Friday 29 January 2010

Open House for New MFA in Creative Writing

Department of English
City University of Hong Kong


On Saturday February 6, City University of Hong Kong will host an OPEN HOUSE from 2:30 pm at City Top, 9th Floor, Amenities Building to introduce its new low-residency Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing. Our "low-residency" format is ideally suited to working professionals, as well as those wishing to gain postgraduate qualifications for a career in the creative industries, publishing and teaching. The programme curriculum includes:

-an international faculty of award-winning writers who are experienced teachers
of creative writing
-brief, intensive residencies comprised of classes, lectures, workshops
-exclusive, informal sessions with well-known visiting writers
-individualised mentoring throughout the semester
-a rigorous 45-credit, 2-year programme benchmarked against MFAs at leading
universities worldwide

This degree will specialise in Asian writing in English for creative nonfiction, fiction and poetry, and will accept a limited number of students each year, beginning in summer this year. Based in the Department of English, this innovative new programme is designed to meet the highest international standards. The Hong Kong writer Xu Xi assisted in its development and from March onwards, as the Department's first writer-in-residency, and will be overseeing the programme. The faculty writers include Tina Chang, Marilyn Chin, Luis Francia, Robin Hemley, Justin Hill, Sharmistha Mohanty,Jess Row, James Scudamore, Ravi Shankar, and Madeleine Thien. The internationally renowned novelist Timothy Mo will be Visiting Writer during the first summer residency.

If you've dreamt about becoming a writer, come to our OPEN HOUSE and learn what it takes. There will be presentations and Q&A with the programme leader Xu Xi & faculty member Justin Hill. Light refreshments will be served.

For details about the MFA, please visit For further information about the Open House, please call Ms Winnie Cheng at 3442 2388 or email

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