Non Fiction Writing Workshop – Himalayas / Online

**Accepting forms for the Non-fiction Writing Course on February 23rd-27th, 2022. Early-bird offer on both Online & Physical expires on 8th February 2022. **

Do you think your expertise can help others? Have you toyed with the idea of writing a book?  Whether your goal is to promote your business, build your personal brand, or support a cause, publishing a book does a lot.

A well-written book makes you look great. A badly written book does the exact opposite. So your goal can’t be to “write a book”. That is like saying you’ll “cook a meal”. To impress people, the meal you cook should be well planned and organized with the right ambience. It should be tasty, look great, and offer an amazing culinary experience.

Please note: 

This course  is useful for people wanting to learn to write non-narrative content (Self-help / technical/ Professional Books or other such writing) - like you see from Stephen Covey and Cal Newport etc. If you want to  learn how to write a narrative - whether fiction or non-fiction, you should check out the Creative Writing Workshop also offered by the Himalayan Writing Retreat.

Your non-fiction book should offer deep learning and insights in a relatable and easy to understand way. It is more than just checking the "write a book" box. It should be the best book you can write and should make your expertise jump out at the reader. If you think your book will take you to "the next level” - to start with, avoid tired clichés like that.

We see ads saying you can write a book in 21 days. That's true. You can write a  book in 21 days. Most likely, it will be terrible.

Anyone can write a book. But to write a great book takes hard work, diligence and tons of editing.

Workshop in progress - Himalayan Writing Retreat

In this non-fiction writing workshop you go deep into the craft of great writing over three intense days. We analyse how others have written great non-fiction. We start with the topic, craft an opening, and move into the main content.  What you are trying how to make an argument for? How do you build such an argument? What all should be covered in the scope of your book? How do you research, and bring it into your book without making it sound like a tired rehash? How do you anticipate counter-arguments and refute them? In the end, the reader should understand your point very clearly. The reader should gain this insight as easily and effortlessly as possible.  

The non-fiction writing workshop is led by Chetan Mahajan, a professional writing coach. Chetan is a Penguin-published author and has published columns in the Mint and Outlook magazine, amongst others. (Chetan's detailed  profile is shared below, or you can click here .)

This Non-Fiction Writing Workshop is offered both online and in the Himalayas. You can choose your preferred format. The small group experience stays the same - the same learnings, the same writing exercises and workload. If you want to be free of distractions and learn in the Himalayan serenity, come to the Himalayan Writing Retreat. If not, participate in the non-fiction writing workshop from your couch or desk. The number of  participants is capped at ten (across both formats) - otherwise it becomes a lecture hall.

Book Lounge

Book Lounge - Himalayan Writing Retreat

The Himalayan Workshop sessions are held in the open or in the book lounge (see pic).  Most meals are often served in the open too - the outdoors are a very inviting and inspiring here.

The online Non-fiction Writing Workshop has no recordings - it is interactive, live and personal. We write a lot.  The Himalayas are replaced by your bedroom window, but the teaching and the camaraderie remains unchanged. 

Level: Novice - Intermediate writers

Who: Chetan Mahajan, a Penguin published author and award-winning blogger,  leads this course. (For instructor profile, click here or scroll down.)

For Himalayan Participants

When:  February 23rd- 27th, 2022

Arrive anytime on February 23rd, 2022.

Attend the workshop with other participants on February 24th, 25th and 26th with other participants from 9 AM - 5 PM (IST) on each of the three days. 

Leave on February 27th. (If you are not staying after) 

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

While you're here, walk in the wilderness, gaze at the stars and wrap that jacket closer. 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.)

Chole Bhature

Great food & views

How much : INR 32,000 after that (3 days, 4 nights of learning, twin-sharing stay, food and taxes). Click here for our Cancellation Policy. 

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.

We only accept a total of ten applicants in one workshop on a first-come first-served basis. To apply, please click the blue button below and fill out the application. If accepted, you can pay the fees to secure your spot. 

For Online Participants

When: February 24th-26th, 2022,  9 am to 5 pm IST each day. 

Where: Your home. (or wherever you have a PC and good connectivity).

How much : INR 18,000 (USD 300 for international participants). For our cancellation policy, click here. 

Pre-requisite : Participants need to have a laptop and a good internet connection.

We only accept a total of ten applicants in one workshop (Online &/ Himalayan) on a first-come first-served basis. To apply, please click the blue button below and fill out the application. If accepted, you can pay the fees to secure your spot. 

Have questions?

Feel free to write to us at or connect with us at +91 73035 16665 (Call/ WA/Signal).

Please note: 

This course  is useful for people wanting to learn to write write non-narrative content (Self-help / technical/ essays/ Professional Books or other such writing). However, if you want to  learn how to write a narrative - it could be either fiction or non-fiction, you can opt for our Creative Writing Workshop.

About the Instructor

Chetan Mahajan

Chetan Mahajan leads this course. Chetan has spent two decades working in on-line learning, both in the US and India. He started teaching online in 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 six years ago. There they founded the Himalayan Writing Retreat.

Chetan Mahajan - Writing coach

Chetan Mahajan, Writing coach

Chetan is 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 MintOutlook Magazine, HT BrunchReader's Digest and Hindu Business Line

Detailed Program - Non-fiction Writing Workshop

Pre-work and pre-reading

  • Three short pieces will be shared with all writers to understand and analyse
  • You will be required to complete a detailed format about your book project (if you have one)

Book Topic and Structure

  • Picking the right topic
  • Framing your title
  • Outlining your non-fiction book (Arguments and counter-arguments)

The Content

  • Crafting a great opening
  • The use of examples and narrative
  • Research for your non-fiction book
  • Bringing in other voices – the personal interview
  • Data Vs emotions
  • The body of the book - and making strong arguments
  • The use of humour
  • How to close your book

Language and Editing

  • What is great language in a non-fiction book
  • Terrible writing habits we form, and how to break them
  • Why should we edit? The essence of any good book
  • Can’t I just hire an editor?

Publishing your Non-fiction book

  • Traditional vs Self publishing – pros and cons of each
  • Should I hire an editor
  • Elements of a great cover
  • How do authors make money? And lose it?

Marketing your Non-fiction book

  • The Amazon bestseller tag – how to get one? And does it help sales?
  • Title & sub-title of your book
  • The role of Book cover design
  • Book Reviews – Amazon / Flipkart / Goodreads
  • Other elements of a great marketing campaign

Non-fiction Writers'  tool-kit

Have questions?

Feel free to write to us at or connect with us at +91 73035 16665 (Call/ WA/Signal).

stay in the know-

-about writing and publishing in India
(we send 1-2 emails a week. No spam, and we'll NEVER share your data.)