Goddard College

Plainfield, VT


Students may choose their residency in either Plainfield, VT or Port Townsend, WA

We believe in the power of your imagination. Since 1976, when Goddard College launched the nation’s first low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program, we have provided an enduring creative home for writers like you. Our goal is to help you find, refine, and share your words with the world. Unlike many conventional MFA programs, we welcome writers in a variety of genres, including libretto, television writing, and the graphic novel, as well as creative nonfiction, poetry, dramatic writing, fiction, speculative fiction, and hybrid forms.

We support you in determining your artistic direction and work with you to individualize the course of study that will enable you to fulfill your dreams. We’ll provide the structure, deadlines, and guidance you need from professional mentors who are working writers in your chosen genre.

Goddard’s low-residency model allows you to complete your book, play, or script without compromising your other work or family obligations.

Degrees Offered



Fiction, Poetry, CNF, CYA, Drama, Screenwriting, Graphic Novel

Residency type


Program length

48 semester hours (4 semesters)

Financial Aid

Goddard has some internal partial scholarships available

Teaching opportunities

Students complete a teaching practicum as part of their studies. Students interested in obtaining elementary or secondary teacher licensure may do so by transferring to the Goddard College Education and Licensure Program for two semesters following the completion of their MFA studies.

Editorial opportunities

Yes, students have the opportunity to work on the voluntary, student-run literary journal "The Pitkin Review."

Cross-genre study

Yes, cross genre and hybrid genre is possible.


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