4th – 11th November, 2018

Writing is one of the first things we learn at school – but can creative writing be taught? Ernest Hemingway once quipped “there is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” The writer and activist Mary Heaton Vorse had a different point of view when she described the art of writing as “the art of applying the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair.” Is it perspiration or inspiration – for Rowan, the truth lies between the two.

Rowan Somerville was born in the centre of London in 1966. He began his professional life in television, had a diverse career that ranged from researching a drama in East Germany after the fall of the Berlin Wall, creating a popular live breakfast show in the UK, to becoming head of programming for MTV Europe and the Head of Development for BBC Entertainment (ICG), as well as creating a number of documentaries and becoming an executive producer for a radio station. In 2005, he left mainstream media to focus on writing. His first novel The End of Sleep was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize in the UK and the Best First Novel in Ireland. A second novel The Shape of Her followed, described as ‘darkly erotic and offbeat” by the Irish Times and “a study of the place where our past has become our present” by the Economist. He also works as a one-to-one writing coach and editor – as well as speechwriting and specialist copywriting.

During Rowan’s retreat residency from 4th to 11th of November 2018, he will mentor three informal 60 – 90 minute sessions with an intent to explore creative writing and help interested Vanavasis improve their craft within the art, and also to share a few tricks and wisdom he has learnt. Rowan will help Vanavasis discover and open the door of their creativity and then express themselves in an authentic way. No proficiency in writing is a pre-requisite to attend his sessions, all needed is the wish to explore your creativity through writing. There will also be one talk by Rowan on his book ‘Beat’ which is an intelligent and honest journey through the torment of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Those interested to join this writing retreat by Rowan Somerville, please email Retreat Reservations retreat@vana.co.in or call us at +91 135 3911114. You may also decide to attend after your arrival at the Retreat.

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