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The Kratz Center for Creative Writing at Goucher College proudly presents Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout for two events on October 17, 2017.

In the afternoon, the author will give a presentation called, “Why You Don’t Need To Worry About Plot” in the Soper Room of the Julia Rogers Building at 3:00pm.

In the evening, Ms. Strout will read from and sign copies of her brand new novel, Anything Is Possible, which was written in tandem with her bestseller My Name is Lucy BartonAnything is Possible draws on the lives of the small-town characters evoked in the discussion between Lucy and her mother.  The evening event will begin at 8:00pm in Kraushaar Auditorium.

Born in Portland, Maine, Strout graduated from Bates College with a degree in English in 1977. She received a law degree along with a Certificate in Gerontology from Syracuse University College of Law. Strout has taught creative writing at Manhattan College, The New School, Bard College, Colgate University, and Queens University of Charlotte. She divides her time between Maine and New York City.

Both author events are free and open to the public, but tickets must be reserved for the evening event at www.goucher.edu/tickets.  For more information, contact the Kratz Center at kratz@goucher.edu.


Introducing the 2017 Kratz Center for Creative Writing Summer Writing Fellows












Photo by Lizzie Brown

Front row (l-r):  Samantha Kelly, Cydney Cohn, Havah Berg, Donche Golder, Anna Baptiste, David Hills, Madison Krchnavy.  Back row (l-r):  Kayla Snyder, Maya Petkovic; Erika DiPasquale; Anna Young; Julia Gerhardt; Jamie Tull.

Each year, the Kratz Center for Creative Writing at Goucher College offers writing fellowships for the summer. These awards range from between $1,000 to $3,000 and are open to all sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have taken a 200-level and a 300-level writing workshop at Goucher College. The fellowships fund worthy projects falling within the following areas: (1) travel and/or research connected to and culminating in a work of creative writing; (2) a writing-related internship at (for example) a literary magazine or book publisher; (3) attendance at a summer conference or workshop.

This year, the Kratz Center is pleased to welcome 16 students as the new 2017 Kratz Summer Writing Fellows (listed in alphabetical order):

Havah Berg’s project will involve travel to churches in Italy, France and Spain, with the operating question: “Does the practice of worship in these ancient centers of worship harmonize or clash with the imposed modern world?”

Erika DiPasquale’s fellowship will enable her to fulfill an internship at Pande Literary, a New York City literary agency.

Cydney Cohn’s project will involve travel to specific locations in Israel, including Jerusalem, to write poems about the culture, region and religion.

Donche Golder’s fellowship will enable him to travel across the U.S. by train and write poems that come out of the experience.

Kyle Graber’s project involves a 10-day self-designed poetry writing retreat with a Zen meditation component.

David Hills’s fellowship includes travel to and residence in New Orleans to write poems about the culture there (including, but not limited to, Voodoo).

Samantha Kelly’s project involves road travel in either the Philadelphia/Delaware area or the Boston area to produce a photo-poetry journal on the experience.

Kayla Snyder’s project features travel to Ireland to write poetry about the experience.

Anna Baptiste’s fellowship will enable her to travel to the Maxfuncon West Convention in Lake Arrowhead, CA to write a set of interconnected short stories.

Julia Gerhardt’s fellowship will allow her travel to work on a vineyard in Florence, Italy, and write fiction based on the experience

Sophia Hancock’s fellowship will enable her to travel to Italy, Germany, France and Spain, to inspire short fiction from art and architecture

Madison Krchnavy’s fellowship will involve travel to and residence in Canada with a group to write fiction on themes of friendship.

Maya Petkovic’s fellowship will enable her to attend the New York State Summer Writers’ Institute at Skidmore College.

William Stieglitz’s fellowship will allow him to attend the Stony Brook Southampton Writers’ Conference to complete his novel Boiling Point.

Jamie Tull’s fellowship will support research and writing about opiate addiction and treatment.

Anna Young’s fellowship will enable her to fulfill an internship at Bancroft Press in Baltimore.


Summer Writing Fellowships

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.

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.