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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-08-17 05:05
Subject: [help] Looking for info on genre-friendly college English programs
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This is signal boost for a friend, who will pick up feedback here in comments.

Amongst the manifold experiences of my trusty readers, can you all recommend a list of which college English departments are SFF friendly? A student who is applying for college wants to be a creative writing and/or English major, and is also a budding fantasy novelist — and definitely wants to be writing genre fantasy, not “literary” fantasy. While my friend is aware of some of the few graduate programs that are genre-friendly, can the mighty blogospheric brain offer some comments on undergraduate programs?

Many thanks.

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Laura Anne Gilman
User: suricattus
Date: 2011-08-17 12:55 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
one of my English instructors at Skidmore has won a world fantasy award..... he isn't much for declared genre himself, but once told me if I loved writing something, and thought I could make money from it, to go full speed.

(it's a good, solid English department, with flashes of brilliance)
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User: markbourne
Date: 2011-08-17 13:38 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
University of Kansas (Lawrence) - Home of the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction. Kij Johnson teaches there yearly and loves it (and Lawrence).
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Sally Cinnamon
User: elizawrites
Date: 2011-08-19 17:02 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Columbia College Chicago is very genre-friendly. They have classes in almost all the major genres and there's a lot of freedom to write what you want. I just graduated from there in December and am happy to answer any questions about the school and the pedagogical method, which is quite different from most creative writing programs.
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