Goddard College

Goddard College

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing


200 Battery Way

Port Townsend, WA 98368

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

Format: Hybrid

Program Description:

You have always been a writer. Inside you awaits the book or the play or the script — in other words, the creative project — that you have always dreamed of writing. Today, you have chosen to make that dream a reality. Yet you need help: you need structure, deadlines, support, and the guidance of professional mentors who can help you realize your dreams as a writer without compromising your other family or work obligations. In short, you need a creative community and all that it can offer. Welcome to Goddard’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing.

Learn the craft of creative writing one-on-one with advisors — all of whom are working writers — who specialize in the genre you’re passionate about. Convene twice yearly for intensive residencies in either rural Vermont or on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. When the residency is over, return home with a book list designed specifically for you and a comprehensive plan to produce your creative thesis. During the semester, you’ll stay in close contact with your advisor as you produce packets that explore your craft in great detail. When you return to residencies, you’ll reconnect with your advisors and a diverse community of fellow student writers from around the country.


Goddard supports students writing in the following genres:

  • Fiction
  • Poetry
  • Creative Nonfiction/Memoir
  • Playwriting
  • Libretto Writing
  • Screenwriting
  • Television Writing
  • Graphic Novel Scriptwriting 


The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is offered in Goddard’s unique low-residency model, which removes the barriers between living your life and learning. In our low-residency model, each semester begins with an eight-day residency in either Plainfield, Vermont or Port Townsend, Washington. Following the residency, there are 16 weeks of independent work and self-reflection in close collaboration with a faculty advisor and course mentors.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Distant Rural Area

Size & Settings: 0-999

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