Writer's Workshop Plan

This is a tidied-up version of the planning document for our “Writers’ Workshop: Narratives of the Quake” event from 2015-06-20.

Activities for the Workshop

  • Start and Introduction. We want a "soft start" for an hour or so where people can drop in. This is how events start in Nepal :-)
    • Registration, Name Cards and CJ Kits. Let people create their own name tags from colored paper, pens etc. which will be provided. Takes a bit of time, which is good for a smooth slow start. People also get their CJ kit at registration.
    • Discussing citizen journalism. A discussion led by Annu and Dipti, starting with interesting quotes on citizeny journalism which are to be prepared by participants before the workshop.
    • Twitter storytelling. A creative writing session using tweets. Led by Natalia.
    • Things to tell at the official start. Tell people that the content they produce is open content (if they publish it on edgeryders.eu, which we encourage them to do). Also tell them that if they like the workshop format, they might want to organize more of them. The “Future Makers Nepal” and “Edgeryders” brands are open to be used for that :-)
  • Sessions.
    • Record Nepal. See recordnepal.com. In Dipti’s opinion, the Record is one of the pioneer alternative media / citizen journalism media in Nepal. The session will be held by Gyanu Adhikari, the editor of the Record. He will share his experiences on Record Nepal, and the earthquake. [Print/Online]
    • KathaHaru+Amuse. This is a team of photographers and videographers who shot a documentary on the earthquake. The session will be held by Shashank Shrestha, Suyog Shrestha, and Rocky Prajapati on video journalism and its ethics. [Visual: Video+Photography]
    • Kathmandu Living Labs. Would be great to have them for a session on open data / data journalism. Unfortunately, they were not available.
  • Article writing. Encourage people to write short texts, not overdoing it. The goal is to have an article up on edgeryders.eu by the end of the session.
  • Publishing the articles. Preferably on the Edgeryders platform, obviously.
  • Reading and discussion session. Could be organized as a paired critique or plenum session for P2P feedback.
  • Documentary screening. Planned for the evening, after the end of the official program. The key screening in the evening could be a documentary that is relevant for citizen journalism. Like "Citizen Four", if we can get the screening rights in time ;-)

Other organizational aspects and tasks

  1. Logistics tasks.
    • Choose a title for the event. Done: WRITERS’ WORKSHOP: NARRATIVES OF THE QUAKE 2015
    • Create a Facebook event and Edgeryders event. Done.
    • Decide on a venue. Done: Cafe Aamu.
    • Get a projector and screen. We will probably need a projector and a screen if we want to screen these documentaries. Done.
    • Food, snacks and drinks. Done.
    • Stationery: papers, post-it notes etc.. Done.
    • Extension cords and multi-plug power strips. Done.
    • Putting the citizen journalism kits together. Done.
    • Providing four laptops from the team for those who don’t have one. Done.
  2. Everyone, learn the basics. The team needs to know the basics of citizen journalism before the workshop, of course.
  3. Send a reading list around. Prepare a database of articles that we will share with participants. It would be open to additions by the participants. Was shared by mailing a link to a Google Drive folder around.
  4. Small inspirational documentaries. Every now and then we could screen small inspirational documentaries during the day. Did not happen in the end though.
  5. Citizen Journalism Toolkits. We ask for 35 items in stocks, and buy them once it’s clear how many participants confirmed they are coming. Ingredients:
    • Bhav notebook. 220 NPR / piece.
    • A good pen. 83 NPR / piece.
    • Edgeryders and Future Makers Nepal badges and / or stickers
    • Citizen Journalism badges and / or stickers (possibly)
    • A tote bag. We chose the bag from Nepal Picture Library, allowing us to add the Future Makers Logo as well.
  6. Documentation. We will have the write-ups by participants online at the end of the day. We can record the two or three sessions on video (plus some shots of the audience etc.). Plus, one of the team can do a post with reflections on the format afterwards. No need to take notes over the day.
  7. Budget. This is the effective budget we used for the event.
    1. Citizen Journalism Toolkits. Around 28.700 NPR (excl. stickers).
    2. Stickers / Badges. 100 pieces, 3500 NPR in total.
    3. Room compensation. 8500 NPR.
    4. Cook wage. 4000 NPR.
    5. Food ingredients for dinner. Around 6000 NPR.
    6. Snacks. Around 3000 NPR.

Annotated Program

Time on the Invitation: 10 am

Official Start Time: 11 am

S. No







Registration, Name Tag, and Kit


10 am




First Session: Introduction on Citizen Journalism


10 - 11 am

Annu and Natalia



Share your Idea

Give them a paper to write their theme for the write-up and paste on the glass / wall.

In between 2 and 4



KLL (yet to confirm)

Maybe we can screen something?

11 am - 12 pm



Kathaharu (confirmed) + Documentary Screening


12-1 pm



The Record (confirmed)


1-2 pm



BREAK + Reflection Activity


2-2:15 pm


biscuits and tea



Two rooms:

  1. Idea Finding Group
  2. Writing Group

2:15 - 5 pm


smooth transition from break, telling people they can start writing anytime


Sharing the Write Up

and Posting it on edgeryders.eu


5 - 6 pm



Dinner + Documentary Screening + Open End




2 suggestions

  1. one name tag + one “tag tag” on the back (ask me about topics XYZ, I can speak XYZ, SM account). The longer one goes on the back so you don’t have to stare at someone’s breast when having a conversation (awkward).

  2. two projectors, one with an etherpad of the event running in parallel. You can comment (with links), ask questions, and document what is going on. You want to avoid one-way info flow.

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