A Way with Words: Writing across Forms

An Ashoka University online course for high-school students.


Sumana Roy

Course Dates

June 11, 12, 18, 19, 25


INR 12,000 + GST


3:30 – 5:30 PM

About The Course

In this course students will meet a variety of literary genres – the poem, the essay, short fiction, the letter, graphic narratives. Discussions of literary texts will be accompanied by students writing in these genres. Detailed feedback to their writing will be provided during the workshop. 

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    Course Faculty

    Mahavir Jhawar

    Sumana Roy

    Ph.D. University of North Bengal
    Sumana Roy is Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at Ashoka University. Prior to this, she taught English Literature in government colleges in Bengal. She was a Carson Fellow at the Rachel Carson Centre for Environment and Society in Munich (2018), and a Full Time Visiting Fellow at the South Asia Program, Cornell University (Fall 2018).

    She writes a monthly column on the subject of plant life for Hindu Business Line – it’s called Treelogy. Her poems and essays have appeared in Granta, Guernica, Los Angeles Review of Books, The White Review, Caravan, Himal Southasian, Drunken Boat, the Prairie Schooner, Berfrois, The Common, Journal of South Asian Studies, Journal of Life Writing, and American Book Review.

    Professor Roy’s research interests include literature on the non-human, provincial Literatures, and cultures of close reading. As a practitioner, Professor Roy is invested in what she calls the ‘minor’ forms.

    Horizons Course Objectives

    Discover Your Interest and Aptitude

    Go Deep Into Specific Disciplines

    Learn with Amazing Peers from Schools across India

    Explore Unique Perspectives and Ideas

    Develop New Skills and Abilities

    Learning Support for the Course

    Swati Singh

    Teaching Assistant

    Swati Singh – Teaching Assistant
    Swati Singh graduated from Ashoka University in 2021 with a degree in English and Creative Writing. They lead the “Queerly Beloved” reading groups for the collective, ReformtheNorm, and host the meetings of The Lucknow Book Club. As an undergraduate, Swati set up and led the illustration team of Kalinga, Ashoka University’s satire magazine, and also illustrated for the Student Politics Newsdesk of the campus publication, The Edict. Their graphic narratives have appeared on platforms such as Zinedabaad. They have performed their poetry at the Lucknow Literature Festival as well as The Ahimsa Festival. Their short story, “Cliché” was the Winner (public choice) of the Tata Literature Live MyStory Contest in 2017. Their writing has also featured in publications such as Openaxis, InWords and Bewajah. When not drawing, writing, or translating, they can usually be found attempting to communicate deeply with dogs.

    Madhavi Menon

    Professor of English, Ashoka University

    Director, Centre for Studies in Gender & Sexuality

    Director of the PhD Programme in English

    Ph.D. Tufts University

    Madhavi Menon is an eminent theorist and scholar of gender, sexuality, politics, and identity. 

    She joined Ashoka University in 2013 as one of its founding faculty members. She went on to establish the university’s Centre for Gender & Sexuality Studies (CSGS), which is the first of its kind in India. Previously, she was a professor at Ithaca College and American University

    Most prominently known for her work on queer theory and Shakespeare, she has also edited the collection Shakesqueer and written three books on Shakespeare and sexuality. She is also most recently the author of Infinite Varieties: A History of Desire in India and Law of Desire: Rulings on Sex & Sexuality in India. 

    In addition to being Director of CSGS, she is the Director of the Ph.D. programme in English and Professor of English at Ashoka University.