The Writing Center at Srishti aims to encourage and develop the writing skills of the Srishti Community. Writing is a key element to and of communication. Through the act of writing, the Center looks to foster and promote critical engagement with the relationship between art and design thinking, communication and documentation. The aim is to also emphasize the process of writing - writing, editing, rewriting and proofreading. In a world where good writing has become a premium, the Writing Center at Srishti actively intends to fill the gap by encouraging and nurturing good writing skills in the students.
The Writing Center at Srishti is one of the most sought after ancillaries of the institution. On an average, it deals with at least ten students a week, providing support to individual concerns of students in the areas of academic or creative writing. Since its conceptualization in 2013, the Center is actively involved in helping students develop proposals, publish their writings and provides guidance in writing for applications for higher studies abroad and in the country. The Center also provides support to the members of the faculty at Srishti, in teaching writing in their respective disciplines, as well as in developing their own writing skills towards proposals and publications.
What We Do
The Writing Center operates as a democratic space where everyone is welcomed and encouraged to become better writers. Through one-on-one tutoring sessions, you will be guided through the intricate process of writing.
Students and faculty are supported in their writing in the context of teaching and learning, as well as outside of the educational context and that is not be related to coursework.
Emphasis is laid on helping students understand conceptual issues, as well as grammatical problems in their papers. The Writing Center at Srishti helps students understand assignments, brainstorm, organize, focus, and develop their written works in order to become effective writers. We conduct various workshops to introduce students to the various aspects of writing, and to a range of tools of writing, whether it is flash fiction, technical writing, lyrical verse or report writing. We provide workshops on plagiarism and creative commons as well as Individual tutoring sessions.
The Writing Center develops basic writing competency, interest and beyond.
Areas of writing
Areas of academic and creative writing that we offer assistance with:
- Academic Writing
- Academic Writing in the Humanities
- Art- based Writing
- Creative Writing
- Design Writing
- English as a Second Language
- General Writing
- Multicultural and Multilingual Poetry
- Script Writing
- Technical Writing
- Writing for Business
Forms & Writing Outputs
Forms of writing and writing outputs that we offer assistance with:
- Academic Papers
- Project Reports
- Project Documentation
- Reflective Logs
- Reflective Journals
- Annotated Bibliographies
- Critical Reviews
- Book Reviews
- Brochures, Annual Reports
- Magazine Articles
- Journal Articles
- Advertising Campaigns
- Manuals (Brand/ Instructional)
- Film Scripts
- Concept Notes
Drawing on faculty expertise and mentorship, the Writing Center offers guidance in domain specific areas of writing. An appointment can be made during a mentor’s office hours through contacting them by email.
The mentors at the Writing Center, and their areas of writing support and guidance are as follows:
Guidance on writing in the following areas: user research, consumer behaviour, triangulation (combination of market research methodologies), startup ecosystem, data science and business analytics, service design, sustainable design, distributed economy, local economic development, supply chain.
Guidance on PhD proposal development
Guidance on thesis writing at the masters and PhD level, and with preparing a thesis according to different styles
Guidance on the following:
- Writing related to business management, strategic management, and the fashion industry, where there is an emphasis on paper/ documentation, organization and research analysis presentations through pictures, tables and models
- How to narrow down a research area, and do a thorough structured literature review, especially if you are evolving a unique research contribution in a specific research topic
- Managing and planning research projects, timelines and documentations
- Understanding Turnitin software and how to avoid plagiarism in writing
- Writing related to academic papers, project reports, documentation, abstracts/briefs, presentations, bibliographies, annual reports and journal articles
Srijan Sandip Mandal
Guidance on academic writing, especially the areas of constitutional history, legal history, historiography and the philosophy of history; feedback will include comments on the argument, sources cited for the argument, citation of the sources, grammar, vocabulary, style, clarity, and comprehension
Academic Writing in the Humanities
Guidance on writing research papers for courses in Srishti or for publication, related to her area of expertise in literature and critical theory. Also offers guidance on writing in the genre of creative non-fiction
Guidance on academic social science writing; areas of expertise are public health, feminist and gender studies and development studies. Offers group feedback and individualized feedback, also specific guidelines on writing so students know what they should focus on in their writing assessment
Art- based Writing
Guidance on writing that involves how to describe the visual with verbal expressions. Often, art and design writing is different than social science and language and literature writing. This is because art and design describe the processes of making and sensory experience are central and this requires special training such as reading curatorial essays, and art and design books, design culture journals, studies in fashion. Each discipline in art and design has their own vocabularies and methodologies, which are slightly different than social science and culture studies.
Guidance on writing curatorial and artists statements, exhibition press releases, artistic and academic essays and general art writing
Guidance on grant writing, review writing for art, writing about your own work and art/film practice, curatorial writing and essays
Guidance on creative writing; guiding faculty towards writing a compelling, accurate and evocative course abstracts to facilitate course selection by students
Guidance on creative writing
Guidance on design writing; for example writing about a design project and its research for different kinds of output- so you maybe writing an academic paper as an output, or curating your design process for an exhibition, using the same content and representing it for different purposes and audiences; proposal writing
English as a Second Language
Guidance on English as a second language
Guidance on concept notes, essays, reflective writing, documentation, writing a bibliography, tools for writing such as using visual maps, developing your own organizer; writing frameworks and visual tools to assist you with writing; reading strategies; tools to help you read in order to write
Guidance on general writing
Guidance on communication & clarity in thinking and written presentation of work
Guidance on general writing
Multicultural and Multilingual Poetry
Guidance on writing poetry, performance poetry and translation (translation involves not only one language to another but also involves cultural and creative translations, which means responding to a poem or a rendering of a poem); guidance on making poetry films and poetry installations; approaching poems through visual forms
Guidance on writing fiction, non-fiction and documentary
Guidance on technical writing: technical writing aims to deliver clear, coherent, cogent and consistent information in an accessible manner, to customers. The content is mostly used to help users perform tasks with a product, or to navigate a procedure. Manuals, online help, technical blogs/websites, and scripting for tutorial videos are the main deliverables in this genre. However, reports, memos, and proposals also are referred to as forms of technical writing. Most companies follow customised style and tools to publish user-centric content.
The technical writing faculty members of the Writing Center can help designers write about their product and how to use it. One-on-one meetings can be arranged where content is discussed in greater detail. This wing can also hold workshops for graduating students who aspire to consider joining the lucrative technical writing profession or who simply wish to add this useful skill to their existing portfolio.
Writing for Business
Guidance on writing strategy papers; offers guidance in proposal writing for business disciplines, especially in the context of design. Can give feedback and insights for example, does your paper advance an argument