BlogchatterWritFest ~ The Roundup

“Crazy” is one word that can aptly describe the month of March. Spring perfumes the air with hope and love. While the outdoors entice, one has to stay focussed on helping children with their end of year exams. One is also trying to prepare for the A2Z challenge looming in upcoming April, and get the rough drafts ready. In between all the juggling of tasks is one event that I really look forward to, BlogchatterWritFest, a month-long online extravaganza about books and reading.

Online and free for community members BlogchatterWritFest is a delight for readers as well as aspiring authors. Held under the theme of Connecting Readers With Authors, BlogchatterWritFest 2022 had authors spanning genres discussing books and writing. The bookish giveaways during the BlogchatterWritFest were the cherry on the cake, where more than 20 books were given away as rewards. Keeping in with Blogchatter’s community spirit, these books were not ordered through an e-commerce platform, but through an independent bookstore. 

So here’s a roundup of the engrossing sessions that took place during the BlogchatterWritFest.

Relatability in Fiction (Kiran Manral, Kanchana Banerjee and Megha Pant) Three best-selling authors came together to discuss how a writer can give wings to one’s imagination and yet, keep it simple and relatable for the readers. They discussed how an author could avoid “purple prose” and still add layers and depth to their stories. They gave valuable feedback to the readers and aspiring authors. One of the funnest questions was about their idiosyncrasies, quirks, and their writing routines. This was, of course, my favourite session of the lot since I had the privilege of hosting it. If in case you missed the session, you can watch it by clicking on this link.

Writing Engaging Stories (Preeti Shenoy) A new feature of BlogchatterWritFest 2022 was closed sessions, where the audience could interact with the authors directly. All one had to do was to fill out the form shared by team Blogchatter on social media. This session was the first of the two closed sessions that took place this year. Full of valuable tips this was a session not to be missed. Preeti Shenoy shared her tips on questions on writing asked by the community members. There were tips on how to balance conversation and description, how to show conflict, the difference in the techniques between novels and short stories, etc. I took about 10 sheets of notes during this session! My biggest takeaway from this session was to promote my book shamelessly. So here is the link to purchase my debut book, “Xanadu:Three Souls Searching For Paradise”.

Thrilling You Reader ( K. Hari Kumar, Neil D’Silva and Chandrima Das) How to write stories that would succeed in sending shivers down a reader’s spine was the point of discussion for this session. Author K.Hari Kumar set the tone with his dark, spooky background and periodic bursts of lightning. The three authors discussed the various elements and tips on how one could write horror stories and avoid pitfalls that would make the stories seem caricaturish. What really stood out for me was the honesty of the three authors in discussing their phobias and how they drew inspiration from them in their stories. In case you missed this session, you can watch it by clicking on this link.

Getting Started With Poetry ( Sampurna Chatterjee) The best way to celebrate World Poetry Day on 21st March was by attending a closed session with Sampurna Chatterjee. As a person who loves poetry but struggles to write it, this session was an eye-opener. I learnt how to work on the craft and the different formats of poetry ( some of whom I had been unaware of, like Prose Poetry). Sampurna emphasised that for becoming a good poet one should have read poetry extensively. The audience was lucky enough to get a list with a wide variety of poets to help sharpen our poetry skills.

Writing Books That Children Enjoy( Vibhy Batra, Khyrunissa A. and Vidya Mani) This session had acclaimed children’s authors discussing how to write for the most discerning readers, the children. The authors discussed how a writer needed to be honest, not talk down to children. The need to keep stories engrossing, but in simple language to hook young readers. One noteworthy point discussed during the session was how important it is for the parents, schools and libraries to come together to promote reading among children. If in case, you missed this session, you can watch it by clicking this link.

After the completion of another successful season of BlogchatterWritFest, I am eagerly looking forward to BlogchatterWritFest, 2023!

This post has been written as part of BlogchatterWritFest

3 thoughts on “BlogchatterWritFest ~ The Roundup

  1. This is extremely useful blog as it explains the reader about the characteristics of the blog/story writing /poetry etc. In addition to this, the blog also motivates the new authors to write blogs under various conditions with the help of interactive discussions of dedicated authors.
    Dr. S.K. Nanda

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