Hindi Writing Workshop with Divya Prakash Dubey
November 17 – November 20
Kahani ki Kaksha is 3-night residential workshop of story writing and telling, designed not just for the potential storytellers but also for the enthusiasts willing to tell their first story.
In this workshop, you will learn various hacks of writing and will be given some amazing creative exercises to get your creative juices flowing. We will close the workshop with a peer-to-peer feedback session.
The Hindi Writing Workshop focuses on teaching you the basics of writing effective emotional and engaging stories for various platforms.
Through learning from real-life experiences and anecdotes from Divya Prakash Dubey’s phenomenal journey from corporate to full-time writer & show creator, you would get a clear path to conceptualizing, writing, and narrating stories. He will also be picking up people for his writer’s room. (A detailed profile of Divya Prakash Dubey has been shared below.)
What is a Writer’s Room?
A writer’s room is a room where writers pitch, brainstorm, and work together on shows (screen/ audio, podcasts, plays, etc). Here ideas are shared, stories are created and the experience of a lifetime is earned through this interaction. It is a brilliant way for a newbie to learn and also get to practically use all the learnings while working together in a team.
This Hindi Writing Workshop is a unique way for YOU to not only learn from Divya Prakash Dubey but also to get an opportunity to work with him in his Writer’s Room.
The Himalayan Workshop sessions are held in the open or in the book lounge. Some meals maybe served in the open too if the weather is good. The outdoors are a very inviting and inspiring here.
While you’re here, walk in the wilderness, bask in the warmth of a fireplace, and gaze at the stars. Let your eyes feast on the magnificent Himalayan dusks and dawns, your ears on the live birdsong concert, your lungs on clean crisp mountain air, and your taste buds on the delectable, homely fare.
We only accept a total of 15 applicants in one workshop on a first-come first-served basis. To apply for this course, please click the blue button below and fill out the application. If accepted, you can pay the fees to secure your spot.
About the Instructor
Divya Prakash Dubey
Divya Prakash Dubey is a Hindi bestseller author, and songwriter and has a couple of short films too credited to his name. His three books, a couple of collections of stories in Hindi – Terms, and Conditions Apply and Masala Chai, and a short novel, Musafir cafe have changed the very fabric of modern Hindi writing.
He is the first Hindi author of this fusion style of writing, thereby making the popular fiction genre of Hindi Indian Literature appealing to a wide audience. His other groundbreaking efforts include the widely-read Sunday Wali Chitthi and StoryBaazi. Both are revolutionary and new ways of storytelling to the masses
All his published books have been bestsellers. His books were in the top ranks of the Dainik Jagran & Nielson’s bestseller list. He is the first person to present a TEDx talk in Hindi. His shows on audible ‘Piya Milan Chawk’ and ‘Dil Local’ have been much-loved.
After being a Corporate Marketing professional and content editor with a leading channel, he is now a full-time writer and develops movies, web series, and audio shows in his writer’s room. He belongs to a new line of Hindi authors who are rewriting the rules of the game. Read more about him at his website: Divya Prakash Dubey | Hindi Author & Storyteller (Storybaazi)
Chetan Mahajan has spent two decades working in online learning, both in the US and India. He has taught online as far back as 2006 as a faculty member at the University of Phoenix online. Chetan is a Penguin-published author and an award-winning blogger. Chetan and his wife Dr. Vandita Dubey (also a published author) moved to the Himalayas five years ago. There they founded the Himalayan Writing Retreat. Chetan is now a full-time author and works as a writing coach independently as well as with the London-based writing coach. He also writes for The Mint, Outlook Magazine, HT Brunch, Reader’s Digest, and Hindu Business Line.
Detailed Program – Kahani ki Kaksha
Pre-work: All participants are assigned some pre-work (short stories) to read.
Kahani ki kaksha is 2 days residential workshop of story writing and telling, designed not just for the potential storytellers but also for the enthusiasts willing to tell their first story. In these two days you will learn various hacks of writing & storytelling and will be given some amazing and creative exercises to get your creative juices flowing.
These two days will be followed by a peer to peer feedback session and you will be performing your story.
The workshop focuses on teaching you the basics of telling effective emotional and engaging stories for various platforms.
Through learning from real-life experiences and anecdotes from Divya Prakash Dubey’s phenomenal journey from corporate to full-time writer & show creator, you would get a clear path to conceptualizing, writing , and narrating stories.
Divya Prakash has given chance to new writers in past for his Shows. This workshop does not promise or guarantee work but Divya Prakash will be looking for new writers to work on various projects. He will be picking up people for his writer’s room from the participants of this workshop.
Travel and Stay
Once here, you will be sharing a room with two fellow participants. All essentials like food, hot water, towels etc. are provided. No hidden costs.
It can snow in winter. Weather can vary and the weather chart of Mukteshwar (12 km from the retreat) is here. A pair of sturdy walking shoes, some rain protection and an extra layer or two are always a good idea.
Depending upon where you travel in from, you can reach us by road, train or air. Even if flying or taking a train, the final stretch is a drive, and the last 150 metres is a walk.
The retreat is a 370 km/9 hours drive from Delhi. If driving, we recommend you leave early. Note that parking at the retreat is on the road – we do not have any private parking. We have limited driver accommodation, so please check in advance.
Overnight Volvo buses ply between Haldwani and Delhi, the more reliable of which are government operated. You con book those here. Private Volvos and Sleeper buses also ply between Delhi and Haldwani, which you can book on redbus. Make sure you pick a bus with a high (4+) rating.
There are three trains a day from Delhi to Kathgodam, the nearest train station. Some others also come in from Kolkata, Lucknow and Dehradun. From Delhi, Ranikhet Express is a convenient overnight train both ways, but finding tickets can be difficult.
Most people prefer to take the Kathgodam Shatabdi (Delhi dep: 6.20 AM, Kathgodam Arr: 11.40 AM). A cab from Kathgodam to Satkhol takes about 2.5 hrs / Rs. 2200 (more for a big car). Cabs are often shared by participants.
There are daily flights from Delhi to Pantnagar. A cab from Pantnagar to Satkhol takes about 3.5 hr / Approx INR 4K.
There are direct flights from Mumbai and Bangalore to Bareilly 3-4 days a week. Satkhol is a 5hr / INR 5.5k cab ride from Bareilly. (More for a big car). Cabs are often shared by participants.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Why should I choose HWR Workshops?
- Personal Attention: We don’t take more than 10 students in a class. You get a lot of personal attention and feedback. No classrooms of 20-30 people or one-way pre-recorded videos here.
- Class Quality: For most courses, we filter our participants. You can’t just pay and sign up. We need to see a writing sample (in our application form) to ensure the class is of a uniform standard.
- Cost per hour: Our courses are long and intense. As an example, the Creative Writing course is 18000 for 24 contact hours (3 days, 8 hours each day). The cost per hour = 750 / hour. That is comparable to many of the “cheaper” courses.
- Quality of faculty: No lightweights here. Many of our faculty are award-winners. All are experts and great teachers. We don’t settle for average.
- Feedback scores: Across courses, we are rated 4.5/5, or higher. You can read our reviews HERE.
- Do I get a certificate of participation?
Yes, certificates are available on request.
- Any discounts for students / other categories?
At the Himalayan Writing Retreat, we follow a strict No-Discount policy.
- Is the workshop fee refundable?
Our cancellation policy is as follows:
- Online Writing Workshop: 100% refund if cancellation 2 weeks before the event start date, 50% if cancellation one week before the start date, 0% if less than one week before the start date.
- Creative Writing Workshop at the Himalayas: 100% refund if cancellation 4 weeks before the event start date, 50% if cancellation two weeks before the start date, 0% if less than two weeks before the start date.
- Is the Himalayan Writing Retreat a business or an NGO?
The Himalayan Writing Retreat is a social enterprise. It works closely and actively with two local NGOs in its community work initiatives: Chirag and Alaap. In 2020, HWR raised INR 6.1 Lakhs to support the Chirag School.
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Additional Guests, Single room and Cancellation Policy:
Additional Guests may stay with participants, subject to availability. Their stay is charged at a rate of INR 4000 per night including meals and taxes for a shared room.
Single rooms can be requested but are subject to availability. The additional cost for a single room is 3000 per night including meals and taxes.
100% refund if cancellation 4 weeks before event start date, 50% if cancellation is done two weeks before start date, 0% if less than two weeks before start date.
If participants test positive for Covid-19 before travel (RTPCR Report Required), full credit will be held for six months for any future event, subject to availability.I understand