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The Retreat, Mammallapuram – Chennai Airport, India

Convenor: Dr Vayu Naidu

In a coastal garden with coconut palms and 33 species of visiting bird life, The Write Place hosts its verandah residency and retreat for Storytellers and Writers offering:

  • Writing techniques stimulated by 6th Century Tamil heritage of sculpture  

  • Reflection, readings and discussion on contemporary writing

  • Head and heart space into the independent craft of writing for completion


 The Write Place includes accommodation of participants in Single Deluxe a/c rooms for 5 nights with Bed and breakfast at Mammalla Heritage Hotel in the beachtown of Mammallapuram on the southern easterly Bay of Bengal.


The daily sessions are held at The Write Place including lunch. Participants begin as a group and have independent sessions with the Programme Convenor over the scheduled days.  


Each Edition of The Write Place has a theme and a daily activity to stimulate writing around local culture and individual writing projects enabling observation and perspective from a diverse discourse.

A poem, a short story, an essay or commentary are catalysts and these are the focus in this practitioner led residency.




Due to the CoVID-19,  for The Write Place Edition III , we are awaiting the Travel Restrictions to be lifted internationally. Please watch this space for further information.

Do watch the film that offers an experience of turning the page on aspirations turning into a reality. (click to go to film)


Dec 28 - Jan 02

9 places for Writers and Readers interested in performing or presenting Storytelling. £775 per person.


  • Course Fee and reading material at The Write Place with wiFi

  • Single Deluxe Room A/c, Free wiFi

  • Daily Bed & breakfast, chai/kapi elevenses and afternoon, lunch

  • Food at The Write Place: South Indian home cooked vegetarian; it is a no alcohol and smoking free zone.

  • Transport from Mammalla Heritage Hotel to The Write Place daily shuttle

  • Site visits as part of the course only x3

  • Yoga for writers


Not Included:

  • Airfare, Visa, Transport from airport to hotel and return, laptop, USB, paper, notebooks, pens, mobile phones, SIM cards


​Bookings and information:

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