Mohandas Gandhi was a skilled and gifted writer, whether as an ethnographer, autobiographer, political philosopher, or polemicist. From early in his career he understood the critical importance of writing with both clarity and passion for an immensely diverse audience. What better way to honor Gandhi’s writing than with a webinar on the writing process, hosted by the India Institute of Technology-Madras, one of the premier educational institutions in the world, in association with its partner in developing writing workshops—Kenyon College in the US. Therefore, the IITM-Kenyon College Writing Workshops will offer this opportunity to discuss the power of successful writing. IITM recognizes the importance of offering its students, whether in the humanities, sciences, or engineering, the chance to learn to write more effectively and for non-specialist readers, and this webinar will delve into the collaborative ways we have worked together to accomplish this.
Indeed, for the past two years, IIT-M has teamed with Kenyon College to present innovative and high-quality small writing workshops, and will do so again, this time as a virtual program, the week of December 13, 2020. A liberal arts institution in Ohio, USA and internationally renowned as home of the Kenyon Review, a widely-honored literary journal, and for its diverse programs in writing instruction, Kenyon College will offer workshops in science writing, creative nonfiction, and fiction writing. Each workshop will be led by a gifted writer and instructor who will offer models of excellent writing, along with daily exercises and the opportunity for participants to develop new skills and strategies. A critical element will be the daily sharing of participant’s work with each other as a way of better understanding the effectiveness of their own efforts and identifying goals for revision. This webinar will begin with some thoughts on the central importance of writing to Mohandas Gandhi’s legacy, and then move to a discussion of the strategies employed in the Kenyon Workshops.