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

Dr. Kerry James Evans’ poems have recently appeared in Agni, 32 Poems, and Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review. New poems are forthcoming in The Common, The Florida Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, and WLA: War, Literature, & the Arts..

Dr. Marty Lammon’s (Faculty Emeritus) poetry collection, The Long Road Home, was published Finishing Line Press, March 2020.

Dr. 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 and her essays “Hummingbird in the Heart” and “Inis: Water Meadow” have both been nominated for 2020 Pushcart Prizes. She was the 2020 Weiner Fellow at The Kinkaid School in Houston, Texas. She was the judge for the 2020 Iron Horse Review Fiction Chapbook Contest, the Kennesaw State 1st Year Composition Essay Prize, and the Creative Nonfiction Judge for the Carson McCullers Literary Awards Festival.  She is co-editing the forthcoming anthology, Taboos and Transgressions: Stories of Wrongdoings.

Laura Newbern has work forthcoming in Barrow Street and is engaged to speak at the Blue Ridge Writer’s Conference in September 2020.

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 (a finalist for the 2019 BIG OTHER Book Award for Nonfiction). He is writing a craft column for JaneFriedman.com. An excerpt from his novel Duplicity (forthcoming) was a finalist for the 2019 Craft First Chapter Contest, judged by Naomi Huffman of FSG Originals. “Cover Stories,” an illustrated nonfiction hybrid featuring his book cover designs for famous novels and stories to go with them, was published in February in Grub Street Literary Magazine. Hu essays “An Extremely Disorganized Life,” about the life and work of Japanese novelist Osamu Dasai, and “Master of the Touching Detail,” about French novelist Emmanuel Bove, are forthcoming in the journal CRAFT: Exploring the Art of Fiction. He led an online creative writing workshop for the Georgia Writers Association. On the design front, he’s designed book covers for several noteworthy projects, including two novels by Jerome Charyn, Cesare and Sergeant Salinger, and will be designing covers for a creative nonfiction anthology series with a social equity theme for Trinity University Press.

 Dr. Chika Unigwe has just sold the French rights to In Black Sisters Street to Editions Globe (publishers of among others, Diane Evams, Bernardine Evaristo, James Hannaham and Jesmyn Ward) and the Dutch rights to Better Never than Late to Polis Uitgeverij, Belgium

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.