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ANEW WRITING PROGRAM, SCOPE

"we are ready for a new orientation" - Barbara Guest


Vision

Writers today have an audience that is evolved and eager to experience new forms of literature. Boundaries of genre and medium are being broken in popular media and literary texts alike. In such a case, an emerging writer must focus on writing for the future, which is always at hand. Context is everything. One must be engaged with one’s surroundings. A writer must also read constantly. They should also be able to approach their own work with a critical eye. These are some of the most important tenets at the heart of the many pathways offered by the Anew Writing Program.

Through the Anew Writing Program writers will gain a contextual understanding of their practice. This will be done by close reading of both contemporary work and classics in avant-garde literature. The idea is to explore the potential for future literature by focusing on writing that explores the limits of language and thinking. Through a focus on literature from the Global South the program aspires to help a new generation of emerging voices from the region.


Learning Pathways

The Anew Writing Program offers aspiring writers to pursue their passion in three different ways:

  • · Diploma in Creative Writing: Completed between one to two years with a Residency in Bangalore
  • · Advanced Certificate in Creative Writing: Completed between twelve to fifteen months with a Residency in Bangalore
  • · Certificate in Creative Writing: Completed online between six-nine months

Each pathway is modular. Students can start with the Certificate and move towards the Diploma or they can, based on their background, accelerate their studies with the Diploma program. This gives students the independence to study at their own pace and at their own place of residence.

What Makes the Anew Writing Program a one-of-a-kind experience:

  • · A focus on the writers and literature of the Global South
  • · A focus on literary experimentation of the last hundred years and contemporary writing from India and abroad
  • · Practice-based: students produce writings weekly, for every module that they take
  • · A focused period of study in a particular genre, followed by an emphasis on work that experiments with boundaries of genre
  • · A focus on regional, translated, and multilingual work
  • · Interaction with writers whose work is taught in the curriculum
  • · A low-residency program, so students don’t have to uproot themselves from their personal and professional lives
  • · Collaborations with international universities and Writing Centers
  • · Focus on the creation of a chapbook length work, that can be used for publication, or for entry into higher studies in creative writing
  • · A solid foundation in the literary arts for those who are interested in the field but do not have a background in creative writing
  • · A focus on close reading as creative and critical practice


Learning Approaches

  • · Direct learning through contact program which includes orientation and the Summer Writers’ Residency at Srishti
  • · Mediated learning through tutorials & apprenticeships
  • · Mentored learning via e-groups, webinars, critiques and discussion forums
  • · Action research through field studies
  • · Culminating performances through written assignments, portfolios of practice, and public readings
  • · Personal mastery & reflective practice sessions
  • · Personalized mentorship program


Course Structure

The many pathways of the Anew Writing Program offers modules and a Residency period that students can take at their own pace and complete the several programs in a modular manner.

Orientation Program: An orientation program has to be completed either online or in residency at Bangalore which will acquaint the students to the workings of the program.

Foundation Module: An online module that students at all levels must complete before they move to their specialized modules. This forms the critical and creative foundation for the program.

Genre Modules: Mandatory for students in the Advanced Certificate and Diploma program, these provide students with the opportunity for specialized study in a genre through lectures and resources prepared in collaboration

Advanced Genre Module: Mandatory for students of the Diploma program, these modules allow students to focus on contemporary practices in a particular genre through tutorials and interviews with contemporary writers and mentored creative practice.

Elective Modules: During the second half of their program students from all pathways take two to four elective modules that allow them to focus on particular literary concepts and subjects and create a structured, personalized program for their studies. The elective modules are thematic that students pick according to their interests.

 Winter Writers’ Residency: A short two-week residency in Bangalore is mandatory for students in the Advanced Certificate and Diploma program. This will allow students to attend one-on-one feedback sessions, workshops, readings, and lectures by faculty members and guest faculty.

Thesis Project: Based on the pathway that a student decides to take, they will be expected to complete a thesis project in any genre. Ideally, this will be an accumulation of work over the course of the program. Students will be mentored by two faculty members during the thesis project and will be expected to give a final presentation of their work after the completion of the project.


Who should apply?

The program is open to aspiring writers who are currently in college or have completed their undergraduate program and are interested in making a career in the field of literary arts and publishing. Artists, scholars, and researchers interested in developing creative, text-based ways of presenting their research are also invited to apply.


Pathway based requirement

See below the requirements for the three different pathways offered by the Anew Writing Program.


 

FOUNDATION CERTIFICATE IN CREATIVE WRITING

ADVANCED CERTIFICATE IN CREATIVE WRITING

DIPLOMA IN CREATIVE WRITING

ORIENTATION
(ONLINE/CONTACT)

YES

YES

YES

CREATIVE WRITING AND CRITICAL THINKING

YES

YES

YES

GENRE MODULES ONE

 

YES

YES

GENRE MODULES TWO

 

 

YES

WINTER RESIDENCY

 

YES

YES

ELECTIVE ONE

YES

YES

YES

ELECTIVE TWO

YES

YES

YES

ELECTIVE THREE

 

 

YES

ELECTIVE FOUR

 

 

YES


Modes of participation

CERTIFICATE IN CREATIVE WRITING

The Certificate in Creative Writing will introduce students to experimental practices in the literary arts across genres and geographies.

Moving away from the more conventional forms of poetry and fiction, students will encounter works that are innovative in their use of language. This includes a brief survey of the history of avant-garde literature. Students will look at texts that break boundaries of genre and will be encouraged to work on their own literary experiments, completing a portfolio of ten short pieces. In the end, students should be able to identify their interests, influences, and intentions in a short critical statement.


ADVANCED CERTIFICATE IN CREATIVE WRITING

The Advanced Certificate in Creative Writing will provide students with a foundation in experimental literary arts as well as a focused period of study and practice in a particular genre.

Students will be introduced to writing from around the world and will be able to understand the historical and critical contexts of the work they encounter. A focus of a particular genre will allow students to develop their craft, keeping in mind the relation between form and content. Further, students will present their work to peers and faculty members during the Winter Residency, and expand their practice through creative investigations in a particular context through two thematic modules. In the end, students should be able to produce a portfolio of 20-30 pages that shows evidence of critical thinking and conceptual coherence.


DIPLOMA IN CREATIVE WRITING

The Diploma in Creative Writing offers students the opportunity to develop a multifaceted understanding of the literary arts that includes creative, critical, conceptual and contextual insights.

Concentrating on the interrelatedness of these four pillars, students will explore the history of experimental writing as well work by contemporary writers from across the world. A focus on the global south will allow students to better understand the contemporary literary landscape, and four thematic modules will enable students to approach their practice through a variety of lenses. While students will conduct in-depth studies in a particular genre, they will also extend beyond the boundaries of that genre to create new modes of thought and expression. The Winter Residency will provide the students with an intensive immersion in their practice, enhanced by guidance from contemporary writers from India and abroad. The culmination these varied approaches will be a portfolio (50-60 pages) that can be used for future publications and further education in creative writing. A 2000 word essay that contextualizes the student’s work and demonstrates the student’s ability to situate their work in a coherent, conceptual and critical framework will accompany the portfolio.


Enquiries

For enquiries relating to the many pathways under the Anew Writing Program, please write to biswamit.dwibedy@srishti.ac.in


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School of Continuing, Open and Professional Education (SCOPE)