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BFA in Creative Writing

The Low-Residency Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (BFAW) focuses on fine arts literary endeavors. It is the first low-residency BFA program in the country! You may seek a sole vocation in writing, or integrate your creative writing into professions such as psychology, social work, library science or education. With the BFA in Creative Writing, you may also go on to pursue graduate work in creative writing, literature, or professional writing.


First semester students are pre-assigned a faculty advisor; for each semester after the first, you will participate in choosing your faculty advisor. At residency, you meet with your advisors and peers and attend BFAW-specific workshops in craft, along with student readings, and a visiting writer reading and workshop each semester. You will participate in three group studies facilitated by members of the BFAW faculty, one of which focuses on editing and publishing an online literary journal, and two of which are content-based writing workshops. View sampling of residency workshops and presentations.

In addition, the program offers an array of participatory events, including faculty workshops, presentations and workshops by graduating students, a student art show, a student/faculty reading, and a cabaret.


The low-residency BFA in Creative Writing Program is a 120-credit program open to transfer students who have already completed approximately 60 liberal arts credits. You may be eligible to bring a combination of transfer credits and/or credits awarded for prior learning and experience into the program. Credit for prior learning and experience is determined through Goddard’s  Assessment of Prior Learning process. If you are just beginning your undergraduate studies, you can enroll in Goddard’s BA in Individualized Studies Program before transferring to the BFA in Creative Writing Program.


To receive the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, you must complete the degree requirements of the BA in Individualized Studies degree program plus demonstrate competency in the Arts and Humanities and critical thinking in the following areas:

  • Reading across genres, cultures, and era
  • Development of of various craft techniques
  • Reading as a writer
  • Literary criticism and engaged literary theory

You will present your Senior Study in the form of:

  • A manuscript of 25-100 pages, depending on the genre, of well-crafted, significantly revised creative work;
  • A 15-30 page reflective critical paper on the subject of craft, integrating literary criticism and explication of the writer’s own work;
  • A reflective essay on the cultural/societal responsibilities of the writer;
  • Bibliography and annotated bibliography;
  • A reading of your senior study manuscript work to the residency community, followed by a question and answer period facilitated by members of the BFAW faculty.

You will leave the program with a complete draft of a creative manuscript that has gone through a number of revisions. At the same time, you will have gained a deep connection to your writing peers, many of whom will continue to sustain you as the work of writing continues.


updated 4/10/13
Locations Offered: 
Plainfield, VT