The Magic of Harry Potter: A Literature and Writing Workshop
Your Hogwarts letter has arrived.
A series of ten workshops in which we study a curated list of different themes and nuances in Harry Potter, followed by creative writing workshops- delivered by literary rockstars.
You’ve heard them at literary festivals, you’ve read their articles, and you’ve seen how their books become bestsellers- but did you ever imagine you could study Harry Potter from them? Did you think you could learn how to write from them?
Read on to understand our workshops.
What | A month long book and literature workshop, where twice a week we will discuss the nuances and themes, right from the universal themes like death, love and morality in the books, to various pointed discussions about specific characters. We will follow it up with a creative writing workshop with esteemed authors. The event is targeted at budding writers, literature junkies and Harry Potter fans, who want to improve their writing skills. On the last day, there will be a Yule Ball-styled after-party.
Where | Antisocial, Hauz Khas Village
When | 6th July-6th August, Wednesdays and Saturdays, 6-8 pm
Total Sessions | 10
Duration | 2 hours each
Total Course Hours | 20 hours
Workshop Curators and Facilitators | Srishti Chaudhary and Shreya Kalra
Workshop fee | Rs. 3500
Teaching Mode | Handouts of critical material, a writing activity/assignment in every class, Group activities and debates in class (sorting people into houses in first class), Power Point Presentations, Video Clips
- Gurcharan Das- Author of the international bestsellers India Unbound and The Difficulty of Being Good, intellectual, public commentator,former CEO of Proctor & Gamble India, and a Harvard University graduate. He is a regular columnist for six Indian national dailies, and periodically writes for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and
- Meenakshi Reddy Madhavan- Author of You Are Here, The Life and Times of Layla the Ordinary and Confessions of a Listmaniac, and writer of the ultra-cool blog http://www.compulsiveconfessions.com, Meeankshi’s books have been published by Penguin and Scholastic and she shuttles between Delhi and Mumbai.
- Sanjoy Roy- Managing Director of Teamwork Arts, Sanjoy Roy is the man responsible for the Jaipur Literature Festival, one of the biggest literary feasts in the world. His company, under his guidance and mentorship, also organize other festivals related to the arts, across India and abroad.
- Mihir S. Sharma- Opinion editor of the Business Standard, Mihir Sharma is an economist and political scientist and the author of Restart: The Last Chance for the Indian Economy.
- Parul Tyagi- Author of Hurry Om Hari and Love Will Find A Way, and an active blogger and short story writer.
Goody Bag | Each participant will receive a goody bag at the end of the workshop, which will include a custom-made wand.
Each session will have a creative writing skills discussion and assignment relating to
the relevant theme.
July 6, Wednesday
The Sorting Hat Ceremony
The Boy Who Lived: The Universal Appeal of Harry Potter- Magic, Reason and Reality
Writing workshop: Introducing universal themes, and Creating the Setting
July 9, Saturday
Friendship in Harry Potter: “Then you should have died for your friends, as we would have for you!” The Trio and the Marauders- Life and Beyond
Writing Workshop: Friends as plot devices who take the story forward
July 13, Wednesday | Sanjoy Roy
On the Power of Literature and it’s Future Scope in India
Does Reading Harry Potter Make Us Better People?: Ethics and Morality in Harry Potter
Writing Workshop: The “Message” of a Story: Should we begin a story like that?
July 16, Saturday | Parul Tyagi
Love, A Magic Like No Other: Dissecting Love in Harry Potter
Writing Workshop: Love as a central theme to most art
July 20, Wednesday
Albus Dumbledore: The Figure of the Mentor
Writing Workshop: The Figure of the Mentor as a Leading Force of a Story
July 23, Saturday | Meenakashi Reddy Madhavan
A Certain Kind of Feminism: The Contribution and Character of Hermione Granger
Writing Workshop: Creating strong female characters
July 27, Wednesday
The Harry Potter Brand: A Cinematic Journey
Writing Workshop: The movie versus book debate- The Issue of the Adaptation
July 30, Saturday | Gurcharan Das
Learn How to Write from Gurcharan Das
Fan Fiction, Pottermore, and Do We Want an Eighth Harry Potter?
August 3, Wednesday
“Death is nothing but the next great adventure”: Death in Harry Potter
Writing Workshop: Death in Literature, and People’s Response to it
August 6, Saturday
Is It Time to Criticize Harry Potter? Problems Critics Have
The Weighing of the Wands
Hogwarts Diploma Distribution
The Yule Ball
Srishti Chaudhary: +919818889031, email@example.com
Shreya Kalra: +91 9910652523, firstname.lastname@example.org