The Jailbird Workshop

If you aspire to write noir, you need to understand the dark secrets of another world. The world of criminals, cops, jails, media and lawyers. You need to understand the role of each of these in the legal system and in the illegal one. This workshop is a view from the inside.

The session moderator, Chetan Mahajan, spent a month in jail. To land up there he had exciting things happen to him – it started with a police complaint being filed. The media circus was at its best and helped push public pressure. An FIR was filed and he was arrested – his photo on the front page. He then spent a month in the Bokaro-Chas Karawas (district jail) in the company of an interesting assortment of undertrials and convicts. Penguin published his book on his adventures as “The Bad Boys of Bokaro Jail” in 2014.

Through his experiences, Chetan learnt a lot about the different players: cops and inmates, lawyers and media. Who are these people? What drives them?

We at the Noir Lit Fest got goosebumps listening to his story. Chetan has agreed to host a session on his experiences and conduct a workshop on Jan 28th at 3-5 PM at the Antisocial bar at Hauz Khas Village. The attendance will be limited to 40 participants on a first-come-first-served basis.

The workshop will deal with Chetan’s unique experiences and insights that will be of advantage to the noir writer, the differences between fiction and non-fiction, suspending disbelief, and shaping characters followed by writing exercises.

Join us at Anti-social, Hauz Khas Village on Saturday, January 28th, from 3 pm to 5 pm, for a step-by-step guide to writing noir!

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