Travel Writing & Star Gazing | utopia

Includes accommodation for one night, 2 lunches, 1 dinner, 1 breakfast and the workshop charges.

3rd - 4th NOVEMBER

After hosting a series of workshops at Utopia Farmstay, we bring to you the first "Travel Writing and Star Gazing" workshop with Dilip D'Souza.


What makes a journey memorable? The sights, the sounds, the experiences — but YOUR experiences. Think of it: everyone goes to the Taj Mahal, but when you tell your cousin Revathi about your visit, it’ll be totally different from my story to my Taufeeq-mama. That’s why we long to write about our travels, so we can tell our very particular stories. 


And that’s what this workshop will focus on. The aim will be to push you — and we mean push — to craft something compelling, that will make your readers say “Wow!”


At the end of the workshop, the piece you create during the workshop will also be shared across our social handles if you'd like!

About Dilip D'Souza

Dilip D'Souza was educated in Pilani, Providence, Delhi, Rishi Valley, Bombay, Cambridge, Austin and places in between. Once a computer scientist, he now writes for a living.


To Dilip, the switch seemed natural. Computer science stresses clear thinking, reason, logic and getting to the heart of matters. Maybe those

things shape his writing.

He writes about political and social issues, travel, sports, and mathematics. His writing has won him several awards, including the Statesman Rural Reporting award, the Outlook/Picador nonfiction prize and the Newsweek/Daily Beast South Asia
Commentary Prize; he has also twice been Writer-in-Residence at IIT Kanpur.


He has published seven books, a monograph of essays
on patriotism, and has contributed to a number of anthologies. His most recent book is “Jukebox Mathemagic: Always One More 

Dilip lives in Bombay with his wife Vibha, children Surabhi and
Sahir and cat Cleo. He misses his Rhodesian Ridgeback, Shaka.


About the sessions

Session 1: Find your story​

What are you going to tell us from your travels that is yours,

and yours alone?

Session 2: Use your voice

Write as you speak. When I read you, I want to hear not just

your story, but your voice telling the story.

Nighttime: Stargazing!

Get acquainted with some of the celestial objects out there,
and the fascinating science and the innumerable stories about

them. We may even have a telescope.

Session 3: Sweat the details

Details, details! Keep your eyes open when you travel, and tell

us what you saw when you write.

Session 4: A dose of passion

The travel moved you, didn’t it? Don’t be afraid to tell us why.
Make it personal, vulnerable, whatever you choose to call it.
Just don’t make it sterile. Look for that passion, always.


1. What does the cost include?

The cost includes your stay at Utopia Farmstay for one night, 2 lunches, 1 dinner and 1 breakfast. It includes your workshop fees and there are no additional taxes.


2. Can children participate?

The minimum age for participation is 15.


3. What do I need to bring?

Dilip prefers you to not use laptops for writing, so please do bring pen/pencil and a notebook to write in.  

4. What are the meals like?

We will provide simple, vegetarian home-cooked meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner.


5. How is the accommodation?

Our cottages are cozy and comfortable. They are well-equipped with an AC, tea/coffee

kettle, and basic toiletries.


6. I'm traveling alone. Can I share the room with someone?

Yes. If you are solo participant, we take 50% as a booking fee. When another participant confirms, you can pay the balance and confirm their participation. If we don't find another participant, the 50% is fully refundable or you can upgrade to single occupancy. The charges for the workshop on single occupancy basis is INR 9,500/-

7. How many participants will there be in the workshop?

We need a minimum of four participants for the workshop(s). In the unlikely event that we don't get six participants, the workshop(s) will be canceled and you will get a full refund of the amount. You will also have the choice of getting a refund towards the workshop & staying at Utopia during these days. 


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