Alumni, MFA in Creative Writing Program

Personal Statement

Weinstein Co. Sets James Ponsoldt To Script “Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock,” Matthew Quick’s latest novel (April 16, 2103).

Big News for MFAW ’07 alumnus Matthew Quick: Silver Linings Playbook movie receives 8 Oscar nominations! (1/10/2013)

Pictured at left: David O. Russell, Matthew Quick, Katie Couric, Bradley Cooper, and Robert De Niro.

The film adaptation of graduate Matthew M. Quick’s debut novel, The Silver Linings Playbook (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2008) received 8 Oscar nominations today, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Bradley Cooper), Best Actress (Jennifer Lawrence), Best Supporting Actor (Robert DeNiro), Best Supporting Actress (Jacki Weaver), Best Director (David O. Russell), and Best Adapted Screenplay (David O. Russell).

“There is no doubt this will be a contender….[This is] a film that is worth every satisfying minute you spend with it.” – IndieWire

Hailed as a riotous, poignant story, the novel was Quick’s thesis when he was completing his MFA in Creative Writing at Goddard College.When Quick, a former teacher, decided to earn his MFA, his first choice of schools was Goddard College.

“I had heard a lot about MFA programs that produce nothing but highbrow, highly polished academic literary fiction that reads much like everything else that comes out of MFA programs,” says Matthew Quick.

“Goddard’s emphasis on diversity and individuality really appealed to me. I think the Goddard catch phrase at the time was ‘Come as you are, leave who you want to be.’ A lot of other programs I looked at were not really saying anything like that.

“As a former teacher I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted out of an MFA program: self-directed learning that would allow me to take risks and follow hunches, and a safe environment in which I could make the mistakes we all need to endure if we are going to learn.”