Basic & Advanced Creative Writing Courses in Bangalore Indiranagar at FLUX
We are offering Basic & Advanced Creative Writing Courses in Bangalore Indiranagar at FLUX starting 20 August 2022.
Yeshwanth, one of the students, talks about his experience of learning with Abhishek Udaykumar at FLUX, in the testimonial video above.
Both these basic and advanced creative writing courses are a month-long programs. The sessions run for three hours every Saturday and Sunday.
Update: Third Batch Starts 11th November 2022
The Basic Course is designed to create an evolved sensibility towards writing with skill and precision. The course’s contents provoke one’s sense of identity and critical understanding of style, form and language. Its wide range of literature widens the debate around contemporary thought and creative expression.
Each block in the course is made to empower one’s ability to write beyond the class. It’s done in styles that they could not have envisioned before joining the course. The focus of the class is to strengthen the process of writing, observing and understanding people. This helps formulate a mature understanding towards what writing can be. It also enables one to respond critically to the world that a writer emerges from.
To register for October batch, contact FLUX at 9606555607.
Advanced Creative Writing Course in Bangalore Indiranagar at FLUX
We have designed the course to challenge writers with sophisticated literary references and writing tasks that push their perception and expression. While the course’s contents include a mix of African, British-Indian, Hungarian, Italian, Indian, American and British literature, its study will emerge from contemporary debates around vernacular and literary modes of expression, magic realism, stream of consciousness, humor and children’s literature. These, with the help of selected critical journals that provoke ideas around aestheticization, cultural appropriation, innocence and postmodernism, will act as a wholesome argument to enhance the intellect of a growing writer.
We have also designed the course to deepen a writer’s sensibility towards style, form, identity and mannerisms. Its diverse catalogue of readings extends its context to literature in film, and fiction as a realm, rather than just a medium.
The course would be incomplete without discussions on literary subtexts, and conversations around ‘fictional retellings of the past,’ ‘language as an instrument of magic realism,’ ‘foreign and native perceptions of India’s cultures,’ ‘time and space within fiction’ and ‘editing as a form of writing.’ It is essential that an advanced course is intended not merely to engage in writing as a physical practice, but also as an intellectual exercise. We will also encourage the writers to be critical about the pieces they read and write and learn the many ways by which a text can be approached. They will begin to place their work within wider literary conversations, not just as creative writers, but as critics.
The idea of the course is to develop a critical ability towards one’s work, as well as that of others. It will empower writers to create different expressions within a single style, such as humor and unreliability using short phrases and children’s writing and prose with subtle magic realism. It is inevitable that one who reads literature will discover their different genres and styles to be in constant dialogue with one another. The understanding of the same will set writers free from their limitations and help them switch between styles, voices and forms with ease.
The writers at FLUX will workshop each other’s writing at the end of each classroom task and receive detailed feedback from the course facilitator. Advanced creative writing course consists of four blocks. Each shall run for a week and follow a unique mode of study. Writers will need to complete tasks at home before they appear for the following block. The facilitator will assess their weekly work at the end of the first day of every block.
What All Is Covered
By the end of the advanced creative writing course, writers will have practiced several pieces of short fiction and prose poetry, written a short story and the first chapter of a novella. The writers will receive guidance towards completing their novellas after the completion of the course, as well as any other stories and ideas that they wish to pursue. Advanced creative writing course will have a limited number of writers to ensure the intimacy of workshopping, feedback and discussions. The course material will be provided by the facilitator. The course is open to anybody who is eighteen years of age and above. But it is necessary that the writer must have explored creative writing consistently in the past to fully absorb this course.
Basic Creative Writing Course in Bangalore Indiranagar at FLUX
We have designed the basic creative writing course to help writers from diverse academic backgrounds to improve their writing skills. The course includes a collection of readings from world literature. Each one of them is perfect to introduce and enhance one’s understanding of character, description and form. In fact the classroom exercises will focus on improving one’s writing and sensibility towards building a story. The facilitator will also address common errors in writing and help form an understanding towards emphatic, interesting styles of expression.
The idea of the basic creative writing course is to learn the several aspects of fiction, short stories and expression, through a series of unique, creative exercises. It is important to understand the fundamental elements that make a story. But it is equally vital to question one’s position as a creative writer within the larger context of literary thought. It is imperative that this practice happens in parallel, to write with informed, intuitive deliberation. In fact the course will explore the idea of ‘cliches’. They will learn how one can use them, avoid them and be aware of them. This will help writers remain subjective to their experiences and cultural context. It will also display an evolved sense of writing prose, from how they normally would.
What Will Participants Learn
Writers who join the course will learn to reflect on their life experiences and manifest those moments into meaningful pieces of writing. They will develop ways of recollecting memories and events to each other. Then they will illustrate them in a few sentences before turning them into plots. Throughout the course, writers will be challenged with the idea of a plot. They will also discover whether the narratives of their own lives qualify as plots. These exercises will help nurture an understanding about their own writing and fiction as a medium of storytelling. There will be activities on building dialogues and telling stories through speech, rather than narration. Writers will also learn how to blur the space between literary speech and colloquial language. Thus they will build their identity as a narrator.
Contents of The Basic Creative Writing Course
The contents of the basic creative writing course include a mix of Russian, British, Turkish, American, Indian and African literature, along with essays and journals that examine the authors’ intentions and linguistics. Those who join the basic course will write essays. These reflect on their own style of writing and help analyze their mode of thought. We will also ask them to write several short pieces of fiction throughout the course. They will receive feedback from their peers, and from the facilitator. Their work will include pieces inspired by their own experiences, with tasks developed for the course. They will also work on tasks that follow the styles suggested by literary excerpts.
At the end of the course, writers will have learnt the various aspects of crafting a short story and share their ideas about their first complete piece. In fact the writers will continue to be guided with their short story beyond the course. They will also work on any other ideas that they wish to pursue.
The basic creative writing course will have a limited number of writers. It’s to ensure the intimacy of workshopping, feedback and discussions. All the material for the course will be provided by the facilitator. Participants of the course need not have written fiction in the past. However, a general insight or passion for literature can help enliven classroom discussions.
About The Facilitator
Both, Basic & Advanced Creative Writing Courses will be facilitated by Abhishek Udaykumar.
Abhishek is a writer, filmmaker and artist. He is a graduate of Royal Holloway University of London. There he did his BA English and Creative Writing on a Global Scholarship Programme. He writes novels, short stories, poetry and essays. He also makes documentaries, experimental and art films and paints in different styles.
Abhishek has taught Art and Creative Writing Courses for children and adults, and at Konsult Art and Design Academy. To see his Art and Film portfolio, visit www.behance.net/abhishek_udaykumar
Are you interested in joining our 1-month long Basic & Advanced Creative Writing Courses in Bangalore Indiranagar at FLUX?
If yes, give us a call on 9606555607 and we will instruct you to do the needful.
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