September 28th, 2018
Workshops for Day 1
08:30 - 10:00
Jigyasa Labroo

 "What makes me, me?"
In this spoken word poetry workshop,  the participants will explore their gifts and nature in the backdrop of their space in the world. They'll discover what it means to have their poetry rise from paper to performance. 

Sowmya Rajendran & Niveditha Subramaniam

"Meet Mayil, she's just like you"
An interactive session on Mayil Will Not Be Quiet and Mostly Madly Mayil. What does a typical pre-teen's diary look like? What makes her laugh and what makes her cry? What makes her question the world around her?

Neha Singh

 "Can real life experiences make good stories? Find your own answers."
Ever saw a person on the road or in the train who looked straight out of a book? Ever had a really funny experience that made a good story to tell your friends? Let's turn these characters and adventures into plots for books in very easy ways.  "can real life experiences make good stories? Find your own answers.

Aditi De

"Whose voice is it, anyway?"
Who decides which voice, which person, is the teller when a story is written? Can any story be written from multiple points of view? When a chair, instead of a child, becomes the narrator, how does this change the story?  Would a grandmom and her grandchild tell a story in similar ways?
This session will take off from a story read aloud to the participants. They will then re-imagine, and re-craft, the story in individual - yet guided - ways.

Zai Whitaker

"The joy of differentness, and the 7-beat poem"
In this workshop, students will understand the story, 'Kali and the Ratsnake', and why it was written. They will understand and work with the idea of themes and practice writing 7-beat poetry lines.

10:00 - 11:30
Nadia Hashimi      

" What every story needs"

Sakshi Singh

Words For Your Wellness enables you to use "Words" as a tool to reflect and express.
Journaling is known to be beneficial to all, especially for students to track progress, set goals among other things.   

Andaleeb Wajid

'How do writer's write'
Have you ever wondered where writers get ideas for their stories? Have you ever thought how they can make those ideas into a book? Well, wonder no more! Andaleeb Wajid's creative writing workshop will give you a glimpse into the world of a writer while giving you plenty of ideas to get started on your writing as well!

Shefalee Jain

"Re-calling, Re-telling, Re-arranging."
A hands-on workshop in creating a short picture book.

Rachna Bisht

"OK! Let's change the storyteller"
Would stories change if we change the storyteller? Students will discover the fascinating difference perspective makes in a writing workshop where the storyteller shifts from one character in the story to another. And not all of them are nice! This will lead them to question whether people can be labelled good or bad. Or are we all grey with shades of both? 
Students shall be introduced to some Army heroes followed by a discussion on those awesome acts of bravery. They will then discuss what courage means to them. And if it can be displayed only in the battlefield or also in school. Along the way, they will pick up some writing tips, gather some tips on what to do when writer's block strikes (shove your laptop in the drawer and watch u tube videos?), and get introduced to some interesting genres of writing like tall tale and magic realism.

11:30 - 01:00
Jess Butterworth

"Into the Wild"
Where do ideas come from and what are the ingredients needed to write a story? 

Kate Darnton

Write What You Know—Really?
“Write what you know”: It may be the most famous piece of writing advice ever. But is it good advice? And what does it mean for the writer of fiction? What about imagination? In this workshop we will explore the connection between memoir and fiction, examining how writers borrow from their own experiences to enhance their writing. How do writers extract what is most valuable and interesting from their autobiographies: emotional truth? Students will be encouraged not just to “write what they know,” but also to write what matters to them: to write what they feel. 

Devika Rangachari

"On Writing: History and Other Issues"
This interactive session will have a dual focus--first, dealing with the writing of gender-sensitive historical fiction through a discussion of 'Queen of Ice and 'Harsha Vardhana'; and second, dealing with issues of writing in general and the problems that young authors could face while developing the various elements of a story. 

Venita Coelho

"From Petrified to Published"
How to take an idea... conquer all your doubts... gather the required skills... and get writing! This workshop lays out a basic pathway for those who want to be authors. It shares tips, traumas, and tried and tested methods. Participants need to read 'Boy No. 32' as the author will be sharing the journey of how that book came about, from idea to final manuscript.

Sampurna Chattarji

 "Inhabiting the 'I'"
How do writers turn personal experiences into fiction and poetry? Come find out with poet and novelist, Sampurna Chattarji. 

Jash Sen

"The Shape of Story"
This workshop takes students through the plot arc of an exemplar story, to show how the twists and turns help drive a story forward until its denouement.

01:00 - 01:30
01:30 - 03:00
Deepak Dalal

"Adventure India"
From Ladakh to Lakshadweep; from the Andaman Islands to the forests of Ranthambore - thrilling stories set in India's magnificent wilderness destinations. Encounter snow leopards, tigers and other wildlife too.An illustrated talk.

Adithi Rao

"The How of Horror: Telling a Good Ghost Story"
Through story readings, film clips and music, the children will explore some of the elements that go into crafting a good horror story. They will learn to identify and pick out moments and characters that induce fear and foreboding, so that they develop an instinct for the genre rather than be taught about it through verbal instruction. The purpose of this workshop is to remind children that if they can feel the terror, they can create it too! 

Anuradha Sengupta

"Picture To Story"
Participants will explore how images impact a story - be it photos or illustrations. They will look at at a few curated images from different perspectives and weave a story around them. 
Another option to create more experimentation and to generate good ideas -- after the initial brainstorming and exploring ideas, they go out and shoot on phone cams or I can get two point and shoot cameras they shoot on (break into two teams). But can you get a printer that will print the photos they take? Then they can put the story together on the spot with the random images they have clicked. 

David Waweru

'So you want to write'
Stories are an excellent way to stimulate the mind and encourage creativity in
children. The characters they get to know through books become like friends.
But children also have stories to tell. This workshop for 11-15 year olds will
help nurture their creative urges, show them how to find their own stories, and
how to convey them through writing.

Shashi Warrier

"Many Worlds in One"
 How do Muggles and Magic live together? J K Rowling uses her Ministry of Magic to wipe Muggle memories and restrict Magical activity. Rick Riordan uses the Mist to hide Greek and Roman gods and demigods. David Eddings, in his Belgarion series, uses a completely different world. Eoin Colfer does the same. Indian mythological classics use a different universe as well. In this workshop, we're going to look at the different ways to keep the space where magic works.