Saturday, February 5, 2011

Ph.D. Programs in Creative Writing Go Global

At AWP this week, I met someone who's looking into a low-residency Ph.D. program in Ireland that - get this - encourages genre writing. You can earn a Ph.D. in Creative Writing with a focus in science fiction, fantasy, or even magical realism from Warnborough College, and the courses are all conducted online. (and don't fall into the trap of thinking this would be an easy course of study - a quick look at the Creative Writing Modules reveals some real meat to the coursework).

But this is part of the growing trend in low-residency education. Bath Spa University also offers a Ph.D. which is open to genre fiction, and they are introducing a new low-residency program starting this fall.

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Thank you for this information. I am looking for a low residency PhD in Creative Writing or the equivalent. I have a MFA and want to do a PhD, but I do not want to live on a shoestring budget for four years, teach classes while trying to write, and raise my family while under the constant stress and strain of a traditional PhD program. Are there some other similar programs out there as well? I do think the PhD programs in the UK and Ireland seem to be more attractive to me in terms of what I am looking for in a doctoral program in CW in contrast to US programs. I am definitely going to look into these programs! Thanks!

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