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5th Writers’ Circle – Three welcomes, a farewell, and much much more

Posted by on Apr 25, 2015 in General Reading, News | 1 comment

Yesterday, we had the 5th Writers’ Circle, and what a fantastic evening it was. Apart from the fantastic readings and discussions, this circle was special for several reasons. Three Welcomes: We had three new people joining us this time. Tanvi participated as a reader and the most attentive one at that. Rinku, who is still discovering the writer in her, was there to experience the Circle. We hope to see her pick up her writing instruments and start scribbling away pretty soon. Amitabha, a filmmaker, was there for inspiration, and we do hope we managed to inspire him to some extent. A Farewell: Ninad, a regular member of our group, is leaving the city for what sounds like a long time. Though he will be participating by sending in his stories every month, it won’t be the same as having him here with us. So we organized a small sendoff for him. We wish him the best, and he will be sorely missed. A Film: We watched a short clip of a film by Amitabha, starring Ninad. It was decided that we will watch one whole 40-minute-long film in the next writers’ circle. A Musical Performance: We concluded the day with an awesome flute recital by the very talented Raghav. Now we know where all the soulfulness in his writing comes from. Brilliant writer and now a brilliant musician too. A Brilliant Guest Writer: Vineetha Mokkil, the author of a happy place, joined us for an hour. She shared insights about writing and publishing short stories – the roadblocks, the challenges, and the opportunities. She signed books for the participants while we enjoyed Ninad’s farewell cake. So you can see how our Circle is growing. I wish we stay this way for a long, long time.        ...

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Literature Studio’s 3rd Writers’ Circle || The Next Level

Posted by on Feb 23, 2015 in General Reading, News | 0 comments

Literature Studio’s 3rd Writers’ Circle || The Next Level

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. Thanks, Vibha...

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Naughty Monty goes to Noida, for another wonderful Creative Writing session with children

Posted by on Feb 17, 2015 in General Reading, News | 0 comments

Naughty Monty goes to Noida, for another wonderful Creative Writing session with children

A sad, vengeful vampire called Maya, a huge fridge with an inferiority complex, a kind-hearted but irresponsible fairy, a beautiful, well-behaved, yet vain mouse, and a flowerpot that feels suffocated inside the house – it is incredible how children aged 6 – 9 can come up with such extraordinary characters with multiple layers. Every time we get used to the brilliance exhibited by young aspiring writers, they go one step ahead and surprise us further.  And this is also makes Naughty Monty one of my favorite workshops. The truth is, however, that none of this should surprise us. Children have the most unhindered imaginations. Their thoughts, mind, and memories haven’t been tainted as much by their experiences and other people’s views and are unrestricted by what we, adults, have come to accept as reality. And, therefore, with a bit of stimulus and exercises tailored to make theme focus on thinking about stories, they are able to churn out magic. They participate with enthusiasm, and openly give and receive ideas, but are still straight-forward enough to say “no” when the idea doesn’t agree with their vision of the story. A creative writing workshop for children is as much an occasion for learning for children as for the tutor. Each child teaches something new, one just has to be perceptive and open enough to receive the new knowledge. Lectures just don’t work with children. They get bored and are ruthless with expressing their thoughts. You have to step into the circle and be one with them, while at the same time maintaining authority. Naughty Monty has been such a great experience for Literature Studio and we have received so many requests from various places to bring Naughty Monty to their cities, colonies, towns, that we are thinking of making this a monthly workshop at least for the next few months. The next city Naughty Monty is headed to is Gurgaon and you will very soon see an announcement for the same....

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Announcing Literature Studio Summer Scholarship – Season 2

Posted by on Feb 4, 2015 in General Reading, News | 5 comments

Literature Studio announced its first summer scholarship for school students last year. Two brilliant youngsters, Shreeya Sharma from Delhi and Shreya Pothula from Bangalore, became the first ever Literature Studio Summer Scholars. Both students studied 20-hour-long creative writing courses with Literature Studio and at the end of it published a short story each on Literature Studio’s blog. DETAILS: Literature Studio Summer Scholarships are back this year for a second season, and the following awards are up for grabs: 2 Scholarships worth Rs. 25,000/- 2 Scholarships worth Rs. 12,500/- The scholarships will be awarded in form of Literature Studio’s creative writing courses that will be conducted during the summer vacations on a one-on-one basis, either face-to-face or online. ELIGIBILITY: If your child meets the following criteria, he or she is eligible: 1) The child is 11-17 years old 2) The child has demonstrated talent/interest in writing or reading HOW TO APPLY: To apply for the summer scholarship, send a sample of your child’s writing (600-700 words, fiction or non-fiction) to info@literaturestudio.in by 15th April 2015. In case you have any questions, feel free to email us at info@literaturestudio.in or call us at +91 9818566774. WHAT WILL MY CHILD GAIN FROM THIS SCHOLARSHIP: We will let the previous year’s scholars and their parents do the talking: ***** Here’s what our summer scholar Shreeya Sharma has to say about us: During my summer vacations, I got the opportunity to be a part of Literature Studio’s Short Story Writing Course. This had been a wonderful experience for me as it opened a whole new world of excitement and understanding of writing to me. Vibha ma’am is a wonderful teacher and has a beautiful charm about her.  She used a lot of innovative and grasping examples to explain the different concepts. She gave assignments which enhanced my imaginative capabilities. During the course that lasted 10 classes, I, thanks to her constant encouragements and advice, wrote a short story – Presumed Guilty.  The actual process of writing this story was really engrossing and Vibha ma’am constantly motivated and guided me in taking the story further whenever I got stuck. The course content was excellent, but the best part was the guiding and grooming that she did. This course has effectively enhanced my confidence as a writer. Thanks to Sangeeta aunty, I was able to learn so much from this wonderful teacher. This has been a very memorable experience for me. And here is what her mother, Amrita Sharma, shares about the course: Thank you all for the heartwarming appreciation, feedback and encouragement for Shreeya’s story. Shreeya Sharma had written this story as part of a creative writing course by Literature Studio which she had done during her summer vacations. This end result of the course is out there for all to see. But the actual process of writing this story was made totally engrossing and motivating by the teacher, Vibha Malhotra. The course content was very good but the best part was the guidance and grooming done by Vibha. She has not only improved Shreeya’s story writing skills but managed to effectively enhance her confidence as a writer. Thanks Sangeeta Khanna, for bringing us together It has been such a memorable experience that I would wholeheartedly recommend Literature Studio as a one-stop-shop for all your creative writing needs. The story that Amrita is...

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Talented children in ‘Naughty Monty Goes for a Walk’ || Literature Studio’s Short Story Writing Workshop for Children

Posted by on Jan 17, 2015 in General Reading, News | 0 comments

Children always manage to surprise us, be it our Summer Scholars or the even younger tiny tots. So far we had been conducting workshops for children who are older than 10 years, but in the beginning of the New Year we decided to include younger children in our programs as well. On January 11, 2015, Literature Studio organized a creative writing workshop for children aged 6 to 9 in Rohini, Delhi. And the outcome stunned us! Eight lovely children participated in the first edition and demonstrated incredible imagination through the various exercises we organized for them. Imagine an angry bloodhound whose best friend is a donkey called “Tandoori Chicken”, and this was a tiny 8-year-old revealing his sense of humour. And this eternal lesson from a 7-year-old, such as “And by making his friend happy, Naughty Monty, the happy lion, became happier.” Children created incredible characters such as a “hyperactive dinosaur”, a “sad elephant”, a “naughty tiger” and took them on various journeys. This was an exploratory workshop where children discovered the skill of looking at the world through someone else’s perspective, a skill that can make our world immensely better. At the end of the workshop, children read out their stories and we were incredibly proud of these little angels. The fact that the workshop was effective was proven to us when a participant’s mother reported to us that her child had written another story during a free period next day. We will publish that story on our blog very soon. We now feel encouraged to do this workshop at other locations in NCR. The details will be published soon....

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Introducing Writers’ Circle || A positive, constructive support group

Posted by on Nov 29, 2014 in General Reading, News | 3 comments

Literature Studio is delighted to announce the first Writers’ Circle, to be held on November 29, 2014 from 2-6 pm. You can join the circle at the following venue: D-84, First Floor, Sector-41, Noida (Near City Centre Metro Station and Millennium School) For directions, call +91 9818566774. ***** Writers’ Circle is a support group for writers who wish to be among like-minded people. If you are writing a book, and wish you had friends who would critique it objectively and constructively, this circle is for you. If you want to start writing and are looking for inspiration, this circle is for you. If you wish to be able to share your work fearlessly without the fear of being judged, this circle is definitely for you. To begin with, we will organize one Writers’ Circle every month, and will gradually increase the frequency as we feel the need. Tea and cookies will be complementary during the session. We wish to keep the circle small, so please make sure that you pre-register through BookMyShow. We may not be able to accommodate all walk-ins. For details of the venue, call +91 9818566774. Facilitating the circle will be Vibha Malhotra, the Founder of Literature Studio. She has considerable experience editing both fiction and non-fiction books. HOW BIG WILL THE CIRCLE BE: Around 10 people per session. CONTACT DETAILS: Literature Studio: Phone number: +91 9818566774 Email: info@literaturestudio.in ARE THERE ANY CHARGES: There will be a nominal fee of Rs. 250 per session....

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The Te Aroha – Literature Studio Writers’ Retreat || Not typical at all

Posted by on Nov 8, 2014 in General Reading, News | 0 comments

We are back in town after having a wonderful time at the Te Aroha – Literature Studio Writers’ Retreat. While an official recap of the event will be produced in due time, we just wanted to bring out some aspects of the Retreat that stood out, and also take the opportunity to thank everyone involved. The Retreat for us was made special when the following happened: The participants quickly warmed up to each other, and with only a few hours into the Retreat, we were soon talking, laughing, pulling each others’ legs, and generally having fun. Amid the lighter moments, several sincere insights were shared and relevant topics discussed. I guess this is bound to happen when people who are so invested in their crafts get together. The staff of Te Aroha made our stay most comfortable with their constant smiles and eagerness to help in any way possible. All events and panel discussions generated quality content. Our hand-picked mix of diverse participants in terms of gender, age-group, nationality, genre, language, form, profession, all magically fell in place and fitted in perfectly like pieces of jigsaw. Everyone shared freely. We benefited immensely from their experience and insights. When we received signed copies of Charu’s O degree, even though he himself wasn’t able to attend the Retreat. Preeti Shenoy and Charu Nivedita were missed immensely. We hope to run into them soon on other platforms. All in all, the event was an enlightening experience. We wish to thank the following for their active participation and contribution. Amir Or, Geet Chaturvedi, Kiran Manral, Kulpreet Yadav, Chef Michael Swamy, Sudeep Sen, Vineetha Mokkil, Maulshri, Rashmi Nambiar, Saritha Rao, Supriya Kaur Dhaliwal, Vikas Vijayovich, and Anil Nakhasi — all of you added a different spice. Thanks a lot for being you throughout the Retreat....

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Somewhere in the yellow and green splendor || The Te Aroha – Literature Studio Writers’ Retreat

Posted by on Oct 18, 2014 in General Reading, News | 3 comments

Months of research and agreements and disagreements, and it boils down to this. The Te Aroha – Literature Studio Writers’ Retreat is finally taking shape. It took time, it took effort, but at the end we love how it is looking right now. Several renowned writers, hand-picked by our jury, will be joining us at Te Aroha, Dhanachuli, Uttarakhand from November 3-7, 2014. And joining them will be four highly talented contest winners, media personnel, a couple of special invitees, and the curators and, of course, the host. Following are the profiles of all the guests who will be a part of the retreat: Guest Writers (In alphabetical order): Amir Or, born in Tel Aviv in 1956, is the author of eleven volumes of poetry in Hebrew. His latest books are Heart Beast (2010), Prophecy of the Madman (2012) and Loot (Selected poems 1977-2013). His poems, translated into more than forty languages, have appeared in poetry journals, anthologies, as well as in eighteen books in Europe and America. Among them are Poem and Day (Dedalus, 2004, 2006,); The Museum of Time (ArtAark, 2009; Dutch, Azul Press 2012), Miracle/Milagro (Spanish/English, Urpi Editores, U.S. 2011), Loot (Serbian, Arhipelag Press 2012, 2014, Şiirden, Turkish 2014), Le Musée du Temps (Editons de l’Amandier, 2013), Let’s Speak You (English/Romanian/Hebrew, Contemporary Literature Press 2014) and Tredici Poesie (Italian, Milan 2014). Or gave readings and lectured in dozens of festivals and conferences worldwide. He is the recipient of Israeli and international poetry awards, including the Pleiades tribute (SPE 2000) for having made “a significant contribution to modern world poetry”, the Fulbright Award for Writers, the Bernstein Prize, the Levi Eshkol Prime Minister’s Poetry Prize, the Oeneumi literary prize 2010 of the Tetovo Poetry Festival, the Wine Poetry prize 2013 of the Struga Poetry Evenings and the ‘Stefan Mitrov Ljubisa’ Award 2014 of The Budva City Theater. He was also awarded several poetry fellowships, among them fellowships from Iowa University; the Centre of Jewish-Hebrew Studies at the University of Oxford; the Literarische Colloquium, Berlin; the Heinrich Böll Foundation, Ireland; and the Hawthornden Castle, Scotland. He translated into Hebrew eight prose and poetry books, including The Gospel of Thomas; Stories from the Mahabharata; and Limb Loosening Desire, an anthology of erotic Greek poetry. For his translations from ancient Greek he was awarded the Culture Minister Prize. Or has studied Philosophy and Comparative Religion at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem, where he later lectured on Ancient Greek Religion. He has taught poetry and creative writing at Helicon Poetry School, as well as at universities in Israel, Europe, the U.S., and Japan. He has published numerous essays on poetry, classic studies, and comparative religion. In 1990 Or co-founded Helicon Poetry Society and later on served as Helicon’s Chief Editor and Artistic Director. He initiated and developed its various projects, including Helicon’s poetry journal and its series of poetry books; the Sha’ar International Poetry Festival; and the Helicon Hebrew-Arabic Poetry School. Or serves as editor of the Catuv poetry books series. as national editor of the international poetry magazines Atlas and Blesok, and as a national coordinator for the U.N. sponsored UPC venture, “Poets for Peace.” He is a founding member of the EACWP (European Association of Creative Writing Programs) of the international Circle of Poets and of the WPM (World Poetry Movement)....

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Techies at their Creative Best at IIT Delhi’s Literati 2014

Posted by on Sep 13, 2014 in General Reading, News | 4 comments

Literati 2014, the annual literary festival of IIT Delhi, is on right now, and the organizing committee invited Literature Studio to hold a creative writing workshop for their students. In this workshop tailor-made for the future engineers, we gave ourselves a couple of hours to stimulate the brilliant minds and enable them to complete a short story right there, within the workshop. And the results were beyond our expectations. Through structured interactive exercises, we took the students through the various elements of a short story and they slowly built up their plots, leading to stories that were creative as well as fulfilling to read. These versatile techies demonstrated imagination, open-mindedness, and a natural talent to weave a story. Several of them volunteered to read out their stories at the end of the session, eliciting spontaneous applause from their audience. We were delighted by the enthusiasm and curiosity of the students and hope that the workshop managed to fulfill at least some of their expectations. We may publish some of their stories on our blog in a few days, so that you can see for yourself what these young minds are capable of. Even with tremendous study pressure and busy student lives, they managed to take time out for a creative workshop designed to stimulate their right brain instead of the left. We hope that as time passes and as they go through the various phases of life, they keep the creative sides of their personality alive and thriving. They have all the talent required. It was a delight to interact with the students and we would like to thank the organizing committee, especially Praneet and Saksham, for getting in touch with us for the workshop and then ensuring that the event concludes without any hassles and issues. God Bless!  ...

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Happy Independence Day!

Posted by on Aug 15, 2014 in General Reading, News | 0 comments

“राख का हर एक कण मेरी गर्मी से गतिमान है मैं एक ऐसा पागल हूँ जो जेल में भी आज़ाद है.” -Bhagat Singh Let your spirits soar, be free, and no situation can ever hold you captive. Happy Independence Day, Friends. Treasure this independence above everything else. Countless patriots have sacrificed their life to get this for us.  ...

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