THE WRITING PROGRAMME
THE WRITING PROGRAMME
A Six Week Certified Workshop
on Creative Writing
in association with
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
If you are facing a Writer's Block or can't think of a story to submit,
you can seek a slot from the mentors and request for help, after you have registered.
Story Prompt: The Red Dot
The Red Dot is an important spiritual, cultural and traditional symbol.
In India, the red dot on the forehead, worn as a bindi, makes for women's traditional shringara. The red dot appears as a teeka on men's foreheads too, steeped in religious connotations. The red dot adorns the holy kalash in temples and homes. Red polka dots on printed clothes make a fashion statement. Red dots on skin evoke images of abeer, Dol-Jatra, Holi, and desi wedding celebrations. Red dots remind one of menstruation cycles and medicinal drips in hospitals. The red dots could also refer to a medical condition with eruptions on the body, painful or benign, symbol of beauty or symbol of social stigma. Red dots could stand for violence, or paradoxically for passion. It could simply be a full stop, or a new beginning. Or just the morning sun!
The symbolic representation of the red dot varies across cultures, religions, and geographies.
What pictures do you see in your mind's eye when we talk of THE RED DOT? We want your story. Let's decode the red dot. In the sixth season of The Writing Programme, we invite participants to explore this writing prompt and send us stories of people where one simple spot - a red dot - makes a difference, in private, individual, cultural, traditional and/ or social space.
Programme Duration: 6 Weeks
Deadline for Registration: 15 May 2022
Programme starts on: 21 May 2022
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 and Scholarship.
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.
Identifying the 'war' situations of women, both literally and metaphorically. Problematizing moments of struggle for women that get overlooked, ignored, resisted and suppressed. Relooking at options women have in a society that corners them, whether or not they win their wars. Changing the narrative that expects women to be gentle, nurturing and sacrificing, with or without anything in return...sometimes not even gratitude or respect.
• All participants will receive a Letter of Completion (digital) from Rupa Publications 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.
• Select 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.)
• Select 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, and is an alumna of the University of East Anglia’s International Literary Translation and Creative Writing Summer School. Somrita served as a judge for the PEN America Translation Prize, and an Expert Reader for the English PEN Translation Grant, the National Endowment for the Arts Translation Grant offered by the US federal government, and the National Translation Award (US). She is currently Head of the Department of English, Maharaja Manindra Chandra College, University of Calcutta. Her work has been showcased at the London Book Fair, and she has read in cities like Bloomington, Bombay, Boston, Calcutta, Cove, Delhi, Hyderabad, London, Miami, Providence, and Singapore. Somrita edited the first anthology of food poems, Quesadilla and Other Adventures (2019), and has translated 3 Stories: Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay (2021), Firesong
She was selected by the National Centre for Writing, UK, as an emerging translator in 2016, and later invited as translator-in-residence at Cove Park, Scotland. In 2017 she was the poet-in-residence at Arcs of a Circle, artistes’ residencies offered by the US Consulate in Bombay. Somrita has been invited to deliver keynote addresses, talks, and lectures, and present her work at several institutions around the world including the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, Bath Spa University, University of Nottingham, the American Literary Translators Associaton, the Oregon Society of Translators and Interpreters, the National University of Singapore, Jamia Millia Islamia, Aligarh Muslim University, and Viswa Bharati University.
Somrita's works have been published in Asymptote, Words Without Borders, In Other Words, and Trinity College Dublin’s Journal of Literary Translation, among others. She previously taught British Literature to undergraduate and graduate students in Delhi, and is a recipient of the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund Award (2013) and the Sarojini Dutta Memorial Prize (2011).
Koral Dasgupta is an Indian author and literary entrepreneur. India Today critiqued her novel as "works beyond the obvious...with characters not just individuals but a philosophy." Her stories ranging from academic nonfiction to relationship dramas explore the inherent nature of complex minds leading to a relatable conflict and unpredictable climax. Her books are discussed from the context of gender studies, art, myth and ecocritical literature. Her fourth book 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.
Other than India, Koral's books are shelved in the libraries of University of Harvard, Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Chicago, University of Wales, Duke University, University of North Carolina, TAMU, and others.
She conducts writing programmes and critical thinking workshops for educational and corporate floors. She is recognised in the list of Innovator25 Asia Pacific 2019 prepared by The Holmes Report, a New York based PR news agency and has been listed under the Women of Wonder (WOW) series in Outlook Business (September 2019). Her website is www.koraldasgupta.com
Suhail Mathur (a special lecture/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.
Registration fee is INR7670/- (inclusive of taxes) for participants from India and USD 120/- (all inclusive) for participants outside India.
Mode of Payment
• For participants residing in India:
Payable in advance by NEFT.
Tell Me Your Story OPC Pvt. Ltd.
A/c no : 059685800000177, Yes Bank. Branch - Shankardhan Plaza Junction, MM Road, Mulund West, Mumbai 400080, IFS Code : YESB0000596.
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• For participants residing outside India and foreign nationals:
USD110/- all inclusive, payable in advance by Paypal.
Email us at email@example.com for the Paypal link.
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
5. social media handles of the participant as applicable - Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Instagram
The above must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Registrations will close on 15 May 2022.
For queries, please email us at email@example.com
Kindly excuse us if we do not respond to queries that are already addressed here. We expect the applicants to read the above thoroughly.
About Previous WRITING PROGRAMMEs
Participants registered from India, UAE, USA and West Indies.