December 4th – 17th 2017

Adishakti Theatre, Pondicherry, India


The Dum Pukht Fiction Workshop is a two-week, in-residence workshop for writers looking to refine and rethink their approach to fiction. It is intended for writers with some experience. You will interact with four instructors, all experts in different aspects of fiction. You will also read, critique and learn from twelve other fellow writers. “Dum Pukht” is a Persian/Mughal cooking technique in which meat and vegetables are transformed by cooking them in a closed container over a slow fire, so as to preserve natural flavors. Sort of what will happen to the participants, so to speak. The workshop is a lot of work. It is intense. It is unsettling. And if everything works out, it will be transformative. If this sounds like a table you’d like to be at, come join us.

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Add to My Calendar 2016-05-04 12:00:00 2016-05-04 18:00:00 Asia/Kolkata Dum Pukht Fiction Workshop The Dum Pukht Fiction Workshop is a two-week, in-residence workshop for fiction writers looking to take their skills to the next level. Adishakti Theatre, Edayanchavady Road, Auroville Post, Puducherry, India 605101 Dum Pukht Workshop contact@dumpukht.org


Anannya Dasgupta is a poet, photographer and recently turned fictionist. She lives in Greater Noida, a suburb of Delhi that still gets covered in kaash flowers every autumn. She is a faculty member in the department of English at Shiv Nadar University where she teaches literatures of the British Renaissance and writing. Her first book of poems Between Sure Places came out in 2015.
Dyuti Mishra is a journalist and features writer from Mumbai. Her articles have been published in Femina, Vogue, Conde Nast Traveller, L'Officiel and other magazines/websites. She also writes an online advice column called Ask A Millennial and splits her time between reading, chasing deadlines and trying to have meaningful conversations with her cat. After putting it off for seven years, she now writes short stories and is working on her first novel.
Sidharth Singh was born in London in 1995. He is a musician and a student of literature. He currently resides in Noida where he teaches at Musicology Private Ltd. As a writer he has won awards in several colleges in Delhi University and is now looking to publish his stories.
Lavina Galani is an anchor and a spoken word poet. She was awarded the runners up position at the Pune Poetry slam with the theme – Perspectives on life. She was featured on the 94.3 Radio One Poetry Slam (Pune). Her work has been published in an anthology of short stories, poems and book reviews called Inked. More of her work will be seen in the soon-to-be out anthology of poems On Flight – Ode to journey (DELSLAM). She is a regular in the Pune poetry scene and writes about travel, human experiences, and inanimate objects. She reads often and writes occasionally, which she is now trying to turn around.
Charumathi Supraja was born in Bangalore in 1975. She has worked as a freelance journalist, teacher and communications consultant. After a sudden encounter with Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed, she dived into actor training, theatre-making, music and martial arts. She’s recently taken to tree-velling (travelling to meet trees and revel in them) and is creating a theatrical piece about it. She wrote the script for A Mahatma called Gandhi (Media Fusion India Pvt. Ltd, 2007). Her work has been published in India Smiles (Penguin, 2006); 50 Writers 50 Books (Collins, 2013) and I dine sko/In Your Shoes (Norwegian, English and Hindi; Bokvennan Forlag, 2014). She’s currently also writing the fourth draft of a play.
Sayantan was born in Calcutta, India and currently lives and writes in New Delhi where he works as an editor. He has a degree in economics but probably doesn't know where he has kept it. His work has been published in Electric Literature (forthcoming), Litro Magazine, The Aerogram, The Missing Slate, Northeast Review, Reading Hour, The Bangalore Review, Youth Ki Awaaz and DailyO among others and one of his short stories was longlisted for the DNA-Out of Print short fiction prize 2014. He was also a part of the 5th UEA-India Creative Writing Workshop (2015) led by Amit Chaudhuri, award-winning author and UEA Professor of Contemporary Literature, and Ian Jack, memoirist, Guardian columnist, and former editor of Granta. He has written a nonfiction book of quirky essays on modern love called Who Needs Cupid? for Juggernaut Books.
DEBOSMITA NANDY is presently taking a break from writing short fiction to complete her first novel. One of her short stories, The Unseen Boundaries of Love featured in the top three in a nation-wide contest judged by Anuja Chauhan and was published by Rupa Publications in "An Atlas of Love". Another story of her's, She Chose to Live, was selected to be published by Readomania in "Defiant Dreams". She has also written a short story for "Chicken Soup for the Indian Soul on Friendship". She has also tried her hand in poetry; two of her pieces have been published in The Statesman. She blogs at debosmita.wordpress.com and has won a few blogging contests too. Being a Calcuttan, Debosmita literally lives only to eat, read and travel and funds them by working as an in-house lawyer at ITC Limited at Gurgaon.
PRITHVI YADAMA has a Diploma in Creative writing from SACAC, New Delhi. He has previously taught and compiled a course on writing at the centre ‘Inspire’, Hyderabad. He currently lives in Delhi to pursue fiction and non fiction seriously. He counts his work documenting the Kochi Muziri’s biennale as his most enriching experience. He has been published in media and legal magazines and his short story ‘Sarpanch of Hamilton’ has been published in an Anthology. Prithvi loves discussing writing and considers himself a life long student of the craft. Magical realism and ‘emotive’ science fiction are his favourite genres.
INDHU SUBRAMANIAM blogs and writes about micro histories and minutiae that layer the larger canvas of human life.   She loves poetry but prose is the form she can find voice and cadence in.  Her current writing interests include contemporary history, social interactions and emotional landscapes with specific focus on women’s lives.  She explores these themes through fiction, creative non-fiction and memoir.   She has a Masters in communication and was running women’s rights NGO till she took a break from regular employment to explore different ways of living life and to give in to her ever present desire to capture through her writing the ways in which society and life is transforming.    She lives in Bangalore and has done so forever.
AEKTA KHUBCHANDANI is the author of the story Together that has been published in Mosaic: An Anthology of Short Stories, an initiative by the Umang festival, published by Shakespeare.com in 2015. She has written short fiction and life articles for over a year at www.nakedtruth.in. She shares her poetry at www.bonesandcrumbs.wordpress.com. She also performs her poetry at various events. Being an illustrator she often plays with words and her doodles that you can view on instagram @doodletard. She also quotes words for inspiration and understanding of human life @aekta93 on instagram. Currently, she's working as a Copy Writer for Macaroni Media. Words feed her soul and she hopes that her words feed others the same way.
POOJA AGARWAL is a Doctoral candidate at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, pursuing her research in English Literature. A ‘felt’ and engaged interest in reading and writing walked her back to Literature after a ten-year stint in interior designing. Today she designs a world of conscientiously sewn words and ideas, knitting together the aesthetic quality of words with their semantic possibilities to weave short stories and poems. Her stories have been published in journals of repute namely, Sahitya Akademi’s Indian Literature, and Indiaree. Two sets of poems comprising six verse-pieces each have been published online at Muse India. Her narratives, poetry and prose alike, find motivation to see and voice the complexity of human relationships, grappling with the power dynamics of a gendered discourse.
HARVINDER KAUR wrote her first ‘poem’ at the age of nine, when her teacher asked her to write a limerick. Since then it’s been a long journey in life, poetry, and creative expression. She has lived happily through decades of writing poetry, articles and stories published in poetry anthologies (Laughing Buddha, poetry anthology on Indian Cities – to be released), national level magazines (Life Positive, New Woman) and newspapers (Hindustan Times, Deccan Herald, Pioneer, DNA) besides oral poetry readings (English and Hindi). She conducts workshops on creativity, self-exploration, and creative teaching and is involved in setting up innovative schools and teacher training programs. She’s crazy about tea, trees, poetry and the moon! More @ harvinderkaur.com
SAMEEN BORKAR is an anti-applesauce blogger, but not an alliteration activist. She writes short and long-form fiction about the fabric of the human condition. She also writes blank verse and creative non-fiction because she believes the truth is as much in poetry as in fact. Sameen has recently completed a MOOC on 'How Writer's Write Fiction' conducted by the University of Iowa. If she believed in rebirth, she is certain to have been an Imagist poet in her past life. Sameen has been published on Scroll.in, reads global books, and lives in the Maximum City without any cats. Tweet to her @amarllyis and be sure to get the spelling right.



  • To get you to think about stories. Writers tend to be good readers, but because they immerse easily, the text often becomes invisible.  The aim is to break this spell. Less dramatically, the workshop will spend a lot of time on the craft aspects of fiction.
  • If text can turn invisible, so can the context. India offers some wonderful possibilities for storytelling. One point of coming to a place like Adishakti to reacquaint yourself with the land you’ve always known.
  • To give you a chance to hang out with some wonderful writers.
  • Even though the workshop is intense, we want it to be fun.


The workshop has 13 (student) participants and four instructors. The ten-day schedule is divided into three segments of roughly three days each. Each segment is handled by a different instructor, thus giving you exposure to a variety of styles, techniques and perspectives. There is considerable emphasis on group critiques, with the instructor as mediator/facilitator. You will bring one story with you, which will be critiqued in the first session. You will also write two more stories during the workshop. Half the work-day is spent on critiquing stories (this works out to about 4 critiques per day), but the other half is entirely up to the instructor. Dr. Amit Chaudhuri is our guest speaker for the third segment.

We may also invite other special guests to share some cool stuff they’re working on. For example, a significant part of the writing life involves public performance. Akshat Nigam, one of the country’s best young talents in oral storytelling and children’s literature will share his expertise.

How to apply:

Update: Accepting Applications For 2017 Workshop Soon.

The application process is simple:

  1. Select one of your favorite short stories (between 2,000 & 8,000 words).
  2. Include a brief bio/cover letter (optional).
  3. Email the story & bio to contact@dumpukht.org before Oct. 31st, 2016.

Please don’t send us web links. The attached story should be a .doc/.docx/.rtf or a .pdf file. Once we receive the material, we will email an acknowledgement. You should hear from us within 24 hours.

About the story: note we are asking you to send a favorite from all the stories you’ve written, not the best. So don’t be afraid to send us a story that means a lot to you, even if you think it is “non-standard”, not publication-ready, or even, unpublishable.

About the bio/cover letter: yes, it is indeed optional. That said, as a writer you already know that any chance to have people read your writing, any kind of writing, is an opportunity.


The cost is Rs. 20,000 to attend the workshop. This covers lodging and food at Adishakti for fourteen nights plus  wireless internet plus instructional materials. To keep expenses low and due to Adishakti’s limited accommodation, the rooms are double occupancy (but not mixed gender). Food includes breakfast, lunch and dinner (and of course, your roomie’s snacks). This works out to about Rs. 1,430/day.


How can I get to Adishakti?

Sending us a great story with your application is a great first step. 🙂 Jokes aside, Pondicherry is easily reachable from Chennai and Bangalore. An information packet will be emailed to you.

Can I attend only a portion of the workshop?

Sorry, no. It is unfair to the other participants, wastes space, and makes it hard to organize the workshop.

What payment types do you accept?

We accept bank-to-bank transfers (wire transfers). We will send you the bank account information at the appropriate stage.

Can I get a refund?

After 24 hours of deposit, no. But if for some reason the workshop is cancelled, we will, of course, give a full refund of the workshop fees.


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No. 121/4AB,

Edayanchavadi Road,

Vanur Taluk, Irumbai Panchayat,

Villupuram District, Tamil Nadu – 605101



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