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TOI scouts for next gen of writers through Write India initiative

The crowd sourced platform will give 11 budding writers an opportunity to get a book published in their name under the mentorship of India’s leading authors

BestMediaInfo Bureau | Delhi | July 7, 2015


The Times of India has announced the launch of ‘Write India’, a platform to promote writing talent in India and discover the next generation of writers at the launch of Times Literary Fest - Delhi. Write India is India’s largest crowd sourced platform to help aspiring writers realise their dreams.

The platform will give 11 budding writers an opportunity to get a book published in their name under the mentorship of India’s leading authors, including Chetan Bhagat, Amish, Anita Nair, Ashwin Sanghi, Ravinder Singh, Ravi Subramaniam, Tuhin Sinha, Preeti Shenoy, Durjoy Datta, Madhuri Banerjee and Jaishree Misra.

Each month, one of the mentors (writer of the month) will write the preface of a short story and then it will be open to the aspiring writers to complete the story.  The judges will select the top three story writers of the month. The mentor will guide the selected writers and select one short story as the winning one.

Later, the selected budding writers will take part in a workshop with their mentors to further hone their writing skills. The 11 short stories written as part of Write India will finally culminate into a book, published by The Times of India Group. Apart from a published book featuring their name, winners of Write India will also win a Kindle.

Commenting on the initiative, Pratik Mazumder, VP - Marketing, Times Internet, said, “We believe in bringing the voice of an individual to the world by giving them new ways to express themselves. Write India, India’s largest crowd sourced writing platform, will help aspiring writers realise their dreams under mentorship of leading Indian authors.”

Vinita Dawra Nangia, Director, Write India, added here, “Write India is an opportunity of a lifetime for aspiring writers who will get to share this dream platform with some of India’s most successful authors.”

To popularise Write India, The Times of India plans to reach out to aspiring writers in colleges, bookshops as well as on social media, web and print media. The Write India initiative will open for first round of write-ups on July 7, 2015.

[caption id="attachment_56315" align="alignnone" width="480"]Pritish Nandy in conversation with Amish Pritish Nandy in conversation with Amish[/caption]

Amish Tripathi, author of the ‘Shiva Trilogy’, remarked, “Some people joke that India has more storytellers than there are people to listen to them. The Times of India, with its Write India initiative, will lend a voice to everyone who needs a platform for their stories to be heard.”

[caption id="attachment_56314" align="alignnone" width="480"]Attendees at the launch of Times Literary Fest - Delhi Attendees at the launch of Times Literary Fest - Delhi[/caption]

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