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    Learn the nuances of becoming a published author with this workshop in Bengaluru

    This one is for aspiring authors. Self publishing firm, Notion Press, is organising a workshop over the weekend that will take you through the processes of writing a novel—from conception to completion. Conducted in Bengaluru by author Sharath Komarraju (of the Hastinapur series fame), the two-day event will have a bent towards fiction writing. Komarraju, who has over 17 published books to his credit, says, “It’s a broad coverage from writing techniques to publishing for people who have finished their manuscripts.” The session on writing will cover character and plot development, while topics like inculcating a sense of discipline will also be covered. Talking about common problems faced by first-time writers, Komarraju says, “Different people struggle with different things. The majority of writers struggle with finishing a novel.” Writing a novel, he says, is a psychological task which takes a long time and becomes a test of one’s determination and patience. “Once you finish a novel then there is the big question of what comes next. Other psychological issues, like dealing with rejection come into play then,” he adds. The 31-year-old author, who has been published by Westland, Harper Collins and Pan Macmillan, and is currently working on a romance series, admits that his first three books were rejected. “When someone says ‘no we can’t publish your work’, you can’t allow it to get to you. You have to keep writing.” At the workshop, participants will also be introduced to both methods of publishing, traditional and self.
    At Hotel Ramada, Bengaluru. `2,500 (inclusive of lunch ). Details: in.explara.com

    —Simar Bhasin

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