The University of Cambridge is set to launch its first master’s degree in writing for performance.
The programme will be devised and taught by writers and industry professionals, and will teach writing across genres including theatre, performance poetry, radio and stand-up comedy.
The qualification is the newest of three master’s courses to be rolled out by the university’s Centre for Creative Writing, which is part of the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Continuing Education.
Playwright Abigail Docherty, who is one of the course’s lead tutors, said: “The reason Cambridge has produced so many well-known performance writers is because students have been able to form collaborations and partnerships that became the basis of professional careers.
“We want to give more people that opportunity. There will be writers out there who want to write for the stage but don’t know anyone in theatre, or have the beginnings of a fantastic film script but can’t afford film school. This course is for them: it’s designed to help break out fresh, exciting voices.
The course will start in September 2020.