Poetry Masterclass with Arundhathi Subramaniam


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. Arundhathi Subramaniam is among the 20 writers to receive the Sahitya Akademi Award for 2020 for her poetry collection When God is a Traveller in English.

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.

  • When: April 20th-24th, 2022
  • Where: Himalayan Writing Retreat, Satkhol- The venue is rated 5-star on both Google and Facebook.
  • How much: INR 40k.  (Early bird discount available for all bookings till March 15th. The discounted cost will be INR 36k) 
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Note: If you have any further questions, please email us at namrata@himalayanwritingretreat.com .

This residential workshop accepts only the first ten accepted applicants on a first-come, first-served basis. To apply, please click the button below and complete the application form.

Please note: This workshop is for advanced and intermediate level of poets. If you are a beginner, you can consider attending our online Poetry Workshop for beginners with Rochelle Potkar.


On Day Zero  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: 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.

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

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