The Critical Writing programme is an integral part of the Young India Fellowship. Over a span of 10 months, this programme aims to develop critical reading, thinking, and writing skills that will help Fellows engage with the world of ideas and enable them to develop and express their own ideas in a well-reasoned, lucid, and engaging manner.
These skills act as building blocks for the multidisciplinary liberal arts education that you will receive. It also enhances your ability to navigate the academic, professional, and social spheres around you.
Since these skills are best imparted in smaller groups, the writing programme is administered in groups of 30 Fellows each. There are 10 Writing Preceptors at YIF and each Preceptor further subdivides their group into two in order to work closely and rigorously with every member of their cohort over the academic year.
All Preceptors follow a shared writing curriculum that focuses on three core skills — critical thinking, reading and writing. Each Preceptor though designs their classes depending on their research interests, disciplinary training, and pedagogic style. They use a carefully curated sequence of writing assignments along with multiple rounds of feedback, workshopping, and dedicare office hours which will help you to :
- Read, analyse, critique, review, and respond to texts (across media);
- Communicate ideas by composing texts in a variety of genres that utilize analysis, critique, reflection, and narration skills;
- Make effective arguments using rigorous reasoning and evidence;
- Understand how to engage with counter-arguments and divergent points of view;
- Develop preliminary research skills and work with sources;
- Learn how knowledge is constructed in different disciplines;
- Work with drafts; revise, rewrite and proofread their writing;
- Build dialogues in an ethical manner.
This course has been designed keeping in mind the diversity of the YIF cohort and Fellows’ different reading and writing skills. Irrespective of whether one is already an established and published writer, or whether one has difficulty in reading and writing basic academic English, there is no need to feel either intimidated or underwhelmed by this course. There is no prerequisite knowledge that we require students to possess to take this course.