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Creative Writing

"Good story ideas seem to come quite literally from nowhere, sailing at you right out of the empty sky: two previously unrelated ideas come together and make something new under the sun. Your job isn’t to find these ideas but to recognise them when they show up." - Stephen King

Weird Fiction public installation at the Cubbon Park Metro Station, Bangalore.


In today’s world, where novels are turned into movies and television shows, where poets collaborate with pop stars, and where a Tweet can spark a national debate or a revolution even, the role of the writer is not limited by genre or geography anymore. Neither is the writer’s job restricted to isolation and introspection. Rather, writers are engaging with their communities, the arts, historical archives, interdisciplinary fields, and creative industries in novel ways each day - breaking boundaries and creating new ways of presenting unheard of stories. Writers play with what is available, to show us what is possible. They present to us new ways of knowing, seeing, and being. That, in itself, is a great privilege. Being a writer is certainly a much sought after job.

Our program in Creative Writing prepares you for this job. In fact, we ensure that you do it well. How? By giving students the choice to explore several areas and genres within the department, as well as engage with disciplines outside our course, such as new media, public history, film, and the visual arts. Our approach is multilingual and multicultural: you might take a class in ancient oral traditions in one semester and on avant-garde poetics in the next. Readings in literature are contextualized by forays into philosophy and critical theory, so students understand how their work stands in relation to what came before. Most importantly, through assignments, projects, and collaborations, students are required to write regularly, which helps both extend and finesse their creative practice. Students conclude the program with a creative body of work—be it an illustrated book, a collection of poems, flash fiction, or a performance—and with an approach to writing that is truly multicultural and interdisciplinary.

Writer Tishani Joshi releases the Creative Writing Publication Unselves at the Times Literature Festival, Bangalore.

Course Structure

The curriculum comprises of different ways of learning as follows:

  1. Foundation introduces students to basic principles and tools of Art, Design and Technology as methods, tools and processes
  2. Disciplinary Studios are learning spaces where students develop core disciplinary capabilities, while navigating a trans-disciplinary environment
  3. General Studies: A common and compulsory programme of study that integrates Humanities, Sciences, Development and Policy Studies and also offers Languages-English, Indian- Hindi and Kannada as well as Foreign (Spanish, French and German)
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  4. Interim: An introduction to practice in new and emerging areas of art and design. In this period, the students usually work under the tutelage of a visiting artist/ creative practitioner for a project that will be showcased in the public
  5. Electives: Of three kinds- this program allows students to expand their skills, develop the interests as well as provide opportunities for travel exchange
  6. Internship/Apprenticeship: Compulsory work experience done over the summer-break between the 6th and 7th semester. We recommend that our students intern with publishing houses/ production houses during this period
  7. Project involves the application of skills; synthesis and demonstration of the capabilities acquired, and is a qualifier to the thesis. This is also the final summative assessment and portfolio building independent/group endeavor
  8. Thesis is a culmination of the 4-year program, which allows for demonstration of an integration of values, positions, capabilities and practice.

Learning Approach

The Creative Writing program, as with the rest of the courses at Srishti, fosters a “community of practice” where writers come to discuss, create, and finesse their skills. The course is conducted through different modalities—studios, workshops, and charrettes —all aimed at enabling students to practice their writing in-class and expand their boundaries by engaging in a dialogue, not just with others students, but across departments and disciplines. From blogging and reading groups to conferences and art festivals, students are encouraged to use a plethora of platforms to engage with a wider audience and create work that is creative as well as critical.

Understanding textures in aesthetic phrase making.

Capability Sets

  • Ability to actively pursue creative ideas
  • Ability to explore boundaries and challenge the self using imagination
  • Acquire top notch skills in expression and communication
  • Develop empathy and sensitivity toward the audience
  • Ability to develop a unique approach to writing through experimenting with form and language
  • Achieve creative confidence


  • Writer/Author
  • Publishing
  • Script writing
  • Editorial responsibilities
  • Content writers
  • Writing for radio and television
  • Writing for new media such as games
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Teaching

Using space, movement and play in creative writing.

Disciplinary Intersections

The program is informed by the following learning disciplines:

Contemporary Media Arts
Experimental Media Arts
Language Arts
Digital Arts