Creative Writing Workshop in Mumbai on 12th December
Soulpen: The adventure of writing.
How would you like to write a novel? Or a play? Or a script?
How would you like to dip into your own well for ideas, for short story, novella, novel or movie-script?
Have you ever felt that you have a classic inside you? That all you need is to catch the illusive thread from your bundle of thoughts and keep puling gently. Maybe you sat with a pen in your hand and tried to write a story. And maybe your bundle got tight and the thread snapped. Untangling that bundle can be a delicate, at times painful, but ultimately fulfilling creative process.
Anyone can write. Those who have the patience to deal with the tangled bundle will definitely come out with a novel.
Those who don't have it, come sign up for Soulpen. We give you the fevicol that will stick your bottom to the writer's chair.
The next creative writing workshop is scheduled on Sunday, 12th December, 2010.
Venue: Andheri West, Mumbai, and ONLINE* option is available.
Eligibility: Preferably over 16 yrs old and a love for writing or reading or both.
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. It will help the beginner as well as the writer who is stuck in the middle of a book.
* ONLINE : If you are not in Mumbai but would still like to attend, we can meet through Skype. You will need a computer with a microphone, speaker and camera with a net connection and you are almost here. An online participant can hear and see all the participants and be seen and heard too. Please mail me if you want to attend online.
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.
Nurturing the creative impulse.
How does 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 it needs milk.
Characterization. We shall understand different approaches to creating your characters. 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.
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 and Times of India : Nalanda group, Bangalore . I write for the creative outlet, deep fulfillment and clarity of mind that sometimes comes as a gift with a good session of writing.