From the time the first Writers’ Circle was organized in December 2014, this group of creative writers has grown considerably. Along with some regular faces, we also see new members join and become a part of the family each month. Each member brings along a unique writing style and a different personality to the Circle and that is the biggest charm of this gathering.
With his ability to capture life realistically Amit Joshi’s Hindi writings inadvertently have people rolling on the floor, laughing. Raghav Arora’s contemplative take on the world makes one wonder where this young chap gets the wisdom clearly beyond his age. Esha Chakraborty’s charming stories and her impeccable story-telling skills have earned her several admirers, so much so that when she wasn’t present in the 3rd Writers’ Circle, she was missed. Arpit’s perseverance and confidence radiates as he graciously accepts feedback and suggestions.
The 3rd Writers’ Circle saw several writers and readers in attendance for the first time. Ninad Parikh’s thoughful, introspective stories were the perfect way to begin the session. Kathryn Brettel read out of the manuscript that she completed recently and is now looking for publishers. Her instinctive writing and unassuming, humble personality left a lasting impression on everyone present. Gaurav Dhawan left a mark with his fiery criticism. The short blog post that Satyendra Ranjan shared rang true with several listeners. Sahil’s quiet presence and relevant remarks were very well received. Ritvan Pande’s extraordinary quips spiced up the evening. Ashmi Ahluwalia’s soft, evocative poetry touched everyone at some level, while Parvathi’s interesting observations and questions made a huge difference as well.
With 12 people attending the 3rd Writers’ Circle it is time we start thinking of the next steps. Starting from the 4th Writers’ Circle on 28th of March, there will be some rules and regulations in place to ensure that the quality of criticism and discussions stays high. We will be reading out the following rules before writers start reading their works:
- Ensure that your comments are helpful. Criticism for the sake of criticism will not be tolerated.
- You are welcome to share your feedback about the writing, but not the writer and his or her capabilities.
- Blanket comments, such as “Language can be better”, need to be accompanied with specific examples.
- While you are giving your feedback, if the moderator says “cut”, you cannot continue with that particular point anymore. You are welcome to share a different feedback though.
- Flouting of any of these rules can result in expulsion from the Circle and may also result in a lifetime ban from the future circles.
We have also started thinking of ways to make the circle available to more people. We will be sharing more about this soon.
In the meanwhile, if anyone has any ideas, please feel free to share.