A creative writing workshop was recently held at the Oxford book store, Statesman House on August 18th for students and teachers of Delhi University. The workshop called” Secrets of Good Writing’ was conducted by celebrated author Jaishree Mishra and witnessed enthusiastic participation from both North and South Campus colleges. Author of four books, including the best seller Ancient Promises, Mishra also spoke about her latest novel, ‘Secret and Lies”. Attended by the chief editor of Harper Collins India, the workshop primarily focused on the nuances of story writing, but questions pertaining to the field of publishing were also entertained.
Mishra spoke extensively about various writing techniques, genres of creative writing, and how to reach out to the intended audience . She also discussed at length the problems of this profession, right from tackling writer’ block to the difficulty in getting published. Calling resilience a virtue in the writing profession, she advised that prospective writers should consider getting day jobs to keep themselves afloat, since it’s largely impossible to live on an author’s income alone. This, she said would also serve in accumulating a range of interesting experiences, a prerequisite to any writer’s resume. Useful insights about the tone of narration, voice, characterization detailing and plot structure were also given.