Word for Word
Initiated in 2002 by a Goucher creative writing student named Hannah Leatherbury through the support of an Innovation Grant from the President’s Office of Goucher College, Word for Word (W4W) is the Kratz Center for Creative Writing’s Student Group. Sometimes called “The Writers Forum,” Word for Word is presently headed by a senior named Noah Klein.
Noah Klein is an English major with a concentration in Literature and Secondary Education. He hails from New Rochelle, New York. His primary focus is self-discovery and community engagement through poetry. He is interested in building new and innovative ways for poetry and fiction to reach grassroots audiences. He hopes that through W4W that he can spread knowledge, understanding, passion, and experimentation through creative writing to youth.
Word for Word engages in the following activities :
1) The group frequently hosts biweekly or weekly “write-nights” and “think-nights,” which are student-run discussions of creative writing, editing, or professional issues.
2) The group curates small events or master classes related to craft, editing, publishing, and professional issues.
3) The group visits conferences and festivals related to creative writing.
4) The group organizes student readings at local retirement homes, middle schools, and high schools.
5) The group volunteers with local nonprofits like Wide Angle Youth Media to spread the “good news” about the vocation of creative writing to youth.
6) Festive Friday evening open mics that bring Goucher writers into contact with the Baltimore writing community.
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.