The Write Place Residency – Mammallapuram
Chennai Airport - India
28 December 2018 – 6 January 2019
Accommodation Mammalla Heritage hotel
This Writing and Storytelling Residency is convened by Dr. Vayu Naidu, writer of myths and historical fiction and is a Performance Storyteller. The WRITE PLACE offers taught sessions on the craft of creativity – writing fiction or non-fiction- and oral storytelling. Visits to the Shore temples and engaging with local coastal villages is part of the stimulus for finding the voice and architecture to structure your work. The Write Place is about head and heart space to shape the origins of an idea into your creative work through diverse exercises, critical and kind reflection and facing the truth.
Coromandel Room: The craft of writing discussion space and reading.
The Buddha Bar – under the coconut palms with bamboo bush, a performative space for Standup Storytelling and yoga practice.
Mammallapuram shore temples – doorways to continuity and change
Day 1 – 4: A Novel idea and what is Storytelling performed?
An image, and architecture for your Idea – fiction or non-fiction; writing, reading, telling exercises
Site visits Local histories, coastal, music festival, town life, food people-seeing to hear and write
Your voice, the characters’ lives, a story, losing and finding the plot? Peer reviews
How does oral imagination work – Telling a story? Seeking myths
Day 4: 1-1 sessions on time lines – how small, how big a story; fiction and non-fiction
Day 5 – 6: Transforming stimulus to shape a form
From writing sketches to structure and driving the story;
From fragments creating an ensemble story for performance
Day 7 – 8: Making Sense, Readings reviewed, The Music of Words.
Eligibility: 19 years and above, interested in reflection, writing and local culture. Any interest is
welcomed from the sciences and arts and humanities; blog writing, travel writing, life writing at
‘interest level’. Everyone is responsible for their health for gentle yoga taking place daily to
synergise local and inner states of being. All day sessions at THE WRITE PLACE are non-alcohol and non -smoker friendly. Lunches are vegetarian.
• Your arrival on 27 December is requested, so that you can recover from travel and are ready to start fresh on 28 December.
• The Residency ends on 06 January – the package rate. You are welcome to enquire about
staying on at the hotel Mammalla at additional cost.
• If you wish to travel further in India please let me know I will put you on the Travel section of
THE WRITE PLACE. If you wish to avail of staying on at The WRITE PLACE after 10 January 2019, please contact me.
Myths and local history in stone: Creativity with stimulus – site visits include the Shore temples, the old and new town, and music
The Write Place Residency from 27th December 2018 – 7th January 2019 includes:
Airport transfer from Airport to Mammalla Heritage Hotel and daily transfer to The Write Place
Accommodation: Single and/or Twin sharing a/c, free wifi, breakfast and lunch
Session fee and selected site visits – early booking requested
Total package for 8 nights and 9 days: £775.00 (per person)
Booking through firstname.lastname@example.org
International air fare or Visas
Dinner, alcohol, printing, photocopying, stationery, usb sticks, computers
Mammalla Heritage Hotel – www.hotelmamallaheritage.com