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Writing for the 21st Century - 2024

Clear and effective written communication is an essential component of every professional toolkit. However, refining these skills within the workplace is a challenge few can overcome. This course aims to equip participants with the tools for well-informed and highly impactful reading and writing practices, applicable both within and outside the professional sphere. Designed as a workshop-based program, it serves as a comprehensive solution for the writing aspirations of busy professionals across various industries.

Brought to you by AshokaX, Ashoka University’s pioneering online and executive learning platform, this uniquely designed and delivered course explores the intricacies of effective writing in an immersive, accessible, and peer-centric manner. This program caters to lifelong learners, working professionals, or anyone in a professional or corporate environment seeking to enhance their communication style, develop effective communication habits, and make a lasting impression on their audience through words.



Registration date to be announced soon

Lifelong learners, working professionals or anyone in a professional or corporate work environment

Rs 70,000/-

*Refer to fees section of website for inclusions & exclusions

Students from India and abroad can apply

Nine weeks unique programme

Students from all boards can apply

Prerequisites: High level of proficiency in written and verbal English communication.

Learning Outcome?

  1. Ability to read closely and strategically, assessing a piece of text for critical details.
  2. Fluency in techniques and habits for self-improvement in writing quality.
  3. Practice in effective and robust communication, both written and oral.
  4. Memorable and consistent engagement in the workplace through written and oral communication.
  5. Development of a unique writer’s voice and perspective.

Course Module

Fundamental Module: Writing for the 21st Century

Optional Module:

Module 1: Introduction to Professional Writing

Module 2: Introduction to Creative Writing

Module 3: Introduction to Academic Writing

Course length: 9 weeks | 9 modules + Final Assignment (3 hours)


Anuja Chauhan is a best selling Indian author, advertiser and screenwriter. As a writer, she is known for The Zoya Factor (2008), Battle For Bittora (2010), Those Pricey Thakur Girls (2013), The House That BJ Built (2015), Baaz (2017), and Club You To Death (2021). She worked at the JWT advertising agency in India for over 17 years, becoming vice-president and executive creative director before resigning in 2010 to pursue a full-time literary career.

Devapriya Roy is currently a Senior Writing Fellow at Ashoka University. She contributes to the fortnightly column, “Nine Rasas”, in The New Indian Express and previously worked with the MHRD on a new comprehensive language policy for India. She is an alumnus of Presidency College, Calcutta, and Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, where she wrote a PhD thesis on Bharata’s Natyashastra. She is the author of three novels: The Vague Woman’s Handbook, The Weight Loss Club and Friends from College, a version of which was serialised in The Telegraph for forty-two weeks.

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Our team will be happy to answer any questions you might have or help you with the enrollment process.

Programme Details

AUG 14, 2023 - FEB 21 2024

programme fee: ₹1,50,000 + GST

Who Should Take This Programme?

ashoka advantage

World-Renowned Faculty

India’s Leading Scholars

and Intellectuals

Senior Professional Cohort

AshokaX’s Premium Learner

Community & Peer Group

Interdisciplinary Perspective

Unique Liberal Arts Foundation

across Disciplines

Exclusive Experience

Intimate Learning fostering

Dialogue & Debate

Application and Selection
Step 1 -Registration

Register to receive Prospectus & Application

Step 2 -Application

Submit Application with a simple Statement of Purpose

Step 3 - Selection

Once selected, complete payment to join Cohort

A Transformative Learning Experience

"Excellent platform to satiate the appetite for knowledge of a lifelong learner"

"One of the

best learning investments of my time in recent years"

"The platform attracts diverse learners for enriched peer learning in a safe setting"

“A great cohort, exciting professors, a bit of theory, a bit of practical, everything blended together as a unique experience……and I think at this stage of my life doing something like this energises!”



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.