The Kolkata Writers’ Retreat

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April 26-May 2, 2020
Hosts: Ananya Sarkar; Jordan Hartt
Retreat: This retreat is limited to six writers.
Registration: $1,600 usd, at bottom of page. Includes tuition, lodging, and airport transfers. Scholarships available: please contact

How It Works | Daily Schedule | Our Home in Kolkata | F.A.Q. | Registration | Host

Live and write among the gardens, libraries, and inspiration of Kolkata. Open to writers across all genres, the Kolkata Writers’ Retreat is a gentle blend of community writing time, personal writing time, and private discussion of your work with the facilitators, set amidst the energy and tranquility of the Oberai Grand hotel.

As part of this retreat we look at short samples of work by such writers as Alice Munro, James Baldwin, Ernest Hemingway, Sandra Cisneros, Toni Morrison, Mahasweta Devi, Rabindranath Tagore, Salman Rushdie, Jhumpa Lahiri, Goretti Kyomuhendo, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Doreen Baingana, Isabel Allende, Gabriel García Márquez, James Welch, Katherine Mansfield, James Joyce, William Trevor, and Virginia Woolf, among others.

How It Works

1. Register below and we’ll be in touch to confirm within twenty-four hours. Scholarship applicants: please contact to begin the scholarship-application process.
2.  Once we’re three months out from our start date, you’ll begin to receive arrivals and logistics emails, one each month for a total of three, as you prepare for arrival.
3. You arrive at the airport for pickup!

Daily Schedule

All events take place at the Oberai Grand hotel 

4 pm-onward: Arrivals, getting settled into your residence.
10:00 am to 1 pm: morning workshop
10:30 am to noon: morning workshop
Free day/writing day
10:30 am to noon: morning workshop
10:30 am to noon: morning workshop
7 pm-onward: farewell gathering 
Departure by 10 am.

Our Home In Kolkata

Kolkata is known as the cultural center of India. The beauty, energy, and inspiration of the city, along with the time and space to write, and create, leads to much new rich new artistic work.

Each morning, workshop sessions help us loosen our writing muscles and get words on the page.

In one of the most beautiful and inspiring locations on earth, spend your afternoons writing or enjoying the best of what Kolkata has to offer, discovering the history, culture, and natural beauty of the area; or reading and writing at good restaurants and cafes.

During the week we have evening gatherings for you to attend as you see fit, spending some quality literary time with the other residents.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are meals included?
Because each resident has their own unique dietary needs, we do not provide food. There is a restaurant onsite, and a number of stores and restaurants nearby.

Where do the central gatherings happen?
Our morning freewrites and evening gatherings happen at the Oberai Grand hotel.




asAnanya Sarkar is a short-story writer, book reviewer, and poet from Kolkata. Her work has been published in such magazines as The Times of India, Woman’s Era, New Woman, 4indianwoman, Children’s World, KidsWorldFun, Muse India, Induswomanwriting, Conversations Across Borders, Indian Ruminations, Earthen Lamp Journal, Spark and The Madras Mag. Ananya won the first prize in both the Story Writing Contest by the American Library, Kolkata, as part of the Fiction Festival 2008 and the Induswomanwriting Poetry Contest, 2012. She was also a prize winner in the LoudReview Review Writing Competition, 2012 and Writers’ HQ Story Competition, 2016. Reading books, watching sitcoms and going for long walks are her favourite hobbies.

Jordan Hartt jordan copyis the author of the story collections “Leap” and “Drifting,” both on Tebot Bach Press.

My lifework is in creating experiences where people find the craft instruction to reach for their best writing, find the community to connect meaningfully across backgrounds, and find the lifelong inspiration of the writing life.

To do this, I facilitate The Art of Fiction; host annual writing retreats in Po’ipū, Kaua’i; Kolkata, India; and Kampala, Uganda; and give as a philanthropist to artists and visionaries around the world. I’m currently working on a new book.