Sunday, December 20, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
We've been told that there will be a fairly solid turn out of desi writers there and as TPTB (the powers that be), we're excited to finally put faces to those (creative) voices.
See you all there! Meanwhile, enjoy...
Thursday, December 3, 2009
LUMS is holding a creative writing workshop on Friday, December 11 at 5.30 pm sharp. There will be four speakers at the event, including our very own administrator and PAPERCUTS Editor-in-Chief, Maryam Piracha speaking about various aspects of the craft. Details below:
The What: Creative Writing Workshop
The Where: Main Academic Block, LUMS
The When: December 11 @ 5.30 pm sharp. Rs 100 entrance fee
The Deadline: Registrations end at December 9. RSVP to Hamza Farooq (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Speakers: Tamkeen Nadeem, CEO of Scribble Magazine will giving a talk on Creative Writing 101.
Miranda Hussein, a journalist will be speaking on creative writing with a focus on journalism.
Maryam will be speaking on the importance of workshops and critique, and help participants flex their brain cells.
Fariha Rasheed, CEO of Ink Magazine is another guest speaker.
We think this is a great, great opportunity for our Lahore and possibly Islamabad membership to take part in a first of its kind workshop, and are looking for a positive response.
If you have any questions, please email Hamza who is the event coordinator for the event.
Hope to see some of you there!
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
We had to change our original book selection because Divisadero wasn't easily available.
And now, take a look at our first "official" cover for the latest issue of Papercuts; Vol 5 or our Fall issue. Like, dislike?
Post in the comments, below!
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
The details are below:
What: DWL Game Night, Issue 2
Where: Paper Microphone Cafe (2nd Floor, above Bukhari Furriers, F-6 Super Market, next to the Shell Petrol Pump)
When: Saturdya, October 10 at 7 pm sharp
Extras: Rs 150 admittance fee. Please come early to secure a seat; space is limited.
RSVP: Click here (FB event)
Along with the GN announcement, there's been a slight change of rules with regards to applying for registration in the forums. We now require a writing sample just to get an overall feel of incoming members, in particular their grammar and English language inclinations. This comes as an effort to streamline the quality put up on our forums, and in turn those that deserve critique less on the basis of grammar and punctuation, and more on the basis of structure and plot which is the heart of our collective vision at the Lounge.
Meanwhile, we still have the readings and the book club gatherings coming up in the future and our DW @ the Paper Microphone Cafe is operational, so please do check that out and let us know what you think.
We'll be putting up event notifications on the white board at the corner as well, so if you patronize the cafe, check out their White Hot Chocolate and sip it while composing the next brilliance at the Corner. :)
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Thanks to one of our members for putting up the suggestion, we're looking to brand our 'zine with its very own name, creating a distinct identity for it apart from our site. So if you guys have any suggestions, either put em in the comments or mail them in.
Hopefully, we should get a positive response for this.
Meanwhile, yes we will update the Game Night post soon. We promise!
Monday, August 17, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Where: Paper Microphone Cafe (2nd Floor, Super Market, Main School Road. After the Shell Petrol Pump, right above Bukhari Furriers)
When: August 8, 2009 @ 7 PM (tables close at 10 PM)
Entrance Fee: Rs 100/person
The Details Consider this your chance to get even, especially if you've taken flack from us about your work. Codename: Revenge. Games include Taboo, Balderdash, Scrabble and Boggle...and Pictionary, for the artistically inclined.
Bring in a friend or two, create a two-player group or compete as individuals, it's entirely up to you. Come early to nab a seat at your favorite game (we're spreading things out Vegas-style, a game a table), register as a team or single player, pick up your score card and player number and let the festivities begin!
Play for fun, to win, or to get some cool prizes including cash...the admission fee goes to a cash pot, that will be awarded to the player (or team) with the highest score at the end of the night. More people, more cash! So rope in as many people as you can.
No registration for the event is required, just show up with your game face and play!
We hope to see you there!
Monday, August 3, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
But don't let the members-only tag fool you. Members can invite whoever they want to, so if you're a member or know a member, good for you. The reason that we're not opening things up is to gauge interest for the event. If we have substantial interest, we will open things up. Hopefully. We have a thread over on the Coordinations, Coordinations board of the forums where we're encouraging registrations.
There will also be a cover of Rs 100. This marks the first time that we're charging for one of our events, and since the amount is nominal at best, we hope this won't deter participants from taking part in what promises to be a lot of fun.
If the event takes off, we might just include other games like Pictionary, Trivial Pursuit and any other games requested by participants.
Comments, questions, suggestions? You can always mail them to email@example.com or write them in the comments.
We're boldly going where we've never gone before. Here's hoping we come out of this in one piece.
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Anyway, if you'd like to register for our reading, click here. And if you'd like to present your material featured, please send that into firstname.lastname@example.org no later than July 9th.
Monday, June 29, 2009
Meanwhile, we're issuing a formal invitation to anyone in Islamabad to attend our next discussion meeting. Have your thoughts and ideas at hand. Without further ado, your invite:
Heralded as a breakthrough first novel, A Case of Exploding Mangoes reimagines the conspiracies and coincidences that led to the mysterious and still unexplained 1988 plane crash of Gen Zia-ul-Haq.
On August 2, we invite you to join us at the Paper Microphone Cafe to discuss the book over coffee, muffins and other delightful delicacies.
The What: Desi Writers Lounge Book Club Meeting #2
The When: Sunday, August 2, 2009 @ 6 PM (please be punctual)
The Where: Paper Microphone Cafe (2nd Floor, Main School Road, Super Market right after the Shell petrol Pump)
The Registration Details: Click here
The Extras: If you can't find a copy of the book at your local bookstore, you can always order it online at Liberty Books. Not pimping out their service or anything, but the prices are great and shipping is free so what's not to love?! :)
The RSVPs: Won't be there? Not enough time to finish? Bringing in a guest? Mail in your comments here. Also, if you've already registered prior to this posting, please don't register again.
Hope to see you there!
Friday, June 12, 2009
Our ideas included holding a book club/reading session and a creative writing workshop, both activities conducted in the English language. Needless to say, we're looking for volunteers interested in literary and educational progress. So if you're interested, drop me a line with your name and any questions or suggestions you may have.
We're committed to this project and are looking for individuals who can help us further the cause.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Pieces (poetry, prose, random rants of non-fiction) can now be sent into email@example.com. Registration for the reading will be opening up shortly. Watch this space and our website.
Any questions, you know where to find us!
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
The What: Desi Writers Lounge Book Club Meeting to discuss In Other Rooms, Other Wonders
The When: Sunday, June 21 @ 5PM
The Where: Mocca Coffee, Shop No. 1, Kohsar Market (Right above Al Saleem Salon)
The RSVPs: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
The Extras: Bring along your notes, thoughts and opinions about the book. Maybe bring the book with you to point out your favorite passages and why they rang home to you as much as they did...alternatively, you can use your copy to effectively debunk the opinions of somebody else!
So that's about it.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
If you're getting this email, you have registered or shown interest in our book club, which officially launched on May 24, 2009 with Daniyal Mueenuddin's In Other Rooms, Other Wonders.
We held an ice breaker aka an informal meeting for our attendees to get to know one another before the discussion would inevitably turn into more serious venues. While this was not a mandatory requirement, it was recommended.
If you attended the ice breaker on the 24th, more power to you and if you were unable to do so, you still have the chance to participate in our Club which will convene sometime at the end of June (exact dates will be announced a little closer to the date set). That's why you've been included in the mailing list.
If you're still interested, now's the time to prove it by picking up the short story collection available at any and all major bookstores in Islamabad and Rawalpindi.
If you have any questions on any of the above, please let me know by sending me an email.
Meanwhile, constant reminders will be sent at two week intervals so if you haven't bought the book yet, didn't attend the ice breaker and are wondering where you stand on things, I'm here to tell you that all is not lost and you can buy the book, read it and join us at the end of June to discuss things.
Hope to see you there!
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
The reason we're calling the first meet an "ice breaker" is so that all participants can meet up, introduce themselves and generally just mingle, talk about books, words, whatever comes to mind really. The reason we're putting in the directions on the blog is to invite people who haven't registered and who aren't sure if they will and give them a chance to sample out the crowd.
So come along, bring in a friend or two and see if you can't appreciate things. Here's the invitation to formalize things:
The What: Book Club Ice Breaker
Then When: Sunday, May 24th @ 5 PM
The Where: Mocca Coffee, 2nd Floor Kohsar Market (it's above Gloria Jeans and the entrance is on the extreme left side of Kohsar Market)
The Who To Get In Touch Withs: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope to see you guys there!
Thursday, April 23, 2009
The new date has been tentatively set for Sunday, May 10 until further notice. We apologize for the late message, but look at it this way: more time to register for the reading, more time to vote for your favorite if you haven't already done so already, and more time to spread the word). If you have issues with the date, because they're coinciding with exams, please let us know at email@example.com. We might shuffle things around so that the book club takes place in hardcore summer.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
So here's the thing. We're throwing an impromptu reading session in Lahore, and yes, there's barely any time, and yes, we don't know where it's going to be or when but that's where you come in.
If you're interested, mosey along to this thread and start the planning (forum members only, sadly). This could be the very first in a series at Lahore, after all! Who knows, we might jumpstart a book club here as well? If you're interested, tell us. It's the only way we'll know for sure.
Hope to see you...well, somewhere! :)
Thursday, April 9, 2009
So please, please save us and yourselves the trouble of being continuously harassed and only register if you're absolutely, positively, 100% interested and sure about your attendance.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
A quick rundown on your options:
Burnt Shadows (Kamila Shamsie)
The Crow Eaters (Bapsi Sidhwa)
Without Dreams (Shahbano Bilgrami)
In Other Rooms, Other Wonders (Daniyal Mueenuddin)
The Case of Exploding Mangoes (Muhammad Haneef)
The Reluctant Fundamentalist (Mohsin Hamid)
If you're interested or know of people who are interested, send them over to the cafe and ask them to leave behind their email addresses so we can keep in touch with them (we never spam), and let them know when the club will start and reconvene.
Any questions, comments or points of contention email them in to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, April 3, 2009
"The short story is what you make it. As a genre it has been used by writers as varied as Maupassant, Chekhov, Faulkner, Mansfield and Manto. It can be a gem consisting of a few paragraphs or the seed of a larger idea – both The Great Gatsby and The Sun also Rises started life as short stories.
The life’s too short Short Story Prize was conceived to reinvigorate this oft-neglected genre in Pakistan. With the increasing success of short story collections in the global publishing market, they are becoming big news again. Now we would like people to read yours.
Sponsored by the ZZ & Zohra Ahmed Foundation, entry to this competition is free of charge and the prize money is the most substantial for any such endeavour in Pakistan."
The Prize Money referred to above ranges from Rs 10,000 to 100,000 although of course no true writer writes for money...right? :)
"Entries must be emailed to email@example.com
‘The life’s too short short story prize’ should be written on the subject line of the email
The short story should be the body of the email. Emails with attachments will not be considered.
Each entry must include the name, address, telephone number(s) and email address of the writer
Submission deadline is June 30, 2009."
The judges for this competition are well known desi authors: Kamila Shamsie, Daniyal Mueenuddin and Muhammad Haneef.
So if you're interested, you know the details...for further information click the link above. Happy writing!
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Aside from the above, we're also working in collaboration with The Paper Microphone to bring out a Desi Writers Lounge corner at the cafe, allowing interested writers to write in any of our four regular columns on the forums: The B*tch Letters, A Writer's Journal, Khutt and One Day, Two Minutes. They will be writing material on our official letterhead, and will have the option of either taking it with them or leaving it at the cafe for it to be featured on our site.
We will create a separate section here, called 'DWL @ The Paper Microphone Cafe' where material written there will be published on our site, as is. Of course, we realize much of the material most especially things like Khutt, which are letters written to receive closure, are extremely personal and may or may not want to be published, so we acknowledge that right to privacy and offer the participants a choice. The important thing, however, is that you're being inspired to write. Even if it's not being shared, it's being written and that's the most we can hope for. However, you can also post things anonymously, so things can be published on the site anonymously and no one will ever know.
Expect to hear more about the corner in the coming days. Meanwhile, our readings will either be held once a month or once every two months, depending on the organizational skills of our management. Also watch out for the book club.
Should you swing by the cafe, be sure to pick up our fliers and bookmarks on display.
The above text is also in our newsflash ticker on Desi Writers Lounge.net. Clarifying any redundancy issues that may arise.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Our reading is taking place on March 28th at 5PM sharp with the bulk of the material being presented by our own members. Realizing the guts it takes to read out your own material to a bunch of people you don't really know, our members have stepped up to take care of things. We're hoping, however, that after this reading more people outside of the fold will step forward with their material.
We will be announcing our book club during the reading to gauge interest as well as put it to a democratic vote on what book we should start with, using the shortlisted books we've settled on.
So there are a few events coming up for the remainder of '09. As of this reading, attendees can register in advance to show their support (and attendance). If you have any questions, you can get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ETA: Entirely forgot to mention we're creating a Desi Writers Lounge corner at the cafe allowing interested writers to jot down their thoughts on our letterhead, and either leave it at the cafe for open display on our site or take it with them if they'd rather not share. We'll detail this further in our next post. But to sum up, we'll be incorporating our columns (One Day, Two Minutes; A Writer's Journal, The B*tch Letters and Khutt) on hard copy, along with a folder containing our past e-zine issues.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
We apologize profusely for the short notice, but were just notified ourselves and thus passed the message along to the general webosphere. The good news in all of this is attendees now have more time to send in their material! So start sending yours in for consideration if you're interested.
Hoping to see you then...
That said, fliers, bookmarks and business cards for the founding members have come back from the printers and things are looking dandy! We've made specific bookmarks for attendees to the book club, so hopefully that should kick off soon enough. We're still unsure on whether we should have a meeting once a month or make it a little less frequent. Although a book a month seems quite reasonable, as long as its length isn't too long. However, if we give our audience a deadline they might well work better in that perimeter of time. This will be, I suppose, a more hardcore book club...not one to be undertaken by the faint of heart.
Oh well, there are a lot of things that still need ironing out and that will be ironed out soon enough.
Meanwhile, event registration has been officially closed along with the deadline for sending in pieces for this session. It was a little disappointing to see that not all registrants who were going to read something out, sent in their material but we have quite a few of our own members in attendance and the bulk of material will be represented by the Lounge. We are hopeful, however, that for subsequent readings we will be able to present writers outside of the fold and thus wholly "undiscovered", so to speak and subject them to our process of working at the Desi Writers Lounge.
Fingers still crossed for a full house on the 15th.
Monday, March 2, 2009
To be honest, we're a little nervous to cater to so many people and are hoping that not only we, but the event delivers and brings some of them back again if not to attend the readings, then at least the book club and other events we have on the horizon.
Meanwhile, we're always on the look out for writers and the event announcement and alliance with The Paper Microphone has brought on a member surge into the Lounge. However, we're still looking for further material to present at the reading so as a reminder: the deadline's March 12 for sending in material for consideration.
Fingers crossed, people! Fingers crossed...
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
The What: Desi Writers Lounge Reading #5
The When: Sunday, March 15 @ 5 PM
The Where: The Paper Microphone (details and registration info here)
The Details: We're doing something different and inviting you to register for the event, including whether you'll be a reader or writer and whether you'd like critique if it's the latter.
The Important Stuff: Write in to email@example.com with your material no later than March 12, to be considered.
Please, spread the word! We've also created an event on FB (although you're requested to register via the site). Here's the link to our group if you didn't know about it earlier. :)
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
However, in the future we're planning other events like Poetry and Prose Workshops (including a possible series of summer workshops aimed at grades 8-10 and possibly beyond; it's all under discussion). Aside from the workshops, we're bringing you a book club in the future which will naturally be open to members outside of the Lounge. The entire point of these events is to bring together like minded people and offer them activities that are hitherto relatively unknown in this country of ours.
If you're interested in any of the above, soon we'll have an event registration/reminder so people can register for an event and we'll be notified and can make the necessary arrangements. This will be in place before the flyers and other promotional material is handed out.
The workshops will be limited to 15 people/session, since that's a manageable group of people and still maintains a comfortable rapport between the attendees.
Needless to say, we're extremely excited about the above ventures. We'll create FB events for the readings and book club.
It's important to note the difference between our readings (where writers who present their work receive light feedback only) and a workshop (which will involve heavy critiquing and writing in a close knit, but nonetheless intense environment). The book club will involve reading books together and discussing the impact, etc. Again, details are being ironed out. This space will be updated accordingly.
But meanwhile, we're moving forward!
Monday, February 2, 2009
Now that the e-zine is out of the way, at least for the next few months, we're jumpstarting our reading series again. This new series; new because it's a brand new year, will be marketed around town so you're encouraged to write in to firstname.lastname@example.org to send in your material.
Like our past readings, this is more of a writer's workshop where we collectively offer insights and opinions on a piece if you're open to that kind of thing. If you'd just like to read it to an audience, we provide a listening ear too.
We're excited for this run, hopeful that more people will get to know just what we do at the Desi Writers Lounge, so keep a look out for our posters and/or fliers and if you have an idea for what else we can do, to boost our rep, write in the comments and let us know. :)
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Meanwhile, we've restarted our old FB Desi Writers group that we let fall into oblivion thanks to the management of the web site along with the various readings, international meet ups and of course the monstrosity that was the e-zine. So if you're not a member yet, and would like to keep abreast of our events and what not, you'll need to head on over there. However, we're soon going to open up registration to our events over at DWL's main website, along with incorporating a newsletter function to keep interested visitors up-to-date with our events.
Our readings based in Isloo will soon be restarted as will other events (a proper Book Club and Poetry/Prose night and possibly a dedicated writer's workshop which might mean separating readings and the workshop as separate events). If you don't know about us, but want to, please consider yourselves invited to our next event. We place no censors on material presented, but please do let us know if you'll be presenting anything (email@example.com) so we can make the necessary preparations (distribution of all material falls to us).
Alright, so that's pretty much it.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
14 pieces were struck from the final line up resulting in a medley of poetry, prose and the abstract fusion of both. Two pieces are still awaiting judgment, but the couple not withstanding, 18-20 pieces will be up for display this January 25th, 2009.
Yes, a date has finally been set.
Guess we'll see you there!
And now? Allow us to take a breather before going through the whole process all over again in April-July '09.
Friday, January 16, 2009
It's never easy to go through each piece and decide on what should or shouldn't make the cut despite all the work that's gone in, but it has to be done. Of course, "quality" is relative and very subjective but in this instance (as in the past), I'm afraid the final word still rests with the Editor-in-Chief.
So...no more apologies. Good luck, everyone!
Monday, January 12, 2009
Meanwhile, the chat log will be uploaded on the forums relatively uncensored. We managed to record a portion of the teleconference so there may be something for posterity (the audio part, that is--the chat log was separate).
But yes, this was one for history and the search for the elusive and perfect videoconferencing software continues. We may have to invest in something on a later date if this becomes a permanent fixture.
Here's to a new year full of new possibilities!
Sunday, January 4, 2009
The best thing about Desi Writers Lounge, is the quality we demand from our members and the utmost confidence we place in them to achieve it. Compliments really are a writer's enemy as is unfounded criticism, but helpful critique...yes, that's useful and I would like to think we provide just that, aside from sharing a healthy camaraderie with one another. It doesn't take too long for a new member to join the circle of friends and writers that Desi Writers Lounge is made of. It's just nice to know we've accomplished that.
Another good thing about the Lounge (we're feeling particularly immodest today!) is the fact that we don't encourage censorship considering the variety of material and subjects our writers write on and are accepted into publication. True freedom of expression, and that's a tremendous accomplishment on our part. Look at Chowk; they never published "Snow Angels", which is on the lighter side of the spectrum as far as "out there" stories go. Considered a test on our part to gauge their reaction, the result makes us feel prouder of what we've accomplished as a collective.
There might be a lesser number of members, but we're damned if the posters aren't extremely talented or at least, haven't been brought out of their shells and begun to reach their truest potential. That's what you get when you're a Desi Writer, I guess. Everything else comes hand in hand.
Here's to a brilliant surge of creativity in 2009!