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The Teen Writing Workshop

The Himalayan Teen Writing Workshop

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 workshop.

The Himalayan Writing Retreat is hosting a Teen Writing Workshop online from May 26-30, 2021 and at the retreat in Satkhol from June 2-6,  2021. The earlier ones were sold out and much enjoyed by parents and kids.

To participate, you must be between 13 - 16 years of age. The Himalayan Participants must be  accompanied by an adult (writers 16+ and above can participate in the Creative Writing Workshop) . We only accept six family units on a first come first serve basis in the Himalayas.

The workshop is custom built for teen writers. You learn the framework for writing a good story or even a book. You work closely, in real-time with a writing coach. You write. You share. You get feedback. And then you write better.

For Online Participants

When:  May 26-30, 2021 - 9.30 am to 1.30 pm.

Where: Online (This program is hosted by the Himalayan Writing Retreat, which is rated 5-star on both Google and Facebook.)

How much : INR 18,000 (includes 18% taxes).  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 . 

Do check out the FAQs to know more about the facilities and accommodation at the retreat.

For Physical Participants

When:  June 2-6, 2021 - 9 am to 5 pm.

Where: The Himalayan Writing Retreat, Satkhol Village. Uttarakhand - 263138 (India). Details here. Our programs are 5-star rated on both Google and Facebook.

How much : INR 26,000 for each participant, and INR 16,000 for each non-participating accompanying person. (Includes 4 nights stay, food, taxes + all sessions).   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 . 

Do check out the FAQs to know more about the facilities and accommodation at the retreat.

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 and Outlook magazine, amongst others..

Detailed Program

(Day 0 and Day 4 only applies for Himalayan Participants. For the online participants the content described on day 1-3 will be covered over the three days. The pre-work is common to both.)

Pre-work

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

Day 0 (June 2nd) Arrive any time on June 2nd . You can take the train up here or drive. Please be aware that cars cannot come up to the property and parking is a short walk from the retreat.

The following

Day 1  (June 3rd) - 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.

Day 2 (June 4th) - 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.

Day 3 (June 5th) - 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 the day 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?

Day 4  (June 6th)

Participants leave after a sumptuous breakfast.