Each year, during the Spring semester, the Kratz Center for Creative Writing welcomes a Writer-in-Residence to Goucher College. Over the course of the semester, the Writer-in-Residence teaches an advanced fiction writing course, conducts tutorials with students, reads from his or her work, signs books, visits classes, and bonds with students and community.
Spring 2016 Kratz Writer-in-Residence: Andrew Ervin
Novelist Andrew Ervin will serve as the 2016 Kratz Writer-in-Residence at Goucher College. For more about Andrew Ervin’s new book, click this link: Burning Down George Orwell’s House. In addition to teaching an advanced creative writing seminar, Prof. Ervin also will give a reading in Buchner Hall on Thursday, April 14, 2016.
Past Spring Writers-in-Residence:
Young adult novelist and Goucher alum Jordana Frankel served as the Spring 2015 Kratz Writer-in-Residence at Goucher College. Prof. Frankel 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. In the spring, Prof. Frankel taught English 300, featuring the special topic area of young adult fiction.
Award-winning novelist Michael Kimball served as the Spring 2014 Kratz Writer-in-Residence at Goucher College. Professor Kimball taught English 300, an advanced fiction workshop, and conducted independent studies. Professor Kimball also read from his work on Wednesday April 2, 2014 in the Batza Room of the Athenaeum.
Novelist, essayist, and educator Kyoko Mori served as the Spring 2013 Kratz Writer-in-Residence. Professor Mori taught English 300, an advanced fiction writing course, and conducted tutorials with creative writing students. She also read from her work and signed copies of her award winning books on Tuesday April 2, 2013 in Buchner Hall.
Beverly Lowry was the Spring Writer-in-Residence for 2011 and 2012. On Tuesday March 1, 2011 at Buchner Hall, she read from her fiction. On Tuesday March 20, with Goucher English Professor Michelle Tokarczyk, she held a talk on the art of creative nonfiction. While in residence, Beverly Lowry also taught courses and tutorials.
Kathy Flann and Bill U’Ren, standing creative writing professors at Goucher, gave the Spring 2010 fiction reading on Wednesday April 21, 2010 in the Batza Room at the Athenaeum.
Jessica Anya Blau was the Spring 2009 Writer-in-Residence and she read from her work on Thursday April 23, 2009 in the Chapel.
Robert Girardi was the Spring 2008 Writer-in-Residence. He taught a fiction writing workshop, conducted tutorials, and read from his work on Thursday May 1, 2009 in the Chapel.
Laura Lippman was the Spring 2007 Writer-in-Residence. She taught a fiction writing workshop, conducted tutorials, and read from her work on Wednesday April 18, 2007 in the Chapel.
Katharine Weber was the Spring 2006 Writer-in-Residence. She read from her work on Wednesday April 5, 2006 and taught fiction courses and tutorials.
Maud Casey was the Spring 2005 Writer-in-Residence. She read from her work on Wednesday April 6, 2005 in the Buchner Hall of the Alumnae/i House and taught a fiction course and tutorials.
Julianna Baggott was the Spring 2004 Writer-in-Residence. She read from her work in Buchner Hall of the Alumnae/i House on Wednesday, April 7 and taught a fiction course and tutorials.
Susan Richards Shreve was the Spring Writer-in-Residence for read from her work on Wednesday, February 6, 2002 in the Great Hall of the Alumnae/i House and taught a fiction course and tutorials.
George Garrett was the Spring 2001 Writer-in-Residence. He read from his work on April 11, 2001 in the Great Hall of the Alumnae/i House and taught a fiction course and tutorials.
Darcey Steinke, Goucher Class of 1985, was the Spring 2000 Writer-in-Residence. She read from her work on Tuesday February 8, 2000 in the Faculty Lounge, Room 117, in Van Meter Hall, and taught a fiction course and tutorials.
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.