inSCRIBE Bengaluru 2019 | Structure

The workshop is being structured in a manner so as to ensure that participants both gain insights into how to plan and execute a story, and acquire enough hands-on experience.

Participants will be paired as teams. In other words, two participants will work together on the stories they wish to pursue. A participant with sufficient experience may be allowed to pursue stories on his/her own, but that would be only at the sole discretion and approval of the Workshop Mentor.

The ten-day workshop will roll out as under:

  • Day 1 (full day): Introduction to narrative non-fiction and feature-writing; guest lectures by journalists/writers on how they plan and write long-form features.
  • Day 2 (full day): Planning the stories. The story ideas of each participating team will be discussed and planned.
  • Day 3-5: Groundwork. Participants will pursue their respective story ideas, which can include speaking to people, ferreting out information, taking photographs.
  • Day 6 (full day): Course correction. Participants will report on the work done hitherto, and make necessary course corrections for their stories; guest lectures by journalists/writers on how they plan and write long-form features.
  • Day 7-8: Groundwork continued. Participants will fill up the gaps in their respective stories, or take corrective measures. In short, everything needed to write out a piece that is well-rounded.
  • Day 9: Writing the stories. Submissions will have to be made by EOD.
  • Day 10 (full day): Evaluation. Announcements.

Post-event (date TBA later): If articles are selected by the Workshop Mentor for publication, then those might have to be updated / expanded for the purpose. This will fall outside the scope of the workshop.

Note: Even though this is not technically a "course", exhaustive reading materials will be provided to all participants. Tea, snacks and lunch would be on the house.

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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