Poetry Course with Rochelle Potkar (Online)

Poetry Course

Discover your inner poet.


The July session of the poetry workshop with Rochelle Potkar is sold out. We will be announcing the new dates soon.

When: July 11th & 18th, 2021 (9.30 am to 1:30 pm, IST)

Where: Zoom

Class Size: 12 participants

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: 11th and 18th July 2021 - 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 3,800  (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 3,800 to secure your spot.

Session: 1 -  July 11th, Sunday  ( 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: July 18th, 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 3,800 to secure your spot.

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

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