Indian Literary Scene Today
Chetan Bhagat single-handedly redefined the Indian publishing industry with his light-hearted tales. He gave hope to thousands across this country and with self-publishing and vanity-publishing firms starting in every major city we have the likes of Ravinder Singh, Durjoy Datta, Preeti Shenoy and many more authors writing lots of light-hearted tales of life, love and longing in simplest of English and making a fair amount of money with publishing and movie deals.
Now let us look at the other end of the spectrum. We have had people like Ruskin Bond, Siddharth Mukherjee, Jhumpa Lahiri, Chitra Diwakarunni, Vikram Seth and Salman Rushdie writing with incredible clarity and winning numerous international literary awards over the years. The Indian publishing scene is seeing a remarkable boom with numerous international players setting up their Indian subsidiaries as well and bringing out new books at a frantic pace.
In such a scenario, there is a surge in the number of people looking to join a programme in Creative Writing. Universities in the UK and the USA offer some of the best programmes in Creative Writing. Traditionally offered as a module/paper as a part of a programme in English Literature; the past decade has seen the rise of the Creative Writing programme as a stand-alone degree of its own.
Top Creative Writing Programmes in the UK
The MA in Creative Writing and the M.Litt in Creative Writing are two of the most common postgraduate programmes on offer in the UK. These are usually one-year programmes and require the students to work on a full-length manuscript at the end of the programme. Some of the most popular and recognised degrees are:
- MFA in Creative Writing offered by the University of East Anglia
- MA in Writing offered by Birmingham City University
- MLitt in Creative Writing offered by the University of Stirling
Top Creative Writing Programmes in the USA
In the USA, the postgraduate programmes in Creative Writing are offered as a two-year course. These are the independent MA in Creative Writing and MFA in Creative Writing programmes. In addition to these programmes, numerous universities offer a minor in Creative Writing to complement a degree in the Humanities or Arts. These are preferred by students doing a programme in Film-making, Journalism or Comparative Literature.
The top three universities in the USA, which are popular among students looking to study a Creative Writing programme are:
- University of Iowa
- University of Texas
- Brown University
In India, novelists are not taken seriously, one always needs to have another steady source of income and have writing as a passionate hobby. From Chetan Bhagat to Ravi Subramaniam who is called as ‘India’s John Grisham’ by many; every author has an established well-paying job. A recognised degree in Creative Writing adds credibility to your attempts in becoming a published author.