A Six Week Personalised Workshop
on Creative Writing
Six Hours of Classroom Mentorship
Constant Feedback on Writing, Ideas, Characters
Reading and Discussions from the books of Renowned Authors
Learn Observing and Blending Real Life Situations in Stories
Customised Exercises to Better the Writing Skills
If you want to learn story-writing but can't think of a story to submit,
you can seek a slot from the mentors and seek help, after you have registered.
Submit a story written in English. Could be fiction or non-fiction. Word count: 1000
Programme Duration: 6 Weeks
Deadline for Registration: 31August 2022
Programme starts on: 10September 2022
SEATS ARE LIMITED. WE ARE UNABLE TO EXTEND DEADLINES
* Registration is subject to payment of the programme fee and submission of one completed story via email.
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The Writing Programme will work with the applicants on:
•Plot Construction and the Story.
Identify your personal strengths as a storyteller and enhance the story using those attributes.
The same story can be told in many ways. How it is told defines its readership and relatability.
Learn to effectively use imagination, observation and memory to create realistic characters that stay long after the story is over.
•Drama and Dialogue.
Elements of drama and intelligent dialogues can make or mar a story. Learn about the stereotypes. Discover your own voice.
•Reading and Discussions.
Joint reading from the works of renowned authors to note their writing technics and sensitivity.
A lot is seen but not necessarily observed. Minute observations and responses to the people or situations add a lot of dimentions to a story if they blend well with the plot.
•Finishing and Finalization.
Any form of art, be it painting, cooking, or writing, requires certain finishing touches. These include, and aren’t limited to, sharpening, polishing, and editing your work. All that glitters is NOT gold!
•Pitching your Story.
The journey doesn't end with the writing of a good story, it begins there. The publication of the story depends on the pitch you make. Understand the dynamics.
• All participants will receive a Letter of Completion (digital) from TMYS on successful and timely completion of the course-work.
• An opportunity to learn, interact and network with renowned contemporary authors.
(Optional for participants; they may choose to not publish their stories with us and submit elsewhere.)
• Participants will be awarded a gift hamper, based on their merits and sincerity.
• Based on the participant's merits and interest, he/she will be invited to moderate LIVE author interactions under TMYS.
* Decision of the faculty will be final.
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Somrita Urni Ganguly
Somrita Urni Ganguly is a professor, and award-winning poet and literary translator. She was a Fulbright Doctoral Research Fellow at Brown University, and is an alumna of the University of East Anglia’s International Literary Translation and Creative Writing Summer School. Somrita served as a judge for the PEN America Translation Prize, and an Expert Reader for the English PEN Translation Grant, the National Endowment for the Arts Translation Grant offered by the US federal government, and the National Translation Award (US). She is currently Head of the Department of English, Maharaja Manindra Chandra College, University of Calcutta. Her work has been showcased at the London Book Fair, and she has read in cities like Bloomington, Bombay, Boston, Calcutta, Cove, Delhi, Hyderabad, London, Miami, Providence, and Singapore. Somrita edited the first anthology of food poems, Quesadilla and Other Adventures (2019), and has translated 3 Stories: Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay (2021), Firesong
She was selected by the National Centre for Writing, UK, as an emerging translator in 2016, and later invited as translator-in-residence at Cove Park, Scotland. In 2017 she was the poet-in-residence at Arcs of a Circle, artistes’ residencies offered by the US Consulate in Bombay. Somrita has been invited to deliver keynote addresses, talks, and lectures, and present her work at several institutions around the world including the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, Bath Spa University, University of Nottingham, the American Literary Translators Associaton, the Oregon Society of Translators and Interpreters, the National University of Singapore, Jamia Millia Islamia, Aligarh Muslim University, and Viswa Bharati University.
Somrita's works have been published in Asymptote, Words Without Borders, In Other Words, and Trinity College Dublin’s Journal of Literary Translation, among others. She previously taught British Literature to undergraduate and graduate students in Delhi, and is a recipient of the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund Award (2013) and the Sarojini Dutta Memorial Prize (2011).
Koral Dasgupta has published an eclectic range of books from academic nonfiction to relationship dramas.India Today critiqued her novel as "works beyond the obvious...with characters not just individuals but a philosophy." Her stories ranging from academic nonfiction to relationship dramas explore the inherent nature of complex minds leading to a relatable conflict and unpredictable climax. Her books are discussed from the context of gender studies, art, myth and ecocritical literature. Her fourth book has been optioned for screen adaptation. She is currently working with Pan Macmillan on the five-book Sati series - a retelling of the stories of the Pancha Kanya from Indian mythology - Ahalya and Kunti are on the shelves.
Other than India, Koral's books are shelved in the libraries of University of Harvard, Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Chicago, University of Wales, Duke University, University of North Carolina, TAMU, and others.
She conducts writing programmes and critical thinking workshops for educational and corporate floors. She is recognised in the list of Innovator25 Asia Pacific 2019 prepared by The Holmes Report, a New York based PR news agency and has been listed under the Women of Wonder (WOW) series in Outlook Business (September 2019). Her website is www.koraldasgupta.com
(A special lecture/interaction esp. for participants with a pitch-ready manuscript.)Suhail Mathur is an award winning and bestselling author of the historical-mythological fiction, THE BHAIRAV PUTRAS and the mythological-fantasy, THE HUNT FOR RAMA’S BOW, a TedX speaker, and is one of the country’s premier literary agents via his agency, THE BOOK BAKERS, through which he has worked on more than 700 books. An alumnus of Delhi Public School, NOIDA and National Law University, Delhi, Suhail, a lit fest regular and the festival director of the largest & longest online Literature Festival; The Book Bakers Online Literature Festival, has also worked as an English cricket commentator for Star Sports & Airtel’s mobile app. His name has also been listed as one of the ‘Top 51 Indian Writers To Follow’ by EBooks India and called ‘India’s JK Rowling’ by Enewsroom.com and ‘India’s Rick Riordan’ by ED Times. He has sold several Book To Screen deals, worked with several actors, cricketers and bestselling authors apart from having written and worked on web series, TV shows and animated series. He is currently working in a leading General Entertainment Channel where he looks into new show development and the acquisition of international animation shows & movies, and Indian live action content. He is currently working on his next book, an autobiography of actor-cricketer, Salil Ankola titled NO BOUNDARY IS BIG ENOUGH, being published by one of India’s biggest publishing houses, Rupa Publications.
1. The programme will require participants to attend online meetings/workshops once a week. Saturdays for 1.5 hrs. 6pm IST (adjustible in case of inconvenience of any participant).
2. Timely completion of tasks is mandatory. The tasks will require approximately 2-4 hours per week, depending on the existing skills of the applicant.
3. All other details, along with the course schedule, will be emailed to the applicants post registration.
Registration fee is INR7670/- (inclusive of taxes) for participants from India and USD 120/- (all inclusive) for participants outside India.
Mode of Payment
• For participants residing in India: Payable in advance by NEFT.
Tell Me Your Story OPC Pvt. Ltd.
A/c no : 059685800000177, Yes Bank. Branch - Shankardhan Plaza Junction, MM Road, Mulund West, Mumbai 400080, IFS Code : YESB0000596.
pay via Paypal - interest charges extra. (You don't need a Paypal account, this allows you to swipe a card.)
• For participants residing outside India and foreign nationals:
USD120/- all inclusive, payable in advance by Paypal.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for the Paypal link.
The Registration Fee is non-refundable.
Applicants must register along with
1. a 1000 word short story on the given prompt
2. an updated bionote of not more than 100 words
3. a photograph.
4. payment receipt against the registration fees
5. social media handles of the participant as applicable - Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Instagram
The above must be emailed to email@example.com
Registrations will close on 31 August 2022.
For queries, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kindly excuse us if we do not respond to queries that are already addressed here. We expect the applicants to read the above thoroughly.
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