Anita’s Attic is a joint venture between Anita Nair, author, and *conditionsapply – a digital agency, in partnership with Penguin Random House India, based in Bengaluru. It is a comprehensive writing and mentorship program curated & conducted by Anita Nair, and is held annually in Bengaluru.
ALL ABOUT THE CREATIVE WRITING PROGRAM
What Anita’s Attic hopes to achieve is to help individuals locate and explore their core strength to write their stories in a compelling and engaging manner. The program also is a launch pad to promote the best talent through agent networking, publishing, and state-of-the-art marketing tools such as digital platforms.
The mentorship program has been carefully designed to help introduce the participant to the writing process. This would involve assignments that will be evaluated and discussed, so that the participant becomes acquainted with both the thought and craft that goes into the creation of a piece of writing. This will also enable the participant to understand how exactly to locate the ‘voice’ which is the foundation to a literary pursuit. Thereafter, the voice would be worked on to help the writer create a piece of work that could be the stepping stone to a literary career.
(Identifying potential talent)
(Extensive 1:1 Mentoring sessions)
(Agents,Publishing, & Digital Support)
Selection of Participants
You have to be 18 years or older to apply. Participation is limited to 12 aspiring authors, who are personally evaluated & chosen by Anita Nair based on their submitted excerpts through www.anitasattic.com and their online presences ( if any ). The resulting class of 12 would be a diverse band of writing talents, with chosen interests across any of the genres.
What to expect each in each session
Spread over 11 Saturdays, from 10.30 am to 3.30 pm ( with a working lunch break ), each session is broadly divided into an interactive session on tips & techniques in writing, assessment of assignments ( if there are any ), an interactive session with a visiting author, industry professional / agent or subject expert, followed by personal one-to-one discussions on each participant’s work in progress.
Anita’s Attic will be enhanced by visiting writers who will talk to the participants on their individual journeys. There will also be sessions by publishers who will introduce the participants into the publishing process and talk about what editors look for in writers. The cream of the batch will be introduced to International Literary Agents. At the end of the Season, the Graduation Ceremony will have the participants reading out their selected works to a packed audience.
Anyone of you who has ever thought of writing or dreamt of publishing your literary work will find the Creative Writing Mentorship program at Anita’s Attic the perfect place to begin that journey.
The program will help you clearly evaluate your strengths and drawbacks as a writer, enabling you to enhance the former and effectively address the latter, with the guidance and mentorship on an one to one basis with one of the most popular and respected authors in fiction internationally and in India.
How to Join the Creative Writing Program
It is as easy as it comes. All you need to do is to fill up the brief form available here online, and upload a copy of your recent published work, if any, or anything that you have written recently. You can either upload the file or have it pasted into the form-fields given in the Inquire & Join section.
By the end of each Season, the aspiring writer would have spent 5 hours a week for consecutive 11 weeks interacting and engaging with some of the best authors, publishing industry experts and digital media specialists, who together will give the participant a clear understanding of the publishing domain. Anita Nair, with her personal mentorship and one to one sessions will evaluate, assess and guide the aspiring writer on his/her work in progress, often helping view the literary work with objectivity, suggesting crucial changes and facilitating an exceptionally productive literary output.
The fee also covers includes the cost of lunch, snacks and tea/coffee during the weekly sessions spread across the 11 weeks and the season finale public event in the final week.