Presently biding my time : As a writer and trainer
As I secretly follow my dream of : A novelist and short story writer.
As good as :A writer who perennially contemplates if the styles of Don DeLillo and Ian Rankin could be fused into a single novel
Part of the : Creative Writing Mentorship Program from 24 January – 11 April, 2015
My Website : Time to Write
Recent Published Work : My short story ‘Space Submission’ was recently published in the literary journal ‘Madras Mag’
About being a part of Anita’s Attic Creative Writing program
I was extremely lost after writing one-third of a novel I started during my M.A program. At this exceedingly uncertain juncture of my professional writing career, twelve weeks at Anita’s Attic was just what I needed to solve my doubts and get my writing back on track. I can confidently say that the Anita’s Attic Creative Writing program has definitely reinforced my confidence in my writing. Anita Nair’s insights and suggestions have significantly helped me improve the quality of my writing and given me a deeper understanding of the Indian publishing industry.
As we were required to submit our creative work every week, I developed a habit of writing and meeting deadlines. I also achieved significant order and control in my writing. As for the class at Anita’s Attic, I was fortunate enough to be in a group of very talented people who had diverse styles of writing.
Nowadays, every Saturday, I get a strong feeling of nostalgia, as Saturdays now remind me of the valuable guidance sessions by Anita Nair and the inspiring conversations with fellow writers at Anita’s Attic. In addition, she also exposed me to all other facets involved in writing – editors, literary agents, publishers etc. Every week, we had a speaker who opened our world to all other finer nuances. What more can a budding writer ask for?
Akhil Kakkar’s Bio
Akhil Kakkar is a Delhi based writer and trainer. He has an M.A. in Creative Writing from Brunel University, London where his dissertation tutor was Booker-longlisted author Matt Thorne. He has attended the ‘Time to Write’ course at University of Cambridge twice, and also has an M.Sc. in Management from Lancaster University. Influenced by Don DeLillo’s ‘Americana’, Akhil left a prosperous but mundane career in marketing communication, during which he was an extensively interviewed and published spokesperson for the construction chemicals industry, to pursue creative writing, his passion. He has forbidden himself to question this transition. He is currently working on multiples short storiesand his first novel.
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