In what ways does something abstract like time gain shape, form, and materiality through a photograph, a piece of writing, or a space like an archive? This workshop invites participants to think creatively with and of photographs, writing, and archives as spaces that both house as well as chronicle time in particular ways. It would use a series of writing prompts and a selection of archival photographs of the streetscapes of Pondicherry from IFP’s Photo Archives to encourage participants to experiment with language and make something wispy like time visible through writing.

This creative writing workshop is open to all. However, spaces are limited. Click here to register.

This workshop could be of particular interest to those who enjoy and/or are seeking spaces for creative writing in a group setting; who like to read, write, or think about themes such as time, history, memory, and archiving; and who are keen to explore the many ways in which we can think of the quickening, thickening, storing, and stilling of time in an archive using writing as a medium.

Further details about the workshop are as follows:

Date and time: 19 August, 2023 (Saturday); 10.00 a.m.-12.30 p.m.

Venue: Institut Français de Pondichéry (French Institute of Pondicherry), 11, Saint Louis Street, Pondicherry – 605 001

Devarati Chakrabarti is Project Coordinator of this Foundation Project, implemented by India Foundation for the Arts (IFA) under their Archives and Museums programme, in collaboration with the Institut Français de Pondichéry (IFP). This Foundation Project is made possible with support from Tata Trusts, with the corpus interest of an earlier seed grant.

Workshop_Writing Place_Poster