With its unique focus on a single genre and its strong professional emphasis on publishing, Goucher's MFA in Nonfiction has gained a reputation as the best in its field. The program is committed to preparing students for writing careers. We bring editors and agents to the summer residencies and lead discussions on such practical matters as writer finances. We also sponsor annual trips to New York, where second-year students meet with some of publishing's top editors and agents.

Recent Submissions

  • The Bloomsday Project 

    Leiman, Erin (2023-08-11)
    If your mother is an obsessive reader with a guarded inner life and you want to understand her and her family history, first you must lure her with literature. The result is The Bloomsday Project, a reported memoir about ...

    Fletcher, Kenneth "Marty" (2021)

    Fletcher, Kenneth "Marty" (2021-06-28)
  • Funeral for a Whale 

    Cohen, Michael Todd (2023)
    At ten, queer adoptee Michael Todd Cohen witnessed the bloody burial of a thirty-foot whale on a New England beach near his home. Five years later, in the last months and days of his adoptive father’s battle with terminal ...
  • Waterbaby: A Memoir 

    Simmons, Kozbi (2022-12-03)
    “Waterbaby: A Memoir” is a creative nonfiction narrative about the writer’s trauma, neglect, and mental illness. This is a story of the pain and survival that entered the water with her, the truths she fought through, and ...
  • Interrogating the Talismans 

    MacSeóin, Bridgid Kathleen (2022-06-20)
    Interrogating the Talismans is a collection of short essays, flash nonfiction, and experimental prose and image pieces that examine family stories, photographs, and talisman-like objects. Against the constantly shifting, ...
  • The Impatient 

    Levy, Lisa (2022-06-18)
  • Inside the Gate 

    Richmond, Emily (2022-05-29)
    A close look at the early history of integration of the Department of Defense's K-12 schools, as well as analysis of current challenges facing the system's students, families, and campus communities.
  • Doctorish 

    Torregiani, Seth (2022-05-27)
    A medical memoir of my career in osteopathic medicine, the choice I made to become a doctor, anecdotes from my training, and coping with burnout.
  • For the Love of a Neighbor 

    Willoughby, Laura Jane (2022-02-14)
  • The Five-Star: Pandemic, Postponement, and Perseverance in the Horse World 

    Charles, Ann (2021-12-30)
    The Five-Star: Pandemic, Postponement, and Perseverance in the Horse World, a long-form work of literary journalism, ventures into the little-known sport of equestrian eventing, spotlighting a robust community of riders ...
  • Eighty-One Percent Acting 

    Fuchs, Michael (2021-12-17)
    Eighty-One Percent Acting is a collection of narrative essays that explore subjects like immigration, the subtext of business, fatherhood, septuagenarian sex, mortality and more. Each essay represents a particular facet ...
  • The Way of My Healing ... And Other Tales From A Trauma Hospital Chaplain's Life 

    Enterline, Teresa (2021-07-07)
    This thesis constitutes the story of my time as a hospital chaplain trainee; it is Part One of my planned memoir. In my thesis I describe the calling I felt to become a hospital chaplain. At greater length, I share the ...
  • The Heart is a Muscle 

    Reilley, Megan (2021-05-21)
    In her creative nonfiction thesis, “The Heart is a Muscle,” Megan Reilley examines how her identity as a motherless daughter informs her navigation of difficult circumstances as a mother of four, including supporting a ...
  • Far From the Tree 

    Conway, Dominque (2021-04-14)
    This project focuses on how race and space are experienced in the United States by drawing on my family history and my own experiences as a person of mixed racial heritage. Here, I incorporate genealogy, personal narrative, ...
  • Exposure: Confronting Anxiety 

    Brandt, Amanda (2021-06-08)
    Anxiety disorders, like many invisible illnesses, can ravage the internal lives of people who seem “normal,” who appear to function well in their lives and in society. In “Exposure: Confronting Anxiety,” Amanda G. Brandt ...
  • Marvelous in Our Eyes: A Son’s Pilgrimage to Find Meaning in His Parent’s Lives 

    Friedland, Bruce (2020-12-31)
    This memoir recounts the author’s efforts to make sense of his father, his mother and his own difficulties growing up. His father, Edward Friedland was a Brooklyn-born, MIT-educated whiz kid of the 1950s, who came of age ...
  • Scenes From A Mental Illness 

    Dale, Anita (2021-01-11)
    This memoir is written in a conversational style from a sister to her brother who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia. The story spans forty-four years focusing on the period between formal diagnosis in 1977 and the ...
  • Racing Ourselves: Stories from the Frontlines of Suburban Striver Culture 

    Gaines-Buchler, Emily (2020-12-18)
    In Racing Ourselves: Stories from the Frontlines of Suburban Striver Culture, author Emily Gaines Buchler delves into the hypercompetitive achievement culture in which she lives, works, and raises a family, Towson, Maryland, ...
  • The Attention Wars: How We Misunderstand Attention and What's Actually Affecting Our Ability to Focus 

    Clemons, Anthony (2020-08-24)
    The Attention Wars is a story about how we misunderstand attention and what's actually affecting our ability to focus. Throughout the book, I debunk the belief that our attention is dwindling and show examples from gaming ...

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