Following on the success of its first eight creative writing workshops in India, the University of East Anglia (UEA), where the United Kingdom’s oldest and highest-ranked school of creative writing is located, is organising a ninth workshop to be held in Calcutta from 26th July to 3rd August 2017. The first of these workshops began in 2013. Published writers have already begun to emerge from the workshop, and are often picked up by leading publishers. Others have gone on to successfully complete MAs in Prose Fiction from UEA. For further information, see


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What do Ian McEwan, Anne Enright and Kazuo Ishiguro have in common? All the three authors had honed and nurtured their literary skills by studying Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, UK.


Do you want to belong to this august circle of writers? Do you want to deepen your understanding as a writer in relation to your art of writing? Do you want your creativity to find a perspective in today’s social and literary context? Do you write with a sense of self awareness that is so vital to the success of a literary work? And finally, how critical and honest are you with your own creative exercise?


Modelled on UEA’s pioneering Creative Writing MA, the eight-day course in India is for such students who wish to develop their skills as writers of fiction and non-fiction through a series of intensive workshops, tutorials and lectures.


The University of East Anglia (UEA), where the United Kingdom’s oldest and highest-ranked school of creative writing is located, launched its first international writing programme in March 2013 with a course in Kolkata, India. The programme was the brainchild of Prof Amit Chaudhuri, who teaches Contemporary Literature at UEA 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.


Speaking about the inaugural workshop, 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.”