5 Best Creative Writing Courses in India
By Ritika Tiwari / February 29, 2016 / Comments: 64

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.


Over the course of an year, many people have asked me which of these courses are worth doing and I couldn’t give an answer because I didn’t find any of them worth the time.

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



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Hi Ritika, Mrinali here from Delhi. I loved your article and want to thank you for it. I am a blogger on social issues, which are covered by social media very weirdly, un-researched manner. With an intention to reorient the coverage, I started a blog site THE YOUNG EAGLE. Please find time to visit my site on FB.


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Hello thank you so much for this. This was really helpful but do any of these provide online creative writing courses? Does SACAC provide those courses?

Anuja Mangle Fozdar

Hello Ritika, I read your article on the various courses for creative writing…like you even I m kind of bored of my corporate job and want to pursue my passion in blogging and creative writing. Since it’s not possible for me to read and learn I need a institute which provides such courses. Can you recommend ?