Rahul M

What was your intent in signing up for the BWW? Would you say your intent was met?
I wanted to write and didn’t know much, wasn’t part of the community and didn’t know what to do. Mostly, I joined up with an open mind hoping something good would come out of it. Vaguely, I hoped I would learn more about the technicalities of writing, mode of narration etc.

What were your key take-aways from the workshop? Which of the sessions/discussions/topics covered did you find most beneficial to you?
Biggest take-away/benefit is that now I feel a part of a community of like-minded people. Earlier I had no one that I could bounce things off and learn from. For the duration of the course, I was immersed in this community and hope that this will continue.

I have probably become a slightly more aware reader just due to having been exposed to things like narrative, emotional arcs, characterization etc. Hopefully this will reflect in my writing as well.

I am not sure if any one session stood out, but one of the things that helped me hugely was the critiques and having different viewpoints focussing on my pieces. Since, my own work is something I am very familiar with, learning different concepts or weaknesses in my writing through the examples of my own work hit home for me.

Are there any other topics/methods you would like incorporated in the workshop?
I feel the course lacked a bit of thos (solid) technical stuff. Since I am not aware of what all could have been covered, I can’t point out anything in particular, but a bit more explanation of technical aspects of writing followed up by writing exercises would have helped this be more pukhta (something like solid).
Also, please add Ernest Hemingway :) or some other men friendly topics.

How would you rate your Facilitators? Please give specific feedback to both.
Rheea Mukherjee
Bhumika Anand
Actually, nothing really to say except perhaps don’t get too personal with your students. Having someone speak with authority helps keep seriousness and also avoids silly complications later.

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 would wholeheartedly recommend it. I would rate it 7- absolutely amazing, not too many alternatives but some scope for improvement.

Any other feedback/suggestions for improvement/criticism…
Think I have covered everything. Please find a way to keep the community alive, also try and introduce current batch students to previous batch after about 2-3 sessions when they have bonded among themselves.
Also, please please create a document containing book publishers/literary agents contacts and share.