Bring the treasures and mysteries of real life into your fiction with Rajorshi Chakraborti


As writers of fiction, no matter how great a role our imaginations play in our storytelling, we're almost always drawing on the real at the same time, in ways big and small, aware and unseen. But what would a greater alertness to this constant interplay bring to our storytelling, if our everyday self and our writing self tried consciously to stay in closer touch, as we live our lives and plan new work, and feel, recall, imagine, notice and connect things in both spheres at the same time? 

This is an hour-long course comprising four talks followed by suggested exercises, aimed primarily at beginning fiction-writers or those looking to go further in drawing on their lived experiences for their stories. 



Course content

In this session you will learn about:  

  • writing fiction from life
  • drawing on ourselves 
  • drawing on others and
  • drawing on the flow of life.

Raj's goal, by the end, is for you to feel that a more heightened awareness of these possibilities might lead to richer, more varied writing, in which the treasures and mysteries we're constantly noticing in everyday life can turn, frequently and freely, into the beauty and power of our work. 



Learning Level

This course is part of our LaunchPad series and is geared towards beginning fiction-writers, aimed primarily at beginning fiction-writers or those looking to go further in drawing on their lived experiences for their stories. 

Please note that you will be able to access the course for 90 days from the day you sign up.

Filming and editing by Clinton Phillips.

Rajorshi Chakraborti

Rajorshi Chakraborti is an Indian-born, Wellington-based novelist, essayist and short story writer. Raj is the author of six novels and a collection of short fiction. His latest novel, 'Shakti', was released in February 2020, and is a supernatural mystery thriller set in present-day India.

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Writing Fiction From Life Overview

We anticipate the core course will take up to one hour to complete. You will need internet access and writing materials ready (pen/paper or document open).

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