Just Write from Just Books. Hurry….few seats left!

JustBooks is pleased to sponsor a programme designed to help budding authors. Read on further:
Name: Just Write Workshop

About: An in-residence 3-week (19 days) Writing Workshop to be held in Bangalore Nov. 2011.

Mission: The workshop’s mission is two-fold: first, help authors develop and position their writing; and second, encourage the writing of stories, esp. speculative fiction, with a South Asian bent.

Description: This is an advanced workshop for semi-professional fiction writers looking to take their skills to the next level.

WHEN: November 14, 2011 — December 02, 2011 (19 days)
WHERE: SAICS CEO Center, Bangalore
INSTRUCTORS: Anil Menon, Anjum Hasan, Rimi Chatterjee
TOTAL FEES: Rs. 17,000 (see below for what the fees include)
Workshop Sponsor: Just Books, India.

Fees: The fee covers staying at the Center for 18 nights (Nov. 14 through Dec. 2nd, checkout Dec 2nd noon); WI-FI internet access in the rooms & hot-spots; breakfast, lunch & dinner; and the cost of instructional materials. Payment is through demand draft; details will be sent upon acceptance.

Structure: The workshop is intended to be an intense, transformational experience for the serious writer. You will join a group of eighteen writers to live, think and breathe writing fiction for three weeks. Each week is handled by a different instructor, thus giving you exposure to a variety of styles, techniques and perspectives. Unlike in two-day or three-day workshops, there is time to go into technical issues in some detail.

You’ll be expected to write one medium-sized story (~3,000 words) each week. Group critiques are a key component of the workshop and will shed much light on the strengths and weaknesses in your writing. There is also a one-on-one session with each instructor which you may use to explore special difficulties with your writing. Finally, you will learn about the business side of writing as well.

The workshop has a special focus on speculative fiction. Speculative Fiction (spec-fic) is a broad term, encompassing genres such as science fiction, fantasy, magic realism, counter-realist, antinovels and cyberpunk. Examples include movies like Inception, Asimov’s robot stories, Amitav Ghosh’s The Calcutta Chromosome, Gabriel Josipovici’s Heart’s Wings, the Harry Potter novels, and Salman Rushdie’s magic realist novels. Over the last few decades, spec-fic has developed a number of innovative techniques that go far beyond what’s possible with purely realist fiction. Some of the sessions will examine these techniques in depth.

Who will most benefit: This workshop is not a beginner’s level creative writing workshop. We think it will most suit authors who have been writing for a while. It will also suit mature individuals interested in taking writing seriously. You’ll be doing a lot of reading and a lot of writing. There’ll be little free time. You’ll be living and working with strangers who’ll critique your stories. There will be emotional moments. It will be challenging, exhausting, and unfortunately, character-building 🙂 If all this sounds like fun, then we want you in our workshop.

Application Process: To apply for this workshop, please send us the following documents quickly

1) A sample of your creative writing, NOT exceeding 5000 words.
2) A statement telling us a little bit about yourself, the kinds of stories you like to write, and what you hope to gain from the workshop.

Email the documents to: iam@anilmenon.com. Seats are limited and applicants are urged to apply early.

History: The first iteration of this workshop was held at IIT-Kanpur in 2009, with Anil Menon, Vandana Singh and Suchitra Mathur as instructors. The participants were drawn from all part of India, age groups, varied work experience and educational levels. Alums like Abha Iyengar, Pervin Saket, Kaushik Vishwanathan and Suneetha B have gone on to write award-winning fiction in a variety of national and international outlets. Other alums have joined academia (Amarjeet Nayak, Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay, Rinku Dutta), journalists (Sumeet Kaul), advertising execs (Himanshu Gaur), social activists (Vaibhav Rathi) and embarked creative ventures of their own (Akshat Nigam, Pomegranate Workshop; Radhika Meganathan, co-founder Rowdy Parrot Creations).

About the Sponsor (JUST BOOKS):

The Just Write Workshop has been made possible by the generous support and encouragement of Just Books, a 21-century community library chain that provides a unique reading experience to book lovers. Perhaps the best way to understand what this company is about is to visit one of its many branches in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mysore, Mumbai and Pune. With over 300,000 books in each location, there is a wide range of books for every type of reader–toddlers to teens, dabblers to bookworms.

Started by a team of Retail and Technology professionals, incubated and nurtured at NSRCEL – IIM Bangalore, Just Books clc aspires to be the country’s first networked pan Indian community library chain catering to Indian reading requirements. The use of proven practices from the retail industry, like warehouse backed operations with centralized inventory and some new-generation technology like cloud-hosted infrastructure with RFID enabled touch points has enabled Just Books to meet the ultimate goal of every library – Get every book a reader and get every reader his/her book.

For more about this fascinating company and its founders visit: http://justbooksclc.com/AboutUs

About the Instructors:

RIMI B. CHATTERJEE is a novelist and academic. Her third novel Black Light (Harper Collins India 2010) is a mystery story about the death of an artist who worked in secret and left a trail of clues to help her nephew find her artworks and stories after her death. The City of Love (Penguin India, 2007) is a tale set against the backdrop of piracy and the spice trade in sixteenth century Bengal, and was shortlisted for the Vodafone Crossword Book Award. Signal Red (Penguin, 2005), was a near-future science fiction story about a defence scientist caught up in a state conspiracy, and in now available as a free ebook online from her blog and from Kindle. Empires of the Mind (OUP India, 2006), her academic history of Oxford University Press’s relations with India before 1947, won the SHARP de Long Book Prize for that year. She has also published short stories and poems. She teaches English at Jadavpur University and is working on her next novel, titled Antisense, and a graphic novel titled Kalpa: Shadowfalls. She runs a blog at http://rimibchatterjee.net/

ANJUM HASAN is an Indian poet and novelist. She was born in Shillong, Meghalaya and currently lives in Bangalore, Karnataka, India. “Street on the Hill” (Sahitya Akademi, 2006) was her debut collection of poems. Her debut novel “Lunatic in my Head” (Zubaan-Penguin, 2007) was shortlisted for the Crossword Book Award 2007. Set in Shillong, a picturesque hill-station in north-east India, in the early 1990s, the novel weaves together the stories of its three main characters, ranging from an IAS aspirant who is obsessed with Pink Floyd to a college teacher struggling to complete her PhD and longing to find love. The novel has been described by Siddhartha Deb as ‘haunting and lyrical’ and as acquiring a ‘lyrical intensity’.Her second novel titled Neti, Neti (Roli Books, 2009) was longlisted for the 2008 Man Asian Literary Prize. She has also contributed poems, articles and short stories to various national and international publications. Anjum is the Books Editor for The Caravan. See www.anjumhasan.com for more details.

ANIL MENON worked for about nine years in software before wising up, he says, about easier ways to write fiction. His stories can be found in a variety of magazines such as Albedo One, Chiaroscuro, Interzone, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet and Strange Horizons, as well as a variety of anthologies. He was nominated for the 2006 Carl Brandon Society Parallax Prize and the 2007 Million Writers Award. His novel The Beast With Nine Billion Feet (Zubaan, 2009) was short-listed for the 2010 Vodafone-Crossword award and nominated for the 2010 Parallax Prize and 2010 Kindred Prize. He’s an alum of the 2004 Clarion West Workshop. Web: anilmenon.com. Email: iam@anilmenon.com. Blog: anilmenon.com/blog

More Questions? Email Anil Menon: iam@anilmenon.com