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5 Best Creative Writing Courses in India
By Ritika Tiwari / February 29, 2016 / Comments: 30

I have been constantly researching about writing courses in India that can easily be done while you are working or studying somewhere else, so I thought of sharing them here as well.

The first thing I noticed was that the fee and the course structure vary a lot. The course duration also varies and depends on the institution you are enrolling with. If you have taken any of the courses I am listing down here, do let me know your feedback. It would really help a lot of people.


Writing courses in India

Here are the top writing courses in India

  1. Xavier Institute of Communications

Location – Mumbai

Eligibility – I did not find anything on their website about this so I am guessing anyone can attend this

Price – 5500 INR

Classes start from – New class from 3rd March. For more information, check this and this


This was the first course that I came across when I was in Mumbai. And I really liked it because of 3 reasons:

  • Affordable
  • Great flexible timings
  • New classes in every 2 months

There are two instructors here – Renu Balakrishnan and Himali Kothari. Both of them conduct 6 sessions of 2 hours each from 6.30 to 8.30 pm. While one of them has classes every Thursday, the other one has classes every Saturday. The timings are great because you can juggle it up if you are working. And Xavier’s is right next to the CST station so you never have to worry about transportation. It’s more of a group session, people write stuff and discuss about it together. I would definitely attend this if I am in Mumbai for more than a month.


  1. British Council of India

Location – Delhi and Kolkata

Eligibility – You have to pass a level test at the centre which would cost 600 INR

Price – 13000 INR

Classes start fromFor Delhi it starts from 13th March and for Kolkata it starts from 27th March

The British Council of India has a 9 week intensive Creative Writing program which is considered one of the best in the country. The course goes on for 2 months where you are required to attend classes two days a week. You can choose the classes and schedule according to your own convenience. But all the timings are before 6pm and on weekdays which means this course would be a big struggle for the working lot.


  1. Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning

Location – No centre. Material gets directly delivered to you

Eligibility – Atleast a 50% in English in 12th/ Graduation

Price – 18000 INR+ Extra fee for registration form and prospectus

Classes start from – Registration and classes start in July. For more information, you can download the prospectus from here

Symbiosis offers a 1 year diploma course in creative writing. This is a distance learning program which means you get all the material posted to you and you can study it wherever you are. The course structure is pretty rigorous. Though I like the fact that you do not have to go to a centre for this, it is certainly expensive. Since this is a one year course, registration is allowed once a year, which means if you miss out the deadline, you have to wait for a whole year.


  1. Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU)

Location – No centre. Material gets directly delivered to you

Eligibility – Anyone who has passed 12th or is 20 years and above

Price –  3000 INR

Classes start from – Two cycle of admissions – January and July. For more information, check page 80 of the prospectus

IGNOU also has a distance learning creative writing course in India, which is extremely affordable. It is a 1 year course. But I realized the course information hasn’t been updated since 2011 so I have mailed to find out more about it. I will be updating this section when I hear back from them.

Update – I have researched immensely about the IGNOU course, and asked around. Turns out, the course details haven’t been updated since the last decade. Also, though the college says its a distance learning course, you are supposed to pick course material from the IGNOU centre, and you also need to go to the IGNOU studying centre from time to time. All in all, it doesn’t seem worth the time.

Have you attended any of these writing courses in India? What was your experience?


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Aniket Kate
Aniket Kate
4 days 7 hours ago

Hi, Ritika Mam, I am from Mumbai and my passion is to Write Stories & Poems in Marathi Language, and i want your advice that from where should i got a proper guidance to grew up in this concern field.
Thank You.

1 month 3 days ago

Thank You Ma’am for all the infos. I m a college stud,I belong to Kolkata, I think it will be useful for me to join British Council rather than any open university am I right? Is a PG degree in Journalism is essential for a freelance writer?

Da Gavate
Da Gavate
1 month 14 days ago

he hi Rritika thanks for sharing such great info
thanks a lot

Indrajeet Jain
1 month 18 days ago
Hi Ritika, I am looking up for an MFA in creative writing which I guess is not worth if done in India. But if you have any idea about the course which would be beneficial if done here itself, do let me know. Because Symbiosis has a distance program which is like, we are just playing in the sands, instead of going in the oceans for much adventure. And being a passionate writer, I also have my blog but the thing is I want to work for some magazines, if you have the answers to any of my above queries… Read more »
1 month 28 days ago

I have registered for DCE with IGNOU. I got a mail specifically informing me to collect study material from IGNOU regional center. I don’t know how this works. Have written a mail to send the materials to me directly. Will keep posted on what happens, so that other aspirants can take an informed decision.

11 days 18 hours ago

I too planning about pursuing this course. Will it be beneficial plz suggest.