All workshops need prior registration and are on a first-come-first-served basis.
Though we welcome registrations for multiple workshops, multiple registrations for the same workshop will lead to your application being rejected.
Q & A with R & D: Ravinder Singh & Durjoy Datta on writing…
10 AM - 11 AM
Max. Participants - 100
No age limit
An interactive, intimate session where literary heartthrobs Ravinder and Durjoy answer all your questions. Tips, tricks, twists,tales, titillating tidbits and more…
A bestselling author, Ravinder Singh is currently based in Delhi. He has an MBA from ISB (Hyderabad). His eight-year-long IT career started with Infosys and came to a happy ending at Microsoft where he worked as a senior programme manager. One fine day he had an epiphany that writing books is more interesting than writing project plans. He called it a day at work and took to full-time writing. His books include I Too Had a Love Story, Can Love Happen Twice?, Like it happened Yesterday and Your Dreams are Mine Now. He has also started a publishing venture called Black Ink (www.BlackInkBooks.in), to publish debut authors. Ravinder loves playing snooker in his free time. He is also crazy about Punjabi music.
Durjoy Datta is the bestselling author of eleven novels – Of Course I Love You!, Now That You’re Rich, She Broke Up, I Didn’t, Ohh Yes, I’m Single!, You Were My Crush, If It’s Not Forever!, Till The Last Breath, Someone Like You, and Hold My Hand, When Only Love Remains and Worlds Best Boyfriend. All his novels have found prominence in various bestseller lists and continue to feature in them. His books predominantly deal with subjects of love, relationships, disability, drug abuse, sexuality and death. He is the co-founder of Grapevine India Publisher Pvt. Ltd., a mainstream English language publisher which promotes young talent in the publishing industry. He is also a motivational speaker and has spoken in over 100 colleges and schools on the topics of entrepreneurship, writing, marketing, passions etc. He also has to his credit five television shows – Sadda Haq (Channel V) and Veera (Star Plus), amongst others. A graduate from Delhi College of Engineering and Management Development Institute, he worked in the power engineering sector and the banking sector for a few years before quitting it to pursue his entrepreneurial and writing dreams.
How to write great Chillers and Thrillers with Zac O’Yeah
11 AM - 1 PM
Max. Participants - 50
No age limit
Interactive session during which Zac O’Yeah discusses the methods that writers use to create suspense and thrills, so that their novels become real page-turners. He also talks about what makes good writing good and why bad writing is usually always very boring writing, and how to hone one’s writing skills. Participants are encouraged to ask questions and join in the discussion. This popular workshop has been featured at Chennai’s Lit for Life, Mumbai’s Kala Ghoda Arts Festival (thrice), Jaipur Literature Festival (twice), in Delhi at JNU, at Goa International Centre and other venues.
Zac O’Yeah is the Indo-Swedish author of popular comic thrillers Once Upon a Time in Scandinavistan (2010) and Mr. Majestic! (2013) and eleven other books, and he has been translated into several languages. His latest detective novel Hari, a Hero for Hire (PanMacmillan 2015) was hailed by leading Swedish national daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter as a “classic”, described by bestselling novelist Ashok Banker as “one of the best crime novels set in India written by anyone”. He worked in the theatre and music business in Sweden until he retired early, at 25, to come to India. His books range from bestselling detective fiction to history and travelogue, and he has also translated Indian literature into Swedish. As a veteran travel writer, he is a frequent contributor to National Geographic Traveller magazine, and also a columnist with The Hindu BusinessLine and an influential literary critic. Download his updates from www.zacoyeah.com
The Out of Print ‘Short Fiction Workshop’- with Indira Chandrashekar
1 PM - 3 PM
Max. Participants - 20
Age limit - 18+
On crafting short fiction:
– place your story
– reveal your story
– engage your reader
– short fiction, not reportage
And discuss some of the many pitfalls and difficulties writers face…
Indira Chandrasekhar is the founder and principal editor of Out of Print, an online magazine for short fiction connected to the Indian subcontinent. Her stories have appeared, among other places, in Cosmonauts Avenue, Far Enough East, rkvry, Eclectica and The Little Magazine, and won awards and been shortlisted, most notably in the Mslexia short story competitions. She is the co-editor of Pangea: An Anthology of Stories from Around the Globe, Thames River Press, 2012. Indira has a PhD in Biophysics and used to study the dynamics of biological membranes at research institutes in India, the United States and Switzerland. She convenes the Executive Council of the G5A Foundation for Contemporary Culture in Mumbai.