City University London – New Crime Thriller MA Course

Via Crime Time, City University, London has announced that it is starting a Crime Thriller Writing MA course in September 2012.  More details can be found here at City University’s site.  Their commentary includes:

This MA – like its Literary Novel counterpart – starts with workshops and seminars, and then builds to the completion of a full-length Crime Thriller novel

The Crime Thriller genre is the most popular in the world. Sales of crime thriller fiction rose by 80% in the UK alone in the last decade. There is much talk that we are entering a second golden age of crime writing. Though this time the country house has been replaced by the inner city estate. Social relevance is a major factor, as too is the quality and craftsmanship of the writing.

With writers like Tom Rob Smith and A. D. Miller appearing on Man Booker Prize long- and short-lists, the literary acceptance of the genre has never been higher.

I suspect that latter paragraph may cause some comment, and possibly a little bit of controversy.

4 thoughts on “City University London – New Crime Thriller MA Course

  1. Marianne Wheelaghan (@MWheelaghan)

    It’s good to see a university establishment embracing crime fiction. When I was doing my MA in Creative Writing (not that long ago)writing “genre” fiction was frowned upon. Hopefully, the new addition to City University’s Masters programme does mean crime fiction is beginning to get the ‘literary acceptance’ it deserves, although crime fiction seems to have managed awfully well without it!
    ps: at £14,000 an MA you’d want to be sure it was the course for you – especially if you did have to give up a day job to do it.

    1. crimeficreader Post author

      It was interesting to me that the examples used are not big names in crimfic, simply two who made it to the Booker long- or shortlists with their debut novels, considered thrillers. Thus far, I have only read one of them and consider it the case that there is far better quality writing in the genre.

      You are right on the cost. One thing for me would be who is doing the teaching. Writers don’t always make good teachers; in fact I have come across some appalling ones. For £14k I’d want to have confidence in those teachers and confidence that they’d be the ones staying for the whole of the course, as much as is normally feasible in an academic institution. My understanding if that lecturers need a PGCE certificate too. So most of the writers will likely be guests of some sort, I imagine.

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