July 22, 2020

Whenever I hold the YAP sessions, serendipity follows. This time someone gifted the YAP program as a birthday gift to a talented young writer. I made friends with a lovely elderly lady who encouraged me to keep hosting sessions like these, my friends went all out to help me spread the word and I got…

May 5, 2020

It’s the first time that I conducted the Young Author Program online. I wondered if the ‘can you hear me?’ and the mute/unmute button would change the writing experience. But once we all tuned in, it worked out fine…I had students from Bangalore, Kochi, Vijayawada and Delhi. On the whole, there was an imagination overdrive….

February 19, 2020

As those of you occasionally pop onto my blog know, I did a series of Young Author Program workshops last year. The good thing about the workshops besides the frolic and fun was that I was finally able to put all the stories together into an anthology- a cute little book called Ice Creams and…

August 20, 2019

Over a couple of Sundays in July and August, I commuted to Artwist, Electronic City where I met a bunch of eager young writers- the most playful batch I’ve had to date. The oldest writer here was eleven and the youngest eight. The classroom was apt- a room filled with children’s drawings and an inspiring…

July 22, 2019

This time the Young Author Program was held at the quaint Dhyaana Cafe, a peaceful and meditative space in Indiranagar, Bangalore. Every class has a different dynamic. In this class, the mood was extremely cerebral and playful. My students conversed and brainstormed so confidently about a variety of subjects. So the discussion moved from Manga…

April 14, 2019

We spent a lovely #writing weekend at the very cozy Atta Galatta in Koramangala. We wrote a bit of sci-fi, mystery, historical fiction, diary entries and adventure. My happiest moment? When I learned that many of my students were writing a full-fledged story in this much detail for the first time. Since it was a weekend class, the…

March 1, 2019

On Fed 23 and 24, 2019, I conducted my first writing workshop called the Young Author Program for children in the age-group of 9-15. When I was young, I wrote all the time. I remember attending a workshop, a friend’s home in an apartment complex. I wondered when I got there how I would write…