Want to do an MFA in Creative Writing? There has been a dearth of courses in Asia, so writers from this part of the world usually look to the UK, the US and Australia - if they can even afford to consider it. Now the City University of Hong Kong has started up :
... the first low-residency MFA to be established in Asia, and the only programme in the world with a specific focus on Asian writing.
Full details of the 2 year course can be found here, and the schedule here. There are some very well-qualified people teaching and writers in residence are Xu Xi and Timothy Mo.
So much for the good news. How much does it cost? The course fees are HK$143,100 (or approximately US$18,465 or RM64,098). But:
The Department of English will award a ONE-YEAR FULL TUITION SCHOLARSHIP to a 2010 candidate for the MFA. The winner will be the applicant who submits the sample of creative writing that demonstrates the greatest potential for success as a professional literary author. Applicants in any genre are eligible, as long as they meet the acceptance criteria for the degree. There is no restriction as to country of residence, age or nationality. All applicants will be automatically considered for the scholarship; no further application is required.Go for it, guys!
(Info comes from Bernice Chauly who has just returned from a workshop in Hong Kong.)