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Poetry Course with Rochelle Potkar (Live, Online, Small group)

May 27 May 28

Poetry reflects the voice of the heart and soul. It can be healing and transformative. Writing poems helps one deal with the inner turmoil while providing comfort in words. Poems encourage interconnectedness in the universe. 

Each poem has a distinct rhythm that inspires poets to dream, imagine, observe and think. At a time when a global pandemic has created chaos all around, poetry can be the quietude our souls are looking for. 

Meld words to create magic. An award-winning poet leads you through the wonderland of poetry. Understand & appreciate poetry. Then write your own poem(s) under her guidance.

Rochelle Potkar leads this poetry course. Rochelle’s profile and the programs details are shared below.

This workshop is spread over two days:

27th May : From 10 AM to 1 PM and

28th May : From 9.30AM to 1.30 PM

Objectives of this Poetry Course

  • To appreciate Haiku, Haibun, free verse poetry: themes, scape, and canvases
  • To learn techniques of link, shift and juxtaposition 
  • To concentrate on rhythm over rhyme, finding sound and music in words
  • To write and participate in a collective classroom critique – understanding the Art of Editing.

This two day poetry course is for.

  • Poetry lovers who are keen to explore the art of writing meaningful poetry.
  • Prose writers who want to learn the technique of lyricism

Participation in this workshop is limited to 10 only and we enroll approved participants on a first-come first-served basis. For any questions. WhatsApp or Signal us on +91 7303516665.

About the Instructor


Rochelle Potkar

Fictionist | Poet | Critic | Curator | Editor | Translator | Screenwriter

Award-winning writer, Rochelle Potkar’s book of haibun Paper Asylum was shortlisted for the Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize 2020. Author of Four Degrees of Separation and Bombay Hangovers, she is an alumna of Iowa’s International Writing Program (2015) and a Charles Wallace Writer’s fellow, University of Stirling (2017). 

She was invited as a creative-writing mentor for the 2019 Summer Institute, The International Writing Program, Iowa. (https://rochellepotkar.com.)

To learn more about her journey, Click Here and watch her live interaction with our First Draft Club members.

Session: 1 Day One

The Japanese short poetry forms bring to us Haiku and Haibun. 

While Haiku is two images juxtaposed in three lines, the Haibun narrates epiphanies. 

The Haiku is a classical building block of lyricism. Once you learn how to ‘assemble’ a Haiku with the most succinct and distinct imagery, you can channel these lessons in brevity to all other writing forms, be they the free verse, short story or prose, or even a screenplay.

The Haibun is a delicate form that weaves prose and haiku into a seamless narrative. 

Many-a-times, a writer may feel they are better at writing stories or better expressing themselves in poetry, but the Haibun form is all-embracing, allowing you to be both poet and storyteller, balancing the tale and the verse with economy, conciseness, and lyricism.

Session: 2 Day Two

The free-verse poetry form sets us free from writing in metered verse, for instance, the sonnet, ghazals, pantoum, villanelle, etc. Only the rhythm is withheld.  And we connect the dots across the canvas of a poem while listening to the sound in words.

The free-verse poetry form thus allows maximum fragmentation and experimentation of structure.

Only twelve participants accepted on a first-come first-served basis. Click the “Sign Up Now” button and pay INR 4,800 to secure your spot.

After making your payment, please share the payment details including your Name, Email address and Contact number with us at info@himalayanwritingretreat.com or on WhatsApp/ Signal at +91 7303516665.

  1. Why should I choose HWR Workshops?   
  • Personal Attention: We don’t take more than 15 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.
  1. Do I get a certificate of participation?

Yes, certificates are available on request.

  1. Any discounts for students / other categories?

At the Himalayan Writing Retreat, we follow a strict No-Discount policy.

  1. 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.
  1. 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.

Have more questions? Feel free to write to us at info@himalayanwritingretreat.com or connect with us at +91 73035 16665 (Call/ WA/Signal).

Event Summary


May 27
May 28
Event Category:

** The early bird price of INR 4800 is only applicable till 13th April. After that the fees will be INR 5400 **

Our Cancellation Policy:

100% refund if cancellation 2 weeks before event start date, 50% if cancellation is done one week before start date, 0% if less than one week before start date.

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