Shalini Jagadish

What was your intent in signing up for the BWW? Would you say your intent was met?
My intent was to be able to sit, suppress the noise in my head and frame coherent sentences long enough to tell a story. I did not even know if I would be able to carry it off. I was shooting in the dark. But because of your high levels of standard, I was not only able to write my first story and send it off to literary magazines, but also came up with another story which, one day, I hope will be a novella/novel. So was my intent met? ABSOLUTELY! I got more than what I bargained for. :)

What were your key take-aways from the workshop? Which of the sessions/discussions/topics covered did you find most beneficial to you?
A community of extremely talented writers whose opinions/ suggestions/ feedback I know I can trust to improve my writing. A community that will keep me on my feet and make me write even when I feel too lazy to get out of bed. But from the workshop teaching itself, I thought the techniques on how to take the story forward or techniques that can make a more effective impact was most beneficial. Also, the session about writer’s block was useful. The literary magazines and publishing insight was very, very helpful too.

Are there any other topics/methods you would like incorporated in the workshop?
Yes, you can talk more about the copyrights and other rules and regulations in the publishing world that we are expected to know before submitting. It’s easy to understand how we can get super-excited when we finally finish the story that we want it to go out as soon as possible. In the rush, there is a good chance that some of the issues might get overlooked.

How would you rate your Facilitators? Please give specific feedback to both.
I think that the two of you as a team are unbeatable. Where one loses focus or finds the subject too dry, the other takes over and guides baby writers. J I’m sure the high standards you set for your writers wrt the need for a better storyline and your no-compromise-on-quality attitude will ensure that BWW will be a brand that people can blindly trust when it comes to Indian literature.

Rheea Mukherjee
Rheea, your high spirits in the workshop is something that always rubbed off on me. You quirky examples while explaining techniques made it easy to understand and implement.

Bhumika Anand
Bhumika, your editorial skills are immensely helpful, especially for someone like me who thinks the word is there when it really isn’t. Your faith in a story even when the writer him/herself can’t see the purpose of the story, no doubt, inspires him/her to go back and see what caught your fancy and work extra hard to make it the masterpiece that it is.

Would you recommend the workshop to others? How would you rate the BWW, on a scale of 1-10, where 10 is the highest?
Absolutely! If I can write now, anyone can. And every writer who is serious about their writing needs a touch of your magic :) My rating? 10! Without a doubt.

Any other feedback/suggestions for improvement/criticism…
None that I can think of. But I have noticed that since the workshop got over, I have not been able to write. Laziness has set in and I am absolutely unproductive now. If you can have a monthly/two monthly thing where the writers are to send their stuff, I’m sure we will be forced to write irrespective of meetings and deadlines and office and traffic and guys/girls and all the other glitter.

Looking forward to the BWW Advanced course. :)