Breaking the Bracket 2019, a writing program, is inviting young emerging female and gender non-conforming writers writing in Nepali languages and English to participate in a year long program. The writing program is focused on creating stories that retell fairy tales, folk tales and myths from a feminist perspective for a young adult audience.
This feminist writing program is focused on building a community of writers who are interested in writing stories that will inspire the next generation of feminists. Participating writers will read, write and learn together, attend a writing residency, work with a mentor, and be a part of an independent writing group, and potentially get their stories published in a book format.
The program will accept 8 to 10 writers who wish to be a part of a community of writers and are willing to put in the effort to improve their craft and understanding of issues around social justice and gender. Participants should be looking towards or already pursuing a career in the creative industries and be dedicated to creating a substantial body of written work. Towards the end of the program, their writings will be pushed for publication and shared with target audiences through various storytelling events. Throughout the program, the writers will work to create a substantial piece of writing.
Female and gender non-conforming writers between the ages of 18 to 30 years who have not published a full-length book of their own are eligible to apply. Writers must be of Nepali origin.
There is no application or participation fee to be a part of this program. While the program will cover the transportation, accommodation and basic meals during the writing residencies, participants will have to arrange for their own transportation and meals during the other components of the program. Participants living outside of Kathmandu Valley can apply for a travel grant to be a part of the program.
Application form: https://forms.gle/Kr9APMAMcSSneFWk7
Application Deadline: August 30, 2019 (by midnight; Nepali Standard Time)
Breaking the Bracket is supported by U.S. Embassy’s Book Bus program.
i) Reading articles on feminism, children’s literature, feministic children’s literature (September – December)
The writers will come together once a week to read and discuss feminism and children’s literature from Nepal and beyond. Each writer will facilitate a discussion session on a reading of their choice. The writers will also share the piece of writing that they submitted for the application (or of their choice) in pairs and give each other feedback.
ii) Writing the first draft and sharing (December – February)
Writers will be given 8-10 weeks to finish their first drafts. Writers will have to submit their first drafts in February.
iii) First Draft Discussion (February – March)
Through a series of seminars, writers will share their first draft with each other and give feedback and suggestions to each other. They will be encouraged to revise and produce their second drafts by the end of March.
iv) Mentorship (April)
Writers will be paired with mentors who will provide input on their content and help them polish their second drafts.
v) Editing Residency (May)
After collecting feedback from the editors/mentors the writers will leave for another 5 day residency. The writers will edit their pieces on the basis of the feedback they got from their mentors. The writers will submit their final draft by the end of the residency. If needed, they will work on their stories till the end of December.
vi) Storytelling sessions (June – August)
After the final draft has been completed, the stories will be taken on the road and shared with their intended audience of children and young adults through a series of storytelling sessions and activities.