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Lectures on environmental education, literature and climate action at the University Grants Commission (UGC) mandated Faculty Induction Programmme, for new faculty of Indian colleges and universities. The programme is being coordinated and offered by the National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration. (March 2024)

Lecture on `Reading Climate Fiction to Communicate Climate Change' and a cli-fi (climate fiction) writing workshop at NSHM Colleges as part of their International Conference. (poster and pictures below) (February, 2024) 

Creative writing workshops and climate fiction writing at NSHM, Colleges. (August 2023)

Creative Writing workshops at National Library (various)

Creative Writing Workshop on Climate Fiction at Indus Valley School. (Sept 2023)

Workshop on Creative Writing, Cli-Fi and Ethical use of AI in research and writing at Centre for Language and Communication (CLC), NSHM in collaboration with Earthmates Eco Club (Aug 2023) with its guerilla gardening and seed-bomb making initiatives.

Enhancing English Language Teaching Skills for School Teachers - Key resource person (for the topic Teaching eco-texts and climate fiction in schools) at the Faculty Development Programme for school teachers organised by Centre for Language and Communication (CLC) of NSHM college (Calcutta). (July 2023)

Announcement: Dream Spark - Creative Writing for College Students (LIILR and Bharati College, University of Delhi, India) (2022)

HyperWriting Hideout Classes (English Club, BINUS University, Indonesia) and other teaching. (2016-2017)

Enrolled students, please login to the course from Moodle below:
(Alternatively you can login directly to Hyperwriting Moodle classes here)

Rajat Chaudhuri will be presenting a creative writing workshop organised by Centre for Language and Communication (CLC), NSHM Knowledge Campus, Kolkata (December 2022) 

Dream Spark -- Creative Writing for College Students

Rajat Chaudhuri is offering a certificate 
course on Creative Writing with LIILR and Bharati College (University of Delhi). This four month certificate course covers fiction (with a focus on the story) and non-fiction. Details and prospectus.

HyperWriting Hideout -- Creative Writing Classes

Rajat Chaudhuri offers one-to-one and small group classes (online and face to face) which help those interested in creative writing to practice, improve and perfect their craft in a friendly and participatory environment. He teaches short story writing, basics of novel writing, essay writing, article writing, content writing and advanced editing to students of all age groups from India and abroad. He also conducts classes and workshops with large groups which are offered in partnership with educational institutions, libraries like National Library of India and NSHM Colleges, within and outside India and also directly to interested students.

Chaudhuri has taught Short Story Writing certified by BINUS University English Club (BNEC), Jakarta, Indonesia -- students receive a signed certificate from BINUS-BNEC on successful completion. He has also lectured on climate fiction (clifi or climate stories) for a course at the Oxford University.

For advanced students who have some experience of writing and publishing their work or those who have participated in my classes, I offer advice, appraisal and mentoring. To learn more about my creative writing course or to join a class, please email me at: hyperwritinghideout@gmail.com To get a flavour of my classes you can watch Youtube  video snippets on my YouTube channel and also below the Testimonials section of this page.


(NanaShiningPrincess) from BINUS University, Indonesia who took the Hyperwriting Hideout Class, recently published her first novel `At the End of Rope' (romance, fantasy) about characters and events surrounding the Fericire circus. More details from the publisher's website and Google Play Books. Here is what Narumi has to say about the creative writing course: 

`After years of writing, I've finally published my first novel in 2021. While I was writing my first novel, I used some of the guidance I received from Rajat Chaudhuri's  HyeperWriting Course. Some of these would include, crafting a story from an idea, and the power of the first sentence and more. Those classes helped me a lot in crafting the whole story idea and in proceeding with thorough research. Thank you so much, Rajat Chaudhuri.

"Under the guidance of Mr. Rajat in his writing class, I've received a broader perspective about literature. His reading materials taught me tips and tricks, different writing styles, as well as unique plot lines that writers have used before. As a person who wants to dive into the world of fiction, I still have technical issues to iron out and an amateur's point of view. However, joining Mr. Rajat's class has helped me engage with different writing problems and has nurtured me into a better writer. I'm forever grateful to Mr. Rajat for being a patient mentor and a great support." ~ Stefanny (Indonesia)  
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"I've improved a lot since before this course. Rajat had not only given me knowledge about writing but also tips and additional information that helped widen my creative writing horizon. He pushed and pushed his students to be better, his guidance contributed so much. I am glad that I enrolled for this course."  ~ V. Febriana (Indonesia)
"I'm very grateful that I have taken the HyperWriting Course. Rajat was really nice and helped me a lot to further develop my short story writing in English. I usually write long fan fiction stories in Indonesian language. I have benefited a lot by taking this course and currently working on a new writing project." ~ Narumi  (Indonesia)
"Rajat  taught me how to improve my writing skills. He made sure that I understood his material and always offered help. It has been a great time learning with him. He is extremely nice and patient and always pushed and supported me to keep writing. Thank you Rajat for your knowledge and time. Also thank you for helping me improve my writing a lot." ~ B. Rizqia  (Indonesia)
"Only when you are writing to be read, you realise that writing is  more than "a spontaneous overflow of powerful emotions". It is a skill and one has to understand the technique of writing. This technique was taught to us by Rajat Sir. But he didn't end there. He told us about the different submission opportunities and how to apply to each of them. He even edited my writing pieces and guided me how to evolve as a confident writer and get published in international journals. I'm more than grateful to him. Thank you sir!" - Anupama Bhattacharya (India)

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Video clips from Rajat Chaudhuri's HyperWriting online creative writing classes.

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Reviews of Spellcasters

Chaudhuri's prose is lucid; unexpected twists inform this part psycho-logical thriller and part climate fiction.' The Telegraph

Reviews of Multispecies Cities

Listed in `The Definitive Climate Fiction Reading List’' Grist (US)

`Joyously ambitious solarpunk ... excels when entwining relational nuance with keenly handled futurist ideas ... number of gems for fans of climate fiction' Publishers Weekly

`Filled with a polyphony of voices ... Engaging introduction' Leanne Ogasawara, Books on Asia (Japan)

Reviews of The Great Bengali Poetry Underground

`Excellent translation ... Hard to find flavour of a culture in ferment' Scroll

`Translator seems to have masterfully reproduced in English the sting and beat of the original Bengali versions' Indian Literature journal (Sahitya Akademi)

`What comes across in the translations, from the very beginning, are the poems' distinctive Bengali origin' Daily Star (Bangladesh)

`Social-existential cares are interwoven with allusions to local or national issues ... will subtly shift our perception as to the currents of Bengali underground poetry' New Indian Express

Reviews of Calcutta Nights

`Masterfully translated' The Telegraph

`Important from the point of view of culture studies' Indian Literature journal

`Fascinating as a document of the 20th century city'  Trisha Gupta, India Today

`Flawless translation ... retains racy flavour' Sajni Mukherji, Outlook magazine

`Translator craftily balances archaic words with new ones, never upsetting the tonal authenticity of a period piece.' Scroll

`A unique cosmopolitan setting' Business Standard

`Excellent translation ... a crisp read' Ganesh Saili, New Indian Express

`A tale of beauty and decadence' South China Morning Post

`Interesting ... for readers interested in history and the Asian experience of transition to modernity.' Asian Review of Books, Hong Kong

`A guidebook to the dark dens of eeriness' Press Trust of India (PTI)

`What a punch this little volume packs' India Abroad News Service of India (IANS)

Reviews of The Butterfly Effect

`Propels the accumulated anxieties of a city into a shape-shifting future vortex' Anjana Basu, Outlook magazine 

`Explores a Ballardian near-future' Amy Brady, Words Without Borders

`Genre-bending' Amy Brady, Houston Chronicle, USA

`Projects the tropes of a new politics of imagination ... a new eco-sophy is created'Krishnan Unni. P, Indian Literature, Sahitya Akademi 

`Indian novel's story parallels the deadly coronavirus outbreak' Times of India (news)

`Compelling' UNI

`A magic box ... brings Allan Poe to mind' Scroll

`Ten Works of Environmental Literature from Around the World' Book Riot, USA(listing)

`A wild ride, with brilliant and Ballardian descriptions' Eco-fiction

`Vivid storytelling dovetails with a playful structure' Bengaluru Review

`Fifty Must-Read Novels about Eco-Disaster' Book Riot, USA (listing)

`Around the World in 80 Books' Dragonfly Ecofiction (listing)

Reviews of The Best Asian Speculative Fiction

`A necessary and successful conglomerate' The Telegraph

`An important contribution to an ever-expanding and dynamic literary form' Southeast Asian Review of English (SARE), Malaysia

`More than just fantasy' Pune Mirror-Times of India (listing) 

`South Asian Studies Summer Reading List', Prof Mou Banerjee, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA (listing) 

Reviews of Hotel Calcutta

`Sheer power of storytelling' The Telegraph

`A persuasive artist...Hotel Calcutta invites a hungry, urgent reading' Asian Review of Books

`A very innovative frame story' Journal of Commonwealth Literature

`An astounding work that interrogates the myriad surfaces of reality' Indian Literature, Sahitya Akademi

`A dazzling "wall of stories" in Calcutta' The Sunday Guardian

`Very urban and 21st century' Sanjukta Dasgupta

`Chaudhuri tells us something also of the 'art' of the story.' Anu Kumar, The Thumb Print Magazine

`A web both classical and new.' Spark Magazine

`A writer to watch out for' Sushma Joshi, Kitaab

`His themes reveal a deep fascination with human response to the extraordinary’ Helter Skelter


Reviews of Calculus

`Might set a new trend in fiction writing' (in Bengali) Ekak Matra

Reviews of Amber Dusk

`A heady mix of experiences' The Telegraph  

`A memorable novel of East-West encounter' Amitava Roy 

`Another type of writing emerging within Indian English writing' Indian Literature, Sahitya Akademi (JSTOR)

`Praised for its evocation of Calcutta and Paris' Journal of Commonwealth Literature 

`Surrealism explored ... A gifted writer of fiction' Deccan Herald  

`A delicately crafted story about love, loathing and the quest for peace in a time of intolerance' The Statesman  

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