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The Himalayan Teen Writing Workshop – Online

So you're a teen and you love writing? You love creating characters, imagining new worlds, and dreaming up stories? Explore the writer within in this online workshop.

The Himalayan Writing Retreat is hosting a Teen Writing Workshop scheduled over two weekends from October 31 - Nov 1 & Nov 7- 8, 2020. The earlier ones were sold out and much enjoyed by the parents and kids, but this one will be online.

To participate, you must be between 13 & 16 years of age (writers 17 and above can participate in the bootcamp). We only accept ten participants.

The workshop is custom built for teen writers. You learn the framework for writing a good story or even a book. Writing sessions are held every afternoon. This is not a lot of theory. It is also not a bunch of recorded videos. You work closely, live and real-time with a writing coach. You write. you share. you get feedback. and then you write better.

When:  Oct 31-Nov 1 & Nov 7-8, 2020, 10- 4 PM (IST) on both the weekends.

Where: Online. The workshop is hosted by the Himalayan Writing Retreat. Our programs are 5-star rated on both Google and Facebook.

How much : INR 18,000/- for each participant. Click here for our Cancellation Policy.

How to attend : Complete the application form below. If accepted, pay the fees within two days. Email any questions to Namrata@himalayanwritingretreat.com . 

Chetan Mahajan leads this workshop. He is the co-founder of the Himalayan Writing Retreat. A Penguin-published author Chetan created the Himalayan Writing Retreat to be a source of inspiration and learning for writers. He is also a writing coach with the London based the writing coach.

Chetan blogs about life in a Himalayan village at www.uncity.blog. This blog won the Indiblogger award for Humour in 2017.

He is currently working on his first novel "Tara and Vishnu" and also on a memoir "The rat who wouldn't race".  

Chetan also writes for Mint, Reader's Digest and Hindu Business Line.

Detailed Program

Pre-work

Read two short stories we send you. Also, keep your favourite book (Fiction / Narrative Non-fiction) handy. 

Aspects of good writing. Plot, Character, Point of view and much more.

We dig into the aspects of a good book, and spend time on Plot and Character in depth.

In Plot, we go over various frameworks of plot, and how they apply to some contemporary writings, such as Harry Potter. How a good plot leads to a strong narrative. In Character, we explore what characters are, their different types, how they are built, and so on.

Point of view is a big decision - will you write in first-person? Third ? Or will you write from Multiple points of view? We will do voice-writing exercises in pairs to help the writer get into someone else’s shoes and write.

Description & Setting, Clean language, Editing, The project of writing.

We understand exactly what Description & Setting is. We do visioning and focusing activities to make our descriptions and settings more vivid.

We then discover some of the bad writing habits we pick up young, and the ways to unlearn them. We learn to omit needless words and write clean.

Editing cannot be over-emphasized. Good writers do it over and over again. We understand why, and explore some tools which can help.

Next, we dig into the project of writing: how to plan a book and write it. We learn new ways to do away with distractions and create focus. We close by looking at tools - both offline and tech - specific to writing.

We review the book writing plans of those keen on sharing. We tweak the plans where required and understand the committed milestones and dates.

Writers block, Publishing options, Marketing your book.

We discuss strategies based on research on creativity from the field of psychology. We write more. From figuring out how to “think outside the box” to ways of dealing with the famous writer’s block, we put science to good use. We build on the authors’ toolkit.

We spend Day 5 doing a reality check. Publishing and marketing a book requires a very different set of skills from writing a book. We explore those. We understand the options for publishing available to a first-time author. For analyze the economics of traditional and self publishing, their pros and cons. We learn what a literary agent does, and if you should sign up with one.

We discuss what it takes to market a book. Does Social Media have a role? What are good - and bad - ways to get reviews?

We close with all participants sharing feedback.

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