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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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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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.

Gladys Weaver (nee Simpkins) poses with her son, Lester, at the construction site of their future home. Gladys married John Weaver in 1947 and gave birth to their son, Lester, in 1951. The couple moved into the completed Merrick Park Garden co-op immediately after it was built. Gladys Weaver [1951], Queens Memory Collection, Queens Library.

Birds of a Feather: Stories of Home & Migrations
Queens Library-Jackson Heights
July 29, 2016 / 3-5PM

When you think of home, where do you arrive? Do you have untold stories hidden in your photo albums? Do you have stories that your family tells over and over again? What are the stories that only you can tell? You haven’t found them yet?

Perfect!

Join KathaSatha and Queens Memory Project for a storytelling workshop* where you will write and share personal stories that may explore ideas of home and migrations. Participants are encouraged to bring 2-3 personal and family photos that may help in telling their stories. Facilitator, Muna Gurung, will lead the workshop with a series of writing exercises that involve images and words. No participant will be turned away for not possessing photos. No prior writing experience required.

 

* The session will be led in English. At the consent of the writer, stories from the workshop will be published on Queens Memory Project and KathaSatha web platforms. Registration is required. To register, you may do so on your own, see a librarian, or contact Yingwen Huang at 718-990-8532 / yingwen.huang@queenslibrary.org. 

KathaSatha is excited to collaborate with Photo Kathmandu for GalliSalli: Patan Edition. The workshop will focus on collecting, creating and presenting stories (in mixed media) from both intimate and public spaces in Patan.

Writers will:

– Be led through a structured set of writing prompts + exercises to explore Patan and arrive at a creative site-specific piece of their own
– Encouraged to explore working with audio, visual, and other forms of media
– Strengthen their interviewing skills by exploring various styles + methods
– Understand their role as a collector of non-fictional personal narratives and learn how to present them in different ways
– Practice creating engaging + memorable nuggets of stories that are interesting to a wide range of audiences
– Learn how to edit stories + use high-end digital audio recorders

Workshop will be conducted in both Nepali and English. Writers may choose to write in Nepali and/or English.

Stories from the workshop will be considered for inclusion by the curatorial team of Photo Kathmandu, Nepal’s first international photography festival.

© Juju Bhai Dhakhwa Collection/Nepal Picture Library

© Juju Bhai Dhakhwa Collection/Nepal Picture Library


WHEN: July 20- 24, 2-6 PM
WHAT: Collecting + Interviewing+ Writing + Creating
WHO: YOU (Workshop will cap at 10 participants)
HOW MUCH: Rs. 1000 (*Partial scholarships available. Please fill out scholarship form.*)
WHERE: TBD

APPLICATION DEADLINE: July 15, 2015

APPLICATION FORM

FACILITATORS:

Prawin Adhikari writes and translates fiction, creative non-fiction, and writes screenplays for the mainstream Nepali film industry. He is a graduate of Whitman College, Walla Walla. Prawin is the author of VANISHING ACT, a collection of short stories that was short listed for the Shakti Bhatt prize. He is also the assistant editor at La.lit, a literary magazine.

Muna Gurung is a writer and educator who spends her time between New York City and Kathmandu. She received her MFA from Columbia University, where she was a teaching fellow. Muna founded KathaSatha, an effort that fosters a public writing and storytelling culture.

Shuvechchhya Pradhan likes to call herself a dreamer and a wanderer at heart. She loves to write, travel, tell stories, and confuse people.

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गल्लिसल्लि: पाटन संस्करणको आयोजनाका निम्ति फोटो काठमाडौँसँग सहकार्य गर्न पाउँदा कथासथा अत्यन्तै उत्साहित छ । यो कार्यशाला पाटनका सार्वजनिक तथा वैयक्तिक स्थानहरूबाट विविध माध्यममा कथाहरू संकलन, सिर्जना र प्रस्तुत गर्नमा केन्द्रित हुनेछ ।

यस कार्यशालामा लेखकहरू निम्न गतिविधिमा सहभागी हुनेछन्ः

– लेखनकालागि विशेष संरचनात्मक उत्प्रेरणा तथा अभ्यासका माध्यमबाट पाटनसँग परिचित हुँदै त्यहाँको कुनै स्थान विशेषबारे सिर्जनशील कृति लेख्नेछन् ।
– श्रव्य, दृश्य तथा अन्य माध्यममा सिर्जना गर्न हौसला पाउनेछन् ।
– विभिन्न शैली तथा विधिको प्रयोगमार्फत अन्तर्वार्ता गर्ने कौशललाई निखार्नेछन् ।
– गैर–आख्यानमूलक वैयक्तिक कथाहरुको संकलकको रूपमा आफ्नो भूमिकालाई मनन गर्दै त्यस्ता कथालाई विभिन्न तवरमा कसरि प्रस्तुत गर्न सकिन्छ, त्यो सिक्नेछन् ।
– फराकिलो श्रोतादिर्घा र पाठकहरूकालागि चाखलाग्दो र स्मरणीय हुने कथाहरु सिर्जना गर्ने अभ्यास गर्नेछन् ।
– उच्च कार्यक्षमता भएका डिजिटल अडियो रेकर्डरको प्रयोग गर्न तथा कथा–सम्पादन गर्न सिक्नेछन् ।

कार्यशाला नेपाली र अँग्रेजी दुवै भाषामा संचालन गरिने छ । सहभागी लेखकले नेपाली वा अँग्रेजी कुनै पनि भाषामा लेख्न सक्नेछन् ।

कार्यशालाबाट आएका कथाहरुलाई नेपालको प्रथम अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय फोटोग्राफी महोत्सव फोटो काठमाडौँको प्रबन्धक समुहले उक्त फोटो महोत्सवमा प्रदर्शनीकालागि छनौट गर्ने सम्भावना छ ।

कहिलेः श्रावण ४ देखि ८ सम्म, दिउँसो २ देखि ६ बजे

केः संकलन + अन्तर्वार्ता + लेखन + सिर्जना

कोः तपाईं (अधिकतम १० सहभागी)

कतिः रू १,०००/– (आंशिक छात्रवृतिको सम्भावना)

सहभागिताकोलागी आवेदन आइसक्नु पर्ने मिति: असर ३०, २०७२
आवेदन फर्मः http://goo.gl/forms/1HfQiKnL67

हल्का नास्ता उपलब्ध हुने अवस्था

सम्पूर्ण जिज्ञासा र प्रश्नः kathasatha@gmail.com

कार्यशाला संचालकहरुः

प्रवीण अधिकारी आख्यान र आलेख लेख्छन्, अनुवाद पनि गर्छन्, र चलचित्रका पटकथा पनि लेख्छन् । उनको कथा संग्रह द भ्यानिशिंग एक्ट मार्च २०१४ मा प्रकाशित भएको थियो । उनि ललित साहित्यिक पत्रिकाका सहसम्पादक मध्ये एक हुन् ।

काठमाडौँ र न्यू योर्ककाबीच आफ्नो समय विभाजन गर्ने मुना गुरुङ लेखक तथा शिक्षक हुन् । कोलुम्बिया यूनिवर्सिटीबाट एमएफए गरेकी गुरुङ कोलुम्बिया यूनिवर्सिटीमा टिचिंग फेलो पनि थिईन् । मुना गुरुङले स्थापना गरेको सँस्था कथासथाले सामाजिक र सार्वजनिक लेखन र कथासिर्जना र वाचनलाई प्रोत्साहन दिन्छ ।

शुभेच्छा प्रधान आफूलाई एक स्वप्नद्रष्टा र मनै देखि बरालिन मनपराउने व्यक्ति भनेर चिनाउँछिन् । उनलाई लेख्न, यात्रा गर्न, कथा सुनाउन र अरूलाई दिग्भ्रमित पार्नमा विशेष रूची छ ।

You may know where and how each galli in Kathmandu begins, merges and disappears, but have you stopped to feel the pulse of countless stories it has witnessed? What has the galli seen? What has it heard? What has it felt?

Come join Katha Satha’s exciting public writing project GalliSalli and be a part of this 2-DAY writing workshop this spring!

Writers will be led through a structured, inspiring and meditative set of writing prompts to arrive at a creative site-specific piece of their own that is expressed in the format of their choosing. The workshop is scaffolded to focus on the process and craft of writing.

Writing can be in English and Nepali, although the majority of the instructions will be in English.

WHEN: March 20-21, 2015, 11AM-1PM
WHAT: Writing! Reading! Being!
WHO: You. Caps at 12 writers.
HOW MUCH: Rs. 400 (*Limited number of scholarships are available. Please email kathasatha@gmail.com for inquiries.*)
WHERE: photo.circle, Jhamsikhel

APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 18, 2015.
Apply now by filling out the Workshop Application Form.
Limited number of scholarships are available. Interested writers are asked to also fill out the Scholarship Application Form.

Facilitators:

MUNA GURUNG is a writer and educator based in New York city. She received her MFA from Columbia University, where she was a teaching fellow.

SHITU RAJBHANDARI is trying to write herself home despite the realization that there is no longer such place as home. She stands on a bridge that connects two worlds and is relearning her own culture through analyzing other cultures that she comes across. She is a Fulbright Scholar who received her MFA from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado in 2014.

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photo.circle: Location of workshop


– a place shapes a story, a story shapes a place- 

Galli Salliharuma / गल्ली सल्लीहरुमा

You may know where and how each galli in Kathmandu begins, merges and disappears, but have you stopped to listen to the whispers of countless stories it has witnessed? What has the galli seen? What has it heard? What has it felt?

Come join Katha Satha in a primer workshop for an exciting public writing project, Galli Salliharuma. Writers and storytellers will remember, record and archive non-fiction narratives through memory as lived out in specific spaces around the city of Kathmandu. The project aims to collect personal stories and build a walking-breathing interactive virtual map and pulse of a space as marked and narrated by its inhabitants and visitors. Galli Salliharuma is an exercise at encountering and engaging with ideas of place, memory and belonging through personal narratives.

Galli Salliharuma / गल्ली सल्लीहरुमा: A Primer Workshop

Katha Satha is looking for 10 daring writers and storytellers for Galli Salliharuma’s primer workshop, an intensive single-session exercise built to gather initial stories to pilot the project.

When: Saturday, Aug 9, 2-4PM
Wherephoto.circle, Arun Thapa Chowk, Jhamsikhel, Lalitpur
How much: FREE!

How to Participate:
Serious participants are asked to send an Email to kathasatha@gmail.com with the following:

1) Full Name/ Email address/ Reachable Phone #

2) In order of preference, a list of three neighbourhoods/gallis/buildings/ shops i.e. spaces in Kathmandu where your story took place.

3) Two specific physical details about each space (we recommend you visit these spaces beforehand). For e.g. “rusty shutters that never closed all the way,” or “two bricks stuck out from the wall, creating a perfect footrest.”

4) Optional but recommended: Take a picture and/or make audio recordings of the spaces you want to explore. Send these images and/or recordings to kathasatha@gmail.com

Location of workshop: 

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*Katha Satha would like to thank photo.circle for generously lending their space to support storytelling endeavors.*

all of this was nothing until those young boys giggled themselves into sliding under tables, like little jellybeings

THE STORY:
Four fourteen-year-old boys gathered at a writing center in a NYC high school to hang out. Sometimes we read. Sometimes we wrote. Sometimes we watched YouTube videos. But most of the time we ate donuts.

Until we got to the subject of love.

They slowly began to tell me tales of their crushes: oh the agony, the pain, the unspoken jitters, things surely only they felt. We then did what any free-thinking group of people would do. We opened up a Googledoc and wrote feverish letters to our crushes. Over the span of a month, inspired by Hemingway’s six-word novel, these letters became small notes of affection rendered in a line or two that strove to tell a story of love and longing. We composed about one hundred notes. Once they were revised and reworked, they were stuck around the school as stories, as artifacts of longing, as little sticky notes hastily yet carefully composed. From love and longing, these notes travelled to both dark and warm places. When we opened up the project to our larger community, they scribbled their own notes on little Post-Its, adding to these stories.

That week, new poets emerged from dark corners. That week, we grew as a community into love.

THE WRITING WORKSHOP:
Come join Katha Satha and Word Warriors to write your own love notes and share your tale of love and longing in a three-day writing workshop, WITH LOVE FROM BLANK TO YOU. Notes from the workshop will be shared through an intimate reading and also displayed as art to catalyze a public writing exercise.

WHEN: August 12, 14 and 16; 2PM-4PM
WHERE: photo.circle, Arun Thapa Chowk, Jhamsikhel

HOW MUCH: RS. 150
APPLICATION FORM: http://goo.gl/VTyCPW
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: August 11, 2013
Send your application and questions to kathasatha@gmail.com

(***All applicants must be able to commit to all workshop dates and time***)

THE CELEBRATION:
On Saturday, August 17, workshop writers will share their love notes in an intimate reading at Cuppas, Putalisadak, where audience members will be invited to a pubic writing exercise of composing their own notes, and slam poets + musicians + any willing soul will be invited for open mic.

***All love notes from the workshop and culminating celebration will be displayed at Cuppas, Putalisadak.***


KATHA SATHA has been an effort at running sporadic writing workshops that foster a public writing and storytelling culture in Kathmandu. Katha Satha is remotely run by Muna Gurung, a writer and educator based in New York City. She is the coordinator of the Writing Center at Grace Church School, where she spends her time bribing young people with sugary treats to build a love and culture of writing.

WORD WARRIORS is a Kathmandu based spoken word group. Formed in 2010, WW believes in freedom of expression, helping people find their voice and tell their stories.

Katha Satha and Word Warriors would like to thank photo.circle for the space and support.

Map of location of Writing Workshops

Photo credit: Shikhar Bhattarai & Ashish Bajracharya