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

  • Exile and Return 

    Buskey, Megan (2017-07)
    Most think of World War II in black and white terms. For millions of people throughout Eastern Europe, however, the experience was much more complicated. Following the death of my grandmother, I set out to trace my Ukrainian ...
  • DEATH, TAKE MY HAND: ENDING LIFE WITH DIGNITY, COMPASSION AND COURAGE 

    Ramsey-Jevne, Juanita (2017-07-06)
    Death, Take My Hand is a memoir about witnessing death in many forms, told without pathos, and with a surprising degree of beauty and joy. The main thread traces first my mother-in-law in 2014, then my husband in 2017, as ...
  • SANCTUARY 

    Myers, Rebecca (2017-07-02)
    Sanctuary is my memoir about living on a wildlife sanctuary in the Adirondacks from 1973 to 1982. An idealistic artist, freshly graduated from college and newly married, arrives with her biologist husband in the Adirondacks ...
  • INTO THE GOBI: AN ACCIDENTAL PILGRIMAGE 

    Annan, Barbara Mary (2017-07-02)
    In Mongolia I unexpectedly recognized a familiar face from my childhood. The White Old Man, an ancient cultural figure beloved by the Mongolians, strongly resembled the white bearded sage I met under a tree when I was ...
  • Midnight Marauders: A Quest Narrative 

    Burke, Porscha (2017-01-09)
    Midnight Marauders: A Quest Narrative offers a nostalgic trek through the New York of 1993, the golden era hip-hop scene, and a Queens girl’s coming of age. A Tribe Called Quest—Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Jarobi, Phife Dawg, ...
  • Nobody Wants To Leave Their Country: New Immigration Lessons From An Old Virginia County 

    Lemons, Jane Fullerton (2017-01)
    This thesis, Nobody Wants To Leave Their Country: New Immigration Lessons From An Old Virginia County, examines how the current immigration situation in Prince William County, Virginia, mirrors the demographic changes ...
  • The Law of Historical Memory 

    Lecuona, Adriana (2017-01)
    Experimenting with various shifts of narrative address, The Law of Historical Memory is a memoir in four parts that examines the fragmentation of my selfhood and my family relationships. I reflect upon the past through the ...
  • THE INDUSTRY: STORIES OF ROCK 'N ROLL ROADIES 

    Pfennig Hales, Rachel (2017-01-09)
    This is my community. These are my friends. This is my workplace, and at times, has been my address. Concert touring asks us to be flexible, smart, and quick on our feet. We have to be easy going and balls to the wall, ...
  • Before They Go 

    MacMillan, Brooke (2017-01-09)
    This manuscript explores the world’s fastest-growing demographic: the elderly. We are moving into a hyper-aging era in which people are living longer — the average life expectancy increases by more than five hours a day. ...
  • THE NEW WILDERNESS: REDESIGNING THE WORLD FOR THE BENEFIT OF MAN AND ANIMAL 

    Slater, Stefan A. (2016)
    The New Wilderness: Redesigning the World for the Benefit of Man and Animal is an examination of the urban wilderness, and how we, as a society, will have to protect this wilderness in order to guarantee the survival of ...