How To Write Fiction & Get Published: Learn With Author Andaleeb Wajid

How can you write fiction that resonates with readers? How do you get published? Andaleeb Wajid tells you how!

If you are a writer, you want to keep getting better and get published too! This webinar with Andaleeb Wajid is meant to teach you how can you use story ideas and create plots like the best writers do.

It will also give you hands-on information on getting published, from an author who has had 17 novels published!

This session will take you through the process of writing step by step, explaining different concepts and ensuring you understand what makes a story work.

If you are already writing fiction, this digital session is meant to help you hone your craft better. If you are just getting started, this webinar is meant to help you move faster on your journey to writing regularly and becoming an author one day.

This session will be delivered online, so you can access it at any city in India.

Date: 14th September (Friday)

Time: 4 to 6 PM

Section 1: Create better stories

Anybody can have a new idea, but does that make it good fiction? In this section, we will learn not just how to get ideas, but how we can convert them into stories.

In this section, Andaleeb Wajid will teach us ‘where’ one can get good ideas. More importantly, she will be talking about how we can convert these ideas into stories, so that you can put your ideas into actual writing.

Section outcomes:

  1. Learn to mine everyday experiences and other sources for ideas.
  2. Understand what ideas are more likely to resonate with your readers.

Section 2: Craft a gripping plot

Stories need to be plot driven but how does one do it? How can we ensure that a plot is tight and why should it be so? What are the elements of a plot?

In this section, we will understand how plot works in fiction and why it’s important to have a tight plot.

Section outcome:

  1. Start writing better plots that keep your readers engrossed.
  2. Gauge better for yourself if your plot is strong enough or not.

Section 3: Produce ‘real’ characters

Many of us have the elements of a good story but we struggle to flesh out our characters.

Characters are often the most important element of fiction. How can we ensure that the characters we create are memorable? What makes them stand out in a book and how can we write such characters?

Section outcome:

  1. Learn what makes some characters work and how you can adapt the same in your writing.
  2. Edit your own work better and introduce new elements such as dialogue or context to make your characters work


Section 4: How to get published

A bonus addition in this course is information about the publishing industry in India.

How do you get publishers to notice you? Do you need a literary agent? How much money can I expect to make writing books? What can I expect to see in a typical publishing contract? Get answers to all these questions when you attend the workshop.

Many good stories never make it to print, and many writers don’t understand what it takes to get published – in India.

Understand tactics you can use to increase the chances of your getting published with a reputed publisher.

Section outcome:

  1. Understand how your work fits into the market
  2. Approach more relevant publishers/audiences based on your market knowledge

Meet your Coach

A prolific Bangalore based author, Andaleeb Wajid has written 15 novels to date, in several genres including romance, food, young adult fiction and family/drama. She enjoys writing for young adults as well as adults.

Andaleeb has held numerous creative writing workshops, where she enjoys passing on her experiences and insight into writing fiction that resonates with readers.

Andaleeb has conducted workshops at Katha in 2015 and 2017. She has also conducted workshops at Mindtree School, Ambala, Mount Carmel College, Jyoti Nivas College, and different branches of Delhi Public School. Apart from these, she has conducted workshops along with Sajita Nair at Atta Galatta and Urban Solace. Andaleeb enjoys interacting and teaching creative writing to people. With 18 novels behind her, she’s also the best person to show you how to kick writer’s block once and for all.

Some of her best-selling novels include More than Just Biryani, My Brother’s Wedding and Twenty Nine Going on Thirty, to name a few.