Exploring Personal Narrative in Creative Writing

Workshops / Masterclass
Saturday, 25th May 2024
From 10:30am to 4:00pm (IST)
Rs. 2000/-


Have you ever felt a tug at your heart when a familiar scent sparks a forgotten memory? How do you communicate the ineffable emotions that flood you with those moments of reminiscence?

Explore nostalgia, its emotional complexities, and how it shapes our identity and creativity in a unique writing workshop led by Author Iffat Nawaz. Learn how to tap into personal memories to craft compelling narratives that resonate with broader themes of memory, loss, transformation, and a holistic view of life. Through specially designed exercises, learn how to transform personal experiences into compelling narratives that resonate with universal themes of memory, loss, transformation, and self-discovery.

Join us to harness the power of writing as a tool for self-expression. No prior experience with writing is necessary.


1. Unveil the narratives that have long lingered within you with a pressing need to be told.

2. Recall and share personal memories, transforming them into fictionalized narratives.

3. Make writing more visual and sense-driven, adding depth and vividness to your narratives.

4.  Fine-tune the narratives with feedback and explore the balance between nostalgia’s inspiration and its emotional burden.



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Exploring Personal Narrative in Creative Writing
Exploring Personal Narrative in Creative Writing
Exploring Personal Narrative in Creative Writing
Exploring Personal Narrative in Creative Writing


Iffat Nawaz

Iffat Nawaz


Iffat Nawaz was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh and grew up in the USA. Her debut novel Shurjo’s Clan was published by Penguin Random House (Vintage) in November 2022 and shortlisted for the Best First Book Award by Tata Lit Live/Mumbai Literature Fest. Iffat worked for over a decade in humanitarian and development projects in the USA, Asia and Africa. In 2016, she published Untold Stories of Tanguar Haor, a collection of true accounts of a local community that lives in a water basin at the border of India and Bangladesh, commissioned by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Iffat’s weekly column, ‘Under a Different Sky’, ran for 10 years in Bangladesh’s English newspaper The Daily Star. Her writing has appeared in the Huffington Post, Scroll, Zubaan Books, Himal Southasian, Cosmopolitan, The Indian Quarterly among others. Since 2018, Iffat has been living in Pondicherry where she is devoted to the teachings of Sri Aurobindo.

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Different Writing Styles

Professionals often utilize reflective writing as a tool for critical analysis and learning from their experiences. This form of writing enables individuals to gain insights into their practice, identify areas for improvement, and enhance their skills through introspection.

Expressive writing, conversely, prioritizes conveying emotions and feelings over narrating events. It delves into personal experiences, memories, and relationships, offering a deeper exploration of inner thoughts and emotions. Typically presented in a first-person narrative style, expressive writing allows individuals to express themselves and forge emotional connections with readers authentically.

Creative writing serves as an outlet for artistic expression, showcasing imagination and invention through various literary forms such as poems, fiction stories, and short stories. In the digital age, creative writing has expanded to encompass mediums like plays, TV scripts, screenplays, and online content. This broadened landscape enables writers to explore diverse platforms and engage with wider audiences through their creative works.


Unveiling the Benefits of Writing

Whether one engages in reflective analysis, expressive exploration, or creative expression, the act of writing fosters numerous advantages. It enhances communication skills by promoting clarity, precision, and coherence in expression. It is a powerful outlet for emotional expression and stress relief. By establishing a routine of daily writing, individuals can effectively organize their thoughts, tasks, and priorities, leading to increased efficiency and productivity in both personal and professional endeavors. Writing contributes to the development of language proficiency and creativity. Through regular practice, individuals expand their vocabulary, refine their grammar skills, and explore new ideas and perspectives.  From an academic standpoint, writing is indispensable for success, nurturing critical thinking and analytical skills from a young age. By encouraging students to formulate coherent arguments, analyze information critically, and communicate their ideas effectively, writing plays a fundamental role in academic achievement and intellectual growth. Writing also preserves cherished memories and experiences, serving as a tangible record of one's life journey. From enhancing communication skills and productivity to fostering creativity and emotional well-being, writing serves as a powerful vehicle for personal growth, self-expression, and exploration.


Introduction to Narrative Writing

It allows writers to step into the shoes of a narrator and take readers on a captivating journey. The heart of this style lies in the personal narrative, where real-life experiences and emotions unfold from a first-person perspective. This raw authenticity fosters a powerful connection between writer and reader as if sharing a secret whispered in the dark. But narrative writing extends far beyond personal stories. Different structures give rise to beloved genres like fantasy, mystery, and science fiction. Each one offers unique tools to explore diverse themes and settings. Imagine soaring through fantastical landscapes or unraveling a thrilling mystery – narrative writing invites both writers and readers to lose themselves in immersive experiences. By embracing these various structures and genres, writers unlock an arsenal of creativity. They craft stories that resonate deeply, leaving audiences captivated and yearning for more.




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