Founded by poet John Wood, this M.F.A. Program in Lake Charles is often called one of the best kept secrets among writing programs. The program is designed for serious writers who are eager to explore their potential as a creator of poetry or fiction. Students are expected to write and read constantly, and are encouraged and guided by professors who are passionate about language and art. Graduate workshops in poetry are offered every semester and serve as the heart of the experience. The poetry classes are quite intimate, usually ten students max, and are led by Amy Fleury.