Since 2012, the M.A. Literary Art Creative Writing programme has pioneered the pedagogy of Creative Writing in India with its unique insistence on inculcating in the student both the practice and the theory of literary writing. It imagines a writer as inhabiting a range of literary, historical, social & existential horizons, each of which have their bearing on the nature and depth of individual literary output.
The programme aims to produce writers who are self-reflective and critically aware of the literary, social and cultural landscape of the region and the period they inhabit. It hopes to produce writers who are self-directed and have a unique individual literary voice.
The programme furthers the mandate of AUD to promote attributes of creativity, social responsibility and sensitivity among students, so that they become socially productive and engaged citizens. Additionally, the program combines a strong praxis orientation with a commitment to critical scholarship and interdisciplinarity. It furthers the emphasis on self-directed learning through a classroom based, continuous workshop model, individual research, and the production of creative manuscripts through an engagement with the experiential as well as the social.
At its inception, the School of Culture and Creative Expressions (SCCE) was envisaged as a site where both the theoretical and the practice mode were equally privileged in order to develop a new pedagogy of the creative arts. The M.A. Literary Art Creative Writing programme is a realization of this pedagogic model, combining equally rigorous reading, writing and theoretical components.
It is a two year M.A. Programme with two semesters each year. A semester is of sixteen weeks duration. The students should register for a minimum of 16 credits each semester and need to earn 64 credits to complete the Programme. They may register for more credits on payment of extra fees. All the students of SCCE need to take three common Foundational Courses, one each in the first three semesters, for 12 credits in total. They should also take four Elective Courses offered by the School or any other School in the University, one each in all the four semesters, for 16 credits in total. They need to take seven compulsory Core Courses from their respective discipline (in this case Literary Art Creative Writing) for 28 credits in total. Their MA dissertation in the final semester will earn them eight credits.
|Semester I||Semester 2||Semester 3||Semester 4|
|Core||Concept Development and Experimentation – I||Concept Development and Experimentation – II||Concept Development and Experimentation – III||Strategies of Creative Writing|
|Core||Pre-Modern Literary Cultures of India||Modern Literary Cultures of India||Literary Journalism|
|ELECTIVE||Contexts and Conditions of Production: Considering Cultural Infrastructures||Seven Forms of Poetry||Crafting Poems||Sites of Reading and Writing: The City in/& Literary Production|
Contemporary Critical Theory – I Critical Theory
Contemporary Critical Theory – II Cultural Studies
Contemporary Critical Theory – IIITheories of Marginality
Dissertation (8 credits)
Is this a Practice-based programme?
The M.A. Literary Art Creative Writing programme combines both creative writing practice (workshop model) and analytical courses. The students get an opportunity to pursue their creative practice as writers (writing fiction, non-fiction or poetry in the practice-based courses) even as their critical thinking is honed by a set of analytical courses. We believe that both these sets of courses are equally important for the development of our students as creative writers.
What are the career paths which emerge after doing an M.A. Literary Art Creative Writing?
The M.A. Literary Art Creative Writing programme significantly shapes your personal creative writing practice and hones your capacity for critical thought and scholarship. Apart from preparing grounds for your professional role as a creative writer, these attributes are also helpful in career paths such as Journalism, Editorial Work, Research and Teaching, Content Writing, Writing for the Screen and Digital Platforms, among others.
How do I apply?
Online applications open usually between April to June each year. Please check the university website regularly around this time of the year. There is an entrance test and an interview.
How do I prepare for the M.A. Literary Art Creative Writing Programme entrance test?
entrance test has a small objective section (usually 20%) that tests your familiarity with the field of literature. The rest of the exam tests your ability to respond creatively to a variety of writing prompts, related to fiction, non-fiction or poetry. The only preparation we can suggest for such an entrance test is a substantial amount of reading of literary texts across genres, time-periods and regions, and a considerable prior experience of doing creative writing of your own.
What should I get along with me for the interview?
Identity proof, admit card and a portfolio with representative samples of your creative writing.