Could One Learn to Write Like McEwan, Hanif or Ishiguro?

Could One Learn to Write Like McEwan, Hanif or Ishiguro?
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There seems to be no dearth of learning opportunities nowadays. As summer holidays approach, more and more foreign universities are seeking to target Indian students. The University of East Anglia's creative writing program is the most recent to come to India.

Following the success of its first week-long writing course in March this year, UEA will be organizing a second course to be held in Calcutta from July 16th- 24th 2013.

The focus of the July course will be on non-fiction writing. It will be led by award-winning author and UEA professor of contemporary literature Amit Chaudhuri and the acclaimed biographer and historian Patrick French.

The course is for writers interested in biography, the essay, travel writing, popular history writing, psychogeography, and the urban experience.

Modelled on UEA’s pioneering Creative Writing MA, the eight-day course is aimed at students who wish to develop their skills as writers of non-fiction through a series of intensive workshops, tutorials, lectures, public talks, and other events.

Patrick French pinpoints his interest in teaching the workshop to a feeling, which he says he has had for several years, that India has swathes of untold history and biography needing to be written: "South Asia's exploding interest in literature is not yet matched by institutions or courses that enable writers to reach their potential. Often, I think that aspiring writers' chances of fulfilling their ambition depend on luck and social contacts as much as on the successful development of their innate talent."

The UEA's original course began in 1970, and its alumni include Ian McEwan, Tracy Chevalier, Mohammed Hanif and Kazuo Ishiguro.

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