Retreat in the Kangra Valley, Himalayas

Dharamshala

29th March - 1st April 2019

Closed for Registration

(Registration Open for Next Session: 26-29 September 2019. Register at retreat@thewritescene.com )

 

3 nights and 4 days of Writing Paradise with minimum of 6 hours of exclusive writing time a day.

 

The place:

Kangra valley, one of Himachal’s most pristine valleys, is home to India’s First UNESCO World Heritage Village. The snow-capped Dhauladhar mountains, numerous glacial rivulets, pine forests and mesmerizing open green/golden fields along with the fresh mountain air, all bring a sense of peace and calm. Out here you are away from the daily chaos and can be truly in sync with nature. 
 
Join us for your writing escape. This will be an eclectic experience combining quality writing time, insightful feedback and interactive sessions with industry stalwarts, the spirit of nature, the craft of the locals along with delicious Indian food. Interact with other writers on their journey and published authors over informal evening drinks or morning walks and brainstorm about your work-in-progress or your finished manuscript.

Join us for your writing escape. This will be an experience of combining the writing time, the spirit of nature, the craft of the locals, authentic food blended with the culture of the land. 

Interact with writers on their journey and published authors over informal evening drinks or morning walks and brainstorm about your work-in-progress or your finished manuscript.

You need to send your details to be accepted to participate in this.

To register now or enquire more: click the link

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RETREAT CURATOR

The curator of this retreat is Deeba Salim Irfan, founder of the portal for writers -TheWriteScene.com and the founder of the First International Young Author Awards for traditionally published authors under the age of 30.

She is also an author of a women's fiction novel, 'Urma' which has been translated into Urdu and nominated for an award. Her collection of poetry in the format of a coffee-table book, 'Charcoal Blush' won Book Excellence Award in Canada. Her next books at the edit stage are - ‘355 Days’ and 'Will Time Find Us?’

She is an MBA with over two decades of experience in advertising and has been at the helm of many top brands and strategized the launch and building of many household brands.

After a long and successful stint, she decided to follow her passion for writing and helping authors build their ‘Author Brand.’

‘It's time to invest in our souls. To interact and help build each other up!’ - Deeba Salim Irfan

Contact: retreat@thewritescene.com

GUEST INTERACTIONS

Anuj Bahri

Founder RedInk Literary Agency and Lead Literary Agent, Delhi, India.

Premanka Goswami

Sr. Commissioning Editor, Literary Division at Penguin Random House, India.

 

IS This For You?

Are you a writer lost under life’s load or perhaps your inner voice has been too critical for you to finish your writing project?

Are you the one full of ideas but has no time to write?

Then this escape is just for you. You get to brainstorm that idea which has been gnawing you, amidst a breathtaking environment for you to realign yourself with your soul.

 

KEY HIGHLIGHTS?

Get a chance to have your opening reviewed by industry’s stalwarts

Brainstorm with best-in-class industry experts

Free to take part in workroom nuggets -Developing Author Essentials - your ‘Author Branding’ kit

Dedicated six hours a day writing in inspirational surrounding

Gain a truly motivating experience that you will cherish for a long time!

 

Exclusive Availability

We have limited the number of participants for a unique intensive experience and to have a real interaction. Send in your details to be accepted to the program. 

 

Program Outline

Day 1 

Arrive by evening.

A session with Deeba - 'How to Awaken Your Muse' 

Mingle with other authors and poets over dinner and drinks.

Enjoy the scenic beauty.

‘Read Out Aloud’ - Post dinner, 30 minutes reading session of your work in progress or published work. 

 

Day 2 

Start your day with Yoga. Breakfast at 9.30 a.m.

Leave for LalGhar - Home of RedInk Literary Residency to interact with Anuj Bahri, Founder and Literary Agent and his Editor.

Lunch and evening tea. Back by 6 pm.

Evening free for a visit to Dharamshala - Go for a trek or visit Thekchen Chöling Temple Complex.

Return and interact with Premanka Goswami for one-on-one feedback.

‘Read Out Aloud’ - Post dinner, 30 minutes reading session of your work in progress or published work. 

 

Day 3

Start your day with Yoga. Breakfast by 9.30 a.m.

A session with Vinod Soni - IP Laws for Authors. How to safeguard what you write.

Interactive session with Premanka Goswami on Key Pointers to increase chances of getting a Publishing Contract and How to Query right? What are Indian Publishers publishing? Publishing trends for 2019. Key points to remember for a better Self-Edit?

Acoustic musical afternoon in the lawns facing the Dhauladhar range.

Interact with the other members over dinner.

A one-on-one session with Premanka Goswami, Senior Commissioning Editor of Penguin India and get feedback on your opening pages.

‘Read Out Aloud’ - Post dinner, 30 minutes reading session of your work in progress or published work. 

 

Day 4

Start your day with Yoga. Breakfast by 9.30 a.m.

Join Deeba in the work-room for nuggets on different aspects of building your Author Brand and PR Kit.

 

Leave for home.