What identities are assigned/ denied to you? How do we sit in our bodies when this happens? How does the language of identities limit/expand our multiple selves? Do we hold back? Do we speak out? How do these relationships change or maintain the pitch of our voices, and how do we create a voice we’re most proud of?

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WHAT IS LIT DINNER?
Simply put, a small gathering of folks who love food and / in / around literature. KathaSatha and Everfresh by nuwa estate coffee are teaming up to serve you a delicious 3-course meal curated with select dishes and drinks featured in the evening’s literary text. For our first lit dinner, we will be eating with the characters of Shradha Ghale’s debut novel, The Wayward Daughter. Shradha will also be attending the dinner party.

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Poet, Christina Olivares, and writer/translator, Muna Gurung, in conversation at A Song Rises in Me. The two chatted about the process of writing; the hardness of book publishing + MFA programs; & the importance + softness of creating a community of writers, love, conjuring curiosities & humans, and lots and lots of laughter.Continue reading

In this generative one-day masterclass with Christina Olivares, we’ll be engaging all of our senses—and permitting those senses to connect with dreams and memory— to create poems that “make sense” of place, time, body, and self. We will play with abstract, lyrical and narrative kinds of poem-making, and participants will have the freedom to develop a mini-sequence that sensually locates a particular moment in time.

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WOW- Women of the World – is a global movement of festivals and the people who make them. It is a festival of talks, debates, performances, activism, workshops, food, music, exhibitions, mentoring and more. WOW festivals are high-profile, mainstream platforms to celebrate women and girls, and look at the obstacles they face across the world. They are a place where hundreds of women’s stories can be shared, feelings vented, minds influenced and fun had. Each WOW is for everyone, bold and broad-based in approach, lively and serious, bringing together of people from all corners of society.

We’re going to be at WOW Kathmandu 2018 festival!
 

We believe that a place is shaped by its stories and a story is shaped by many places. Armed with three large maps of Kathmandu and Nepal, we’ll be collecting personal stories + memories that are tied to specific physical spaces. Come share your story with us. Come write amongst Kathmandu’s fiercest women.

Venue: IOE, Pulchowk Campus
Time: 11AM onwards
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Writing Workshop for Quixote Cove’s Staff/Team
June 21-23, 2017

The focus of the workshop will be to understand our own writing processes. We may think that we don’t have a set process, but we all do; having no concrete process is still a process. We will tap into conscious and unconscious thoughts through various writing exercises that may help us get closer to clarifying the transference of thoughts into words that eventually meet a reader’s eyes.

With the help of various fiction (prose, poetry, plays) and non-fictional texts (memoirs, essays, graphic stories), we will explore our relationship with self, with our audience(s), voice and style, and work towards structuring our thoughts in writing in a way that serves us (and the entire world!) better.

Also, we may or may not have ice-cream at the end of the workshop.

Writing is serious business #DontTellUsToSmile

*KathaSatha offers closed-group writing workshops as staff trainings and team-building exericses for organizations. Please enquire for customised sessions: kathasatha@gmail.com*

We went to Yangshila, Morang, to visit our friends at KTK-BELT Studio, who are doing incredible work of building outdoor learning grounds over 100 acres of Terai and Mahabharat range lands.

While in Yangshila, we worked with 22 bright-eyed students from Sawitri High School in Yangshila, Morang. These young writers came to the workshop from grades 6 through 9: we learned to snap our fingers, write about our favourite foods, listen to tall tales collected on the Sikti Trail, make up stories of people we have never met, and giggle while listening to our own recorded voices. All in all, an excellent hot afternoon of writing.

One of our favourite writing exercises is to use Joe Brainard’s epic poem, “I Remember,” as a structural tool to collect memories, secrets, stories, and warm up our writing muscles. Here are “I Remember” excerpts from some participants of Birds of a Feather: Stories of Home & Migrations, a writing workshop in collaboration w/ Queens Memory Project, July 29, 2016:

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I remember when I arrived [in] this country and everything called my attention.
I remember when I went to Time Square to look at tourists watching me.
I remember when my sister talked to me about life and what we could do with ours.
I remember my grandmother making orange juice and scolding her grandchildren for riding bikes for miles when she had breakfast prepared for us.
I remember making a mud cake in a place house in the lilac bushes.
I remember sneaking upstairs in my grandparents’ farmhouse and putting on wooden Dutch clogs– how they swallowed my tiny feet.
I remember finding the Dutch clogs years later, after my grandmother came home from the Haitian mission, and expecting them to swallow my feet. To my amazement they didn’t fit.
I remember tearing the pages out of my journal that weren’t happy enough.

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