MFA in Creative Writing Program

Personal Statement

Cara Hoffman (MFAW ’09) is a novelist who graduated from Goddard’s low-residency MFA in Creative Writing program in 2009. Her first novel, So Much Pretty, found an agent, and very shortly after graduation it found a major sale with Random House.

Hoffman came to Goddard after a dedicated career as a journalist and time spent as a guest lecturer at Cornell University and Tompkins Courtland Community College, where she now teaches.

“Goddard College is the only school I ever wanted to attend,” says Hoffman. “It’s a place where radical change is supported and encouraged; where commitment to creative discipline and social justice is expected. I know of no other institution where respect for the craft of writing is fostered with such joy or where dedication to intellectual rigor and curiosity are modeled by the faculty with so much respect for the student.

“I’m proud to be an alumna of this historically progressive institution. Goddard College changed my life.”  –Cara Hoffman (author of the critically acclaimed novels So Much Pretty and Be Safe I Love You).

Be Safe I Love You, published by Simon & Schuster, comes out April 1, 2014.

Listen to her live radio interview on The Goddard Hour on WGDR on Thursday, April 3 at 11:00 am.