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?

Photo by: Shashank Shrestha

Photo by: Shashank Shrestha

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

Every Dashain, Kathmandu empties out. The skies open up to a brief blue as it breathes–no longer choked by dust and smoke. You can hear each metallic shutter of every shop grate down to loud bang at a padlock: closed for the holidays. When you walk down a street, you realise that you can actually be heard moving about this city. Your steps hold a rhythm against the squeals of boys and girls flying kites, killing kites, finding kites, learning the ropes. Suddenly, it feels natural to smile to strangers and they smile back at you.

Or so they say.

Although I visit home every year, I haven’t been back for Dashain for 11 years. This will be my 12th. I have forgotten what the air feels like, what the city sounds like– all I can do is work from memory, which now plays itself in a cliched-repetitive manner. I borrow words from others. I ask my mother to hold the receiver outside our window. None of it works.

But last weekend, I had the pleasure of sitting down in front of my computer in my small New York apartment and collecting stories from friends who are expert storytellers and writers. I had the pleasure of reading their words, moulding them, sitting in them, sleeping in them, eating in them.

That weekend, I didn’t get out of my pajamas.

That weekend, I travelled back home to Kathmandu for 48 hours.

I started from Kupondole, went to Jawalakhel, then straight across to Chakrapath, then I took a mini-pilgrimage to Pashupati, cycled to Baneshwar, then to Thamel, hopped on a rickshaw to Basantapur and ended up back in Ason. The marrow of this town.

GalliSallih would not have come to life had it not been for the writers and storytellers who believed in it enough to share parts of them. Make their most forgotten, hidden or sacred memories so public.

Here’s to the writers. Here’s to the stories. Here’s to Kathmandu.
Nepali Times: Dashain Special

Thank you for your contribution. Keep them coming via email (kathasatha@gmail.com) or via Galli Salliharuma. Scroll down for Submission Guidelines.

Yours.

We are lucky to say that on August 23, 2014, The Kathmandu Post published a group of 12 stories from our Primer workshop.

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Take a closer look at the text.

Share YOUR stories with us from Kathmandu’s GalliSalli.
Send submissions to: kathasatha@gmail.com.

Submission Guidelines: 
1) GalliSalli is currently focusing on Kathmandu, so your personal story has to take place in Kathmandu.
2) Your story CANNOT be fiction. It CAN, however, be “fictionalised,” i.e. it can be told creatively for the purpose of luring your readers, but it has to be grounded on something that happened.
3) Your story can be your own experience or the experiences of others. It can be an observation. Something you heard. Something you saw. Etc.
4) Your story can be in flexible forms: prose, poetry, epistolary, dialogues, a scene (We will slowly move to audio and video when we have the capacity).
5) Your story should be UNDER 350 words.
6) You should include your full name/ writerly-storytellerly name and the area of Kathmandu you are writing about. It can be a street, building, river, cafe etc. etc.
7) LET’S GO!

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– 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

8C of Shuvatara School was asked to avoid cliches. No more “hungry as a hippo” or “greedy as a pig” or “it’s raining cats and dogs.” They were asked to sit in their classroom, a space they are familiar with on a daily basis, and focus on one aspect of the room, an object, the colours, whatever they wished to choose. Then their task was to describe it in one sentence without mentioning the word.

Just for kicks, let’s see if you can match these classroom “things” to the descriptions that students came up with: a hole in the wall; a drawing of a heart; a drawing of a smiley/sad face; chart paper; the ceiling fan; a blue internet cable; the classroom speaker; the window grills; the lines on the floor tiles; the ceiling lights; the blackboard and the school calendar.

 

The grumpy face that never smiles. — Luzala Tamrakar

It’s a bird’s eye view of a highway from a very tall building. — Shrey Shrestha

A big yellow body with a hole. — Rishab Shrestha

A blue snake in the dessert. — Abhishek Kotan

The circular object that moves like a wheel of a large truck. — Rabishu Shrestha

I can see a net stuck in a black box from where strange sounds come. — Sujana Singh

The dull classroom looked bright with the colourful glitter. — Sojiyana Shrestha

There is an iPad like thing. — Annie

Fast as the blades of a chopper. — Saurav Tuladhar

It is a white spiderweb on a black box full of insects. — Pratistha Sthapit

A straight line of a maze with no end. — Anonymous

It goes round and round in a circular track race, it doesn’t get tired. — Dikchhya Tamrakar

The black board full of chalked-words looks like a night sky with stars. — Roji K.C.

An army of ants eat a yummy strawberry. — Nirdishta Amatya

It blinks like the lights of in a disco. — Ayusha Pradhan

The rectangle-shaped like a geometry box, bordered with white wood and filled with black ink. — Anonymous

The black snake going into a hole. — Nishant

Footprints on a silky desert. — Anushriya Pathok

It is a blue snake sliding into a hole. — Rabin Poudel

The black ants are stuck while walking. — Sushil Bista

An upside down helicopter. — Nirakar Sharma

It is a strawberry in a light blue small basket. — Shreejal Shrestha

A crowd of people waiting for the bus. — Niraaj

A lane of volacanic lava with snow on it. — Ketan Bhimsarin

There is a strawberry inside of me. — Projan Shrestha

A refrigerator of information. — Anonymous

He will always be happy. — Pooja Aryal

Termite colony readying its troops to attack the ant colony, recorded by the sneaky blue snake-like wire. — Saugat Man Shrestha

Like an overfed snake. — Ripul Kaji Kasaju

The wire spills out of the multiplug like a stream — Kushal Shakya

A black sea of alphabet. — Rubina Shrestha

photo.circle officially opened up Nepal Picture Library to the public and hosted a reading of the photo-stories that were born out of Katha Satha, photo.circle and Bookworm’s “Picture This” workshop. People gathered at The Bakery Cafe’s auditorium in Sundhara on a rainy Saturday evening (June 25, 2011) to listen to intimate stories told for the first time, through pictures publicly presented for the first time.

First time writers read alongside with published writers and editors. Writers sat down with their grandparents, parents, siblings, uncles and aunts, and asked them questions about the places, clothes and times captured in their photos often hidden in cupboards or behind faded album covers. Each participant wrote a story that the picture demanded, interspersed with memories and a little bit of history.

Thank you dear “Picture This” writers, you are such an inspiring group! Because of you and others like you, we can picture a collective Nepali memory, just like this one you have created.

Writers/Readers were: Saurav Kiran Shrestha, Shitu Rajbhandari, Shrijana Shrestha, Alok Adhikari, Ashok Adhikari, Shilu Manandhar, Sweta Baniya, Palistha Kakshapati and Aparna Singh (Abhishek Shiwakoti wrote stories, but could not read on the day of the event).

Stories along with their photos will be uploaded soon.

If you have old photos in your house somewhere and you want to write the stories that they hold, write to archives@photocircle.com.np.

Nepal Picture Library Project was taken to a classroom in Kathmandu last week. KathaSatha worked with class 8C of Shuvatara School for six English lessons helping them bring photos from their family albums and exercising their right to tell stories.

There were 31 students in the class, so one-on-one collaborations were more than slightly impossible. Students worked with each other in groups of five or six with the help of their class teacher and some other 8th grade teachers who were interested in using this photo-writing exercise as part of a creative writing classes. A quick re-cap of the three days.

Day One:
Students were asked to describe images they had never encountered before and write possible stories in groups to examine which stories would be the most memorable. Through this in-class group work and looking back at the stories of their friends that were they came up with a list of elements that a “good story should have. Here’s the list:

What’s in a GOOD story?
– Good writing
Interesting: Important topic: Important message
– Mystery: so that the reader is interested to know what will happen next
– A good kind of rising action: heat up: climax, something happens. Maybe a problem.
– Comedy: re-enacting the situation
– Something brand new; something interesting that you have not heard before; SURPRISE your readers
– Something that is believable and you can relate to
– Characters, should be memorable and interesting; should have a good motive; they should want to do something
– Setting: description should be new, where is this? It should be clear
– PLOT: sequence of events that takes place

 

We highlighted how many times they used the word “interesting.” They laughed but said if the story didn’t interest them, then they wouldn’t want to read it. Fair enough. They were then asked to go back home and write descriptions and stories about their own photos, just like we had done in class with other images.

To help them with writing the stories, especially if they were stuck, they could refer to a list of questions:

1) Who took the photograph?
2) When was it taken? Where?
3) Why was it taken?
4) Why did you choose to write about this particular photograph? What about it is appealing or interesting?
5) If you are staying in the school hostel and only have access to this one photo, ask yourself why you brought it with you? And when you look at it, what do you think about?
6) Think about “What Makes a Good Story” that we talked about in class. Don’t forget to look at the surroundings in the photograph: Where is it? What do you see? What are the people wearing? What does that say about that time?
7) What was going on in that year? Can you remember?
8) Think about the photos we wrote stories about. How can you make your reader interested and how can you tell the story in a way that the reader can remember?

Day Two:

We started the class with telling a story. They created a character: Joy the elephant who lives in a circus. When asked to come up with the first line of the story, one student said: “It was Joy’s first performance that night.” Excellent! We went around the entire class of 31 students and turned out that Joy went to America and became a movie star. Ok.

We back tracked and talked about the missing gaps in the story, re-visited the list we came up with the first day. The “sequence of events” that they had claimed was important for a good story was missing in terms of how we moved from one frame to the next. Also, students kept forgetting that Joy was an elephant with a debut performance.

How can we get to know our characters better? They might know the people in the pictures they picked, such as the father with a hot temper, or the shy mother, or the superstitious aunt, or that crazy uncle, but how can they tell a story without TELLING us what these people are like but KNOWING what they are like and showing it through their stories?

We built a character from scratch. I brought a picture of a girl and we went on to build her up as a class by filling out the following list. Then we broke up into groups again and wrote a story about the photo of the character, having known her so well.

Building a Character from Scratch
Name:
Age:
Occupation:
Fantasies:
Style:
Demeanour:
Most used facial expression or gesture:
Hobbies:
Relationships:
Personality Flaws:
Desire:
Needs:
Secrets:

They then shared some of the photo-stories they had written. And since we ran out of time, they were asked to work on the characters in their photos as homework.

Day Three:

Last day already. Sigh! Students exchanged stories with their friends and wrote them a letter by answering the following questions:

1) Is the photo described well? Why do you say so? Which line is memorable?
2) Can the writing exist without the photo?
3) Can you relate to the characters? Are they believable? How?
4) Is there a story there? What is the story about?
6) When was the photograph taken? Who took it?
7) Can you now remember the photo because of the story? Why or why not?
8) As a reader, are you interested in the story? Do you want to continue reading? Why or why not? What can your friend do better?

Then we did a quick exercise on descriptions. They were asked come up with a list of cliches and then they were asked to avoid using them. “How can we describe things in a refreshing, memorable way? So that our stories are remembered by our readers?”

Read the next post to see what 8C did and what kinds of descriptions they came up with!