Welcome to the website of The Kratz Center for Creative Writing at Goucher College.

Founded by Madison Smartt Bell and Elizabeth Spires, the Kratz Center is one of Maryland’s premier undergraduate academic centers devoted to the study and presentation of creative writing.

Check us out on Instagram

We can also be found on and Twitter, Facebook. Current students and alums, feel free to join our Facebook group page.

Presenting the 2024 Summer Writing Fellows

Each year, the Kratz Center for Creative Writing offers summer writing fellowships that range from between $2,000 to $4,000. This year’s winners are:

Front row (l-r): Enzo Rocksmith, Madeline Tredway, Natalie Edmonds

Middle row: Spice Crawford, Kristen Wheeler, Hope Kamal

Back row:  Alyssa King, Manny Vidal, Emily Strickland

Winners studying abroad:  Jupiter Berrysmith, Lea Singer.

(photos by Adan Rodriguez)

Author Visit and Reading from Jane Delury

The Kratz Center is honored to host author Jane Delury for a reading from her newest novel Hedge, which was a pick from both People Magazine and Oprah this past summer. Her previous novel The Balcony won the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction in 2019. Delury’s stories have been printed in The Yale Review and Narrative Magazine, among others.

The reading will be held in the Soper Room on February 20th at 7 P.M.