Kanchana Doraiswamy

What was your intent in signing up for the BWW? Would you say your intent was met?
I had been looking (unsuccessfully) for a writers’ community in Bangalore for the past 3 years. To interact with people having a similar love for writing as I do, and also for motivation to continue along the path myself. And now, after the workshop, I realize that so many things that weren’t even on my wishlist have been given to me. Just like that. :)

I walked out of every workshop with an incredible energy that kept me waiting for the next one. To say that my intent has been met would be an understatement. I wish every aspiring writer in Bangalore serious about writing fiction gets to work with BWW. Your sincerity and enthusiasm in preserving the sanctity of the written word is amazing.


What were your key take-aways from the workshop? Which of the sessions/discussions/topics covered did you find most beneficial to you?
I loved every one of the sessions, so it would be impossible to pick! I loved the discussions we had on Murakami, DH Lawrence, Saki, and all the others. The reviews that I have received for my fiction pieces have been immensely helpful. The insights have been amazing and I wish we could continue to critique each other’s work in such an effective way. The sessions have been so well organized, the agenda so clear right from the first session, in all it is such an extraordinary initiative in Bangalore. Thanks to two beautiful souls - Bhumika and Rheea.


Are there any other topics/methods you would like incorporated in the workshop?
Nothing really. You have focussed on what is really important for fiction writers and it works very well. The only little thing on my wishlist has to do with the course book. The binding makes it very difficult to get to sentences at times, and I struggled with that quite a few times. I think that spiral binding the coursework maybe a good idea.


How would you rate your Facilitators? Please give specific feedback to both.
Rheea Mukherjee :
Rheea I like your quiet but strong presence in the workshop. Your organizational abilities are impeccable. Your feedback is precise. The feedback you have given for my work is detailed and I have gone back to it several times during the editing/rework phase. Thank you for BWW, I hope everything you visualized for it (and more) becomes a reality.

Bhumika Anand:
Bhumika, to try to explain how amazing you have been for all of us, to put it down in a few sentences would do little justice, but let me attempt it anyway. Your honesty is what touches me the most. I have immensely benefited from listening to you during the critiquing sessions. The way you connect thoughts, ideas and look for homogeneity is something I have learnt only by listening to you. And you bring so much energy into every session, I have carried some of it away with me every week and spread it around. Your sincerity in reviewing our work deserves a standing ovation. You are a teacher who nurtures, inspires and creates - so tirelessly and so effortlessly. Thank you so much for your reviews, I treasure them. :)


Would you recommend the workshop to others? How would you rate the BWW, on a scale of 1-10, where 10 is the highest?
I will recommend it to every single writer I know. 10/10, for sure.

Any other feedback/suggestions for improvement/criticism…
Let us go then, you and I,
When the evening is spread out against the sky
Like a patient etherized upon a table;
Let us go, through certain half-deserted streets,
The muttering retreats
Of restless nights in one-night cheap hotels
And sawdust restaurants with oyster-shells:
Streets that follow like a tedious argument
Of insidious intent