A Good MFA Program is Hard to Find

A good MFA program is hard to find, but we believe the MFA Program at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, Georgia offers unique opportunities for MFA students dedicated to the craft and purpose of creative writing. GCSU’s famous alumna, Flannery O’Connor, lived in Milledgeville on her farm, Andalusia, and of our beautiful, Southern town, she wrote "When in Rome, do as you done in Milledgeville." Our MFA students certainly get a lot done in their three years in Milledgeville.

What makes us unique? We take pride in the fact that the MFA Program at Georgia College is a fully-funded, full-residency 3-year MFA program. All students admitted to our MFA program receive a Graduate Assistantship for all 3 years that includes a stipend and tuition remission. Self-funded students are accepted in special circumstances. We offer everything you could find at flagship state universities, but because we are part of a small, public Liberal Arts university, our students are immediately welcomed into a close-knit, creative community. We sponsor a Visiting Writers series, bringing nationally-renowned writers to campus each semester, as well as a graduate student reading series. Our award-winning faculty work closely with students not only as workshop teachers, but as professional mentors.

The MFA Program offers workshops in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry, and because we believe in expanding creative possibility and passions for our students, we require students to take cross-genre workshops. Students may write their thesis in fiction, poetry or creative nonfiction. In addition to workshops, students take creative writing seminars in Poetry & Poetics or Prose Forms, pedagogy classes on the teaching of writing, and courses on literature and special topics.

Additionally, we offer courses in journal design and editing, so students get hand-on publishing and graphic design experience. Students are able to put their practical skills to creative and purposeful good use while serving as members of the editorial staff of Arts & Letters, our national literary journal, and one of the premier journals of the Southeast.

We are fully-funded: all students receive full tuition remission as well as a Graduate Assistantship. As part of this assistantship, students gain real-world teaching experience, and work at our Writing Center as tutors, teach undergraduate Composition and Introduction to Creative Writing Courses, and teach in our Early College Program which is modeled on the Writers in the Schools Program. This real world teaching experience is essential for those students who hope to continue with teaching careers and/or community service careers.  We also participate in the Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program which offers assistantships to Peace Corps volunteers.

Faculty and graduate students alike all practice what we preach and teach at GCSU!

Our 42-hour program is designed to be a three-year program (although other options may be possible for those students that already have an MA Degree) and most students follow a plan that emphasizes course work in the first year and thesis work in the second and third years.

We welcome you to learn more about our admission application process and opportunities for graduate assistantships and other financial aid. 

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What’s Currently Happening in Our Program


Check out the new design of the Arts & Letters website!

We now have a dynamic platform that is more efficient and responsive, and we’ve packaged it in a prettier and more user-friendly design. We are also now connected across a number of social networks, including Facebook, TwitterTumblr, and Google+, so that our readers can keep up on Arts & Letters news, reading periods, information on upcoming issues, and prizes.

Faculty News

Jason Allen’s novel, The East End, was released by Park Row Books/ HarperCollins in May 2019 as a hardcover, e-book, and audiobook, and the trade paperback forthcoming, April 2020. His essay, “Why You Should Write About Your Characters at Work,” appeared online at Literary Hub in August, 2019. He was part of the panel, “Three Novels: Jason Allen, Snowden Wright, and Tim Murphy. Discussion of the Role of America in the Dreams of Their Characters,” at the Decatur Book Festival in August, 2019. Currently, “The East End” is under development for a dramatic TV series.


Molly Brodak’s poetry collection, The Cipher, was selected as the winner of the 2019 Pleiades Press Editors Prize and will be published by Pleiades Press in 2020.


Marty Lammon’s  poetry collection, The Long Road Home, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press, March 2020. His article, "An Eye for the Long Run: A Tribute to Donald Hall," was published in AWP's The Writer's Chronicle, September 2019.


Kerry Neville’s essay, “Teaching the N-Word in Georgia,” published in Crab Orchard Review and winner of the John Guyon Prize in Literary Nonfiction was named a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2019. Her essay, “The Hummingbird in the Heart,” appeared in the Irish journal, The Ogham Stone. In May 2020, she will be leading a GCSU Creative Writing study abroad course in Ireland for MFA and Undergraduates that is focused on immersive travel writing.


Peter Selgin has two new books out in 2019, Your First Page: First Pages and What They Tell Us About the Pages that Follow Them from Broadview Press, and The Kuhreihen Melody: Nostalgic Essays from Serving House Books. He is writing a craft column for JaneFriedman.com [https://www.janefriedman.com/author/peter-selgin/]. In Spring 2020, there will be a staged reading of his play A God in the House at GCSU.


If you'd like to see our campus and meet with current students and faculty, contact the MFA program, and we’ll help you set up a visit.