Poetry Course with Rochelle Potkar (Online)

Rochelle Potkar

Discover your inner poet.

When:  June 11-12, 2022 (9.30 am to 1:30 pm & 10 am to 1 pm [IST] respectively)

Where: Zoom

Class Size: 12 participants

Age Limit: 18 years and above.

Poetry reflects the voice of the heart and soul. It can be healing and transformative. Writing poems helps one deal with the inner turmoil while providing comfort in words. Poems encourage interconnectedness in the universe. 

Each poem has a distinct rhythm that inspires poets to dream, imagine, observe and think. At a time when a global pandemic has created chaos all around, poetry can be the quietude our souls are looking for. 

Meld words to create magic. An award-winning poet leads you through the wonderland of poetry. Understand & appreciate poetry. Then write your own poem(s) under her guidance.

Rochelle Potkar leads this poetry course.  The programs details are shared at the bottom of this page.

Poetry is not only dream and vision; it is the skeleton architecture of our lives. It lays the foundations for a future of change, a bridge across our fears of what has never been before. - Audre Lorde (American Writer & Poet)

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Who is it for?

This two day poetry course is for.

  • Poetry lovers who are keen to explore the art of writing meaningful poetry.
  • Prose writers who want to learn the technique of lyricism

Objectives of the Poetry Course

  • To appreciate Haiku, Haibun, free verse poetry: themes, scape, and canvases
  • To learn techniques of link, shift and juxtaposition 
  • To concentrate on rhythm over rhyme, finding sound and music in words
  • To write and participate in a collective classroom critique – understanding the Art of Editing.

About Rochelle Potkar

Fictionist | Poet | Critic | Curator | Editor | Translator | Screenwriter

Award-winning writer, Rochelle Potkar’s book of haibun Paper Asylum was shortlisted for the Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize 2020. Author of Four Degrees of Separation and Bombay Hangovers, she is an alumna of Iowa’s International Writing Program (2015) and a Charles Wallace Writer’s fellow, University of Stirling (2017). 

She was invited as a creative-writing mentor for the 2019 Summer Institute, The International Writing Program, Iowa. (https://rochellepotkar.com.)

Poetry Course

When: June 11-12, 2022 - 9.30 AM - 1.30 PM (IST) and 10 AM to 1 PM (IST) respectively.

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

How much : INR 4,500  (includes taxes). Click here for our Cancellation Policy. 

Note: If you have any further questions, please email us at namrata@himalayanwritingretreat.com or reach out on +91 7303516665 (Call/Signal/WA).

Only twelve participants accepted on a first-come first-served basis. Click the "Book Now" button and pay INR 4,500 to secure your spot.

After making your payment, please share the payment details including your Name, Email address and Contact number with us at namrata@himalayanwritingretreat.com or on WhatsApp/ Signal at +91 7303516665.

Participant Testimonials

Rochelle is phenomenal in getting you acquainted with poetry intuitively instead of merely absorbing its technical elements. She introduced us to numerous poems in each form and opened up the floor to discussion and critique. Her suggestions to improve our poems were very helpful and gave the poem a little je ne sais quoi. 🙂

Moreover, the community formed out of the workshop was an encouraging space to be part of and thrive in. I would recommend this workshop to anyone looking to explore new forms and/or get better at their current work.

A little haiku to put this experience in perspective:

Cobblestone trails,
Lines paved with words
wind into verse.

Sampoorna Gonella

Participant - July 2021

Only a few poets, writers make good teachers. The ability to transcribe their individual talent and passion, and to be able to teach it in a didactic manner, is a rare skill. Rochelle accomplishes that flawlessly - with such ease that it leaves you speechless. She has been (thus far) the *only* workshop teacher, I have ever met, who can brilliantly edit and re-work each of the participants' work in front of our eyes, right then, in under minutes! I am not sure if it speaks to her vast innate talent or her ability to guide, instruct - or both.

Here's my fledgling attempt at a Haiku tribute to Rochelle and the workshop....

two phrases and a fragment
scent of a verse
universe unspooled.

Mohana Talapatra

Participant - July 2021

Rochelle, a well-accomplished poet par excellence herself, is a phenomenal mentor. She puts you at your ease, lets you pick up things at your own pace, and knows how to bring together people in different stages of poetry. I loved the structure and sequence of the sessions—we were engaged in the analysis of poems and penning down our own before laying out the rules and technical elements. Rochelle edited our haikus and free verse in minutes, her honest engagement commendable. We could see, in real-time, what our poems lacked, how they could be improved.

I would recommend this poetry workshop to poets at any stage in their journeys—not just beginners but anyone who wants to engage in deep conversation with their poetic craft.

Rahana K

Participant - July 2021

Workshop Outline

Session: 1 -  Day One - June 11, 2022- Saturday  ( 9:30am-1.30pm)

The Japanese short poetry forms bring to us Haiku and Haibun. 

While Haiku is two images juxtaposed in three lines, the Haibun narrates epiphanies. 

The Haiku is a classical building block of lyricism. Once you learn how to ‘assemble’ a Haiku with the most succinct and distinct imagery, you can channel these lessons in brevity to all other writing forms, be they the free verse, short story or prose, or even a screenplay.

The Haibun is a delicate form that weaves prose and haiku into a seamless narrative. 

Many-a-times, a writer may feel they are better at writing stories or better expressing themselves in poetry, but the Haibun form is all-embracing, allowing you to be both poet and storyteller, balancing the tale and the verse with economy, conciseness, and lyricism.

Session: 2: Day Two-  June 12, 2022- Sunday ( 10.00 am- 1 pm)

The free-verse poetry form sets us free from writing in metered verse, for instance, the sonnet, ghazals, pantoum, villanelle, etc. Only the rhythm is withheld.  And we connect the dots across the canvas of a poem while listening to the sound in words.

The free-verse poetry form thus allows maximum fragmentation and experimentation of structure.

Only twelve participants accepted on a first-come first-served basis. Click the "Book Now" button and pay INR 4,500 to secure your spot.

After making your payment, please share the payment details including your Name, Email address and Contact number with us at namrata@himalayanwritingretreat.com or on WhatsApp/ Signal at +91 7303516665.

If you have any further questions, please email us at namrata@himalayanwritingretreat.com or reach out on +91 7303516665 (Signal/WA)

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About HWR

  1. Why should I choose HWR Online Poetry Workshop with Rochelle Potkar?   
  • Personal Attention: We don't take more than 10 students in a class. You get a lot of personal attention and feedback. No classrooms of 20-30 people or one-way pre-recorded videos here.
  • Class Quality: For most courses, we filter our participants. You can't just pay and sign up. We need to see a writing sample (in our application form) to ensure the class is of a uniform standard.
  • Cost per hour: Our courses are long and intense. As an example, the Creative Writing course is 18000 for 24 contact hours (3 days, 8 hours each day). The cost per hour = 750 / hour. That is comparable to many of the "cheaper" courses.
  • Quality of faculty: No lightweights here. Many of our faculty are award-winners. All are experts and great teachers. We don't settle for average.
  • Feedback scores: Across courses, we are rated 4.5/5, or higher. You can read our reviews HERE.
  1. Do I get a certificate of participation?

Yes, certificates are available on request.

  1. Any discounts for students / other categories?

At the Himalayan Writing Retreat, we follow a strict No-Discount policy.

  1. Is the workshop fee refundable?

Our cancellation policy is as follows:

  • Online Poetry Workshop: 100% refund if cancellation 2 weeks before the event start date, 50% if cancellation one week before the start date, 0% if less than one week before the start date.
  1. Is the Himalayan Writing Retreat a business or an NGO?

The Himalayan Writing Retreat is a social enterprise . It works closely and actively with two local NGOs in its community work initiatives : Chirag and Alaap. In 2020, HWR raised INR 6.1 Lakhs to support the Chirag School. 

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