The Kolkata Writers’ Retreat

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April 19-25, 2020
Hosts: Ananya Sarkar; Jordan Hartt
Availability: Full
Accommodations: Private rooms at the Oberai Grand Hotel
Registration: Limit
How It Works | Daily Schedule | Our Home in Kolkata | F.A.Q. | Registration

Kahini workshops put master teachers and editors together with ardent students in a full-immersion week of writing

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.

The goal of this week is to complete one new written work, of one thousand words or fewer, and put it through a full, hour-long workshop. You’ll leave with a new, workshopped piece, with new community, and with inspiration from a week of writing to last a long time.

Since our inception in 2014, Kahini participants have published over three thousand individual times in literary magazines; released over two hundred books; been featured in the Best American Essays, Best American Poetry, Best American Short Stories, and Best American Science & Nature Writing anthologies; won New Zealand’s Best First Book Award, been short-listed for the Caine Prize for African Writing; and received university professorships in creative writing.

How It Works

1. Register below and we’ll be in touch to confirm within twenty-four hours.
2.  Once we’re exactly three months out from our start date, you’ll begin to receive logistics and arrival emails.
3. You arrive at the Oberai Grand hotel.

Daily Schedule

All events take place at the Oberai Grand hotel 

Live and write only minutes from the largest library in India

4 pm-onward: Arrivals, getting settled.
10 am-1 pm: morning workshop
10 am- 1 pm: morning workshop
Free day
10 am-1 pm: workshop sessions
10 am-1 pm: workshop sesisons
Departure by 11 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’ll have various 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 shops and restaurants nearby.

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


Please contact


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 “Leap” and “Drifting.” His lifework is creating experiences where people find the craft immersion 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, he facilitates the Kaua’i Writing Studio; hosts annual writing retreats in Po’ipū, Kaua’i; Kolkata, India; and Kampala, Uganda; and gives as a philanthropist to artists and visionaries around the world.