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Workshops – 2020

Writing Creative Fiction

 Write your Novel

 How Green is My City? Living with Trees in Indian Cities 

 haikuDHYANA

 

The Long and Short of Haiku - A Comprehension Workshop on Haikai Poetry

Writing Creative Fiction
Lisa Heidke

Duration: 180 mins
Age Group: 15+

What are the essential elements of fiction writing? How do writers create storylines? What are the elements of a gripping beginning, a surprising middle, and a satisfying ending? First person? Third person? What is a synopsis?

In this hands-on workshop, participants will discover how to create memorable, and compelling three-dimensional characters, and how to write exciting dialogue and scenes to advance their storyline. They will be given tips and guidelines to make their story and characters stand out. We will study scene construction and narrative descriptions, as well as different points of view to bring the participant’s natural writing voice to life. We will explore the advantages and disadvantages of the various types of point of view from which a story can be told. Participants will also learn how to write a synopsis—a one-page summary of their story, from which they can develop their creative fiction further.

Write your Novel
Kim Wilkins

Duration: 180 mins
Age group: 18+

Many people dream of writing a novel, but getting started can be the most difficult part. If you have an idea for a long-form work of fiction but don’t know what to do next, this workshop will benefit you.

During this three-hour workshop, Kim Wilkins will show you how to conceptualise your idea as a novel, how to plan its structure, and how to generate ideas that will take you from beginning to end. This is a fun and inspirational workshop that will set you on a path to getting your novel started, and ultimately making it all the way to the end.

9-9:30              Introductions and how to generate a premise

9:30-10            Group game: coming up with book blurbs

10-10:30          What is the shape of a novel? Learn about structure and key turning points.

10:30-11          Group game: plot a thriller

11-11:30          Group planning: your first chapter

11:30-12          What next? Q&A

How Green is My City? Living with Trees in Indian Cities
Harini Nagendra

Duration: 45-60 mins
Age group: Open to all

We rarely think of cities as places of nature – yet daily life would be unbearable in a city without trees! Our relationship with trees extends from the sacred to the prosaic. Some trees are worshipped, others are favourite sites for children to play games. Trees act as live, breathing air purifiers, and shade us in the hot summers. We love snacking on our favourite tree-food, such as mango, jamun, and tamarind. Our city trees and canopies have many stories to tell us – from the historical to the mythical. Join us in a discussion to understand the many facets of trees in the city. Let’s talk about the life-and-death relationship between the fig and the wasp, and learn how trees communicate with each other through secret underground networks. Together, let’s understand why we need to protect our city canopies —not just for our love of trees, but for our very survival!

haikuDHYANA
Kala Ramesh

Duration: 80 minutes
Age Group: 18+

Haiku, is a season’s poetry and nature as observed through our five senses.

Dhyana means meditation—to look “deep within”—to develop an uncluttered mind. A search at an experiential level!

haikuDHYANA- highlighting the silences that govern both these practices. Something that has never been explored in India until now.

All art forms are spiritual in many ways and haiku poetry is no different in this respect, for it is a poetic form that is purely experiential. In this 80-minute session, Kala Ramesh will delve into the silences, voids, and spaces that surround a haiku poem and explore how these can be correlated to mind-space and our attempt to quieten the ever-chattering mind! Interspersed with Japanese aesthetics and Zen stories, this session promises to be a unique experience! The session will end with a few types of OM chanting, establishing the deep connection between the cosmos and our body.

The Long and Short of Haiku – A Comprehension Workshop on Haikai Poetry
Kala Ramesh

Duration: 240 minutes
Age Group: 18+

Kala Ramesh, an award-winning haikai poet, will hold this 4-hour workshop in which participants will be exposed to the 400-year-old art form from Japan: haiku, senryu and haibun (tight prose embedded with haiku). The workshop will not be just a teaching session but a journey to discover, appreciate and imbibe the art of haikai literature, known for its brevity. The Japanese masters of haiku will be discussed and analysed. Most importantly, each participant will be writing their first haiku and experiencing the joy of sharing their work with others!