The one-year postgraduate course, part of a range from the University’s School of Creative Industries, has been created by former 2000AD editor and The Phantom writer David Bishop and former literary agent Sam Kelly and starts in September. It will include guest lectures from leading writers, including Ian Rankin, Mark Millar, Denise Mina, Alan Grant, James Moran and Doctor Who writer Robert Shearman. A Writer-in-Residence is also part of the course, yet to be announced.
Crime writing and science fiction will also be part of the syllabus, but not poetry.
“We’re embracing the kinds of creative writing that get ignored or patronised by other courses,” says David. “We’ve already had a fistful of applications and marketing has only just begun. There’s been a steady stream of people coming to see us at the Craighouse campus in Edinburgh, eager to find out more.
“We’re offering something different from the usual mix of literary fiction and poetry on other creative writing MA course – and it’s proving popular.”