The following is an excerpt from a UEA press release:
The UK's most established Creative Writing programme is turning to crime, as the genre's critical and commercial success booms.
Launching in September 2015, the new Masters draws on the success of the University of East Anglia’s internationally acclaimed Creative Writing programme. The course is a significant academic endorsement of the genre, and will be one of the first fully dedicated, specifically designed, low-residential crime fiction Masters in the world.
The new Masters, which comes with a major endowment from leading publisher Little, Brown, will address the genre from a critical, theoretical and historical perspective as well incorporating a large Creative Writing component.
Course Director and Author Henry Sutton said: “Crime and thriller fiction is the most popular literary genre in the world - one in every three books sold in the UK is a crime novel and sales of crime fiction have risen by 80 per cent in the UK in the last decade.
“The UEA Creative Writing programme provides an ideal context in which to nurture and embrace this trend, and to engage creatively and critically with the world’s dominant adult literary genre, by offering a fully specific crime writing MA.”
Leading publishers Little, Brown Book Group will be sponsoring a £3,000 award for one student, and will also read the market-ready full-length manuscripts each student will produce by the end of the course, providing valuable feedback and links to real publishing opportunities.
David Shelley, Little, Brown Group Publisher, said: “At Little, Brown we are passionately committed to crime fiction and to discovering the best new talent in the genre - so we are very proud to be working closely with UEA and sponsoring this award. We also believe that crime fiction deserves to be taken seriously as an art form, so we're particularly delighted that UEA is launching this landmark MA which is a real statement of intent.”
The MA will also be launching with at least one full fees bursary, provided by UEA’s Centre for Creative and Performing Arts.
It will be a low-residency course, with students attending three short residential periods a year over the two-year programme, and opening the course to students who many not be able to move or commute to Norwich or attend full-time.
The residential elements of the course will introduce students to key industry professionals, including literary agents and publishers, and, in the form of master classes, some of the major writers in the genre, whilst ongoing creative and critical projects, presentations and interactions will continue between visits to the UEA.
Henry Sutton said: “Crime fiction is coming in from the cold, and is increasingly being taken seriously as a literary form. All readers, writers and students of literature have much to learn and enjoy from this most vibrant, diverse and dynamic of genres. We want Norwich, and UEA, to be at the creative and critical forefront of the discussion.”