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Minor in Creative Writing

The Minor in Creative Writing exposes undergraduates at Ashoka University to the practice of writing poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. The minor is a 24 point credit load. The Introduction to Creative Writing course - available for first and second years - is an introduction to creative writing in two genres. It is the foundational course and is followed by twenty additional credits from the Creative Writing Program’s offerings. Students must take workshops worth 12 credits to earn the minor.

The focus of the minor is to expose students to a diverse range of texts as well as assist them to look at literature from the point of view of a practitioner. The aim of the program is not only to help beginning writers, but also develop the writing skills of undergraduates who would go on to work in a variety of professions including law, journalism, publishing, copywriting and editing, as well as students who will go on to advanced practice in writing and/or other forms of academic scholarship. Any student who wants to learn writing skills to organise information into effective narrative and communicative forms will benefit from this minor.

Ashoka University’s Creative Writing Minor attempts to create an environment in which beginning writers work peer-to-peer and derive inspiration and guidance from faculty and visiting writers who visit the campus as a part of the “Writing Matters” organised by the CWC as well as “Writers At Ashoka” series.

Format of the Minor

To earn a Minor in Creative Writing, each student will be required to complete a total of 24 credits – six 4-credit courses in all.

Courses Offered

Introduction to Creative Writing (1 course/4 credits): 

In this course, students will experiment with two creative genres—poetry and fiction—as a means of developing different imaginative approaches to experience. The emphasis will be on generating a lot of raw material, and advancing a chunk of this work toward completion. Each craft lecture will be tied to a set of readings that will be discussed in class. At the end of the course, students will learn how to look at literature from the point of view of a practitioner and apply writing techniques to a variety of rhetorical situations. Anyone who wants to earn this minor or take creative writing courses, must successfully complete this course. There are no prerequisites for this course.


The Craft of Writing (1 course/4 credits):

This course will introduce students to specific genres of writing: poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Exercises in the technique of writing, such as rhythm, metre, point of view, voice, narrative, pacing, will be combined with discussion of student writing and texts selected by the instructor. Students who have taken “Introduction to Creative Writing” can take this course.


Creative Writing Workshop (3 courses/12 credits, offered Monsoon and Spring):

This workshop is like a laboratory for working writers. The focus, of course, will be on generating and polishing new work. We will write in each class, share new work with peers and help each other to develop early drafts with honest, critical feedback. Students should complete “Introduction to Creative Writing” before enrolling in this course.


Literature (1 course/4 credits, offered in the Spring):

Students will choose a gateway literature course offered by the English department – either “Forms of Literature”, or “Introduction to Literary Theory.”


Critical Thinking Seminar in Creative Writing (1 course/4 credits, offered in the Spring):

This is a course of critical thinking about the process of creative writing. The goal is to reflect on writing methods, techniques, and reading literature with the eyes of a writer. Students in this course will write critical essays about the process of writing. Readings will include literary texts, which will be read and discussed with an eye to craft and technique, with close attention to the writing process.

Thesis, 4 credits:

The thesis is a culmination of the student’s work at Ashoka University.  It can be in any one or more genre: poetry, fiction, or nonfiction in short or long-form. The thesis will be made up of work that has been revised over three years and is of publishable quality. The minimum length for a prose thesis is 25000 - 30,000 words and for poetry, it is 10,000 words (10 - 15 poems).

Sample Curriculum Structure

A sample structure of the three-year Creative Writing Minor at Ashoka University is as follows. Each course carries 4 credits.


First Year

Semester 2: Introduction to Creative Writing (fiction and poetry)


Second Year

Semester 3: The Craft of Writing

Semester 4: Creative Writing Workshop (Genre-specific workshop, offered separately in fiction, poetry and nonfiction)

Semester 4: Creative Writing Workshop (Genre-specific workshop, offered separately in fiction, poetry and nonfiction)


Third Year

Semester 5: Creative Writing Workshop (Genre-specific workshop, offered separately in fiction, poetry and nonfiction) 

Semester 6: Thesis Credits (Independent Study)


The literature class should be taken at a time that suits the student’s readiness and schedule. Multiple courses are offered by the English department every semester.

The Creative Writing Concentration

The concentration in creative writing requires the following courses:


  1. Introduction to Creative Writing

  2. The craft of writing OR the Critical Thinking Seminar in Creative Writing

  3. Single-genre workshop

  4. Single-genre workshop


The Creative Writing Concentration does not require a thesis.