inSCRIBE Bengaluru 2019 | Narrative Nonfiction

“Non-fiction writing is a state of mind, a way of life, an extra set of eyes and ears. It's a key that can open many doors, a passport to travel far and wide, an introduction to fascinating people, a guide to wonderful adventures, an excuse to ask any question you want, a reason to be curious and to learn, a way to reach out to readers and to the world."

—John M. Wilson, The Complete Guide to Magazine Article Writing

INSCRIPTIONS, India's only content and publishing consultancy firm of its kind, is pleased to announce the first inSCRIBE workshop in narrative nonfiction writing. The workshop would be spread over ten days, and would include five days of extensive fieldwork.

Narrative nonfiction is about telling a story—a story that is real; and broadly speaking that is what this workshop would be about. Participants will work with the Workshop Mentor in developing, researching and writing articles (1–3) that would be suitable (i) for publication in a magazine; or (ii) as a standalone piece in a book; or even (iii) something that an be expanded later into a full-fledged book.

To extract the most from this workshop, you are expected to have basic creative writing skills and techniques, and know communicably good English. And yes, you should be dying to tell a story.

This is a workshop; not a crash course in writing. The atmosphere will not be that of an educational institution, but a workplace. Everything would be hands-on, and there would be no place for abstract theories. This is where you learn what they don't teach you at journalism schools.

The Chief Mentor of the workshop is Subir Ghosh, Director of Inscriptions, the company that owns and runs this website. Subir is a Bengaluru-based  journalist-writer-researcher who writes about sustainable fashion, political corruption, crony capitalism, conflict, wildlife and cinema. He is the author of three books, and has co-authored three with others. He has also written over a thousand articles in his career spanning close to three decades.

WORKSHOP FEES: ₹17,500 (including GST).

NUMBER OF SEATS: Twenty, who would be paired into 10 teams.

VENUE: TBA once participants have been selected. We will finalise the location depending on the convenience of as many participants as possible.

Selection of Participants

  • Go through all the sections of the inSCRIBE microsite.
  • Apply through this page. Ensure that your application includes three story ideas that you might want to pursue. You can chase any one or all of those, subject to approval by the Workshop Mentor. The story ideas would need to be rooted in Bengaluru.
  • Your application should also include three writing samples that would be relevant to the workshop.
  • Applications will be evaluated on basis of the story ideas, and two other sections on the application page: 'Why I want to participate in the workshop' and 'What I expect to take away from the workshop'.
  • If your application is approved, you will be intimated about the selection by EOD September 24.
  • You will have to pay the registration fee by due date. The payment details will be intimated to you only if you are selected. Failing to make the payment (without intimation) will mean that your selection would be cancelled, and the seat would be offered to someone else.

Important Dates

  • Applications: September 1-20, 2019
  • Selection of participants: September 21-24, 2019
  • Registration and payment: September 26-30, 2019
  • Workshop: October 11-20, 2019


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