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Port Townsend Residency Site

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Port Townsend Residency Site

Goddard College offers graduate low-residency degree programs in Port Townsend: the MFA in Creative Writing and the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts.

Their residencies are at the College's educational site at Fort Worden State Park and Life Long Learning Center in Port Townsend, Washington. 

About Port Townsend Residency Site

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Fort Worden State Park is located on a bluff overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Admiralty Inlet. A former 19th-century army base, much of the Fort has been renovated and turned into a year-round, multi-use facility offering miles of beach walking, wooded trails, swimming, biking, canoeing, kayaking, in-line skating, camping, tennis courts, a Marine Science Center, a Natural History Museum, and two historic military museums. As  a member of the Fort Worden Partners, Goddard benefits from collaborations with resident organizations that include, Centrum Arts, Peninsula College, Copper Canyon Press, Madrona Mind Body Institute, Port Townsend Marine Science Center and the Port Townsend School of Woodworking and Historic Preservation. Other non-resident community partners include the Port Townsend Film Institute and the Paradise Theatre School.

Meeting and workshop rooms, faculty offices, and gathering spaces are located in a variety of renovated historic buildings across the Fort, including The Commons, Fort Worden’s multi-use dining facility. Meals at The Commons are offered by Bon Appétit, a food service provider committed to providing fresh, locally grown food, and socially responsible practices. Bon Appétit also operates Local Goods Café, located within The Commons, that offers a full-service coffee bar and café menu in the summer months. Outside, the 434-acre park grounds provide ample places to find solitude or gather in groups, including the beach and extensive trail system.

If you crave a break from campus life, downtown Port Townsend offers bookstores, restaurants, a food co-op, two movie theaters, coffee shops, cultural events, a public swimming pool, fitness centers, and much more. Port Townsend is approximately 2 miles from the Fort and is accessible by public transportation, taxi, on foot or by borrowing a Goddard bicycle.

Housing consists of two-story duplexes with 3 to 6 bedrooms each, and dormitory style housing.  Both the houses and the dorms offer simply furnished, single occupancy rooms. The houses also have furnished common areas and working kitchens. The houses and dorms are designated as 24-hour quiet spaces. All buildings used for Goddard residencies are fragrance-free and non-smoking. There is ample parking, however, all cars must display a parking pass Goddard provides to you upon arrival at Fort Worden. 

The computer lab includes Internet and wireless access, PCs, and connections to the various online systems used by the College, including the college's intranet, library services, and student information system. During a residency, an information resources and technology librarian will be on-site to conduct informational workshops, offer individual instruction and library reference assistance, and oversee the computer lab. Students and faculty are strongly encouraged to bring your own laptops to residencies.

Administrative staff offices are located in the Schoolhouse building, which is shared with Peninsula College. Year-round staff includes: campus director, operations manager, enrollment specialist and academic services specialist. We welcome visits! We also recommend making an appointment to avoid a wait. College services provided by our Port Townsend staff include:

  • Admissions information
  • Student services
  • Academic counseling
  • Referrals for community resources
  • Access to library services and technology support
  • Student and faculty housing
  • Assistance with ground transportation
  • Residency logistics

All college policies and procedures apply in Port Townsend as they do in Plainfield. Additionally, the Port Townsend site abides by all policies and procedures resulting from the College's lease and contractual arrangements with Fort Worden, as well as any requirements imposed by the State of Washington Parks and Recreation Commission (such as emergency planning) and those of the Washington Student Achievement Council (such as required credentials for Goddard faculty).