Online Poetry Workshop – with Jonaki Ray

Online Poetry Workshop

Since time immemorial poetry has emerged from the play of words - their sounds, rhythms, and resulting images. In fact, the Greeks considered a poet an “athlete of the word”. The world of poetry which is created is so wonderful that in many ways lovers of poetry feel they have managed to enter a magical kingdom.

In these days of self-isolation and pandemic stresses where only “essential” services are permitted, what can be more important than letting some magic into our world? What better than forgetting our woes while sitting safely inside our homes?

This online Poetry Workshop is your chance to do so.  You learn the craft of poetry. You get tips on how to transform your thoughts - even your worries - into poems, and emerge as a more creative writer. Jonaki Ray leads this workshop.  The programs details are shared at the bottom of this page.

About Jonaki Ray

Jonaki Ray was educated in India (Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur) and the USA (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign). After a short stint as a software engineer, she decided to return to her first love, writing, and is now a poet, writer, and editor.

Honors for her work include the Pushcart Prize as well as Forward Prize for Best Single Poem nominations, as well as critical acclaim in India and abroad. Her work has been published in The Rumpus, Southword Journal, Cha, Lunch Ticket, Indian Literature, Wire India, Hindustan Times, Indian Express, and elsewhere. You can read her work at https://jonakiray.com/.

Her last online two workshops received a 5/5 rating from all participants. 

Participants Feedback


I simply loved the workshop. It was extremely helpful in improving my poetry because Jonaki Ray knew everything there was to know. It was very interactive and the mentor listened to and solved all the problems of each and every participant with extreme patience. I loved the way how she motivated, encouraged everyone.

Hemanya Vashishtha



Lots of great interaction with an experienced, published writer access to whom would be impossible otherwise. Most importantly it helped me get over the fear of sharing my poetry.

Suraj Sonti


I loved how Jona gave us exercises with a particular style of poetry to write And not general. That made me more focused on what i was writing.

Anuradha Dev

When: Saturday, 19 December 2020  (9.30 AM - 5 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 4,400  (includes taxes). Click here for our Cancellation Policy. 

Note: If you have any further questions, please email us at namrata@himalayanwritingretreat.com . 

Only ten participants accepted on a first-come first-served basis. Click the "Book Now" button and pay INR 4,400 to secure your spot.

Session I: 9:30am-1pm

Building the foundation

We start with the eternally confusing question: What is poetry? We will go through some favorite classics and new poems to get an idea of the vast range of this genre, as well as to start on our journey as poets.

Working with words and senses

We enter the world of images and senses, and learn how to turn those into words. We look at the work of other poets, discuss ways they have done it, and finally apply those ideas to our work through writing some poems.

Session II: 2 - 5 pm

Building on your inspiration

Now that we have the words, we use them to describe our emotions. This more than anything else is where we learn what poetry gives us. We learn how poetry teaches us to live more richly because after all, our lives are based on emotions, and we inhabit that world the most, now more than ever. We write some new poems as well as polish the ones from the previous session.

Feedback and advice about publishing poetry

We share our final versions, learn the craft of polishing it, and emerge with ideas for new work. We will also learn about the world of publishing as well as some tips for publishing poetry.

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