The Duckbill Workshop in Delhi

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

Duration: Friday, July 17 to Sunday, July 19 2015, 9.00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m

Venue: The Seamus Heaney Room, The Embassy of Ireland, Malcha Marg, New Delhi

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 5000 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 30 June 2015. The participants selected will be emailed by 7 July.

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. If you have any queries, please email


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