Thursday, June 30, 2016

Creative Writing workshop in Pune

Attend Manjushree Abhinav's popular one-day Creative Writing Workshop on Sunday the 3rd of July in Pune.
Fees Rs 900 only.
 For details and registration, email or
 whatsapp/call 09825476446 

Writing is healing with words, just as painting heals stroke by stroke. The creative energies flow well with regular scrubbing and clearing out the garbage that clogs our minds. The aim of the workshop is to dig out the blocks that hamper the flow 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 story, a script, a film....

What is the essence of the creative process? What is the source of the artistic impulse? A film, or a book, is born as a thought, a strong, palpable feeling that tugs. Once identified, this tug can be the link to the big bundle, the one that can stream out as the novel. All you need to do is to catch that thread from your bundle of thoughts and keep puling gently. Maybe you sat with a pen in your hand and tried to write. 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. Dealing with the tangled bundle requires something they don't sell in the shops. You can try to use fevicol and stick your bottom to the writers chair. If that doesn't work, come sign up for Manjushree's Creative Writing Workshop.

Feedback from students who have attended Manjushree Abhinav's Creative Writing Workshops:

"Something more than creative writing happened in this class. I didn't realize that I had so much pain stored inside. During the writers' block exercise, when Manjushree made us time travel to our childhood, I remembered the three year old girl who would dance, waiting for my father to come home and I wept tears of joy". - Sri Lata M


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 scene and takes back the movie. Missing the muse, the creative spirit, leads to the writer's block.

Creative blockage can happen to the best of artists. Although we call this a writer's unblocking ritual, this exercise is known to help all kinds of artists in getting over their creative blocks. This exercise is self-introspective and at the same time lighthearted. Words get tossed out, opening a series of self traps. Those who are truly interested in unearthing their hidden depths love this exercise.

Creativity is not just a hobby. It is a spiritual path. More like a spiritual garden. A garden that is watered with attention and shined on with energy will flower. The creative gardner who is flowing in art carries a bag full of secret tools. I am not talking of the painters canvas and oils. Those you can buy in the shops. My bag is full of attitudes. Devil may care or not, the artist is not an artist without them.


Manjushree Abhinav is a film-maker and novelist. She has authored a novel called 'A Grasshopper's Pilgrimage' published by Rupa & Co. Manjushree has studied at the Film & Television Institute of India, Pune. She has made several documentary and fiction films. She has taught at premier institutions like the Film & Television Institute of India, Pune, and the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. She has been conducting popular workshops on creative writing, script writing and film-making in Ahmedabad, Mumbai and Bangalore.

Manjushree writes for the creative outlet, deep fulfillment and clarity of mind that sometimes come as a gift with a good session of writing. She teaches what she most needs to learn.

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