I would like to apply to the workshop; what should I do?

Please send us:
- A CV
- A writing sample of 2,000 words
- A reference

All applications should be submitted by email to (please note incomplete applications will not be considered). All documents should be submitted in the same email.

Should I send a reference letter along with my application or simply provide my referee’s contact details?

Please attach your reference letter as we are not able to contact referees on behalf of applicants.

Should I send published or unpublished writing samples?

You should send a sample of what you consider to be your best work, be it published or unpublished.

Can I send two samples if my samples are not long enough?

Yes, you can send two samples, but should not send more than 2,000 words overall.

The workshop in July is on the art of the essay; should my sample be related to this theme?

Ideally, yes; however, samples of non-fiction work will also be accepted.

What is the deadline for applications?

By 5pm on Monday 19th June 2017 (Calcutta time).

What are the dates of the course?

Wednesday 26th July to Thursday 3rd August 2017.

Where is the workshop taking place?

In Kolkata, India. The workshop will be held at the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR).

Is there a minimum age to submit an application?

Yes, all applicants must be aged 18 or more.

Is there an upper age limit?


What is the cost of the workshop?

Course fees are Rs 25,000 (Indian Rupees), approximately £290 (British pounds).

Do the course fees include transport and accommodation?

No, the cost of travelling to the workshop, accommodation and subsistence must be met by the candidates.

When can I expect to know if I have been selected to the workshop?

We aim to inform all candidates of the outcome of their application by Saturday 1st of July, or soon thereafter.

I do not live in Kolkata; will someone assist me in finding accommodation?

Yes, our local contact Mona Sengupta ( will provide you with local details, however you remain responsible for making your own arrangements.

I do not live in India, can I still apply?

Yes, we welcome candidates from all over the world. However, it is the candidates’ responsibility to ensure they are able to enter the country the country on the dates of the workshop.

I think I will need a visa; what should I do?

Please contact your local Consulate or Embassy as a matter of urgency to find out which visa you may need to apply to, and what the requirements are. Applying for and obtaining a visa is the responsibility of the candidate, and unfortunately the university is unable to provide advice on the matter. Please be aware that visa applications can take a few weeks to be processed, therefore you should start enquiring to your local Consulate or Embassy as early as possible.

If you are selected to the workshop, the University of East Anglia can provide a formal letter confirming the details of the workshop, as it may help you apply for your visa. If you require a letter, please email with the exact details you have been asked to provide. However, please note that this letter, or indeed being formally accepted onto the course, is not a guarantee that you will be granted entry into the Republic of India.

I cannot attend this time but am interested in attending in future. What can I do?

We run workshops 2 or 3 times a year, usually in February, April and July or August. To be added to the workshop mailing list, please email

For any other enquiries, please email