12 Poetry Workshops in India

Poetry Workshops

Poetry is a tricky thing to define- not quite like any other type of creative writing. That’s why it is often dismissed by people as something that ‘cannot be taught’. One of the many reasons why poetry workshops are frowned upon by many.

However, if you write poetry, you’ll know that that’s not quite true. Learning about structure, content, and history expands the toolkit with which you write. The good news is, there are many kinds of poetry workshops happening all over India. 

A workshop always helps you sharpen your writing skills. It also connects you with interesting people. Different workshops focus on different things. For a first-timer, it can be confusing to find the right fit. 

In this post, we have listed some of the top poetry workshops in India. The workshops have been further analyzed on their offerings and the faculty leading them.

List of Poetry Workshops in India 

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InVerse: Poetry Writing Workshop

 Pervin Saket is an author and poet who conducts poetry workshops for beginners.

Poetry Workshops
  • Mode: Online and in person sessions 
  • When:  2022 Dates yet to be announced.
  • Facilitator: Pervin Saket
  • Areas of Focus: Understanding what makes poetry unique compared to other forms of expression, exploring outlets for sharing and publishing poetry, ‘breaking the rules’, working with the line, the verse, and the page. Composing poems true to individual voices, accessing and nurturing individual poetic sensibilities, finding poetry in the everyday. 
  • Critique: Participants will receive constructive criticism on their work 
  • Eligibility Criteria: All participants must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Peer Interaction:
  • Expense: INR 1500/-
  • Number of Participants: 25
  • Length: 6 hours
  • Link: https://www.livingbridge.net/upcoming-workshops/writing/poetry-writing-workshop/
  • Literary Quotient: Good

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Himalayan Writing Retreat: Poetry Masterclass with Arundhati Subramaniam

Arundhati Subramaniam is a Sahitya Akademi winning poet, and author of twelve books. She leads this residential poetry workshop at the Himalayan Writing Retreat, Satkhol, Uttarakhand.

Poetry Workshops
  • Mode: Offline, live sessions.  
  • Where: Himalayan Writing Retreat, Satkhol, Uttarakhand 
  • When: April 20th- 24th, 2022 
  • Facilitator: Arundhati Subramaniam, Himalayan Writing Retreat 
  • Areas of Focus: All aspects of writing poetry, and the ingredients of a good poem. 
  • Critique: Your work will be critiqued by the facilitator as well as other participants.  
  • Eligibility Criteria: Open for advanced or intermediate level of poets. 
  • Expense: INR 40,000/-. Early bird discount available till March 15th- discounted cost is INR 36000. 
  • Number of Participants: 10
  • Length:  24 hours (3 days - 9 am to 5 pm)
  • Link: https://www.himalayanwritingretreat.com/poetrymasterclass/
  • Literary Quotient:  Excellent

Advanced Poetry: A Writing Workshop with Pragya Bhagat

Pragya Bhagat is a spoken word poet, essayist and novelist. She has designed a course for advanced poets.

Poetry Workshops
  • Mode: Hybrid (Both Online and live sessions are hosted for this workshop depending on the current situation)
  • When: 19th/20th and 26th/27th March
  • Facilitator: Pragya Bhagat, Bound
  • Areas of Focus: An advanced course in technique and form. Participants work and rework a single poem with feedback from peers and the instructor, while learning their strengths and weaknesses.
  • Critique: Constructive criticism will be offered on all work. 
  • Eligibility Criteria: All participants must be over the age of 16.
  • Expense: INR 3000/-
  • Number of Participants:  Undisclosed
  • Length: 8 hours 
  • Link: https://boundindia.com/events/advanced-poetry-a-writing-workshop-with-pragya-bhagat/
  • Literary Quotient: Good

Bangalore Writers Workshop- Poetry 

Bangalore Writer’s workshop is an intensive, interactive space. It has a unique method that allows you to share your work and grow.

  • Mode: Offline
  • Where: Bengaluru
  • When: Every Sunday from January 16th 2022- March 6th 2022.
  • Facilitator: Bangalore Writers workshop
  • Areas of Focus: An academic grounding in poetry. Participants are required to read a list of poems from all over the world. The crafting of a poem, and the performance and recitation of poetry.
  • Critique: Intense rounds of criticism and analysis offered. 
  • Eligibility Criteria: The course is for beginner and intermediate level poets. There is an application process involved for selection, but it is simply to judge how serious you are about poetry. 
  • Expense: INR 18500/- including 18% GST 
  • Number of Participants: Undisclosed
  • Length: 24 hours (3 hours every Sunday for 8 weeks) 
  • Link:https://bangalorewriters.com/courses/
  • Literary Quotient: Excellent

Online

Kagaz, Kalam aur Kavita - A Poetry Workshop with Nidhi Jamwal

Take the journey with Nidhi Narwal which leads through the jungle of your thoughts and ends at a poem.

  • Mode: Online, live sessions 
  • When: February 12th-13th, 2022
  • Facilitator: Nidhi Jamwal
  • Areas of Focus: Improving vocabulary, Writer's block, getting the perfect ending and writing more.
  • Critique: Personal feedback is not shared
  • Eligibility Criteria: Beginner and struggling poets.
  • Peer Interaction: Low
  • Expense: INR 499/-
  • Number of Participants: Unlimited
  • Length: 4 hours
  • Link: Nidhi Narwal - Creator on TagMango
  • Literary Quotient: Medium

Himalayan Writing Retreat: Poetry Workshop with Rochelle Potkar

Poetry Workshops

Rochelle Potkar is an award winning poet and author of several books. Her book ‘Paper Asylums’ was shortlisted for the Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize 2020.

  • Mode: Online, live sessions. 
  • Where: Zoom
  • When: March2022 - Dates to be announced soon (9.30 am to 1:30 pm & 10 am to 1 pm respectively IST)
  • Facilitator: Rochelle Potkar, Himalayan Writing Retreat
  • Areas of Focus: Appreciating different forms of poetry, learning techniques, writing and interacting in a creative classroom environment, the art of editing.
  • Critique: Constructive criticism will be offered for work done in the workshop 
  • Eligibility Criteria: None
  • Peer Interaction: Excellent
  • Expense: INR 4500/-
  • Number of Participants: 12 
  • Length:  7 hours
  • Link: https://www.himalayanwritingretreat.com/poetry-course/
  • Literary Quotient: Excellent

CalArts- Sharpened Vision: A Poetry Workshop

CalArts is one of the most reputed institutes of the arts in the world. They are now offering a poetry course on the online platform Coursera.

  • Mode: Online, pre recorded 
  • When: Recurring
  • Facilitator: Douglas Kearney
  • Areas of Focus: The poetic line, abstraction and image, metaphor and other formulas of difference, rhyme, rhythm and sharpened poetry: revision strategies. 
  • Critique: Personal feedback in the form of graded assignments is only offered in the paid version of the course. 
  • Eligibility Criteria: None.
  • Peer Interaction: None
  • Expense: INR 2182/-
  • Number of Participants: Unlimited
  • Length: 8 hours
  • Link: https://www.coursera.org/learn/poetry-workshop?aid=true#about
  • Literary Quotient: Medium

Poetry School- Various courses

Poetry School is the UK's largest provider of poetry education. Their online workshops are particularly accessible to poets all around the world.

  • Mode:  Online pre recorded courses and live sessions available. 
  • When: Depends on course
  • Facilitator: Depends on course
  • Areas of Focus: Reading, writing and thinking about poetry in different ways, exposure to new writers, forms and voices, confidence in writing, generating new work, discovering new areas for research, better understanding of how to make choices, enhanced critical skills and practical advice on further development. 
  • Critique: Depends on course 
  • Eligibility Criteria: None
  • Peer Interaction: Excellent
  • Expense: Depends on course, financial aid available. (Starting  84 pounds- Approx INR 8400/-) 
  • Number of Participants:  Undisclosed
  • Length: 64 hours
  • Link: https://poetryschool.com/
  • Literary Quotient: Good

Udemy- Learn to express with poetry and creative writing

Udemy is an online learning platform with courses spanning various fields, including poetry.

  • Mode: Online, pre recorded sessions 
  • When: Flexible- go at your own pace
  • Facilitator: Pranjulaa Singh
  • Areas of Focus: Tools for self expression, introducing structure, performing poetry
  • Critique: Personal feedback is not offered 
  • Eligibility Criteria: None
  • Peer Interaction: None
  • Expense: INR 1920/-
  • Number of Participants: Unlimited
  • Length: 30 minutes
  • Link: https://www.udemy.com/course/learn-to-express-with-poetry-and-creative-writing/
  • Literary Quotient: Medium

The Brain on Poetry

During this 3 session Zoom course, you will discuss 4 specific questions each week around the brain on poetry. Enrollment is continuously open. Time TBD based on student and instructor availability.

Poetry Workshops
  • Mode: Online, live sessions 
  • When: Flexible- go at your own pace
  • Facilitator: Sneha
  • Areas of Focus: Tools for self expression, introducing structure, performing poetry
  • Critique: Personal feedback is not offered. Followed by the course, they will also have some open mics, which would be free for those who take up the course.
  • Eligibility Criteria: None
  • Peer Interaction: Low
  • Expense: $ 48 (Approx INR 3600/-)
  • Number of Participants: Undisclosed
  • Length: 3 hours 45 minutes
  • Link: The Brain on Poetry - Indie It Press
  • Literary Quotient: Medium

Soul Craft Signature Poetry Workshop

Soul Craft is a venture by Manas Mukul and Namratha Varadharajan to hold space for and promote poetic development.

  • Mode: Online, live sessions 
  • When: January 24th- 29th and February 5th, 2022
  • Facilitator: Manas Mukul and Namratha Varadharajan
  • Areas of Focus: Writing, sharing, reading, and critiquing each other’s work
  • Critique: Personal feedback is offered by other participants. For 10 days, the participants shall be working on various concepts in a private Facebook group in which each participant is expected to understand the concepts, write and post a poem on the concept each day and interact with the work of fellow participants. These activities can be done by the participants asynchronously according to their convenience.
  • Eligibility Criteria: Beginner and intermediate-level poets.
  • Peer Interaction: Excellent
  • Expense: INR 1000/-
  • Number of Participants: Unlimited
  • Length: 10 hours
  • Link: Soul Craft Signature Poetry Workshop - Jan 24th to Feb 5th - NamySaysSo
  • Literary Quotient: Medium

The Bombay Review Poetry Course

The Bombay Review is one of the biggest literary magazines in South Asia.  They have started a course for poetry.

  • Mode: Online
  • When: You can go at your own pace! It does not take place in real time, but you are expected to finish the course within 60 days of signing up.
  • Facilitator: The Bombay Review
  • Areas of Focus: The course covers the following- Inspiration, form, repetition, style and voice, line breaks, figurative language, imagery, rhythm, meter, rhyme and responding to rhymes.
  • Critique: Revisions and rewrites take place with feedback
  • Eligibility Criteria: None. The course is designed according to your skill.
  • Peer Interaction: Low 
  • Expense: INR 11500/-
  • Number of Participants: Undisclosed
  • Length: 25 hours
  • Link: https://thebombayreview.com/creative-writing-course-poetry/
  • Literary Quotient:  Excellent

Please note: The Literary Quotient mentioned below each workshop has been derived based on the reviews and the popularity of both, the workshop and the instructors.


Irrespective of the stage of writing you are in, a workshop is always helpful. It not only teaches you some great aspects of the art of writing, but also introduces you to new writer-friends.

You can create your own writer's support group from here. You can also discover one person who can become the beta-reader for all your writings.  

You come out equipped with great writing tips and tricks along with new friends. Or you leave the workshop with only one of these things. In short, it is a win-win situation either ways.

Any poetry workshops we missed in the list which you think should not be missed at all? Do let us know in comments below.

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  1. One of the above courses, CalArts- Sharpened Vision: A Poetry Workshop at Coursera, is free if you don’t want a certificate at the end of the course.

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