That the messages and characters were written as such, just for you? Ridiculous as it may sound, Over Our Heads feels like my bespoke book and I urge you to try it, it might be yours too!
He soon found himself signing a publishing deal – before he even graduated from the program. As one established non-fiction writer told the King’s students during a networking trip to New York, “It took me five years to find the people you’re being introduced to over seven days.” One could lock oneself in a Paris garret or hang out in the Brooklyn slam poetry scene to hone skills and make connections, but a degree is faster and, rents being as they are, possibly cheaper.
After graduating with a degree in journalism, he worked for several years as a reporter before moving on to teachers college. Murray balanced his occasional teaching with correspondence courses from Humber College’s School for Writers in Toronto and managed to produce a novel and 100 pages of poetry. Murray decided in 2014 to once again return to school – this time enrolling in the master of fine arts in creative non-fiction program at Halifax’s University of King’s College. Murray to work from his home in Moncton with periodic class meetings in Halifax, Toronto and New York. Murray’s book proposal was sent to Whitney Moran, an editor at Nimbus Publishing in Halifax. While precious few writing MFA students nab a publishing deal mid-degree, most come out of these programs with almost publishable work, and contacts in the writing community and publishing industry – what most wannabe writers would see as a fast track to a writing career.
The MFA has been called the fastest growing graduate program in the United States. Next fall, UNB will join the University of Calgary as the only institutions in Canada to offer creative writing Ph D programs in English (Université Laval has a creative-writing option Ph D in French literature). In Australia, a country with a far smaller population than Canada, at least nine universities offer Ph Ds in writing.
It’s a popular degree in Canada, too, though we offer notably fewer options than the U. Program growth here is being tempered by universities’ reluctance to fund these relatively pricey programs and the persistence of the old bias that you can’t teach writing.