The Duckbill Workshop in Kolkata

Duckbill is happy to announce the next in their series of workshops on writing for children.

Duration: Saturday, December 27 to Monday, December 29 2014, 9.00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m

Number of participants: Maximum 20

Conducted by: Anushka Ravishankar and 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 4,500 per participant.

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 1 November 2014. The participants selected will be emailed by 30 November.

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.

Fine print:
1. Payment for the workshop needs to be made by 15 December, once the list of participants is announced.
2. In case there are not enough participants (since it is the holiday season!), the workshop may be postponed. This will be announced by 15 November.
3. Venue to be confirmed.
4. If you have any queries, please email



  1. Hello, this sounds great! Could you please provide information about the venue/ address for this Kolkata workshop please?

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