Ullas Marar

What was your intent in signing up for the BWW? Would you say your intent was met?
The intent was to get back in touch with the writer in me. I knew there was some potential but I wanted to test myself out. I can say I’m much more confident and ready to invest more time in honing the craft.

What were your key take-aways from the workshop? Which of the sessions/discussions/topics covered did you find most beneficial to you?
I love the sense of community. I know that I have people to count on to critique my work. I also liked the course material; it cuts through preferences and styles. It’s enriching.

Are there any other topics/methods you would like incorporated in the workshop?
Not topics or methods but I suspect that at some point, people would walk in expecting poetry to be part of the scheme. I didn’t miss it but I’m guessing students of subsequent batches may. It might be a good idea to have a prominent disclaimer that poetry is out of scope.

How would you rate your Facilitators? Please give specific feedback to both.
Am I allowed to be in love with two women at a time? Jokes apart, I think you complement each other and make a good team.

Rheea has helped me be slightly more assured as a writer. Her inputs on the creative side are invaluable. “Trust the readers”, “show, don’t tell”, and “paint a picture”; these are little nuggets that will stay with me as I write more.

Bhumika is a perfect foil, tempering the creative indulgence with structure, grammar, vocabulary and everything else we knew existed but didn’t know mattered.

Would you recommend the workshop to others? How would you rate the BWW, on a scale of 1-10, where 10 is the highest?
Yes, I’ve been trying to do so. I would give BWW a 9 (one withheld purely to flatter my ego). But seriously, if I don’t pursue writing in a consistent manner from here, I know there will be no excuses.

Any other feedback/suggestions for improvement/criticism…
BWW is a business venture but under that umbrella, there should be a few voluntary initiatives, such as a reading group or a book sharing group. These won’t need your active supervision. They’ll be self-running groups. In the long run, they’ll add to the promise BWW holds for prospective participants. 

Also, please consider the option of individual exit interviews. That way, a lot of people will come up with more suggestions, even if that sounds like a wish list.