In this workshop, Arundhathi Subramaniam takes us deep into the world of poetry. She shares the wonder and magic of poetry, reads poetry with you, and also helps you write beautiful poetry. In this Masterclass you start with appreciating and de-constructing great poetry. On day two you create your own poem. Or two. On day three you think of the world and how to engage with it as a poet. The detailed workshop program is shared below.
Described as ‘one of the finest poets writing in India today’, Arundhathi Subramaniam is an award-winning Indian poet. She is the author of twelve books, of which five are books of poetry. Widely translated and anthologised, her book, When God is a Traveller (2014) was the Season Choice of the Poetry Book Society, shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize.
Her new book of poems, Love Without a Story, published last year with Westland Amazon, is already in its second reprint.
As editor, her most recent book is the acclaimed Penguin anthology of medieval Indian sacred poetry, Eating God.
She is the recipient of various Indian and international awards and fellowships, including the inaugural Khushwant Singh Prize, the Raza Award for Poetry, the Zee Women’s Award for Literature, the International Piero Bigongiari Prize in Italy, the Mystic Kalinga award, the Charles Wallace, Visiting Arts and Homi Bhabha Fellowships, among others.
Below are a few examples of Arundhathi’s work.
This residential workshop accepts only the first ten accepted applicants on a first-come, first-served basis. The venue is the Himalayan Writing Retreat, which is rated 5-star on both Google and Facebook.
Mar 25-29, 2020
The Himalayan Writing Retreat, Satkhol Village, Distt. Nainital, Uttarakhand – 263138. Details on the venue and how to reach are here.
INR 38000. This price includes all sessions, 4 nights stay (twin shared), all meals and taxes. View our Cancellation Policy here.
NOTE: Single occupancy rooms are sometimes possible subject to availability. However, this event has very high-demand and all our rooms will need to house two people. So we are not offering single-occupancy rooms for this Masterclass.
HOW TO ATTEND
Click the button below and complete the form there along with a writing sample. We will come back to you within one working day. Only the first ten accepted applicants participate.
Email us your questions at Namrata@himalayanwritingretreat.com, or call 73035-16665 .
CRAFT. FINESSE. SCULPT.
On Day Zero (Mar 25th) you arrive & chill. You may have some reading work to complete before the next morning.
Day One: What Makes a Good Poem?
We look at the ingredients of good poetry, interspersed with readings of poems from around the world – canonical and less familiar. We analyse poems, discuss what makes them work, explore the role of metaphor and sound, free verse and fixed form, inspiration and craft. A day of intensive reading and discussion, interspersed with writing exercises that incorporate some of the vital ingredients we zero in on.
Day Two: The Poem Itself
We start by discussing how to approach a poem, and then plunge into the writing of it. We allow ourselves time for quiet, immersive work. We also allow ourselves time for group discussion and work at creating an ambience for supportive and rigorous workshop feedback.
Day Three: All Those Questions
Poets invariably have questions: the vexed business of writers’ block, how to deal with naysayers, how to find publishers, the challenges of social media, the festival maelstrom, poetry for the page and the voice, and many more. We try to address all these questions – the big ones and the small niggling ones. If we can, we try to make time for one-on-one interactions. We share favourite poems. We conclude.
Day four: (Mar 29th) Fill out the feedback forms (not enough Nutella?), take one last look at Nanda Devi and the other snow-covered peaks, and head out after a relaxed breakfast.