The Story

10 Writers / 3 Experts / 5 Days

This October, a village in the Parvati Valley will host 10 writers for India's first experiential writers' retreat. They will imagine, ideate, collaborate and create under the guidance of three experienced mentors.

One of them could be you.

The residential project will help you put your creative self in the centre of your life. You will take part in specially designed workshops and curated experiences which will broaden your idea flow, re-open the creative well inside you, and help you sharpen your writing skills.

Imagine spending a week in the hills, talking books while sipping chai around a bonfire, sharing stories while trekking through the gorgeous Himalayas, and writing in a beautiful apple orchard, where you will share a space with like-minded people.

Take storytelling to the next level and let your imagination run free!

Bespoke Workshops

Designed by a writer. Seconded by Mentors. We understand your challenges.


How do you recognize a great idea? How do you hone your sense of wonder and put your curiosity to good use? This workshop will help you get into the writing flow, and awaken the imaginative story teller inside you.


How does one create characters, imagine a compelling plot, and construct an imaginative world for one’s story to take place? Understand the nuts and bolts of writing, and the process of designing the world with words.


Every writer wants to get published, but what is the best way to put your writing out in the world? How should you best market your book? What is the best way to get noticed? We will decipher the publishing process and take you through the journey from start to end.

Experience for Writers

An intervention which will let you dive deeper into the process of weaving a story. The Retreat will help you find out what's within you and make your soul grow. By the end of the week, you will not only have made progress on your story, but will have also built lasting connections, and made interesting handshakes for new collaborative projects.

Storytelling with Children from the Village School

Mindful Walks in the Mountains

Personal One-on-One Mentoring Session (Mentors out soon)

Bonfire Conversations and Music Evenings

Your own Library with a view

Chai, Coffee and Inspiration

Who should apply?

The Writer's retreat is designed for writers who are looking for feedback, seeking publishers, and who need the inspiration to write their next big story. It is designed for writers that love the art & want to share their work with writers from other geographies.

What do you get?

The Retreat includes:

1. Access to all sessions & activities

2. Travel to & from New Delhi/Chandigarh in AC Coaches

3. Comfortable Stay in gorgeous wooden houses

4. One-on-One sessions with Mentors at the project

5. Experiences & Exploring the Village life

6. Private time & space to write

7. Three wholesome meals every day

8. Chai & Coffee on the house

The Team

Cost to Attend: Rs. 30,000/-

Who is organising this project?

Paper House is an experiential property for writers. It is designed by Tara Khandelwal (editor and journalist) and Mahima Sood (Entrepreneur)

The Location

Parvati Valley, Himachal Pradesh

It is always the same with mountains. Once you have lived with them for any length of time, you belong to them. There is no escape.



— Ruskin Bond



The location of the retreat is an apple orchard- Shilla Treks. It is a Himalayan venture based out of the Parvati Valley in Himachal Pradesh. It is located about 18 km from Kasol, at a height of 8000 ft above sea level.