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 Though this time the country house has been replaced by the inner city estate.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.