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”

Meet 1/7 of The Koyal Writers, Mala Schneider

Hello dear readers and welcome to the next 1/7 Koyal interviews! This week we have Mala Schneider in the hot seat, giving us a look into her identity and thoughts as a writer. Sharing thoughtful reflections and taking us across the globe with her bookshelf faves, we get a real insight into a brilliant mind!Continue reading “Meet 1/7 of The Koyal Writers, Mala Schneider”

Meet 1/7 of The Koyal Writers, Nazira Vania

Hello dear readers, we hope this entry finds you well. Congratulations on making it through another January! This week we have our introductory interview questions with Nazira. We take a deep dive into her creative brain by snooping on her bookshelf and she spoils us with not one, but two seven word stories! Enjoy! TranscriptContinue reading “Meet 1/7 of The Koyal Writers, Nazira Vania”

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”

‘Your people’ can turn up at any time in your life

Since we got married, my sisters and I have stayed at our parent’s house every year for Eid. The time is always full of joy, catching up till 2am, too much food, presents and the children being spoilt by grandparents, aunties and uncles. The day of return is always tough. We start tip toe-ing aroundContinue reading “‘Your people’ can turn up at any time in your life”

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Tiny stories and random thoughts

Sidra Ansari

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The Koyal Writers

A Collective of South Asian Female Writers Based in the UK