The WriteBeyond Program

Writing as deftly as P.G Wodehouse seldom comes from innate talent. Yes, penmanship is a skill that can be slogged upon, acquired and perfected.

At ALMA, we believe everyone deserves a shot at it. WriteBeyond is a 6-week professional module for writing and editing to take an already-skilled young writer to global industry levels, and beyond. 

Overview

Overview

This programme is unique: it is based on a pedagogy that has a sharp focus on writing as practice and craft, but in a practical and experiential work environment. Rigorous training in the processes of writing and editing will accompany one-on-one guidance from the Senior Editors and mentors of the magazine, and involve rewriting and studying real submissions across fiction, humour, commentary, poetry and more.

Our curriculum has been developed to provide an exhaustive dive into the nitty-gritties of wielding the written word. The objective is simple: to play on your strengths as a writer or editor and help you find your distinctive voice. This is a competitive and exclusive programme, and we only select 5 applicants for each six-week session.

What’s special about WriteBeyond is its ability to give you on-ground experience of working at a living, breathing literary magazine. ALMA MAGAZINE is distinctive in its diversity of genres and writing styles. For those of you who wonder how exactly all that comes together, this is a singular opportunity to work alongside a diverse team of editors, artists, designers and writers.

Requirements

Please provide the following documents for your application:
1. A verified CV
2. Proof of Identity
3. Educational Certificates
4. Letter of Recommendation for those still completing their secondary education
5. Writing portfolio

Curriculum

Those applying for WriteBeyond have the option of choosing between two specialisations: 

Writing Specialisation

  • Week 1 - Introduction to Writing: Channeling your inspiration
  • Week 2 - Develop and Hone: Testing the waters
  • Week 3 - Organising your words: Placing the horse before the cart
  • Week 4 - Style and Flair: Who are you as a writer?
  • Week 5 - Finishing Touches: Soar and slide
  • Week 6 - Write, Write, Write!

Editing Specialisation

  • Week 1 - The Basics
  • Week 2 - Word Order and Vocabulary Choice
  • Week 3 - Structure, and Syntax
  • Week 4 - Communication
  • Week 5 - Revising and Redrafting
  • Week 6 - A Piece a Day

Payment

The tuition cost of the programme is ₹43,500 (plus applicable taxes) for Indian applicants and $1299 for all overseas applicants.

Indian Applicants

43,500 (plus tax)

Overseas Applicants

$ 1299

*The student on financial-aid will have an all-costs covered opportunity to work and study with us.

For more information and queries please contact on +919997009169

Certification

WriteBeyond is accredited and partnered by EDUCIS, and students will receive a certificate on successful completion of the curriculum.

Testimonials

WriteBeyond has pushed me to expand my skill set with regard to poetry, something I thought couldn't be taught. The curriculum gave me enough room to be creative while staying true to my style. Interacting with the teamand learning different skills from various departments was one of the things I enjoyed most. It has been a phenomenal learning experience that I wouldn't otherwise have had in my life.

Savera Aranya

Student, 18

FAQs

1. Who is WriteBeyond for?

“I love to write, but I feel like I haven’t found my stylistic voice yet.”
“I’ve never been taught editing but I want to know how it works, cause I wanna start my own magazine!”
“I wish I had someone to tell me how to make my writing better.”

If this sounds like you, you’re in the right place. We like our candidates inquisitive and driven about writing.

2. Why WriteBeyond?

What’s special about WriteBeyond is its ability to give you on-ground experience of working at a living, breathing literary magazine. ALMA MAGAZINE is distinctive in its diversity of genres and writing styles. For those of you who wonder how exactly all that comes together, this is a singular opportunity to work alongside a diverse team of editors, artists, designers and writers.

3. Why don’t I opt for Masterclass Writing instead?

We don’t believe in pre-set content or generalising a skill as nuanced as writing. Personal feedback and interactions with established experts from the industry is what makes this programme worthwhile. Our mentors include bestselling authors like Clancy Martin, and they will be reading your work and helping you find your style as a writer.

4. What is the eligibility criteria?

Candidates must be between 16 and 35 years of age. Open to all nationalities. English must be the candidate’s bilingual or native language. Ideally should have a strong writing portfolio.

5. Can working individuals apply for this?

Of course! We have a provision to work around the usual 9-5, so we can create a 6-9 p.m. session on weekdays and make up for the deficit of hours by working on the weekend.

6. How long do you take to get back on the application?

We revert back to most applications within 4 weeks.

7. When and where does the programme take place?

The WriteBeyond programme will be executed remotely until further notice. Our sessions occur on a rolling basis, with 7 intakes in a calendar year. At any given point, once accepted, applicants can expect to join the programme within 2 weeks.

8. Do you offer scholarships or financial aid?

For every four candidates we accept, one is on full financial aid.

9. What’s the fee like?

The tuition cost of the programme is ₹43,500 (plus applicable taxes) for Indian applicants and $1299 for all overseas applicants. The student on financial-aid will have an all-costs covered opportunity to work and study with us.

For more information and queries please contact on +91 9997009169

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