City Writes – the first ever BWW

Maraa organized City of Pieces, an urban festival of creative practices as part of their annual October Jam. City of Pieces was a nine day festival that marked the third anniversary of Theatre Jam, a monthly forum to trigger dialogues about art and media in the public space through practice, performance, and expression.

City Writes the creative writing workshop, organized as part of City of Pieces, was conducted at Page Turners, a bookshop on M G Road, on October 22, 2011.

And City Writes became the first workshop experiment conducted by Bangalore Writers Workshop.

Rheea says…

I recently co-founded a literary magazine, Urban Confustions, a platform for women to feature their art, fiction, non-fiction and poetry that skimmed the theme of urban spaces and women, with the poet Shilpa Kameswaren. As an editor, I am always looking for places to expand what Urban Confustions can do to be more than just a magazine.

When Maraa organized Theater Jam 2011, I was excited to be offered the opportunity to conduct a writing workshop.

I had just returned to Bangalore after being out of India for 9 years. I wanted a chance to, for lack of a better word, play. Play creatively, and Bhumika, was just the person who could make that kind of desire into a reality. She, vivacious and passionate about literature – the classics, modern prose, (Tame reader, please note) and with a hard eye for careless grammar mistakes was the perfect match to my need to sensualize text, to be sentimental without being, uh, too sentimental.

We are both passionate about writing, sharing, and fostering a sense of community. So I, with my occasional misuses of commas, and her hard-wiring for smooth, flawless writing, made us the choicest of partners to conduct writing workshops. We decided to call ourselves Bangalore Writers Workshop.

When the City Writes opportunity knocked our door, we were eager to be part of a festival that celebrated various practicing arts. We were casual but bright-eyed about it. It seemed like a good place to talk about writing and especially our urban existence. Our times are more ironic, cruel, humorous, baffling, and extraordinary then ever before. These are the best times to document creatively our influences and write about what impacts the world, our country, and our city.

On the day of the workshop we were floored. That sneaking suspicion we had about the tiny literary undercurrent in Bangalore?
It was there. Not merely as an undercurrent but more like a solid wave.

We had over twenty enthusiastic writers who wanted to sit down for an afternoon, play with text, talk about the issues of being a writer and try to come to a consensus on what being a writer meant to them.

So in three hours, we wrote character sketches with imagined characters, we introspected creatively on why we wrote, discussed conscious craft choices in narratives, and wrote sensually.

Can we cover the act of writing in three hours?
We can’t.

What we can do is initiate a process.
A process of digging and re-imagining, getting one’s nails dirty, finding a community, of reading and discussing while straying out of our comfort zones.

To write is an act of creation; your words have created something that did not exist before. Some may laugh at it, some may hate it, and some may fall in love with it. But what remains is an eternal change in our world – a few words strung together in the hope to find meaning.

The Bangalore Writers Workshop wanted to welcome creation, discussion, and writers.
I think we have begun.
And let us be very clear, we are absolutely ecstatic about it.

About bangalorewritersworkshop

Bangalore Writers Workshop (BWW) is interested in fostering the creative mind, encouraging a community, and making writers aware of who they are as creators of text. Bangalore Writers Workshop is a unique, effective, and interactive method of bringing a group of writers together and allowing them to study the craft of writing while simultaneously receiving constructive feedback on their own work. BWW uses the workshop method. We run intensive creative writing workshops with small groups in Bangalore. Our groups are fuelled by passion and the creative energy of people with diverse life experiences. Find out more on our website. www.
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7 Responses to City Writes – the first ever BWW

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  2. Bhumika, I’m so happy for you! BWW sounds just like the platform all wannabe writers yearn for, to get their inhibitions rested; I am sorely tempted to apply for the course. Who knows, I may do it one of these days, atleast the online one 😉 Wishing you lots of luck in your venture!

    • bangalorewritersworkshop says:

      Thank you so much, Sumi, that is such a lovely thing to say. 🙂 And yes, we’d love to have you, even if it’s only online. 😉

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  4. bangalorewritersworkshop says:

    Thank you, Mukta. Your warm wishes mean a lot to us. Look forward to seeing you at one of our workshops.
    Andaleeb, thank you for your wishes too! 🙂 We are so excited.

  5. Andaleeb says:

    This is really wonderful Bhumika! Sounds like a great plan. Would love to see how it progresses!

  6. Mukta says:

    Congratulations to both the ladies for launching this fabulous initiative. Bhumika, I can see your dream taking shape and I can’t tell you how proud I am of you! This is just the beginning and I know you are going to soar! I’d be happy to be a part of the workshop and learn from both you talented women! Kudos once again!

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