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Neelima has conceptualized and designed The Young Author Program, a creative writing workshop designed to teach children in the age range of 8 -16 years to write their own stories. She mentors budding young writers and helps them implement fiction tools for effective characterization, world-building and plotting. The program is certified by Pothi.com, a self-publishing company based in Bangalore.

Program Outcome

  • Participants receive a certificate.
  • Selected stories written by the children are published in the Young Author Program Anthology. The first book called Ice Creams and Time Machines was published in 2019. Work is underway on the second anthology.


Like every ambitious mother, I too thought this workshop would be good for my ten year old. I was a bit anxious and doubtful about being too pushy. The two-day workshop for young writers was something I thought would be interesting and useful for him. It was just beautiful when my son came out beaming from his first session…he was waiting to be a part of it the next day too! At the end of both the days, he told me that if he had missed it, it would have been a great loss. To inspire a ten year old boy to say this is no easy task. I am a happy mother today. — Asha

The Young Author Program was extremely helpful for my daughter, Ishmita, as it helped her improve her ability to think and write from different perspectives. It also helped her in describing each character and plot in detail. I also noticed that the workshop has made her contemplate each situation and write with in-depth analyses. Neelima has been very patient explaining each aspect in detail. Her passion for books has helped ignite the spirit of writing in my daughter. — Sumieja

The Young Author Program was a great workshop and my daughter gained a lot of valuable inputs through the whole two-day interaction! Would be happy to be part of the next one. — Keerti

My daughter while enjoying the company in the YAP sessions found the sessions relaxing and inspiring setting the mood for  creative thinking. She picked up techniques on story telling she was not aware of. We are excited to see her work in print soon. — Sumathy

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