The Kolkata Writing Residency

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April 26-May 2, 2020
Hosts: Ananya Sarkar; Jordan Hartt
Registration: Five spaces reserved for writers from West Bengal; five spaces reserved for writers from outside this region.
Cost: 1,000 for writers from West Bengal; $1,200 usd for writers from outside this region. Housing and airport transfers included for all. Note: this is an application-based event.
Apply: contact to begin the application process
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 Writing Residency is a gentle blend of personal writing time and the option to visit and write with other residents, set amidst the energy and tranquility of the Oberai Grand hotel.

As part of this residency we look at short samples of work by such writers as James Baldwin, Ashapoorna Devi, Mahasweta Devi, Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, Goretti Kyomuhendo, Katherine Mansfield, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Rabindranath Tagore, and Virginia Woolf. Handouts are provided.

How It Works

1. Register your interest by contacting, and we’ll be in touch within twenty-four hours to begin the application process.
2.  Once we’re three months out from your residency start date, you’ll start to receive arrivals and logistics emails, one each month for a total of three, as you prepare for arrival.
3. You arrive for your residency start date!

During the week, you have the option to join morning and evening writing times and gatherings where we get together to talk about writing and enjoy great conversation. But your residency time is your own: for reading, for writing, for being.

Daily Schedule

Your attendance at each event is optional. This residency is for you. All events take place at the Oberai Grand hotel 

4 pm-onward: Arrivals, getting settled into your residence.
10:30 am to noon: morning mixer and freewrite
8 pm-9 pm: evening gathering
10:30 am to noon: morning freewrite
8 pm-9 pm: evening gathering
Free day/writing day
10:30 am to noon: morning freewrite
8 pm-9 pm: evening gathering
10:30 am to noon: morning freewrite
7 pm-onward: farewell gathering 
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, optional guided freewrites 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.


Register your interest by contacting and we will be in contact with you within twenty-four hours.


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 Studies in Fiction; host the Olympia Writing Center and annual writing residencies 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.