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Writing Mythofiction -- A Workshop


Mythology has always been considered as a base while writing fantasies, sci-fantasies, even some horror manuscripts. Currently, in India, we are witnessing a trend in the fact that there are a lot of mytho-fantasies doling out into the market and most of them are selling well. A lot of the reading diaspora wants to know the different interpretations of mythological events and wants to hear the different points-of-view for characters both popular and minor, although popular characters have become over-saturated.

Consider The Mahabharata for example. This huge epic has been retold many times. Many of its characters have their separate books even. Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni has written The Palace of Illusions focusing on Draupadi's journey. Kavita Kane has written Karna's wife. Pratibha Ray has again told the story of Draupadi through her book 'Yagnaseni: The Story of Draupadi'. And then there have been fantastical retellings like Krishna Udayasankar's Aryavarta Chronicles. Author Utkarsh Patel has gone one step ahead and retold the journeys of two very interesting characters who have little traction through his books 'Shakuntala: The Woman Wronged' and 'Satyavati'.

Even The Ramayana, another huge Indian epic, has got some interpretations with Kavita Kane's Sita's Sister, which tells the story of Urmila, the wife of Laxman. Currently, the most promising series is The Ramchandra Series by Amish Tripathi.

It is not only the two epics that are covered extensively. Shatrujeet Nath in his The Vikramaditya Veergatha trilogy covers the reign of King Vikramaditya and even incorporates the legend of the Halahala in his two books 'The Guardians of Halahala' and 'The Conspiracy at Meru'. Amish Tripathi retold the journey of Shiva through his bestselling trilogy, 'The Shiva Trilogy'.

Now the question is: how do these authors do it? What in the experience and opinion of these authors make a good mythofiction book? And how to write them well?

Next weekend i.e. on July 8 and 9, 2017, authors Shatrujeet Nath and Utkarsh Patel come together and help us new budding writers learn the nuances of mythofiction writing. The event will be held at Children's Academy, Malad (East), Mumbai and will be a two-day long workshop. All for the price of Rs. 299, we can learn from the best in the field. Come on, guys, let us give this event a thumbs up. This event is an initiative by For Writers, By Authors.

You can book your tickets here.

Disclaimer: There are many more books in this genre. The books mentioned in the blog post are those I have read and completed.


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