Rohini Malur

 

What was your intent in signing up for the BWW? Would you say your intent was met?

To start writing again, to see my writing from a fresh perspective, to meet other writers, to find a writing group for more feedback. 

Yes, yes, yes and yes! Thank you.

 

What were your key take-aways from the workshop? Which of the sessions/discussions/topics covered did you find most beneficial to you?

The difference between what my narrator is saying and what I think I have made her say. I’m leaving out things, and slanting things in ways I had not realised – my restraint is no longer the positive aspect of my work, and is instead an extraordinarily horrible hindrance.

It’s also useful because it exposed me forcibly to other people’s style of reading a text, and the overlap and differences in what we all take away from the same text. It is a very, very clear significator of attitudes and differences, and a way of bonding with them that wouldn’t have worked quite so well if we had only critique and normal social conversation.

 

Are there any other topics/methods you would like incorporated in the workshop?

Performance! Reading out your work! Both to yourself and to others. Especially since the workshop recommends reading your work out loud to yourself – some amount of performance is necessary there too. 

 

How would you rate your Facilitators? Please give specific feedback to both.

The two of you are excellent complements to each other! I like, also, your combined reading styles, and the things you make us pull out of the prescribed texts in the coursebook.

Rheea Mukherjee, I find your analysis of our work interesting and informative, you highlight new ways of looking at those texts that I had not before – especially when you’re talking about the things that do not work.

Bhumika Anand, I really appreciate your ability to tell someone that their work is bad/not working, and why. I think you have a more precise ability than Rheea to pinpoint the technicalities of why a text is missing something. (But I still think the parenthesis is awesome.)

 

Would you recommend the workshop to others? How would you rate the BWW, on a scale of 1-10, where 10 is the highest? 

8? 8.5? In critique and feedbacking specifically, 9. 

 

Any other feedback/suggestions for improvement/criticism…

I found the workshop insistence on doing good comments first, and then bad, frustrating. I tend to evaluate a work more collectively, and having to listen to everything in two lumps was confusing and not holistic. (The actual feedback was fine, and so was the rest of your critique structure!) 

Also, your continuation workshops are a fantastic idea. They are!