I am interested in writing

Hand holding pen and writing and sketching in a notebook

I am a student of Class X. I am interested in writing and I’m quite good at it. Moreover, I love English. So I am planning to take English Literature after 12th followed by a course in creative writing. Can you tell me if there is any college in India that offers this course (even abroad)? Kindly mention the jobs that I can opt for by taking these courses.

An essential requirement to become a creative writer is passion for writing and love to communicate with words. This field requires a lot of imagination, observation and an inborn ability to create pictures of the natural world.

There are many institutes all over India which offer courses in creative writing. But most of these are diploma courses with duration of 1-3 years. Eligibility for these courses is graduation.

Some such institutes are: Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts and Communication, New Delhi (sac.ac.in); Amity Institute of English and Business Communication, Noida (amity.edu/aiebc); Indian Institute of Journalism & New Media, Bangalore (iijnm.org); Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi (iimc.nic.in); The British Council located in all metro cities in India (britishcouncil.in); Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, New Delhi (bhavans.info); Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi (ignou.ac.in) offers a post-graduate diploma in Creative Writing through its distance learning programme.

You can work as a content writer in any of the KPO firms or get involved in writing stories, articles, books and scripts that are highly demanded by editors and publishers. Even a career as a freelance writer may provide you with a good income.

Dr Vibha Gupta

Dr Vibha Gupta

Dr Vibha Gupta, a feature writer, is a Ph.D. in Mathematics from IIT Roorkee. Her book Careers: A Pathfinder and articles in various publications are an attempt to guide students in choosing a career according to their natural strengths, talents and skills.