Lessons of a Writer #6

Do what’s right for you Written by Nazira Vania I attended an online conversation with Julia Cameron recently, hosted by the London Writers Salon. Hearing from the artist behind The Artist’s Way was a joy, especially when she read one of her poems and sang – sang! – one of her songs. The conversation was inspiringContinue reading “Lessons of a Writer #6”

Lessons of a Writer #5

Follow Your Characters Written by Sarah M Jasat In my feedback to a piece a friend recently shared with me, I had only one piece of advice: follow those characters. It may sound a little film noir, but it’s a technique that has worked for me time and time again. When you start writing youContinue reading “Lessons of a Writer #5”

Lessons of a Writer #4

Top Tips for Running a Writing Workshop Written by Anita Goveas 1. Include your students in the conversation Talk about how to make the session accessible: 2. Think about ways to support confidence as well as writing skills For example, discuss the importance of giving peers positive feedback only. 3. Think about visual, auditory, tactileContinue reading “Lessons of a Writer #4”

Meet 1/7th of The Koyal Writers, Anita Goveas

This week we get to know a little bit more about the prolific flash fiction writer and editor, Anita Goveas! Her answers are a lesson in brevity and the consequence of cutting down word count in order to deliver a powerful punch. *** 1. Pitch yourself as a writer in seven words. A blend ofContinue reading “Meet 1/7th of The Koyal Writers, Anita Goveas”

Meet 1/7th of the Koyal Writers, Nabeela Ahmed

Hello there dear readers! This week we are getting closely acquainted with Nabeela Ahmed. Nabeela is a firecracker of creativity, both in terms of producing her own work and in fostering artistry in her community and further afield! Step into her world of stories, poetry and magic… 1. Pitch yourself as a writer in sevenContinue reading “Meet 1/7th of the Koyal Writers, Nabeela Ahmed”

Shortlist Announcement

Hello dear readers! ***We interrupt your regular scheduled updates of Koyal interviews to announce some exciting news*** Last Monday, the Fox and Windmills writing competition longlist was published and we were delighted to see not one, but two Koyals had made the cut! Both Sujana Crawford for poetry, and Sarah M Jasat for prose, haveContinue reading “Shortlist Announcement”

Meet 1/7th of The Koyal Writers, Sidra Ansari

Good morning dear readers! As January stays cold and grey, we hope today’s blog will give you a bit of brightness and maybe even a burst of inspiration!  Today we are getting to know Koyal writer, Sidra Ansari and the many writer hats she wears! In this video she will answer our seven introductory questions.Continue reading “Meet 1/7th of The Koyal Writers, Sidra Ansari”

Meet 1/7th of The Koyal Writers, Sarah M. Jasat

Hello lovely people, For the next seven weeks we have a super fantastic line-up of intro blog posts for each of the seven of us Koyal Writers. First up is Sarah M. Jasat. In this wonderful walking, talking voice note, she will answer the following questions: 1. Pitch yourself as a writer in seven words.Continue reading “Meet 1/7th of The Koyal Writers, Sarah M. Jasat”

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Sidra Ansari

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The Koyal Writers

A Collective of South Asian Female Writers Based in the UK