Bangalore’s World-Famous Semi-Deluxe Writing Program is an 8-weekend long creative writing course that features leading Bangalore writers as faculty. Taught in the form of lectures, workshops, assignments, discussions and a whole lot of writing. The next edition of the program begins on June 29, 2019 and has 25 seats. The programme is brought to you by Shoonya in association with course directors and acclaimed writers Anjum Hasan, Zac O’ Yeah and Eshwar Sundaresan.

What does writing mean to you?

To write is to experience the world anew, even as the world moulds you through writing. Writing sharpens your faculties, sensitises you to language, and enables you to find a voice. As a writer you could tell your own story or those of others, create narratives or report on those unfolding around you, find new ways to communicate your ideas, and tune in to other styles of thinking. Writing could also bring you in contact with fellow writers, give you an income, enable you to travel, open out a career. Or it could just enhance your interest in literature.

Bangalore’s World-Famous Semi-Deluxe Writing Program has been designed with all these possibilities in mind. This 8-weekend program will make you an aware and innovative writer in either fiction or nonfiction. Or both!

15 Classes: Every weekend starting 29 June, 2019 | 10:30am – 1:30pm
+ 6 afternoon Workshops

So what does the course entail?

The course will be held for eight weekends starting the weekend of June 29/30, 2019. You will spend your mornings in a classroom learning skills, understanding craft, and trying your hand at a range of genres, while using your spare time to complete assignments that will be reviewed by the faculty on an individual basis. This hands-on and interactive experience promises to be an engaging way to challenge yourself to do something new. By the end of the workshop you will be writing courageously and skilfully.

Faculty include leading practitioners in their respective fields, ranging from fiction to poetry, thriller writing to travelogues, literary concepts and business writing, to name a few.

Benefits of the workshop:

  • The habit of writing regularly
  • The confidence to write like a master
  • Tools and techniques, taught by Bangalore’s celebrated expert writers, to help you write with impact
  • An exposure to various genres including short stories, thrillers, travelogues, children’s literature, business writing, column writing, copy writing, poetry and translations
  • The ability to look at one’s own writing critically and with the resolve to improve it
  • An understanding of emerging market conditions and what it takes to succeed commercially as a writer

Meet your 2019 Faculty. 

  • Anjum Hasan
  • Eshwar Sundaresan
  • Jayapriya Vasudevan
  • Radhika Chadha
  • Rohini Mohan
  • Somak Ghoshal
  • Vanamala Viswanatha
  • and Zac O’Yeah 

The Application Process

How does one apply? 

Well, your journey begins with the submission of an 800-word essay titled “Who Am I?”
If we are convinced that you have the willingness and the talent to write, we will invite you to join 25 of the best applicants to attend the workshop. Do email us at with your entry, with the subject line “Full name – Who Am I?”

Early early bird 25% discount till Dec 31.
25% –  Rs 23,775

Early bird 10% discount Jan 1 – March 31.
10% – Rs 28,530

Full Fee
Rs 31,700

10% discount for students – April 1 onwards 

 25 seats ONLY so start sending in your entries.
Our inbox awaits.

Applicant guidelines here.

Conceptualised and led by

ANJUM HASAN is the author of the novels The Cosmopolitans, Neti, Neti and Lunatic in My Head, and the short story collection Difficult Pleasures. She has also published a book of poems called Street on the Hill. Her books have been nominated for various awards including the Man Asian Literary Prize, the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, the Hindu Best Fiction Award and the Crossword Fiction Award. She was the Charles Wallace Writer-in-Residence at the University of Canterbury.
Her short stories, essays and poems are widely published including in Granta and Griffith Review, as well as in Five Dials, Wasafiri, Drawbridge, Los Angeles Review of Books, Asia Literary Review, Caravan and anthologies such as A Clutch of Indian Masterpieces: Extraordinary Short Stories from the 19th Century to the Present, and The Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poets.

ESHWAR SUNDARESAN is the author of Behind the Silicon Mask, Bangalored: the Expat Story, God Save the Toddy, Age-old Tales and Wiser After. As a freelance journalist, Eshwar has contributed to media agencies in India, Pakistan and Singapore. Since quitting the IT industry in 2003, he has found parallel vocations as a trainer and counsellor; thus, he adds value to classrooms and individuals respectively.
He has written a restaurant menu, a full-length novel and everything in between. He thus understands that the written word has infinite uses and good writers come in infinite shades. When he mentors aspiring writers, he helps them discover their uniqueness. As a part of the Faith Foundation, Eshwar has helped spread awareness on child sex abuse and sexuality issues to around 55,000 children.
He is awaiting the release of his first film while working on his next book, A handbook for the Indian freelancer.

ZAC O’YEAH completed his diploma in creative writing from the University of Gothenburg and has also studied linguistics and theatre science at the University of Stockholm. He has published 15 books including several fiction and non-fiction bestsellers, and is currently a regular freelance contributor to The Hindu and BusinessLine newspapers. His travel writings have appeared in magazines such as National Geographic Traveler, Outlook Traveller, RES and Vagabond, and they’ve also been included in many anthologies.
All in all he has written as a freelancer for more than 75 different publications – including Times of India, Indian Express, New Indian Express, Forbes, GQ, and too many others. His writings have been translated into German, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Russian, Chinese and Kannada. He has previously taught writing workshops in Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Panjim and other Indian cities.