The UEA’s writing workshop with Amit Chaudhuri: “The Five Stages of Grief”

19 March 2016
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MARCELA MCGREAL / CC BY 2.0
This image has been used for representational purposes only.
MARCELA MCGREAL / CC BY 2.0

The University of East Anglia’s (UEA) eight-day writing workshop in India was first held in March 2013, and, since then, has occurred twice a year. There have been workshops in both fiction and non-fiction, and in writing that occupies the boundary between the two. My co-tutors so far have been the novelist Romesh Gunesekera, historian and writer Patrick French, novelist Kirsty Gunn, poet and novelist Jeet Thayil, journalist Ian Jack, and novelist Adam Foulds.

The intent of the workshop was to bring excellent young writers in contact with each other and with well-known and established practitioners so that it could hopefully lead to an opening up of opportunities. This has begun to happen: some of the writers in the first workshops have now signed up with major Indian publishers.

My co-tutors and I have read a lot of outstanding work in the course of the last three years, and this partnership with The Caravan is meant to offer to a wider readership a small fraction of the best output from the workshop.

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    Aneesha Bangera Aneesha Bangera grew up in Chennai and lives in Bengaluru. She was in the 2015 workshop with Adam Foulds.

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