Course Title: 
Creative writing in English
Course Code: 
Year Taught: 
Integrated Degree
School of Arts and Sciences

'Creative writing in English' is an elective course offered in Fourth/Fifth Semester of B. A. (Bachelor of Arts) English Language and Literature program at the School of Arts and Sciences, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Mysuru campus.

To introduce the concept of creative writing; to familiarize students with the process of writing poetry, fiction and drama; to train students to write the various forms; to prepare students to write for the media; to encourage students to write for publication.

Unit 1

Introduction to Creative Writing.
Creativity-inspiration-art-propaganda-madness-imagination-creative Writing/teaching of importance of reading.

Unit 2

The Art and Craft of Writing. 
Tropes, Figures-style, Register-formal, Informal Usage-varieties Of English- Language And Gender Disordered Language-playing With Words-grammar And Word Order-tense And Time Grammatical Differences.

Unit 3

Modes of Creative Writing.
A) Poetry

Definitions-Functions of language -poetry and prose-shape, Form and technique-rhyme Andreason-fixed Forms and free Verse-modes of poetry:lyrical, Narrative, dramatic voices-indian english poets-interview-verse for children-problems With writing poetry-writing poetry-workshops.
B) Fiction
Fiction, Non-fiction-importance of history-literary and popular fiction-short Story And Novel interview-writing Fiction For children - Children's Literature - Interview -workshops.
C) Drama
Drama plot-characterization-verbal and non verbal elements-overview of indian English the at restyles of contemporary theatre-indian play wrights-interview- Writing for films-screenplay children's theatre-writing drama-workshops.

Unit 4

Writing for the Media.

Unit 5

Publication Tips.
Revising and rewriting -proof reading-editing -submitting manuscript for publication summary 

Extension Activity (Reading).
A reading of a few pieces of creative writing of well-known authors is to be undertaken as a next ended activity. The reading may be done as a classroom activity under the guidance of teacher or optionally, students read the pieces at home and a discussion on the various aspects may be undertaken later in class. It could also be done as a group activity in classroom with the group leader presenting the summary of the ideas generated at the discussion. Loud reading of poems and stories and role plays of sections of plays is to be encouraged.A sample collection of pieces is given. The list is only suggestive. A resourceful teacher is free to select any number of pieces of his/her choice. Being an open course, such an activity will be of a serious nature.

Wordsworth: The Solitary Reaper.
Robert Frost: Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening.
Shakespeare: Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Pablo Neruda: Tonight I Can Write. 
Wole Soyinka: Telephone Conversation.
Tagore: Where the Mind is Without Fear.
Emily Dickinson: It's Such a Little Thing.

Henry: The Last Leaf.
Prem Chand: Resignation.
Chinua Achebe: Marriage is a Private Affair.
Anton Chekhov: The Grief.
Saki: The Open Window.

Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice (The Trial Scene).
Stanley Houghton: The Dear Departed.
Tagore: Chandalika.
Chekhov: The Bear.

  1. Creative Writing: A Beginner's Manual, Anjana Neira Dev. Anuradha Marwah, SwatiPal Delhi, Pearson Longman, 2009.
  1. Elements of Literature: Essay, Fiction, Poetry, Drama, Film. Robert Scholes, Nancy R.Comley, Carl H. Klaus, Michael Silverman Delhi, OUP. 2007.
  2. Write from the Heart:Unleashing the power of Your Creativity. HalZina Bennet, California, New World Library. 2001.
  3. A Guide to Writing about Literature, Sylvan Bamet, William E.Cain, New Delhi, Pearson, 2006.