Sunday, July 14, 2024

The Himalayan Writers Retreat

The 2024 conference of New York Writers Workshop in Nepal, known as the Himalayan Writers Retreat will take place from May 22 to June 2. The conference will include notable writers. The names include American poet and editor Tony Barnstone, Asian-American poet and memoirist Ravi Shankar, Himalayan poet Yuyutsu Sharma, and writer and lecturer Tim Tomlinson from NYU.

The Activities

Renowned writers including Forrest Gander, Kim Addonizio, and Julia Prendergast are among the teaching faculty members of the well-known writing program New York Writers Workshop. The workshop has conducted conferences in the New York City region, Sardinia, Italy, and Athens, Greece. An international Himalayan Literary Festival, organized by White Lotus Book Shop in Kathmandu, will mark the workshop’s conclusion.

With a concentration on Nepali and South Asian writing, the Himalayan festival will bring together authors from all around the world. This is including those taking part in the NYWW workshop. The festival will honor the renowned poet Gopal Prasad Rimal of Nepal. In honor of the great poet, an English translation of a volume of Rimal’s poetry will be published.

The curator of the Himalayan festival and the Nepal Chapter of the Conference is Yuyutsu Sharma. He believes that the 2024 New York Writers Workshop will benefit the literary community globally. The first of its type in South Asia, it will usher in new facets to the discourse around multicultural literature. It would also unleash a creative surge that will fortify the ties that bind creative writers from distant lands.

Statements by Writers

Professor Tim Tomlinson mentioned that the Nepal chapter of the workshop would be a very rich and rewarding experience for its participants. Tony Barnstone, the Professor of English, Environmental Studies, and Global and Cultural Studies at Whittier College, expressed his excitement about returning to Nepal and participating in the international event, referring to it as “a dream come true.”

Logo of The New York Writers Workshop
Logo of The New York Writers Workshop

To Be Featured

Pratik Magazine’s Special NYWW Kathmandu Issue will include the workshop’s output. It will include panels, workshops, readings, and cultural outings.

The Locations

The workshop sessions will be held in Pokhara, and in Kathmandu. The workshop has planned two additional featured sessions at the revered Pashupati Shrine. It lies on the banks of the Bagmati River, and the ancient Changunarayan Temple. In the presence of Himalayan shamans, a rare and unique session centered on examining creative writing through the prism of initiation and trance will take place.

Bottom Line

The Himalayan Writers Retreat will, without a doubt provide a supportive environment for constructive feedback. It will encourage collaboration, hone writing skills through peer review, and foster a sense of community among writers. This dynamic setting will promote creativity, and help writers refine their craft through diverse perspectives.

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