BFA in Creative Writing Faculty

The writers who teach in the Goddard BFA in Creative Writing Program have been published and produced internationally, and are recognized in their fields.


BFA in Creative Writing Faculty Member Laurie FoosLaurie Foos is the author of the novels Before Elvis There Was Nothing, Ex Utero, Portrait of the Walrus by a Young Artist, Twinship, Bingo Under the Crucifix, and Blue Girl. Her work as appeared in Rougarou, The Rake, Great River Review, Quarterly West, Chelsea 64, Gulf Coast, The Greensboro Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, Willow Review, Coe Review, Footwork, others. She has been awarded Stanford Calderwood Fellowship, the MacDowell Colony; San Diego Current’s Hot Tamale Award; Los Angeles Reader Top Ten Books of 1995; Village Voice Notable Books; Fellow, Sewanee Writers’ Conference and Wesleyan Writers’ Conference.


BFA in Creative Writing Faculty Member M. A. VizsolyiM. A. Vizsolyi is the author of The Lamp with Wings: Love Sonnets, (HarperPerennial) winner of the National Poetry Series, selected by Ilya Kaminsky. He has two new books forthcoming, Crispin (Monk Books) and The Common Index of Poetic Lines (Paratext). He is also the author of the chapbooks, Notes on Melancholia (Monk Books) and The Case of Jane: A Verse Play (500places press), which was produced for Performa 13 and broadcast on National Public Radio. Vizsolyi’s work can be found in numerous journals, including The New Orleans Review, Narrative, Crazyhorse, Cream City Review, The Journal, Pleiades, The Burnside Review, Harpur Palate, Ninth Letter, Ploughshares, and Gulf Coast. He is also a collaborative artist and performs occasionally, with past performances at various locations in Brooklyn, Houston, and SUNY Binghamton. He lives in Brooklyn.


BFA in Creative Writing Faculty Member Emerson WhitneyEmerson Whitney is the author of Ghost Box (Timeless Infinite Light, 2014) and Heaven (forthcoming). Emerson’s work has recently appeared in Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, Bombay Gin, Jupiter 88, ENTER>text: 3 years, &NOW AWARDS 3: The Best Innovative Writing, Drunken Boat, Cream City Review, Agápē Journal, and Hold: A Journal. Emerson was a reporter for The New York Observer, The Mount Desert Islander, The Huffington Post, and other publications before receiving an MFA in Creative Writing at California Institute of the Arts. Emerson is an editor at Them, a first-of-its-kind trans literary journal, and has been named a kari edwards fellow, PLAYA fellow, REEF resident. Emerson is also a PhD candidate at the European Graduate School.


Admissions Information

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is for students who will develop, or are developing, a significant practice as a creative writer in one or more of these literary genres: fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, dramatic writing, or hybrid forms.

Students may complete their first and second year of study in Goddard’s Individualized Studies track or transfer up to 75 semester-hour credits from one or more previous institutions.

See complete application instructions.


Twice a year, at the start of each semester, students attend an intensive eight-day residency at the College’s Plainfield, Vermont campus. Residencies are a rich time of exploration, connection, and planning.

Low-Residency Model

At the start of the semester, students attend an intensive eight-day residency in Vermont, followed by 16 weeks of independent work and self-reflection in close collaboration with a faculty advisor. Goddard pioneered this format nearly a half century ago to meet the needs of adult students with professional, family, and other obligations seeking learning experiences grounded in the real-world.

Residencies are a time to explore, network, learn, witness, and share with peers, staff, and faculty. Students work with advisors and peers in close-knit advising groups to forge individualized study plans that describe their learning objectives for the semester.

Working closely with their faculty advisors, and supported by fellow learners, students identify areas of study, personal goals, relevant resources, and avenues to achieve these goals. Students also attend and are invited to help organize workshops, keynote addresses, celebrations and other events intended to stimulate, inspire, and challenge.

This low-residency model combines the breadth of a collaborative community with the focus of personalized learning, enhanced by insightful exchanges with a faculty advisor.