Leslie Goetsch

Leslie Goetsch

Leslie Goetsch

Assistant Professor

Theories and best practices of writing instruction Composition theories

Leslie Goetsch is the director of the Northern Virginia Writing Project and teaches Composition.  

Leslie Goetsch has taught literature and writing to middle school, high school, undergraduate, and graduate students over the course of her teaching career. She earned her BA in English from Duke University, a Masters in Liberal Arts from Johns Hopkins University, and a Masters in Fine Arts (fiction) from George Mason University. Most recently she has served as a lecturer in the College of Education at Towson University,, teaching an advanced writing course and co-directing the Maryland Writing Project.   Leslie has been involved with the Maryland Writing Project for thirty-five years, directing the Student Writers Workshop and the Teacher Summer Institute, as well as participating in and presenting at the NWP Annual meeting.  She is delighted to return to the GMU English Department and excited about the opportunity to serve as director of NVWP.

Selected Publications

Back Creek, a novel (Bancroft Press, 2008).

"Northern Virginia Writing Project:  Past, Present, Future"  English Matters, 2021

Courses Taught

ENGL 101


BA, Duke University

MLA Johns Hopkins University

MFA George Mason University