WRITERS WORKSHOP was founded in 1958, consisting of a group of writers headed by Professor P. Lal who agreed in principle that English had proved its ability, as a language, to play a creative role in Indian literature, through original writing and translation. Its task was of defining and substantiating the role by discussion and diffusion of creative writing and transcreation from India and other English-using countries. Discussions were held on Sunday mornings at 162/92 Lake Gardens, Kolkata 700045, and diffusion done through books issued under the WRITERS WORKSHOP imprint and a periodical, The Miscellany. Since 1970 the WORKSHOP laid increasing emphasis on its publishing programme, and has over 2500 titles to its credit, including the early works of many now-established authors of Indian writing in English, like Nissim Ezekiel, Kamala Das, Asif Currimbhoy, A K Ramanujan, K R Srinivasa Iyengar, Ruskin Bond, Shiv Kumar, Adil Jussawalla, Keki Daruwalla, Jayanta Mahapatra, Shashi Deshpande, Meena Alexander, Pritish Nandy, Lakshmi Kannan, Agha Shahid Ali, Mamang Dai, Temsula Ao, Maggi Lidchi-Grassi, Hoshang Merchant, Jug Suraiya, Vikram Seth, Sukanta Chaudhuri and Chitra Divakaruni. The WORKSHOP also pioneered the systematic publication of such classic translations from Indian literatures into English as P. Lal’s Mahabharata, Maitreyi Devi’s It Does Not Die and Shivaji Sawant’s Mrityunjaya. It gives preference to experimental work by young and unpublished writers, its two chief criteria for selection being high imaginative awareness and mature technique. It is non-profit and non-political. For further details, contact us at writersworkshopkolkata@gmail.com.

TERMS: WW’s workshop model (named long before the new meaning of “workshop” became current) meant that our terms of publication were different from those of the commercial mainstream. Authors collaborated by sharing the costs, agreeing to buy back a certain number of books. Upon our acceptance of a typescript, the author agrees to make an advance purchase of 100 copies of their book, for sale or distribution as they please. Additionally, ten percent of the print run in terms of copies are given to them free in lieu of royalties.