THE WRITING PROGRAMME
SEASON - 3
in association with
A Six Week Certified Workshop
on Creative Writing
Nine Hours of Classroom Mentorship by Renowned Authors
Reading Suggestions and Recommendations
Intense, Hands-on, Customised Writing Exercises
One-on-One Problem Solving
Testimonials, Certificates, Special Gifts
One Full Scholarship
Tell Me Your Story invites registrations for The Writing Programme, Season3.
Story Prompt: HOME
Home. A place where people return to when they are weary. Also a place they leave behind in search of greener pastures. How do we define home? Is it simply a place where we rest our bones? Is it a physical space only? Can people be homes?
Does the idea of home remain the same when it becomes a place of compulsory confinement? The ongoing pandemic, for instance, has considerably challenged and changed our understanding of HOME. While some people have rediscovered their corners, some have felt suffocated, devastated, trapped, antagonised. Homes (or the lack of such spaces) have been the most intimate witness to our response to the pandemic.
In the third season of The Writing Programme we want you to explore this writing prompt and represent in your stories this idea of the rediscovered home!
Programme Duration: 6 Weeks
Deadline for Registration: 18 September 2021
Programme starts on: 25 September 2021
SEATS ARE LIMITED
WE ARE UNABLE TO EXTEND DEADLINES
* Registration is subject to payment of the programme fee and submission of one completed story via email.
* Scroll down for Registration rules, Scholarship and Testimonials.
The Writing Programme will work with the applicants on:
•Plot Construction and the Story.
Identify your personal strengths as a storyteller and enhance the story using those attributes.
Learn to effectively use imagination, observation and memory to create realistic characters that stay long after the story is over.
•Drama and Dialogue.
Elements of drama and intelligent dialogues can make or mar a story. Learn about the stereotypes. Discover your own voice.
•Finishing and finalization.
Any form of art, be it painting, cooking, or writing, requires certain finishing touches. These include, and aren’t limited to, sharpening, polishing, and editing your work. All that glitters is NOT gold!
•Exploring the Story Prompt.
HOME is just one word, with a defined meaning and a predictable image. Making the mundane seem special is the beauty of a story. Thinking out of the box on a given story prompt and discovering its many nuances will help the participants broaden their creative and critical thinking abilites, for this project and for their growth as a storyteller.
• All participants will receive a Letter of Completion (digital) from Simon & Schuster India on successful and timely completion of the course-work.
• All participants will receive a Certified Testimonial (digital) from the faculty on successful and timely completion of the course-work.
• An opportunity to learn, interact and network with renowned contemporary authors.
• Selected stories will
a. directly enter one anthology compilation of TellMeYourStory
b. be offered publication under the Web Collections of TMYS.
(Both are optional for participants; they may choose to not publish their stories with us.)
• Selected participants will be awarded a special gift hamper, based on the development of their story ideas throughout the Writing Programme, their participation in classroom discussions and application of learning.*
ONE applicant* will be awarded Full Scholarship.
* Decision of the faculty will be final.
* Scroll down for Registration rules.
Somrita Urni Ganguly
Somrita Urni Ganguly is a professor, and award-winning poet and literary translator. She was a Fulbright Doctoral Research Fellow at Brown University, USA, and is an alumna of the University of East Anglia’s International Literary Translation and Creative Writing Summer School, UK. Somrita served as a judge for the PEN America Translation Prize, and an Expert Reader for the English PEN Translation Grant, the National Translation Award, USA, and the National Endowment for the Arts Translation Grant offered by the US federal government. She is currently Head of the Department of English, Maharaja Manindra Chandra College, University of Calcutta.
Koral is an author and literary entrepreneur. Having published widely with Westland Books, Niyogi Publishers and Rupa, her books are discussed from the context of gender studies, art, myth and ecocritical literature. One of her books has been optioned for screen adaptation. She is currently working with Pan Macmillan on the five-book Sati series - a retelling of the stories of the Pancha Kanya from Indian mythology - Ahalya and Kunti are on the shelves. Her website is www.koraldasgupta.com
Ipshita NathIpshita Nath has a Ph.D. in postcolonial Indian literature, and is currently an Assistant Professor at University of Delhi. Her book, The Rickshaw Reveries, was published by Simon and Schuster India in 2020. Her upcoming book is on memsahibs in colonial India during the nineteenth century. She is also working on the medical and gendered histories of the empire in India during the nineteenth and early-twentieth century, focusing on colonial medical literature and institutionalised medical management in relation to European women’s gynaecological and obstetrical healthcare practices.
Radhika Swarup a lapsed investment banker and now a writer of full-length fiction. Her work explores the themes of identity and societal injustice. Her latest novel Civil Lines looks at India's 2018 Me Too moment, and was published by Simon & Schuster in February 2021. Where the River Parts, her debut novel, dealt with the lives and fortunes of a Hindu-Muslim couple parted in Punjab during the Partition of India and Pakistan and was chosen by Amazon India as one of their memorable books of 2016. It was also long listed by the Authors' Club for the Best First Novel Award.
Awais Khan is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and Durham University. He has studied Creative Writing at the prestigious Faber Academy in London. He is the author of the critically acclaimed bestseller, In the Company of Strangers, published by Simon & Schuster, Isis Audio and The Book Guild and No Honour, published by Orenda Books and Isis Audio. He has given lectures on creative writing at Durham University, American University in Dubai, Canadian University in Dubai, United States Educational Foundation of Pakistan, Kinnaird College, Hajvery University etc.
His work has appeared in The Aleph Review, The Hindu, Missing Slate, MODE, The News International, Daily Times etc.
He has appeared on BBC World, Dubai Eye, Voice of America, Cambridge Radio, Samaa TV, PTV Home, City 42, SpiceFM etc. He is represented by Annette Crossland at A for Authors Agency Ltd London.
Suhail Mathur (a special lecture and interaction)Suhail Mathur is an award winning and bestselling author of the historical-mythological fiction, THE BHAIRAV PUTRAS and the mythological-fantasy, THE HUNT FOR RAMA’S BOW, a TedX speaker, and is one of the country’s premier literary agents via his agency, THE BOOK BAKERS, through which he has worked on more than 700 books. An alumnus of Delhi Public School, NOIDA and National Law University, Delhi, Suhail, a lit fest regular and the festival director of the largest & longest online Literature Festival; The Book Bakers Online Literature Festival, has also worked as an English cricket commentator for Star Sports & Airtel’s mobile app. His name has also been listed as one of the ‘Top 51 Indian Writers To Follow’ by EBooks India and called ‘India’s JK Rowling’ by Enewsroom.com and ‘India’s Rick Riordan’ by ED Times. He has sold several Book To Screen deals, worked with several actors, cricketers and bestselling authors apart from having written and worked on web series, TV shows and animated series. He is currently working in a leading General Entertainment Channel where he looks into new show development and the acquisition of international animation shows & movies, and Indian live action content. He is currently working on his next book, an autobiography of actor-cricketer, Salil Ankola titled NO BOUNDARY IS BIG ENOUGH, being published by one of India’s biggest publishing houses, Rupa Publications.
One applicant will receive 100% scholarship.
The Scholarship will be decided on the basis of:
a. Sincerity of the applicant
b. How effectively the applicant puts the learning into action
c. Development of the story during the course of the Writing Programme.
The Scholarship recipient will be awarded with an additional Letter of Recognition (digital).
The fee will be completely reimbursed at the end of the programme, after the results are declared.
The applicant will be invited for digital interactions in future project/s of TMYS.
1. The programme will require participants to attend online meetings/workshops once a week (every Saturday for six weeks) for 1.5 hrs.
2. Timely completion of tasks is mandatory. The tasks will require approximately 2-4 hours per week, depending on the existing skills of the applicant.
3. All other details, along with the course schedule, will be emailed to the applicants post registration.
• For participants residing in India:
Registration fee is INR7,600/- (inclusive of taxes) payable in advance by NEFT.
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• For Indian participants residing outside India and foreign nationals:
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• The Registration Fee is non-refundable.
• Applicants must register along with
1. a 1000 word short story on the given prompt
2. a bionote of not more than 100 words
3. a photograph.
4. Payment receipt against the registration fees
The above must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
• Registrations will close on 18 September 2021.
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About Previous WRITING PROGRAMMEs
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