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Course Name Creative Writing in English
Course Code 18ELL231
Program BA (English Language and Literature), 5 Year Integrated B.A. – M.A. (English Language & Literature)
Credits 3
Year Taught 2019
Degree Undergraduate (UG), Integrated Degree
School School of Arts and Sciences
Campus Coimbatore, Kochi


Course Outline

Unit I: 

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

Unit II:

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 III:

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 Nove linterview – writing Fiction For children – Children’s Literature – Interview – workshops.
C) Drama
Drama plot-characterization-verbal and nonverbal elements-overview of indian English theatre styles of contemporary theatre-indian playwrights-interview- Writing for films-screenplay children’s theatre-writing drama-workshops.

Unit IV:

Writing for the Media. 
Print Media – Broadcast Media-Internet-Advertising.

Unit V:

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

A reading of a few pieces of creative writing of well-known authors is to be undertaken as an extended activity. The reading may be done as a class room 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
RobertFrost: Stopping by the Woodsona 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


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.

Core Reading

  1. Creative Writing: A Beginner’s Manual Anjana Neira Dev. Anuradha Marwah, Swati Pal 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. Hal Zina Bennet California, New World Library,2001.
  3. A Guide to Writing about Literature, Sylvan Bamet, William E.Cain, New Delhi, Pearson, 2006.

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