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    This just showed up in my inbox:

    “Dear Ms. Rao: We are pleased to inform you herewith officially that you have been chosen for a six months fellowship at the Akademie Schloss Solitude by our juror for international literature, Ms Ahdaf Soueif. The fellowship includes a furnished studio apartment free of charge, a monthly grant, round-trip travel expenses, material costs and project funding.

    In other words, I just received an offer to spend six months of next year writing and living and daydreaming at a wonderful artist residency located on the grounds of an eighteenth century Baroque style castle in Germany. Very excited to see what kind of writing and being comes out of this incredible opportunity, and very grateful to everyone involved in this selection process

    More on the residency here

  • 17

    I will be conducting a “Fundamentals of Creative Writing” weekend intensive workshop in Delhi on 29th and 30th April, 10 AM – 5:30 PM (minus a leisurely 90 minute lunch break for you all to get to know each other better!)

    This weekend workshop will consist of 4 sessions of 3 hours each, during which we will explore some of the core writing elements, such as scene-work, metaphor, concrete imagery, and working from the five senses, which cut across different genres of writing. Some sessions will have more of a prose focus and some more of a poetry one, but you will be able to apply all of the learning to different writing situations.

    Over the course of the weekend, we will write, read, play some theatre games, do some small group work, answer some seemingly nonsensical questions, and then write some more. There will be no long lectures or powerpoint presentations, only writing and hands-on learning, and you will have a chance to test out new ideas and share your work in each session.

    To learn more about the workshop, or to get registration details, please see the detailed flier here

  • 03

    “Not a Pretension to Godliness,” the introductory poem of my new manuscript, was just published in the inaugural issue of the Black Rabbit Review. Have a read here.

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    I’m super excited to be reading new poems alongside one of my favorite poets and people. After 2 1/2 years and at least five cities of poeming together, this is the first time Akhil Katyal and I are doing an event together, and we would love for you to come listen.

    7 PM, on 7th April, at Hearken cafe, a lovely space run by hearing impaired folks in Shahpur Jat. Come for the poems, stay for the food, and don’t forget to say hello afterwards 

    There is no charge, but we will be putting out a donation box to support Hearken. More details can be found at the Facebook event here

  • 03

    Just to let you all know that my poet self and my social entrepreneur self will be meeting each other on Friday, 9th November, at the Anandini Tea Room in Shahpur Jat for a panel entitled “Culture Creators of Change.”

    According to the organisers, Bitgiving and Ashoka Fellowship, “the conversation will be structured around how various mediums of popular culture – art, books, movies, spoken word, storytelling, music, theatre, art, etc. – can be/are really effective tools for shifting mindsets, changing behaviours, and even influencing policy towards the greater good.”

    If that sounds like something you’d be interested in, here is a link to the Facebook event!

  • 13

    So, it’s been a while since I advertised a writing workshop here because they have been filling up before I get around to it. But it looks like there are fewer takers for poetry, so here we go 🙂

    As part of the whole Global Poetry Month thing, I’m planning to do an Introduction to Poetic Craft Writing Workshop on the 23rd and 24th of April, 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM. The workshop venue is close to the Green Park metro station on the Yellow line.

    We will do 4 workshop sessions of 2 1/2 hours each, looking first at image and metaphor, then at music and meter, then visual elements such as line and stanza breaks and the use of white space, and then bringing these elements together into writing ghazals. You will read and write in each session, in addition to having some more formal craft conversations, but we will not be doing in-depth poem critiques, only first responses to each other’s writing. My goals are for you to walk away with the beginnings of 3-4 poems, a deeper understanding of poetic craft, some new writing buddies, and a renewed love of words! 

    The total cost, including lunch, tea, coffee etc. on both days, is 5000 per person, although I’m open to need-based fee reductions, so talk to me if you cannot afford this. I have 3-4 open seats, so do get in touch before Friday the 15th if you are interested, and we’ll figure out details accordingly. If you are interested, you can message me through the form below:

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