HP's Write&Read Program Comes to Pune; Creative Short Story Writing Workshop to open on September 16, 2011

Top Quote HP today announced that Pune will host the second creative short story writing workshop, under HP's flagship social innovation initiative - Write&Read from September 16, 2011. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) September 10, 2011 - Pune, INDIA - The Pune workshop is the second in a series of six workshops planned across India under the HP Write&Read program, and is open to participation from young children between the ages of 9 and 14.

    The Pune workshop follows the hugely successful inaugural Write&Read workshop conducted in Bangalore last month, which saw participation by 215 children. The Pune workshop is being organised at Ishaniya Auditorium, Off Airport Road, Yerwada, Pune on September 16 & 17, from 9:00 am - 3:00pm. To participate in the workshop, schools and children can register through www.hpwriteandread.com.

    With several creatively designed modules, the workshop will be an engaging experience for the students. On day one, the participants will be introduced to the finer aspects of the art of storytelling. On day two/concluding day, Gowri Palachandran, Project Director for Write&Read, Katha, will conduct a session on key elements of story writing.

    HP's Write&Read is a unique initiative for children, by children by HP's Imaging & Printing Group (HP-IPG). It is a collaborative story-writing program in association with Katha, an NGO that brings children living in poverty into reading and quality education, and is driven by HP's industry-leading imaging and printing technologies to bring young students' imagination to life. Prolific lyricist Prasoon Joshi is serving as creative mentor for the Write&Read program.

    Similar workshops will be conducted in four other cities in India over the next few months viz. Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Delhi. Upon culmination of the workshops, the final 50 best entries, shortlisted through a rigorous judging process supervised by Prasoon Joshi, will be published in the form of a book of short stories for children, by children.

    "After receiving an overwhelming response at the Bangalore workshop, we are thrilled to host the second Write&Read workshop in Pune. With this initiative, we continue to encourage kids to infuse their creative writing skills with their unique and vivid imagination in order to develop fresh and original short stories that we will proudly showcase to the world," said Varadarajan Krishnan, General Manager - Marketing, Imaging & Printing Group.

    HP will support Write&Read workshops with web-connected printers, which will enable children to interact directly with content on the Web via Print Apps and complement their thoughts with rich visual depictions.

    "It is an enriching experience to be a part of HP Write&Read initiative and mentor a vast pool of extremely talented children. I am happy that I could share my experience with them and hope that it helps in enhancing their creative writing skills. I also look forward to the opportunity to guide children across the country and help shape their creative process to the best of my ability", said Prasoon Joshi.

    "As we commence the second workshop in Pune on September 16, we will continue to aim at cultivating reading as a habit amongst children. We are excited about partnering with HP in this unique initiative towards creating books that resonate with young readers. Through our networks, we aim to make these books accessible to readers across the country, in languages that they relate to," said Geeta Dharmarajan, Founder & Executive Director, Katha.

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