Monday, July 6, 2009

Creative writing workshop, July

The next Creative writing workshop is scheduled for July 18th and 19th, a weekend.

Timing: 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday 18th July
and 10 am to 6 pm on Sunday, 19th July.

Fees: Rs. 2,000/
(Discount available for students.)

Venue: Times of India, 1st floor, MG road, Bangalore.

Eligibility: Preferably over 18yrs old and a love for writing or reading or both.

Author's profile :

I am a recently published novelist of A Grasshopper's Pilgrimage. This book should be available in most of the Crosswords and Landmarks. You can read reviews of this book on this blog. Just type the title in the search box.

I am also a film maker. I was trained at the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune in Film Editing. I have made several documentary films, and taught the various aspects of film making at NID (National Institute of Design), Ahemedabad and also at the FTII. I have conducted a creative writing workshop at the Srishti School of Art and Design last year.

I write for the creative outlet, deep fulfillment and clarity of mind that sometimes comes as a gift with a good session of writing.

Course Content of the writing workshop :

day 1 :-

Why do we write? Because we need to tell the story.
As toddlers, we were all creative with the use of words. The neighbor who had a dog was bowwow. The little boy who played cricket was katakata. The kite which flew in the sky was whoosh.
When we started pre-school, our talents grew to huge proportions. We came back home and told granny, 'Today I climbed a duck. Tomorrow our teacher is going to die. So school will be closed.'
And then the devil struck. We were given a pencil and a rubber and asked to memorize spellings and all the love for words and thoughts was lost with the wind.

This workshop will erase whatever scars our education inflicted on our imagination.
We will write and read out and no one will laugh.

We shall begin with an exercise, a ritual for overcoming the writers block, or to get started. Participants will be given blank papers, with a manageable word limit. Lap tops will not be needed.

We shall do more exercises to stretch the mind and work the writing muscle.

The class will read out a couple of their favorite short stories and we will analyze the story-line and compare it to the structure. Then we will work on a short story structure. To begin with, we will write a short story with a straight narrative, and then we will play with the structure.

Those who have a story in mind will write their on their own. Others can follow a guideline.

Completing this story will be the home work for the day.

day 2 :-

Everyone has a novel inside. Lets write ours. How does one write a novel? The masala formula. Or, the nine rasas.

The kind of education we have had, the information overload, the media inputs, have made intellectual zombies out of us. We think with our brains, not with our minds.

Which is why, the first step is to become aware of what 'rasa' one goes through when writing something. Writing is a lonely job. Words have to become alive, they have to gain the power, a power more intense than a human ear, a sense of fulfillment more satisfying than an orgasm.

Where do novels come from? What is the essence of the novel?

Characterization: The back bone of a good novel. Class will read out the characters and discuss their difficulties in creating an imaginary human being from words.

Exercises: Two different approaches to creating your character.

The purpose of all these exercises will be for all the participants to complete a short story.

And to fuel the love of writing towards a natural and intense discipline of sitting with a pen and paper.

Call me at 9945192862 for registering.


Rajashree said...

All the best, pillu pillu! Hope the workshop is a great grand success!

Amrita said...

Hi, I'm Amrita Sabnavis who called earlier this morning. I'd like to register for the workshop on 18th and 19th July. My email address is

King of the mountains said...

Hello Manjushree

I would like to attend this workshop.

Please enroll me and advice on the payment procedure.

My email Id is :

Best Regards
Girish Kumar Joshi
+91-98450 29345

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DK said...

Hi manju, id like to attend the workshop. email:


Anonymous said...

Hi Manjushree,

I would like to be a part of this workshop which begins on 18th.

Please mail me the details on

Lydia Gurung said...

hi Manju,

i'd like to attend the workshop this weekend. Please enroll me.


Lydia Gurung said...

hi Manju

i`d like to attend the worshop this weekend..



Neha said...

Due to some prior comittments, I will not be able to make it to this one..are there some others schedules in August? My email id is Would look forward to hearing from you.

Grasshopper said...

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See you tomorrow morning.


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