If I write in multiple genres, do I have to choose just one to submit in my application?
Yes, choose just one. But our program is very good about encouraging multiple genres. In fact we require each student to take at least one workshop out-of-genre. Don’t worry about getting hemmed into one genre at Georgia College.
So how do you choose which genre to apply in? Submit your best work. If you think you’re a better Fiction writer but you’d have a better Non-Fiction portfolio, submit in Non-Fiction. We accept candidates primary on the merits of the writing sample, so whatever your best sample is, submit that. And if you get in, you’d have the opportunity to take a few fiction workshops anyway. However, you would be expected to write your thesis in the genre you submitted.
For my writing sample can I submit a chapter of a novel-in-progress? What if I don’t have a full 15 pages I’m proud of for my sample?
“A chapter is fine... or completed short story/essay... The more complete, the better, but the quality of the writing is most important. Quality always trumps quantity, so don't think ‘more’ is better... 15 great pages will serve you better than 15 good pages with 15 mediocre pages added on.” ---Martin Lammon, Program Director
Do I need a BA in Writing or English to apply?
No. We even had one student with a Biology degree. If you’ve got a BA and a good sample, apply. However, we do review transcripts to see if students have completed some humanities courses (in English or other fields); and although there is no minimum G.P.A., almost all of our applicants have been successful students, earning 3.0 or higher in their academic studies.
How many courses do Teaching Fellows Teach each semester?
Here’s the standard procedure (per semester) for Teaching Fellows:
- 1st year: Assistantship: Writing Center Consultant (Tutor) OR
- 1st year: Writing Center + Journal office or Early College
- 2nd year: Journal or Early College + Teach 1 class; OR Teach 2 classes
- 3rd year: Teach 2 classes
The exception is for candidates who already have an MA. They are eligible to begin teaching two classes 1st year and continue that for all three years. However, all students on MFA assistantship must undergo a further application/review process before they will be assigned teaching duties.
What is the stipend and tuition remission that your students receive if offered an MFA graduate assistantship?
MFA assistantship vary, but range from $8,000 to $9,000 per year. Many MFA assistantships also add scholarship funds (which again, vary). MFA assistantships also include FULL tuition remission (both in-state OR out-of-state tuition; student fees, however, are not covered).
There are also other university assistantships available to which MFA students may apply. These assistantships offer smaller stipends, but usually include full tuition remission (again, student fees are not covered).
There is a student health insurance plan that meets the requirements of the new Affordable Health Care Act that students purchase or they may waived the student insurance IF they have another qualified insurance plan.
How many applicants you typically receive and how many do you accept?
We usually get around 150 applicants each year for the program. We typically enroll about 10 new students (give or take) each year, with a balanced number in each of the three thesis genres (fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction). Typically, seven MFA assistantships are assigned to new students accepted in the program; other students either seek other university assistantships or do seek such funding support. The three-year program usually enrolls about 30 students.
What exactly constitutes a good recommender?
It's important to have professional recommenders (employer supervisors, established writers/published authors, college teachers, etc.) Ideally, these are people who can speak to your ability to work, handle grad classes and speak to your writing. You may choose different sorts of people to speak to your different qualities. These should not be your friends or family members.
If I’m reapplying, what do I need to do?
Happy to hear you're applying again! This time it'll be much easier, luckily. For instance, it's free this time.
What you need to submit again (but you must submit by regular mail, to Graduate Admissions):
1. New Application
2. New Signature page
Contact Grad Admissions AND the MFA program to announce that you are re-applying. You will probably want to submit (to the MFA office) a new, updated manuscript and perhaps other documents related to your experience, statement of purpose, etc. But unless you’ve taken classes at another college since you last applied, you would not lead to re-submit transcripts. You may also use your old letters of recommendation or submit new letters (to graduate admissions).
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