Hogtied in Houston writes...
In my research into graduate creative writing programs, I've come upon quite a few programs called MA in Creative and Professional Writing, or just MA in Professional Writing. Is there a difference between these programs and ones strictly calling themselves Creative Writing programs? Most of the programs I am researching are outside of the US. I'm not sure if that comes into play with the naming of degree programs.
I guess I can also throw in my second question: Should I be considering programs outside the US? My thought when I started this process last year was that I wanted to live and write somewhere outside the US. These programs seem very different in philosophy and structure from US programs which is why I am drawn to them, but my main concern is that the typical international MA program is only 1-1.5 years which doesn't seem like enough time to connect with faculty or grow as a writer. Any advice?
HiH, I've got a list of the international programs in the MFA Handbook. My overall take on them: they seem to have much less of a focus on the literature side. By that I mean: You take workshops and craft courses, and not many, if any, literature courses. I'm obviously generalizing here, but I think that accounts for the title "Professional Writing" and the length (around 1 year).
As for whether you consider these or not: I can't think of a reason why you shouldn't. Location is the most important criteria in my mind, and if your desired location is across the ocean, I'd encourage you to do your research, then go for it. Best of luck.