Padma Venkatraman's Writing Workshop:
A Fundraiser

Dr. Padma Venkatraman was one of the first students to join The School KFI, and was part of the (original) first batch to graduate. In her early years, her creative writing was encouraged by Prema Srinivasan, Padma Santhanam, Pama Patwardhan, Chinna Oomen, Kalyana Lakshmi and Ahalya Chari.

Later, she spent time at Brockwood Park School in England, where she was encouraged by Scott Forbes and mentored by Stephen Smith who believed her work would surely win international recognition. She returned to the United Kingdom to direct Inwoods School in its formative years before completing her doctoral degree in oceanography in the United States.

She well remembers The School KFI’s move from Poes Garden to Damodar Gardens and is delighted to contribute her time to help with this new campus relocation.

Padma is offering two writing workshops as fundraisers for the school's relocation. Details are available alongside.

About Padma Venkatraman

Award winning author Padma Venkatraman worked as chief scientist on oceanographic ships, spent time under the sea, and lived in 5 countries before becoming a full-time writer. Her 3 novels, A TIME TO DANCE, ISLAND’S END and CLIMBING THE STAIRS, were each released to multiple starred reviews (totaling 12), have been cited on ~50 best books lists (e.g. NYPL, Kirkus, Booklist and ALA) and have won numerous honors and awards (e.g. Paterson Prize, Boston Authors Club Julia Ward Howe Award, ASTAL RI Book of the Year, Singapore Red Dot Award, South Asia Book Award).

She has participated on panels at Harvard and other universities; been an invited guest at several book festivals such as the international PEN World Voices Festival; and has provided commencement speeches at schools and keynote addresses at international conferences, such as the Caribbean Beach Pen Literary Festival in Trinidad, where she was the chief guest. Her work has been featured on national and international TV and radio, and in a documentary. She enjoys teaching, mentoring, and providing assistance to other writers by conducting writing workshops. Visit her at