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Writers seeking international study opportunities may want to consider pursuing a low-residency MFA at the Department of English at City University of Hong Kong. The innovative 45-credit, two-year program will accept a limited number of students in creative non-fiction, fiction, and poetry. The degree in Creative Writing specializes in Asian writing in English, and is the first program of its kind in the world. The nascent English Department has the advantage of being “dynamic and innovative”, according to Professor Kingsley Bolton, Head of English at the University. Though based in Hong Kong, the University aims for the Department to be an epicenter of writing for the Asian region. The first residency is scheduled for summer 2010. Applications, which are available at the Department website, are due on April 15.

This is your chance to prepare for a lifetime career of writing: the low-residency model promises individualized learning and intensive feedback that approximates the professional editor-writer relationship. During the semesters, students work via distance learning with writing mentors on a one-on-one basis. Then these semesters are followed up with brief residencies that occur at the University two to three times a year. Although the program is based in Asia, with study catered to an Asian focus, the student body often includes Western writers of non-Asian descent, particularly in a time when many Westerners and other non-Asians are drawn to countries such as China and India. In the U.S., the low-residency model is commonly applied to creative arts studies. City University’s program promises the same benchmark of learning alongside a contemporary and historical perspective on Asian literature, creative writing, drama, and overall cultural studies.

Internationally-renowned novelist Timothy Mo will be the program’s visiting writer. The faculty writers for the 2010 class span Hong Kong, India, the U.K, Canada and the U.S., with connections and roots in China, Japan, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia, among others. Drunken Boat‘s own Ravi Shankar is part of an international cast that will include Tina Chang, Marilyn Chin, Luis Francia, Robin Hemley, Justin Hill, Sharmistha Mohanty, James Scudamore, Jess Row, and Madeleine Thien.

Applications: http://www.english.cityu.edu.hk/MFA
Deadline: April 15

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Published Feb 21, 2010 - Comments Off on The Asian Experience: Know, Live, Read, Write

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