Workshops by Prem Panicker & Arati Kumar-Rao

“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.”

Anaïs Nin

Tell me a story. It is the first demand we make as children; the first demand our children make of us. We listen to stories; we tell them in our turn. We tell stories in order to explore our world, to navigate our value systems. We tell stories to know what we are thinking, to dream out loud. We tell stories to share a little bit of ourselves with the world. Like a dolphin’s sonar, we send our stories out into the world and listen for the answering pings, and we know we are not alone.

This course is about how to tell stories. It is about the tools and the techniques that help you tell multi-sensory stories – through text and voice and stills and videos and much else.

Who Should Attend:

If you are a reporter, a writer, photographer/videographer, a researcher looking to find and tell stories from your specific field of expertise, a blogger looking to tell stories in more compelling and immersive ways, if you are a white-collar employee or an entrepreneur looking to communicate more effectively, if you run a non-governmental organization (NGO) and are looking to tell a powerful, well-structured, visually-rich story that integrates the tools and technologies of today, this is for you.

What You Will Learn:

A non-exhaustive list of topics:
>> Finding a story, pitching an idea
>> Art & craft of researching and organizing in a multimedia world
>> Techniques and tips for gathering information in field
>> Finding story structure, using media
>> Owning voice – verbal and visual
>> Putting it together
>> Editing your work
>> Ethics

Workshop Format

The workshop combines classroom learning (3 hours each Saturday on Zoom) with office hours on Mondays and Wednesdays, where the guides will be available to answer queries and discuss all aspects of multimedia storytelling.

Guest lectures and additional recorded video sessions will be made available as per interests and needs of each cohort.

We will use industry standard backend interfaces that allow participants access to
>> the materials relevant to each week
>> any assignment-uploads
>> discussion forums
>> quizzes
>> office hours
>> peer-peer interaction
>> interaction with guides

How much time can you expect to spend each week on the coursework?
3 hours Classroom Sessions (mandatory) + 2 hours Office Hours (as needed) + 2-3 hours on assignment/project work (suggested) = 8 hours/week

Your Guides:

The workshops will be jointly conducted by National Geographic Explorer Arati Kumar-Rao (Twitter: @aratikumarrao; Insta: @aratikumarrao) and senior journalist/editor Prem Panicker (Twitter: @PremPanicker). 

We may invite one or two guest lecturers.


November 18, 2020 – December 19, 2020 (both dates inclusive: 5 Weeks)

Timings IST

Meet and greet + Housekeeping: 18 November, 2020 Wednesday: 6PM – 8PM (2 hrs)
Classroom Saturdays: 21 November-19 December: 6PM-9PM (3 hrs)
Office Hours: Mondays & Wednesdays: 6PM – 7PM (1 hr)


INR 25,000 (USD 350)

Apply Here

Key Dates:

November 10, 2020
Midnight 11:59PM IST: Deadline for Applications

November 14, 2020
You will receive a response from us about your application.

November 16, 2020
Midnight 11:59PM IST: You pay the fees to hold your place. If we don’t hear from you, the spot will be given to the next person on the waitlist.

November 18, 2020
E-meet & greet: Our first session where we get to know each other ahead of the classroom sessions

November 21, 2020
Workshop begins. First classroom session, repeated weekly for 5 Saturdays.

Any questions, clarifications, please email us at: