Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Creative Writing workshop for Teenagers in Bangalore

Soulpen: The adventure of writing.

Are you in the trance-like age, between twelve and twenty? Soulpen is getting younger in the last weekend of May.

Youngsters are naturally creative, enthusiastic, and full of ideas. Youth is an intense experience, where the gushing of dreams and angst has that rare quality: freshness. Very often, this freshness is un appreciated and un acknowledged. All you need is someone who will willingly listen. Someone who can streamline your thoughts towards an expression of art.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
- Khalil Gibran, on Children

Anyone can write. If you like to talk, you can surely write. And if you are shy, you will probably write very well.

Writing can be a wonderful tool to understand yourself, to reflect an inner you that is nearer to your real self than you are willing to voice. The paper does not judge, the pen does not interfere.

Come, find your own voice. Sign up for Soulpen.

Contact: Kavita at
080 – 26678890, Mobile – 97417 11225. or Manjushree at 9945192862 or mail

29th May: 2.00 pm to 6.30 pm
30th May: 10. 30 am to 2.00 pm

‘Hippocampus centre’, Ranga Rao road, Shankarpuram, Basavangudi,.

Fees: Rs. 1200/-

Focus: The aim of the workshop is to dig out the blocks that hamper the sprouting of the creative juices and fuel the love of writing towards an intense and natural discipline. Every participant will be guided step by step to write a short story.

Flow chart:

Day 1 : Re-discovering the creative impulse.

Why do we write? Because we need to tell the story. As children, all of us are born creative. When we learn to talk, there is no difference between imagination and reality. Education encourages us to develop our logic and the creative process takes a back seat. The glimpses of the muse are short and sweet: She comes visiting, she leaves a line and takes back the novel.

Missing the muse, the creative angel, is the writer's block. We shall begin with an exercise, an ice-breaking ritual for overcoming the writers block. Then we get familiar with the source of all the art within: your well. We shall do some techniques to dive in with a torch and unearth the gems, the pearls or the bullets.

All the participants will structure a story.

Day 2: Nurturing the creative impulse.

How do curds set? First of all, you need a pot. The structure of the story. The American classical structure and the Indian traditional original masala formula from the Natya Shastra. The navarasas. Then you need milk.
Characterization. We shall pen three different approaches to creating your characters. The purpose of all these exercises will be for all the participants to complete the story. And to fuel the love of writing towards a natural and intense discipline of sitting with a pen and paper.

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 several creative writing workshops at the Srishti School of Art and Design, Times of India : Nalanda group, Bangalore, Mumbai, Ahemedabad and Mcleodganj. I also teach English in schools. I write for the creative outlet, deep fulfillment and clarity of mind that sometimes comes as a gift with a good session of writing.


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