HP’s Write&Read is a unique initiative for children, by children by HP’s Imaging & Printing Group (HP-IPG). It is a collaborative story-writing program in association with Katha, an NGO that brings children living in poverty into reading and quality education, and is driven by HP’s industry-leading imaging and printing technologies to bring young students’ imagination to life. Prolific lyricist Prasoon Joshi is serving as creative mentor for the Write&Read program.
Upon culmination of the workshops, the final 50 best entries, shortlisted through a rigorous judging process supervised by Prasoon Joshi, will be published in the form of a book of short stories for children, by children.
“HP Write&Read workshop in Mumbai saw participation from over 200 vibrant and enthusiastic children from 17 schools. It was a pleasure to mentor the participants, to hone their writing skills and cultivate creative writing as a habit from an early age. We hope that the workshop benefits them profusely and helps to bring out the hidden author in them,” said Neeraj Sharma, President, Imaging & Printing Group, HP.
HP supported the Write&Read workshop in Mumbai with web-connected printers, which will enable children to interact directly with content on the Web via Print Apps and complement their thoughts with rich visual depictions.
“Mentoring children in Mumbai has been a delight. HP Write&Read initiative not only gave these children a platform to enhance their creative writing skills, but also gave me the opportunity to share my experiences with them and guide them. I wrote my first book - Main aur Woh — a ‘conversation with himself’ at the age of 17 and even after all these years, it remains my most cherished piece of work. I am happy that via these workshops, I have been able to reach out to all those children who thrive to bring out the author in them. It has truly been a wonderful journey,” said Prasoon Joshi.
“Katha has always encouraged children to learn and develop sustainable learning skills and with HP Write&Read, we provide them with a platform to come together and develop new age content in form of creative short stories for their peers. Mumbai workshop was boisterous with over 190 children with an appetite to learn and explore the writer in them. The workshop provided the perfect platform for kids to team up and bring out their creativity and have fun,” said Geeta Dharmarajan, Founder & Executive Director, Katha.
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