Write, women!

Sakal Times
Wednesday, 16 August 2017

With preeminent icons and homegrown authors from the Pune literary scene such as Manjiri Prabhu, Kavita Kane, Sudha Menon and more, the Women Writer’s Fest 2017, Pune promises to be an enriching experience for literature enthusiasts and writers alike. Says bestselling author and speaker at the fest, Kane, “Women and writing is not about the theme or thoughts of a particular author, but of her gender — that of her position and her characters as a woman in today’s world. Nothing much has improved since the days of say a Sita or a Draupadi but that we can meet and discuss and discourse on this, is why writer’s  fests such as these are relevant.”

On Friday, ladies get ready to unleash your creative side with the Women Writer’s Fest! SheThePeople, a digital storytelling platform for women will put the spotlight on authors, writers, bloggers and editors from the city at ‘Bond’, Sohrab Hall, Near Pune Station. 

A day long fest that begins from 10 am, the Pune edition will focus on creative writing, gender in the digital age, how to engage on social media, mythology and business writing along with useful workshops for aspiring writers. The Women Writer’s Fest 2017 aims to bring together fiction, non-fiction, academic, bloggers, creative writers and the Pune reading community together.

Want to be a blogger but can’t find your niche? Love to read about strong female characters in literature? Or enhance your writing skills professionally — this edition will put the spotlight on the dialogue around women writers who are breaking new ground in content, style and storytelling. 

With preeminent icons and homegrown authors from the Pune literary scene such as Manjiri Prabhu, Kavita Kane, Sudha Menon and more, the Women Writer’s Fest 2017, Pune promises to be an enriching experience for literature enthusiasts and writers alike. Says bestselling author and speaker at the fest, Kane, “Women and writing is not about the theme or thoughts of a particular author, but of her gender — that of her position and her characters as a woman in today’s world. Nothing much has improved since the days of say a Sita or a Draupadi but that we can meet and discuss and discourse on this, is why writer’s  fests such as these are relevant.”

Founder of SheThePeople, Shaili Chopra says, “Women are at the forefront of content creation in the digital age and we need to celebrate them. We want to engage with the writer in every woman and give them a platform to express themselves. This is the first of a kind festival that promises to ignite rising minds.”

“At the Women Writer’s Fest, we seek to bring forth discussions about issues women grapple with in terms of creation, themes and narratives and have a forum where readers can interact with women authors to discuss issues of interest to them,” says Kiran Manral, Ideas Editor, of the digital platform.

This edition of the festival is being curated by Radhika Sharma, Features Editor, SheThePeople. The fest  will feature workshops, panel discussions and even an “Open Mic” featuring some of Pune’s best young poets and narrators. 

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