Hindi Writing Masterclass with Manav Kaul

Manav Kaul

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हिन्दी साहित्य की अपनी ही खूबसूरती है, अपना एक अलग प्रभाव है।

मानव कौल इस बात के पुरज़ोर समर्थक बन कर उभरे हैं। उन्होंने अब तक पांच किताबें लिखी हैं। उनकी दो कविता संग्रह भी प्रकाशित हुई हैं। हालांकि वो एक एक्टर, प्ले रायटर, और डायरेक्टर के तौर पर ज़्यादा मशहूर हैं, पर उनका मानना है कि वो सबसे पहले एक लेखक हैं। और हमारा मानना है कि वो एक बेहतरीन और संवेदनशील लेखक हैं। 

हिमालयन रायटिंग रीट्रीट एक ऐसा मंच है जहाँ हम लेखकों को न सिर्फ अंग्रेजी बल्कि कई भाषाओं में लिखने के लिए प्रेरित करते हैं। इस बार हमने पहली दफ़ा हिन्दी रायटिंग वर्कशॉप का आयोजन किया है और हमें ये बताते हुए बेहद खुशी हो रही है कि इस मास्टर क्लास का संचालन मानव कौल करेंगे। और उनका साथ देंगे लेखक और हिमालयन रायटिंग रीट्रीट के सह संस्थापक चेतन महाजन।

ये मास्टर क्लास तीन दिनों की होगी जिसमें हम हिन्दी लेखन की कला और विभिन्न पहलुओं को गहराई से समझने की कोशिश करेंगे।


इस वर्कशॉप के दौरान प्रतिभागियों को लिखने का मौका और माहौल मिलेगा और साथ ही साथ उनके लेख/कहानियों पर मानव कौल और चेतन महाजन अपने विचार साझा करेंगे। 

आयोजन स्थल:

हिमालयन रीट्रीट उत्तराखंड की बेहतरीन और लोगों की पसंदीदा जगह है (रीव्यूज़ यहां देख सकते हैं)। इस रीट्रीट की खास बात ये भी है कि चार रातों के लिए यहां प्रतिभागियों के रहने की भी उचित व्यवस्था की गयी है।

वर्कशॉप के पहले आपको क्या करने की आवश्यकता है?
1. कम से कम तीन कहानियां पढ़नी हैं।

2. जिस प्रोजेक्ट पर आपको काम करना है, उसकी एक आउटलाइन तैयार कर लेनी है।

जिस दिन आप वहां पहुंचते हैं, उस दिन आपको क्या करना है?
कुछ नहीं। आपको बस आराम करना है। वादियों की खूबसूरती और सर्दी की धूप का आनंद लेना है।

  • पहला दिन: कथानक (प्लॉट), शैली और किरदारों की चर्चा।
  • दूसरा दिन: बातें होंगी सेटिंग, भाषा, वर्णन एवं सम्पादन की।
  • तीसरा दिन: हम बातें करेंगे लेखन प्रक्रिया में आने वाली सबसे बड़ी बाधा के बारे में : जी हां, आपने सही समझा, रायटर्स ब्लॉक। साथ ही साथ, हम चर्चा करेंगे लेखन प्रक्रिया और पबलिशिंग इनडस्ट्री में हिन्दी लेखन की संभावनाओं की।
  • चौथा दिन: नाश्ते के बाद सभी प्रतिभागी प्रांगण छोड़ कर जा सकते हैं।
  • मानव कौल

    मानव कौल भारतीय थियेटर डायरेक्टर, प्ले रायटर, फिल्मकार, एक लेखक और अदाकार हैं। इन्होंने कई पुरस्कार जीते हैं जिसमें राष्ट्रीय पुरस्कार भी शामिल है जो उन्हें 'तुम्हारी सुलु' फिल्म में बेहतरीन अदाकारी के लिए प्रदान किया गया है।

    Manav Kaul

    एक प्ले रायटर और डायरेक्टर के तौर पर मानव ने 2004 में शुरुआत की। 'शक्कर के पाँच दाने' उनका पहला शो था। इसके अलावा 'इलहाम' और 'पार्क' उसकी नामचीन प्लेज़ में शामिल है। मानव चार्ल्स बुकोवस्की, विनोद कुमार शुक्ला, फ्रैंज काफ्का, निर्मल वर्मा को अपना आदर्श मानते हैं। मानव ने अपने प्ले 'रेड स्पैरो' (2010) निर्मल वर्मा को समर्पित किया था।

    मानव ने अब तक सात किताबें लिखी हैं जिसमें कहानियां और कविताएं शामिल हैं। ठीक तुम्हारे पीछे, तुम्हारे बारे में, बहुत दूर कितना दूर होता है, चलता फिरता प्रेत, और प्रेम कबूतर उनकी प्रसिद्ध किताबें हैं। प्रेम कबूतर वेस्टलैंड पबलिकेशन्स द्वारा अंग्रेजी में भी प्रकाशित की गई है। 2019 में प्रकाशित इस किताब का अनुवाद पूजा प्रियंवदा ने किया है और इसका अंग्रेजी शीर्षक 'नाइट इन द हिल्स'।

    Translated by Tarang Sinha


    Hindi Literature has its own beauty. Its own wonder.

    Manav Kaul is a strong proponent of this art, with 7 books to his credit- one travelogue, one poetry collection, three short stories collection, one novel, and a memoir. Although more famous as a playwright and an actor-director, he is a writer first – and an amazing and prolific writer at that. (details below)

    At the Himalayan Writing Retreat, we encourage people to write in many tongues – not just English. We are thrilled to have Manav Kaul co-host the very first Hindi writing Masterclass. Manav will lead this Masterclass along with Chetan Mahajan (details below). 

    The Masterclass will dive deep into the craft of Hindi writing over three days. On day 1 we will cover the plot, voice, and character. The next day we will do Setting and Descriptions, Language, and Editing. On the third day, we will talk about writer’s block, how to plan your writing, we’ll also discuss the Publishing industry and the option available to a Hindi writer.

    During the workshop, the participants will write extensively, and the feedback will come from the peer group as well as Manav and Chetan.

    Please note, this workshop will be held at the retreat once a year only. 

    Level: Novice - Intermediate writers

    Who: Manav Kaul (author, playwright, director and actor) and  Chetan Mahajan (a Penguin published author and award-winning blogger) (For instructor profiles, click here or scroll down.)

    Where: Himalayan Writing Retreat, a very highly-rated and much loved learning centre in the Uttarakhand Himalayas (see our reviews here). The Workshop is residential, with participants staying at the retreat for four nights

    Book Lounge

    Note:  A few participants have locked themselves up for days after the workshop, and focused 100% on their writing. They have reported massive progress. Not returning to your everyday life immediately after the workshop helps you apply what you learn.

    The Hindi Writing Masterclass will fill you with inspiration and ideas. Tapping into that energy and enthusiasm right after the workshop can be magical. So if you can, stay on for some time after the workshop - either with us or elsewhere. We offer a great deal for participants wanting to stay on.

    The Himalayan Workshop sessions are held in the open or in the book lounge (Pic above).  Most meals are served here too, and the wood-burning Bukhari keeps you warm in Winter. 

    When:  December 26th-30th, 2021

    Arrive anytime on December 26th, 2021. Attend the workshop with other participants on December 27th, 28th and 29th with other participants from 9 AM - 5 PM (IST) on each of the three days. Leave on  December 30th. (If you are not staying after)

    While you're here, walk in the wilderness, Bask in the fire, gaze at the stars. 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. Our workshops are rated  5/5 on Google, and our venue, 'The Quiet Place' is rated 5/5 on TripAdvisor.

    (Please note: RTPCR tests / COVID vaccination is mandatory for all participants opting for the physical workshop held at the retreat.)

    Where: The Himalayan Writing Retreat, Satkhol Village. Uttarakhand - 263138 (India). Details here. We are a Covid safe facility.

    How much : INR 40,000 (3 days, 4 nights of learning, twin-sharing stay, food and taxes). 

    Single occupancy rooms are charged INR 8000 extra and are provided only on availability. Please mention it in the form if you are requesting for one due to any reasons.

    Click here for our Cancellation Policy.

    Detailed Program

    The structure of the workshop will be as follows:

    Before the workshop : Pre-work

    • Read three short stories
    • Write out the basics of the project you will work on. 
    • Also, keep your favourite book (Fiction / Narrative Non-fiction) handy. 


    Day 0 – Arrive and chill.

    Enjoy the winter sun, and also while you're here, walk in the wilderness, Bask in the fire, gaze at the stars. 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.

    During the workshop

    Day 1 - Aspects of good writing. Plot, Character and Point of view.

    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.

    That evening the Himalayan Participants will head out for a walk to enjoy some Pahadi samosas and chai.

    Day 2 - Description & Setting, Pace, Language & Editing.

    We understand exactly what Description & Setting is. We learn about the pace of a story. We practice writing  both activities to make our story better.

    We examine our own writing for some of the bad writing habits we pick up, and 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.

    After class, we introduce the Himalayan participants to our home brewed citrus punch which is had with hot water. Those who drink are welcome to try it with the alcohol they bring.

    Day 3 - Writers block, Publishing options, Marketing your book, your writing plan.

    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 last 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?

    The Himalaya participants stargaze / sing songs by the fire / share their talents with the group.

    Day 4- The Himalayan Participants leave after a sumptuous breakfast.

    We close with all participants sharing feedback on the experience at the Creative Writing Course.

    About the faculty 

    Manav Kaul

    Manav Kaul is an award-winning Indian theatre director, playwright, author, actor, and filmmaker.

    He was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the film Tumhari Sulu (2017). He went onto win a national award for this very role. 

    Amongst his notable plays are Ilhaam, Park, and Shakkar Ke Paanch Daane, which was his first outing as playwright and director in 2004. His influences include Charles Bukowski, Vinod Kumar Shukla, Franz Kafka, and Nirmal Verma, to whom he paid homage in his 2010 play Red Sparrow.

    Manav Kaul is also a writer with more than 7 books to his credit which includes both fiction and poetry.

    Some of his works include titles like Theek Tumhare Peeche, Tumhare Baare Mein, Bahut Door Kitna Door Hota Hai, Chalta Phirta Pret, and  Prem Kabootar which was further translated into English as A Night in the Hills (Westland, 2019).

    Manav Kaul
    Manav Kaul
    Manav Kaul
    Manav Kaul

    Chetan Mahajan

    Chetan Mahajan has spent two decades working in on-line learning, both in the US and India. He has taught on-line as far back as 2006 as a faculty member at the University of Phoenix online.

    Chetan Mahajan - Writing coach

    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 the writing coach. He also writes for The Mint, Outlook Magazine, HT Brunch, Reader's Digest and Hindu Business Line.

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

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