The Conundrum with Ten

From the Session 1 to Session 9, our past workshop experiences were consistent throughout facilitations with DIKSHA, Sanlaap, Vikramshila, Save the Children, and Praajak. After facilitating Writing Out with these five groups, the first nine sessions have been challenged, revised and ‘tested’ and semi-concretized (for a lack of a better word) with on-the-ground-experience. So from the “Introduction to Poetry” until “Home” we think we’ve got our plan pretty much set. But after that we’re a little unsure as to which is the best way to proceed forward with Writing Out. The session after the ‘Home’ session, which in this case, happens to be Session 10 – the midway mark of Writing Out – is a whole new story on the curriculum design front. Its a story with more uncertainty and a great deal of experiment and possiblity.

So this is how its been: Session 10 with Sanlaap and DIKSHA was different than the Session 10 that occured with Vikramshila. Save the Childrens’ Session 10 is also different. And Praajak’s, of course, is far different. All the past Sesssion 10s vary in theme from each other, ranging from Portrait Sketches, the Nation, I Remember, to others. And yet, with all these different Session 10s, we can’t quite seem to figure out which version is the best way to go. And whatever we determine as Session 10 — again,the great half-way mark — the rest of the curriculum will evolve accordingly. So its pivotal. There are certain themes I know need to be included in the future sessions — The Nation, I Remember, Masks?, Lost and Found, Personal Inventory, Local History. But whats the best order? And what should be in between these sessions. And which one of these falls into the phase, ‘Community?’ And which into the last phase, ‘The World.’

So, the conundrum ten is: what should Session 10 look like? I don’t want to jump to Nation, not yet. Something tells me we need something in between Home and Nation. Portrait Sketches may be interesting. Its wasn’t such a bumper hit with DIKSHA and Sanlaap, and we never tried it with any other group. Maybe we should try revising Portrait Sketches. I feel its important for us to facilitate a session where we pause and focus on one individual in our life who affects us. Or, maybe we should go to Local History? I don’t know.

Feeling confused and hopeful with possibilty for Ten.

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4 Comments on “The Conundrum with Ten”

  1. queer3779 Says:


    Yes, Session 10 is different each time.
    I went through our different plans with the different groups, and I agree that it is too early to jump to Nation. ‘Portrait sketch’ is actually something that did not go down well with DIKSHA and Sanlaap, but it is nonetheless a very important activity. I would love to revisit it, making it a more interactive and interesting exercise. Maybe we should work on that. There is still a lot of time (two weeks), because Bosco is lagging behind. In fact, it suddenly occurs to me that Portrait Sketch should ideally follow My Family, and then we should have Home, which may lead to Nation, provided we do the transition well.

    Logically the series, I think, should be: Portrait, Home, Nation. Then, for the ‘World and I’ category, we should perhaps have I Remember (making it a way of personalizing objects that the world is made of), Lost and Found, Masks, Personal Revolution (maybe we could import it here from the Darjeeling session plan) and Personal Inventory. Now where do we put in Local History? Maybe after Nation? And make it part of the ‘Community’ series? Hmmm.
    But yes, I would like to see Portrait Sketches for Session 10, or otherwise. Let’s work on that. I will.


  2. Sahar Says:

    Bishan, okay, so I think we got it! You’re logic is right on. Portrait Sketch (revised version) should come after Family, and then comes Home (as a matter of fact, thats actually what we did with our first pilot with DIKSHA). Shall I revise that on the blog, or just keep note for the future. Maybe, we’ll just keep note.

    So, for the future , we would revise the workshop series order from Session 9 and onwards…into (and I’m going to repeat your order, but with numbers just so its visually clear)….

    #8: Family (Community theme begins)
    #9: Portrait Sketch
    10: Home
    11. Nation
    12. Local History
    13. I Remember (The World theme begins)
    14. Lost and Found
    15. Masks
    16. Personal Revolution
    17. Personal Inventory

    Now, Writing Out has varied from a 20 to 15 session series in our past workshops. For now and the future, I prefer 20 — more time has proven well with past Writing Out participants. So according to the list above, we have time and space for 2 more sessions. Lets revisit our personal notes from past Writinout Workshops and see what other sessions were meaningful which we can be included or revised/combined/created for the present series..

    And, thank god, there’s plenty of time for that. So we can return to this conversation at a later point As for now, our current conundrum is resolved.


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