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 M.F.A. in 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 Contact
Lana Oweidat

Full-Time and Half-Time Faculty

Edgar Kunz, Assistant Professor: Creative Writing

Sarah Pinsker, Kratz Writer-In-Residence

Phaye Poliakoff-Chen, Program Director: Creative Writing

Madison Smartt Bell, Professor of English: Creative Writing

Elizabeth Spires, Professor of English: Creative Writing

Charlee Sterling, Assistant Professor: Composition & Rhetoric, American Literature, Comics, Pop Culture and Multimodailty, Storytelling

Bill U’Ren, Assistant Professor: Fiction Writing and Screenwriting

Part-Time Faculty

Sylvia Jones, Adjunct Professor: Creative Writing (Poetry, Memoir, Flash Fiction), African American Lit, Post Modernism, Translation, Experimental, Conceptualism

Katherine Moulton, Lecturer: Creative Writing

Madeleine Mysko, Adjunct Professor: Academic and Creative Writing

Will Schutt, Adjunct Professor: Creative Writing

Opportunities & Internships


Internships help students explore possibilities, apply classroom learning, and gain experience. Explore internships and credit options.

Student Employment

Student employment connects students to both on and off-campus opportunities. The Career Education Office provides resources and support to students with or without Federal Work Study to find jobs, submit applications, and learn more about the job search process. Students have access to Goucher Recruit — an online site for job postings and job fair events.

Major & Career Exploration

Exploring career options, choosing a major, and making career decisions is a multi-step process in which all students are encouraged to engage early and often. Goucher students have a variety of resources available through the Majors and Career page to assist them in this process.

Job Search

A Goucher education prepares students for today’s job market and beyond. Students can explore job opportunities and access job search resources through the CEO Job Search page.

Graduate & Professional School

Students access resources for searching and applying to graduate and professional school through the CEO Graduate and Professional School page, through faculty and staff members, or utilizing their own resources, network and tools.

Johns Hopkins Carey Business School 4+1 BA/MS Program

Goucher College and Johns Hopkins Carey Business School are offering Goucher students a combined bachelor’s and master’s degree program. This 4+1 program combines a bachelor’s degree from Goucher with a master of science degree from Johns Hopkins in business analytics and risk management, information systems, health care management, finance, or marketing. Students can apply during their junior year. GRE or GMAT tests have been waived but applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 or better and have passed some quantitative reasoning courses with a grade of B or better.

Alumni SpotlightChevron iconLaura Tims '14

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Laura Tims '14

“I decided that I wanted to be a writer when I was pretty young. I never really had any backup plan.”

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