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.
Kathmandu’s women Word Warriors also performed at the event, including a musical debut performance of Ruby & Ruby.
*This event was an all women performance held at Everfresh Cafe in Pani Pokhari.*
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.
CHRISTINA OLIVARES is the author of No Map of the Earth Includes Stars, winner of the 2014 Marsh Hawk Poetry Prize, of Interrupt, a chaplet published by Belladonna* Collaborative, and of the forthcoming full-length Seed/Archive (tentatively titled), winner of the Vinyl/Yes Yes 2014 prize. She has received two Travel and Study Grants from the Jerome Foundation, a 2015 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council residency, and has just won a 2018 Bronx Council on the Arts Nonfiction grant. Olivares is a queer Cubanx-American poet and K-12 educator from the Bronx in New York City.
DATE: Friday, July 20, 2018
TIME: 10-3PM (w/ 1 hour break from 12-1pm.)
VENUE: Madan Puraskar Pustakalaya, Patan Dhoka.
FEE: Rs. 1,000
APPLICATION: Due no later than 12noon on THURSDAY, 19th July. *We’ll be selecting 12 participants for this masterclass.*
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: email@example.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.
Photo: Ganga Limbu
Handmade notebooks for writers
Photo: Ganga Limbu
Photo: Ganga Limbu
A Writing Workshop with Muna Gurung from KathaSatha
in collaboration with Srijanalaya & Word Warriors for Kathmandu Triennale 2017
March 30- April 1, 2017
Magic doesn’t simply happen, it’s created. They liken these magic moments in art and writing to serendipitous accidents that catch and hold the eye, the ears and the heart. But accidents need not be rootless; accidents can be intentional and purposeful. They can be created and curated. This workshop aims to demystify the creative process. Participants will take playful risks with words by stretching their boundaries of storytelling through a series of guided exercises that enable them to create serendipitous moments in their work.
*Open to writers, poets, musicians, artists writing in Nepali and English. Please note that instructions and conversations during the workshop will be carried out in English.*