Announcing the Duckbill Workshop in Chennai

Duckbill, in association with the Book Building, is happy to announce the next in their series of workshops on writing for children.

Location: Tara Books Book Building
Plot No. 9, CGE Colony
Off Kuppam Beach Road
Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai 600 041
Phone no: +91 44 42601033
Landmark: Thiruvanmiyur Fish Market

Duration: Friday, August 9 to Sunday, August 11 2013, 9.00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m

Number of participants: Maximum 20

Conducted by: Anushka Ravishankar

Assisted by: Sayoni Basu

Scope of the Workshop: Fiction for children; the target ages can be anything between 7 and 14 years. We are not, therefore, working with picture books or YA books. The workshop is structured to give an overview of contemporary children’s literature, genres and trends, and an understanding of the craft of writing for children. The goal is to enable each participant to explore the kind of stories that they want to tell. The participants have the option of submitting a synopsis and/or a few chapters of a book they want to write. We will give one-on-one feedback on each submission.

Selection Criteria: We are looking for new, aspiring writers, who have not written/published substantially for children before. We welcome first-time writers, writers who’ve written in other genres or for other ages who’d like to try their hand at writing for these ages and writers who have done some writing for children. This is not a workshop aimed at established children’s authors.
Every applicant will be required to send a sample of their writing, in any genre (could be fiction/non-fiction, for children or adults). In addition, they would have to send us the name of their favourite and least favourite book for children (only one each), with a short note of not more than fifty words each, explaining the choice. The minimum age for participants is 18 years.

Charges: There will be a fee of Rs 2000 per participant, which will go towards paying for overheads and to reimburse the workshop conductors for tickets.
There are cafés close by, and participants can go for refreshments during the scheduled breaks.

How to Participate: Please email your name, age, address, a sample of your writing (between 200 and 1000 words) and a write-up on your favourite and least favourite children’s books (50 words each) to by 15 June. We will respond by 30 June.

Preparing for the Workshop: Participants will be given a reading list and should try to read as many of the books as possible before the workshop.



  1. Hi,

    I am really interested in this workshop, but unfortunately cannot travel to Chennai as I am based out of Bangalore. Wanted to know if there are any workshops being planned in Bangalore in the near future?


  2. Hi, I was wondering if this workshop will be useful to someone who is interested in getting into publishing?

  3. Hi,

    Like Poornima, I too am based in Bangalore and just wanted to check if you’re planning any workshops here in the near future, as it’s difficult for me to do any kind of travel right now.

    • Not at the moment, I am afraid. We will post on this blog when we are next. But we do about two or three workshops a year, so we prefer to do it in new cities. So unlikely to do Bangalore this year.

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