for fiction.
2) Elise Burke received funds to spend two months visiting cities in West Virginia, Southern Virginia and North Carolina to get a stronger sense of the diverse faces of Appalachia, with the intent of using these local scenes, settings, and characters in her fiction.
3) Mieke deVrind received funds to support her research on an organic farm in Spain for a month to write a “Farmer’s Almanac” in poetry about the experience.
4) Kelly Anne Graves traveled to Kyoto, Japan for a month studying Japanese forms of poetry, including haiku, with the intent to compile a series of poems relating to the neuroscience and the mind.
5) Sam Legrys traveled to Ulaanbaatar, the capitol city of Mongolia, for a month (a country where he spent a semester last year and where he speaks the language) to support his new short stories.
6) Lucien Meadows traveled to London, Paris and Amsterdam for 15 days to write poems answering the question, “How can artists create a space to allow co-construction of meaning and identity?”
7) Allyse Pollock traveled to Glasgow, the city of her oldest ancestors, to Clontibret, Ireland, the birthplace of her great-great-grandfather, and then to Dublin culminating in research, interviews and a fifty-page, one-act play using elements of documentary style drama.
8) Sarah Ropp traveled to Holland for four weeks, a place where she lived ten years ago when she was sixteen, to try to answer the question in nonfiction, “Can you go home again?”
9) Abigail Thomas, a self-confessed Francophile from a young age, traveled to Paris for two weeks to explore the topic through poems of how the revolutionary mindset came to the forefront in the 1968 French protests and how that influence has changed French culture and society over the intervening years.
10) Sierra Troy-Regier spent the month of July in Santa Fe, New Mexico writing fiction about Native American pueblos and reservations.
The following students received fellowships for 2010:
1) Luke Albao
2) Abby Becker
3) Sally Anne Clegg
4) Jasper Cole
5) Angela Graci
6) Edgar Kunz
7) Samuel LeGrys
8) Adam Marans
9) Julie Steinbacher
10) Spencer Thurlow
11) Rebecca Titus
12) Elli Westmoreland
13) Brett Youngerman
1) Holly Roland (for travel to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands to write a series of poems and translate them into Spanish).
2) Rachel Stark (for an internship at Penguin Books in New York).
3) Chelsea Barolet (for an internship with “Poetry Out Loud,” a Maryland State Arts Council program).
4) Adam Marans (for a stay on the isle of Matinicus, Maine, to write a prose and poetry sequence).
5) Elli Westmoreland (for travel to Big Horn, Wyoming, for a photo-essay and writing projects related to the Big Horn Medicine Wheel).
6) Gregory Baer (for travel to Montreal for language immersion and to write fiction based on cross-lingual relationships).
7) Lindsay Stuart Hill (for a residency at Zen Mountain Monastery to develop a series of Zen-related poems).
8) Susan Dobinick (for an internship at New Moon, Skipping Stones, Carus Publishing Group, or Hornbook)
9) Zach Martin (for travel to Lisbon for language immersion and a series of poems and translations from the Portuguese).
1) Elisabeth “Ella” Aroneau (to attend the Tin House Summer Writers Workshop).
2) Susan Dobinick (for an internship with Scholastic Books, a children’s book publisher).
3) Lindsay Stuart Hill (for travel to ruins and pilgrimage sites in Ireland to gather material for a series of poems).
4) Tim King (for travel to Spain to research a mixed genre-writing project about language and identity).
5) Geoffrey Leonard (for travel to Venezuela to research a novel in progress about land disputes and land rights in Latin America).
6) Zach Martin (for travel to Oregon and Washington State to gather material for poems in the style and spirit of Gary Snyder).
7) Meghan Meros (for travel along the Camino de Santiago, a pilgrimage trail, to gather material for a series of poems).
8) Kaitlyn Miller (for travel to Wales to gather material for a fantasy fiction project based on Welsh mythology).
9) Tim Quinlan (for travel along the Hudson River trail to gather material for his novel in progress).
10) Josh Sasson (for attendance at screenwriting workshops at the Maine Media Workshop in Rockporte, Maine).
11) Isaac Shapiro (for contribution to production expenses of “You Stole My Script,” a one-act play).
12) Julie Steinbacher (for travel to several mid-West/Western mountains to gather material for short stories).
1) Allison McCarthy: support for an unpaid summer internship at a literary magazine, The Baltimore Review.
2) Phoebe Westwood: attendance at Skidmore Summer Writers’ Conference or Iowa Summer Writers’ Workshop.
3) Jillian Schweitzer: support for a three-week intensive course in Prague.
4) Jean Berger: support for travel in Israel to research a series of short stories about American Jews returning there.
5) Rachel Bernstein: support to attend Skidmore Summer Writers’ Conference.
6) Ashley Farris: travel to literary sites in England to collect material for poems.
1) Mariah Healey: five weeks teaching photography to impoverished children in Guatemala and Honduras, to result in works of creative nonfiction.
2) Erik Oster: to attend the Paris American Academy during July, to result in short stories and essays.
3) Josh Sasson: to attend the Paris American Academy summer creative writing workshop.
4) Hanna Badalov: to support a trip to Barcelona, the capital city of Catalonia in Spain to write stories and poems influenced by Gaudi.
5) Michael Campochiaro: to support a road trip to the West to produce a group of stories most likely to be set in California or Arizona.
6) Jordana Frankel: to support the study of folkloric narratives and storytelling at the Festival on the Edge (England), the Yukon Festival (Canada) and the Timponagos Storytelling Festival (Canada) as background for an oral narrative/poem cycle.
7) Nathanael Wells Holbrook: to support travel to research stories and poems based on homes in Newport, the Hudson River Valley, and California (e.g. Hearst Castle and Winchester Mystery House.
8) Sarah Kendall: to support an internship at The Writers’ Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
1) Andrew Madison: to attend workshops in screenwriting, travel writing, and fiction at the Paris American Academy in France.
2) Allison McCarthy: to attend the Tinker Mountain Writers’ Workshop at Hollins University.
3) Anna Slesinski: to support a trip to Berlin to meet her German relatives and write a braided narrative about them.
4) Rebecca Rosenberg: to support a visit to Chicago for research for a novel about gay marriage set there.
5) Elizabeth Kaldor: to attend the Juniper Summer Writing Institute at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she will study fiction writing with Grace Paley.
6) Scott Sell: for travel to the towns at which the writer Raymond Carver was born and raised (Clatskanie, Oregon, and Yakima, Washington).
7) Adrienne Casalena: to offset travel to Siena, Italy to take intensive language and literature courses at the Center for Study Abroad.
1) Naa-Norley Adom received a fellowship to complete an internship with “A Gathering of Tribes,” a New York City arts organization.
2) Adrienne Casalena received a fellowship to complete two-week course on Modern Irish Writers in Ireland.
3) Nairobi Collins received a fellowship to complete an internship at Lollipop Magazine in Baltimore and work on a sequence of autobiographical stories.
4) Caitlin Corrigan received a fellowship to conduct self-supervised work on a series of poems and essays on how community manifests itself in different places.
5) Jeffrey Dieter received a fellowship to conduct self-supervised work involving the writing of a series of poems exploring his family history.
6) Shoshana Flax received a fellowship to attend a Playwriting Workshop at the Allihies Language and Art Center in West Cork, Ireland.
7) Greg Wolff received a fellowship to support an extended visit to the Pennsylvania State University graduate program in philosophy to research a novel-in-progress about students in a similar program.
1) David Spencer: for research for a third novel set in Baltimore City and Harford County.
2) Kristen Jenkins: travel to Lithuania as background for a sonnet cycle.
3) Helen McLaughlin: attendance of the Iowa Summer Writing Festival.
4) Jared Fischer: travel to Grignon, France to support poems.
5) Jocelyn Heath: Internship at Baltimore Magazine.
6) Matthew Ashby: for a cross-country trip including stops in Wisconsin, Montana, Colorado, California, Louisiana, Texas and Tennessee, as background for a multi-media project in collaboration with Bryan Bieniek, a painter at the Maryland Institute College of Art.
7) Maryah Converse: a fiction writer with a special interest in science fiction and fantasy, for travel to Germany to translate a novel by the German fantasy Wolfgang Hohlbein.
8) Itta Englander: for trips to New York City and Washington DC, to research a collection of short stories about the experience of immigrant Jews.
1) Laura Bogart: attendance of the Honors Colloquium on Beauty, Harmony and Proportion in the art of ancient Greece.
2) Megan Skyler Breeden: summer internship at the Core Knowledge Foundation in Charlottesville, VA, founded by E.D. Hirsch in 1986.
3) Rachel Loeper: attendance of summer program at the Naropa Institute’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics.
4) Maria Folsom-Kovarik: summer internship at the non-profit organization VÍDES West USA to produce creative nonfiction. VÍDES is an international volunteer organization seeking to educate socially at risk youth, especially women.
5) Sarajane Snyder: attendance of the Sitka Symposium in Alaska, to produce fiction and creative nonfiction.
6) Jessica Bowers: to support a summer internship at Style Magazine in Baltimore and work on a novel-in-progress involving taxidermy and museum curating.
7) Jennifer Fortin: travel to New Brunswick, Canada, the geographic base for the Mi’kmaq tribe of the Cree Nation, from which she is descended.
8) Hannah Leatherbury: for travel to Quebec for foreign language immersion to support work on a novel featuring linguistic dislocations between several different languages, as experienced by a character operating outside the context of her native tongue.
1) Elizabeth Allee: travel across America from West Virginia through New England, South Dakota, Wyoming and Nevada, culminating in volunteer service in the editorial offices of the magazine of the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah.
2) Sarah Raz: May-August internship with the newsletter “Help to Increase Peace,” supported by the American Friends Service Committee in Baltimore, Maryland.
3) Stacy Grimes: “Up Home,” multi-voice narrative based on oral history project about the Depression era in Rural Western Maryland.
4) Shauna Kelley: June-July internship with Whitston Publishing Company in Albany, New York.
5) Kristy Raffensberger: June-August attendance of six-week Columbia/Radcliffe Publishing Program.
6) Andrej Krasnansky: month long camping tour of Alaska, to result in a combination of fiction, poetry, photo-essay.
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.