Submit your application by 5 October 2018

Your ideas are vehicles for social justice, and we are here to help you publish them. When you write and share your ideas through the right platforms, they can reach a large audience, ranging from the students, policy makers, to world class professors. Your ideas can initiate a debate, espouse solidarity among the change agents, and spark a social change. Come join hands with us in the mission of fighting social injustice through the medium writing. Apply with your CV and English writing sample by 5 October at dalitreader@gmail.com

To learn creative thinking, analytical writing, and smart presentation skills

Writing for Social Justice Workshop is designed to equip current and aspiring social activists, and change agents who could benefit from communicative skills to fight social injustices, such as caste-, gender-, colour-based or any form of discrimination. These skills include creative thinking, analytical writing and smart presentation as a means to effect social change. Creative thinking is a smart skill that enables you to reflect, formulate, and present ideas imaginatively and in aesthetically impactful ways. Analytical thinking and writing enable to research and process new information and data, as well as to organize and present your ideas well. Smart presentation skills enable you to dialogue, persuade, and influence the change agents with your idea.

For joining the fight for social justice in Nepal

Any hierarchical system is a denial of equality and social justice. Nepal retains several forms of hierarchical social systems, key ones being caste and patriarchy. They are embedded into shaping the “rules of the game” of influential state and social organizations and institutions. Therefore, the organizations and institutions are discriminatory and exclusionary in systematic but not always in obvious ways due to intrinsic interplay of formal and informal laws. They promote decision-making that is backed by unequal access, forms of patronage and coercion and mediated by personal, political and institutional loyalties. The implications surpass the bound of suffering by victims, usually Dalit and women, to failures of political reform and development efforts. Finally, the caste and patriarchy as a structure encompass both Dalit and non-Dalit men and women and implicate all lives in the structure.

With the help of successful experts

The confidence in this approach comes from the Dalit Reader’s initiative that was successfully completed. The initiative could be viewed as a pilot batch of the Writing for Social Justice Workshop conducted in Nepali language. This pilot demonstrated convincingly the effectiveness of facilitated and mentor-led workshops over a sustained period to build confidence, and to improve a set of creative thinking, analytical writing, and smart presentation skills. This led to the publication of social and political views in leading national dailies by Dalit and non-Dalit women and men who otherwise lacked access and experience. The theory of change behind these initiatives is that writing on the issues of social justice based on the reflection and dialogue, aided by discussion and peer feedback among the participants, gives support and space for individuals to speak for their liberation.

Experienced facilitators/mentors

A native speaker of English language with years of experience of teaching writing in American universities, assisted by a Nepali citizen with years of writing experience, will facilitate the workshop. We will also invite other experts of writing and communication (including from US universities), as well as experienced activists on the subject matters on the ground, as needed. We have great interest and pledge of support from experts in both areas. Each participant will be assigned a mentor from a pool of sub-editors and writers of Nepal’s English national dailies to provide them in-depth needs-based support in brainstorming/generating ideas, structuring them into correct form, and developing them into commentaries.

For structured workshops and one-on-one support

The Writing for Social Justice Workshop is an intensive graduate-level course, which is conducted for 2.5 hours every Sunday for 12 weeks. The facilitators serve as guides or mentors for the reading, writing, and presentation skills. In every workshop, the participants enter into reflection and dialogues based on the assigned readings and presentation. They practice drafting, revision, and editing skills with a focus on the content and social objectives of their writing, which we have found is what truly motivates them. Peer review partners, collaborative writing through the use of cloud documents, and goal-driven feedback from instructors/mentors are some of the features of the course.

If you meet the following eligibility requirements

  • Current or aspiring social activists or change agents
  • Have a functional command over English reading and writing
  • Have completed a minimum of bachelor’s degree in any discipline

Writing for Social Justice Workshop is for participants from all backgrounds who are interested to conduct research, participate in dialogue, and write about their learning from research and dialogue for social justice. The participants who register for this seminar are individuals interested in critical appreciation and understanding of social justice, caste and patriarchy, social movements, power relations, or just curious to know more about voiceless people and development failures in Nepal. However, admissions will be granted to those who demonstrate commitment.

 And can accomplish the following requirements

  • 80% participation in twelve weekly workshops
  • Completion of assigned readings of approximately 120 pages a week
  • Writing two opinion pieces and one commentary on those opinion pieces by the end of course
  • Full participation in discussion with guest speakers and media house visits
  • Active engagement with the assigned mentor

Here are the required materials for application

  1. Curriculum vitae, which is not more than two-page long and provides information about academic and professional achievements, including the participation in the social justice movements.
  2. A sample of your writing, ideally between 500-1000 words, including a part of a longer work that demonstrates your writing skills.

Accepted applicants will have to admit within a week, submitting a security deposit of NPR. 10,000 in the Dalit Reader’s bank account set up for “Writing for Social Justice Workshop.” The 50% of the security will be refunded to those who complete the class successfully.  The classes will begin right after Dashain break (late October).

For more information write to us: dalitreader@gmail.com or, Contact us:

Sushma Baraily 9851128468; Gauri Nepali  9863604210; Riban Magrati  9841455969


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