Hi all! Yank here looking for a little assistance with choosing between two offers in the UK. The first offer I received is from Kingston University to their MA in Publishing and Creative Writing. The second I just received this morning for a MA in Creative Writing from the University of Kent.
I've heard Canterbury is really quiet and over an hour away from London. Kingston is only twenty minutes but is more "ethnic" than Kent. I keep hearing that Kent is the better Uni hands down but I've already been to a small and quiet school in California for my undergrad.
I've never been abroad before and if I'm going to be spending a year in the UK (probably longer if I get my PhD) I want to really experience the country and I feel like Kent would make me slump right back into my usual bookworm style.
Can anyone give me some insight on choosing between these schools or these programs? (I'm still waiting on responses from the programs at Glasgow and Stirling.)
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Last edited by mandamusiclove; 03-04-2013 at 06:14.
- 03-04-2013 05:11
- 03-04-2013 14:39
Remember that a Masters degree in CW will not 'make you into a writer' or get you a publishing deal, or a job in publishing. And for an overseas student its also a very expensive way of spending a year in England.
Have you looked at this :http://www.faberacademy.co.uk/ These are courses run by one of the top publishing houses in the world, and are offered in places other than just the UK and there is also a highly reputable online course. The courses Faber offer are taught by established writers, not academics. They are focused on giving you energy and enthusiasm for your own writing, not charging you a fortune for a degree certficate.
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- 03-04-2013 17:44
I want to write, but I also want to teach at a college level so I would need to get the masters in order to be a viable candidate for a position.
Shockingly enough, after crunching the numbers a year of school in the UK is only a bit more expensive ( a thousand or so more) than my undergraduate was a year here. The dorms I stayed in are the same price as tuition would be there and my housing would be around the same price as my tuition was.
The only thing that would kill me is the exchange rate...
- 04-04-2013 18:04
Manda - to teach in the US you need an MFA: an MA is not considered a terminal degree (like an MFA or PhD). Only a few universities in the UK offer these - Glasgow among them. Kingston is a good CW programme, from all accounts - don't know anything about Kent's. The key thing you need to look at is faculty teaching on the programme.