From 4th September to 30th October for 8 weeks. Two hour LIVE sessions on Sundays.
Writing comes naturally to some and is painstakingly difficult for others. What is the difference? How can you transition from one group to the other? This course will help participants make the transition with exercises, challenges, and insights. This is an elaborate course — spanning 2 hour sessions across 8 weeks. Across the sessions participants will write on deadlines, learn to critique, and daydream to compose passages extempore…
Before being an art, writing is a craft. With practice and learnt cues, routines can be built and goals can be chased. With the group, I will introduce ways to do so.
Reflection and individuation are processes that occur together. But individuation and individualism do not go hand in hand. In fact the closer we are to ourselves, the more we can see ourselves in others and others in ourselves. Reflective writing is a way of understanding and unravelling the world around us. Creating literary value (whatever that is) and seeding genuine insight are not the same thing either. One is the pursuit of refinement in aesthetics and the other is the pursuit of personal truth.
So is reflective writing a purely philosophical pursuit? Not really. It is also inquiry and it is also a creative act in some way. Creative means creating new ways of looking at the world or creating new connections between existing perspectival points to create new sources of joy.
What Will You Learn?
- Write regularly
- Chase deadlines and personal goals
- Peer critique
- Self critique
- Compose passages extempore
- Read steadily for inspiration
1 — Making a start
“The importance of description and setting” (A text by Ron Rozelle)00:00
Description & setting expansion
2 — Staying the course
“Forbidden fruit” (a short story by Roshani Chokshi)00:00
Prompt for exercising endings
3 — Gymming your imagination
“Turn of the world” (by Jeanette Winterson)00:00
Prompt about characters
4 — Courting adventure
From “Invisible cities” (by Italo Calvino)00:00
Prompt about speculative writing
5 — Knowing the unknowns
“The rarest pearl in the world” (by Premchand)00:00
Prompt about a departure
6 — Always almost peaking (but never quite)
“My old man” (by Ernest Hemingway)00:00
Prompt about a reunion
7 — Excavating memories
“Lend me your light”(by Rohinton Mistry)00:00
Prompt about a new resolve
8 — Embracing fiction & befriending non-fiction
Prompt for the final project.