Creative Writing Courses and Workshops in India

There are many opinions about creative writing courses. Does a real writer need a course at all? The argument goes that if engineering students can study engineering and artists can study art, then why not writing? A course in writing could open a student’s eyes to the fundamentals of plot, dialog, characterization and themes. Talking to fellow writers expands horizons and critiques can help your work at times. Though the final judgement of the work is yours and your editor’s, talking about writing can put you in a zone that will help nurture your writerly instincts.

Here are some Creative Writing Courses available in India. Some of these courses are additional papers as part of a literature course (it’s a good idea to know literature before you embark on the career of writer, though it is far from necessary). Some are diplomas and others workshops.

British Council

The Introduction to Creative Writing Course at the British Council in Delhi and Kolkata deals with how to write fiction, short stories, poetry, screenplays, travel writing, etc.

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Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts

SSLA offers a creative writing course. The course structure includes a reading list and students are encouraged to express themselves with confidence.

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Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning

This Symbiosis Centre offers a Diploma in Creative Writing in English program. The course curriculum deals with writing in different genres and could be a stepping stone for those who wish to get into journalism and mass media communication.

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Jawaharlal Nehru University

JNU offers a creative writing course as part of their post-graduate program in literature:

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Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s Jawaharlal Nehru Academy of Languages

The Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan offers a creative writing course which includes writing scripts, screenplays, dialogs, commercial.etc.

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Creative Writing Workshops:

Workshops are mostly for writers who are working on their books or for people who want a critique of their work. There are a couple of workshops in India.

UEA India in partnership with the British Council, Caravan magazine, and the Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet

The University of East Anglia has been holding workshops in India since 2013. The workshop is led by the award- winning writer Amit Chaudhuri. This year he was joined by the Booker shortlisted writer Romesh Gunesekara.

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Bangalore Writers Workshop (BWW)

The BWW provides an intense writing and critiquing experience. Anyone above the age of eighteen can apply. Bangalore Writers Workshop (BWW) was founded by Bhumika Anand and Rheea Mukherjee in December 2011.

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There are other workshops like The Dum Pukht Fiction Workshop in Pondicherry but you may have to wait before they announce if they are holding a workshop in 2017.

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Disclaimer:  The above-mentioned courses should not be treated as recommendations, but only information. The reader should verify the quality and suitability of the courses before enrolling in one.