The University of East Anglia (UEA) is all set to launch its first international writing programme next year with a course in India.
In March 2013 the university will run a creative writing course in Calcutta, led by award-winning author and UEA professor of contemporary literature Amit Chaudhuri and distinguished novelist Romesh Gunesekara, a news release today said.
Modelled on UEA’s pioneering Creative Writing MA, the eight-day course will be for students who wish to develop their skills as writers of fiction through a series of intensive workshops, tutorials and lectures.
Both tutors will give public talks, Chiki Sarkar, publisher of Penguin India, will be a visiting speaker during the course and eminent Bengali writers will be invited to address the students.
Twenty-four places are available on the course, which begins on March 25.
At the end of the course students will receive a certificate of completion and there will be an opportunity for them to find out about applying to UEA’s Creative Writing MA. Scholarship funding for the MA may be available to appropriately qualified applicants. All students will also be offered advice and support from the Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook on further developing their writing skills and publishing their work.
The programme has been set up by Prof Chaudhuri and Prof Jon Cook, director of creative & performing arts at UEA, and builds on current writing initiatives including the Charles Pick South Asia Fellowship and the university’s collaboration with Guardian Masterclasses.
Prof Chaudhuri said: “The University of East Anglia runs the best-known creative writing programme in the UK and one of the most highly regarded in the world. It is the first time we have taken the programme abroad and this new initiative has lots of exciting possibilities – to do with the craft of writing as well as critical discussion - for everyone involved, including, I hope, the city in which the first workshop will take place, a city with a historic cultural legacy.
“Nothing like this has been done before in India and from the reaction we have had to the idea it seems to be a welcome and timely initiative. If successful this inaugural international writing programme could be followed by others.”
Prof Chaudhuri, who teaches on the MA in Creative Writing as well as the PhD in Creative and Critical Writing, added that applicants were welcome from across the world.
The Creative Writing MA at UEA was the first of its kind in the UK when founded by Malcolm Bradbury and Angus Wilson in 1970-1971.
In 2012 the university’s creative writing programme was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education, the UK’s most prestigious higher education award, in recognition of its continuing excellence in delivering innovative courses at a world-class level.