Women Writ­ers' Fest 2018

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On Fe­bru­ary 23rd and Fe­bru­ary 24th, SheThePeo­ple.TV or­ga­nized the Mum­bai edi­tion of the event Women Writ­ers' Fes­ti­val 2018. The event was held at The Ti­tle Waves in Ban­dra on Fe­bru­ary 23rd and at GoetheIn­si­tut /Max Mueller Bha­van Mum­bai on Fe­bru­ary 24th.

The choice of two events made sure that a larger par­tic­i­pa­tion of the peo­ple both from South Mum­bai as well as the sub­urbs.

The event fo­cused pri­mar­ily on women writ­ers in­clud­ing both - fic­tion and non-fic­tion writ­ers. The top­ics of dis­cus­sion cov­ered all the gen­res and life­style fol­lowed by the women writ­ers, from par­ent­ing from par­ent­ing, spec­u­la­tive fic­tion, crime writ­ing, busi­ness writ­ing, gen­der is­sues, ur­ban liv­ing as well as new me­dia like blog­ging.

Some of the em­i­nent women per­son­al­i­ties were the speak­ers of the event like An­nie Zaidi, Ki­ran Man­ral, Sa­garika Ghose, Meghna Pant, Elsa Marie D’Silva, An­jali Kir­palani, Aanam Chash­mawala, Ila Jo­hari, Pr­erna Sinha, Kavya D’Souza et al.

One of the panel of the Women Writ­ers' fest dis­cussed on "The Busi­ness of Blog­ging". Panel con­sisted of fa­mous blog­gers across ver­sa­tile in­dus­tries like fash­ion, beauty, par­ent­ing and writ­ing. Pr­erna Sinha of Maa of All Blogs, Aanam Chash­mawala of What When Wear, Kavya D’souza of Streak Hue Fall and Ila Jo­hari of The Flea­mar­ket Queen talk about the dif­fi­cul­ties of blog­ging, and what it takes to be a suc­cess­ful blog­ger. The panel was mod­er­ated by

An­jali Kir­palani.

Start with what you have – whether that’s a cam­era phone or a DSLR. You can slowly build your blog with time. It helps to free­lance or work part-time while start­ing out as a blog­ger since this gives you the se­cu­rity of hav­ing a fixed pay check com­ing in at the end of ev­ery month.

The is­sues faced today and in the past when it came to blog­ging was dis­cussed, the sources of rev­enue, how to cre­ate the brand iden­tity of the blog etc. were some of the ques­tions dis­cussed by the pan­elists.

While dis­cussing about the con­sis­tency in run­ning a suc­cess­ful blog, Aanam's words were “I found it to be a very chal­leng­ing for peo­ple to take me se­ri­ously but I think when you speak to a per­son, they learn to take you se­ri­ously. As a woman, it’s a tad bit more dif­fi­cult to be taken se­ri­ously es­pe­cially if they see you wear­ing red lip­stick. But there’s more to that and I made it a point for them to take me se­ri­ously. I have a team of four now and I am 26 years old. Any­one who sets a meet­ing up with me won’t dare to not take me se­ri­ously The topic con­cluded with the dis­cus­sion about the chal­lenges of blog­ging.

Kavya's take on the chal­lenges was, “The big­gest chal­lenge is that things are chang­ing ev­ery day.

There are no of­fice rules and there is no hi­er­ar­chy. The in­ter­net is a por­tal that is fast chang­ing. You’ve to keep up with what is com­ing out on so­cial me­dia. Be­ing in the pub­lic eye just might be the big­gest chal­lenge of all.”

Day 2 of the event in­volved dis­cus­sion about the re­la­tion­ship of women writ­ers and crime writ­ing, 'When Women Write Crime" was the fo­cus of the SheThePeo­ple.TV's Women Writ­ers' Fes­ti­val 2018 panel. The panel was in­for­ma­tional and in­sight­ful one with re­sponses from pan­elists com­pris­ing of crime jour­nal­ists and writ­ers. Puja Chang­oi­wala, Ar­chana Sarat, Aarti V Ra­man and An­nie Zaidi talk about the re­search that goes hand in hand with be­ing a crime writer and the ex­pand­ing genre of crime fic­tion, among other things, panel was mod­er­ated by Meghna Pant.

Ac­cord­ing to Ar­chana Sarat, a 2015 statis­tic by Na­tional Crime Records Bureau re­vealed that a 2.24 mil­lion crimes against women were re­ported in the past decade.

The sub top­ics of the dis­cus­sion were whether the crime writ­ing is male cen­tric only to which Puja Chang­oi­wala's view­point was that it's a mat­ter of ex­per­tise and is in­de­pen­dent of the gen­der. It also fo­cused on the re­search­ing as­pect of crime fic­tion writ­ing. The writer has to go be­yond the Wikipedia in or­der to add de­tails in the book.

"Writ­ing needs to be de­signed by the au­thor so as to say what it has to nat­u­rally and not in a man­ner that is preachy."

An­nie Zaidi

Puja Chang­oi­wala’s novel The Front Page Mur­ders is about a se­rial killer in which she had to trace 20 years of his life. This took ex­tremely in­ten­sive re­search where she in­ter­viewed the peo­ple re­lated to or who knew him and even in­ter­viewed the killer him­self. Even the pub­lish­ers are see­ing de­mand of more true crime sto­ries and this is one genre that is tak­ing off.

You can catch this con­ver­sa­tion on SheThePeo­ple.TV’s Facebook page.

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