17 June 2008

WORKSHOPS - Writing the Future Workshops in India - Registrations now open (Various dates)

Opening Registration to Writing the Future Workshops in India

Registration has opened for emerging writers from Asia and the Pacific to join established Asian and international authors in workshops as part of the inaugural Asia-Pacific festival of writing in India this October.

The festival, ‘Writing the Future’, is the first international festival in the region to offer writing workshops with recognised local and international writers, together with public readings, and an academic conference that examines the state of contemporary literature from and about the region.

The Festival is hosted by the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, together with other universities and literary organisations in India. It was conceived in Bali last year where an international collaboration of scholars and writers met to form the Asia-Pacific Writing Partnership. The Partnership aims to promote and nurture new writing from the region.

A workshop section of the Festival includes:

Fiction Writing Workshops in Shimla (6-17 October)

Fiction writing workshops will be held over two weeks at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, formerly the Vice Regal Lodge in the former summer retreat of the British Raj in Shimla.

New Delhi Poetry Workshop (21-25 October)

Poetry workshops will be held at the Sanskriti Foundation which runs other residency programmes in collaboration with UNESCO, Asia-Link, Association Fran├žaise d'Action Artistique and the Fulbright Fellowships, helping to foster understanding between different cultures through the sharing of ideas and life experiences. Participation will be open to 15 Indian poets and 10 from abroad, as well as local Indian and five international teachers.

New Delhi/Mysore/Guwahati Translation Workshops (13-16 October)

Workshops will be run by the Sahitya Akademi (the Indian National Academy of Letters) in collaboration with the Jamia Millia Islamia in Delhi and IIT, Delhi. The workshops will focus on translating writing from Indian languages into English.

The Festival seeks collaboration with international centres of literary translation for this initiative. Approximately 30 participants are expected.

New Delhi Script Writing Workshops (To be confirmed)

Participation in the workshops is open to international participants as well as local Indian writers. Participants accepted into the workshops will be accommodated free of charge, but international participants must seek their own funding from arts bodies and other organisations to cover travel costs.

Registration and enquiries must be directed to apwritingthefuture@gmail.com. More information about the Festival is available on the Asia-Pacific Writing Partnership website: www.apwriters.com