Private liberal arts colleges and universities are associated with small classes and close connections between faculty and students. Georgia College's public liberal arts mission has empowered our Creative Writing program to offer students the best of public and private educational opportunities. Undergraduate creative writing classes are typically limited to 15 students, and MFA graduate classes usually enroll 8-12 students. Faculty and students work closely both in and out of class, on undergraduate senior capstone projects and on graduate thesis work in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Both graduate and undergraduate students collaborate with students and faculty in Theatre on the Arts & Letters Drama Prize production, the 24-hour Play Project, and other Creative Writing-Theatre collaborations.
English majors with the Creative Writing concentration edit the university's student art and literary journal; serve as mentors to seventh graders in our Early College Writers in the Schools Program; and participate in the coffee house Red Earth Reading Series. Our MFA graduate students help to produce and edit the national professional journals Arts & Letters and the Flannery O'Connor Review, and also help to host our annual visiting writers series featuring National Book Award winners, Yale Younger Poets Award winners, Pulitzer Prize winners, and outstanding younger writers who visit classes and offer readings from their works.
Bottom Line: We offer everything you could find at more expensive private liberal arts colleges, or flagship state universities where most graduate MFA programs are found. We offer students a place to learn, to grow, to succeed; to be a name, not a number.
Oh, sorry... We don't offer football tailgate weekends, but you can kayak, or walk along the Oconee River at the Greenway Park and Riverwalk. Or drink a cup of home-brewed java while you write your poems, or your novel, at a downtown or campus coffee shop.
And almost everything you really need locally is within walking distance or via the university shuttle service. Check us out. I think you'll find a community of writers here the equal of any other college or university you can't afford.