“The conceptual genesis of WRITERS WORKSHOP was in 1955. Immediately on passing M. A. in English Literature from Calcutta University in 1953, I joined St Xavier’s College, Calcutta, as Lecturer in the Department of English. Among my students in the 1st year B. A. were Kewlian Sio and Deb Kumar Das, both writing poems and stories. I decided to form a writers’ group. The plan materialised in 1958 when Pradip Sen, Jai Ratan, Amita Desai and William Hull joined, and a fromal “constitution” was drafted by Deb Kumar Das. A next-door Lake Gardens neighbour,     P. K. Aditya, installed a hand-operated treadle printing machine, and the first books of WW writers began appearing, with I, Kewlian Sio, and D. K. Das as the three pioneer authors.”


[P. Lal]