ChooseWhy Choose This Program?

Why Study Creative Writing at Goucher?

Goucher has one of the most established undergraduate programs in creative writing in the nation. The program has produced a rich array of authors, editors, performers, teachers, nonprofit managers, and civic leaders. Creative writing concentrators in the English Program must take courses in British and American literature, textual analysis, and critical theory along with core creative writing courses in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and more. Upon graduation, successful creative writing concentrators and minors can expect to become well rounded thinkers and writers who have the tools to gain publication.

LearnWhat Will You Learn?

What Will You Learn?

At Goucher, we see ourselves as a community of writers who value learning, self-expression, and diversity. Members of our writing community support one another even as we recognize our differences, and we hope that all members of our community will develop the creativity, innovation, and inherent joy that is the art of writing, by learning to engage ourselves critically as readers, thinkers, and writers. More information can be found at

Goucher’s Creative Writing Program is distinct from its Academic Writing Program and its MFA in Creative Nonfiction Program.

DoWhat Will You Do?

What Will You Do?

Goucher’s Kratz Center for Creative Writing complements the creative writing program. The Center brings nationally recognized authors like ROBERT STONE, ANN PATCHETT, and EDWARD P. JONES to Goucher College for lectures, readings, and semester-long residencies. These authors work closely with students within the creative writing program to provide a stimulating intellectual and creative environment in which the highest quality of writing is encouraged. The Kratz Center functions cooperatively with the undergraduate creative writing program, enhancing and expanding the curriculum with distinguished visiting guest writers and new course offerings.


Program Contacts
Madison Smartt Bell, Phaye Poliakoff-Chen

Full-Time and Half-Time Faculty
Madison Smartt Bell, Professor of English: creative writing

Kathy Flann, Associate Professor of English: creative writing

Elizabeth Spires, Professor of English: creative writing

Bill U’Ren, Assistant Professor: creative writing