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).