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Writers Workshop
Founded1957 (1957)
FounderPurushottama Lal
Country of originIndia
Headquarters location169/92, Lake Gardens, Kolkata 700045, India
Key peopleAnanda Lal; Shuktara Lal
Publication typesBooks
Nonfiction topicsLiterary criticism, Poetry, Drama, Novels, Translations
Official websitewww.writersworkshopindia.com

Writers Workshop is a Kolkata-based literary publisher founded by the Indian poet and scholar Purushottama Lal in 1958. It has published many new Indian authors of post-independence urban literature. Many of these authors later became widely known.[1][2][3][4]


The Writers Workshop[5] company was first founded as a group of eight writers (Lal, Deb Kumar Das, Anita Desai, Sasthibrata Chakravarti writing as Sasthi Brata, William Hull, Jail Ratan, Kewlian Sio, and Pradip Sen) in 1958. It was an initiative of Purushottama Lal (1929–2010),[6] a professor of English at St. Xavier's College, Calcutta.

Although it mainly publishes Indian writing in English, it has also published books in other modern Indian languages. To date, the press has published over 3500 titles of poetry, novels, drama, and other literary works, with two focuses: experimental literature of the present day, and translations from Sanskrit and other classical Indian languages.

Writers Workshop of India has published the first books by many authors who have gone on to become famous, including A. K. Ramanujan, Asif Currimbhoy, Agha Shahid Ali, Adil Jussawalla, Arun Kolatkar, Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, Chandrakant Bakshi, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Gieve Patel, Hoshang Merchant, Jayanta Mahapatra, Joe Winter, Keki Daruwalla, Kamala Das, Meena Alexander, Mani Rao, Nissim Ezekiel, Pritish Nandy, Poile Sengupta, R. Parthasarathy, Ruskin Bond, Shiv Kumar, Saleem Peeradina, Tijan Sallah, Vihang A. Naik, Vikram Seth, and William Hull among others who have been included in The Golden Treasury of Writers Workshop Poetry[7] India .

As Writers Workshop enters its sixth decade of existence, it has become an extremely important part of the literary history of India.[8] Its titles are printed as hand-loom[9] sari-bound[10] volumes with exquisite calligraphy on them. Throughout its history, this alternative publishing venture has published authors without a distribution system to back it.[11] Perhaps the most important publishing venture Writers Workshop has undertaken is Lal's translation[12] of the entire Indian epic Mahabharata in 18 volumes (appearing 2005–2009).[13]

After Purushottama Lal's death in 2010, his family members now run his publishing house.


  1. ^ "Writers' Workshop completed 50 years of literary glory". Indian Express. 4 October 2008.
  2. ^ "P Lal and the Writer's Workshop story". Business Standard. 9 November 2010.
  3. ^ "City remembers a great scholar & human". The Times of India. Kolkata, India. 14 November 2010. Archived from the original on 4 November 2012.
  4. ^ "I Remember An Idyll". Tehelka Magazine. 8 (2). 15 January 2011.
  5. ^ "The Writers Workshop Team". Writers' Workshop, India. Writers'Workshop, India. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  6. ^ "Writers' Workshop @ fifty". The Hindu. 1 March 2009. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  7. ^ "Rubana Huq, ed. The Golden Treasury of Writers Workshop Poetry. Kolkata: Writers Workshop, 2008 ". Asiatic Journal at IIUM. Asiatic : IIUM Journal of English Language and Literature. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  8. ^ "A life in five acts". HarmonyIndia.org. Harmony India : a social initiative of Dhirubhai Ambani Memorial Trust. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  9. ^ "Biblio-beauties". LiveMint. LiveMint.Com. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  10. ^ "BEYOND THE ORDINARY - The calligrapher of Calcutta-45". TelegraphIndia.Com. TelegraphIndia. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  11. ^ "P Lal obituary". TheGuardian.com. TheGuardian.com. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  12. ^ "Puroshottama Lal: sought to 'transcreate' an epic". TheNational.ae. TheNational.ae. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  13. ^ "The P. Lal transcreation of the complete epic text in 18 volumes". WritersWorkshop, India. WritersWorkshop, India. Retrieved 25 January 2016.

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