Do’s And Don’ts Of Online Workshops or Classes For Students

Do’s And Don’ts Of Online Workshops or Classes For Students

Since the pandemic hit the world in early 2020, we all have been too dependent on the online learning system that is now a part of our daily routine. People of all ages and sex take up online classes and workshops to learn new skills, crafts, languages and to obtain some kind of education. But let us all be honest, we all, especially Indians, were not entirely prepared for this extreme transition to online workshops and classes and therefore when the time came, most found themselves to be ill-equipped in knowing what to do and what not to in these online sessions.

I am here with a handy guide of do’s and don’ts so that you won’t have to look around or wonder about what to do and what to not to before, during or after an online class/workshop/consultation or session.

In case you didn’t know, I provide an Online Writing Consultation service to help writers who either want to learn something specific or who are stuck in their fiction projects.

Do’s & Don’ts Of Online Workshop or Classes

1. Be Punctual

Make sure to log in 5-10 minutes before the class begins. Open the platform and wait for the instructor or an admin to log in and then join the group/meet.

2. Be Ready

Have your device – laptop or mobile, fully charged and possibly clutter-free (delete the unnecessary files or transfer them to a hard drive) so that it will run smoothly without heating up and won’t hang during your class.

Also, keep a backup device ready, just in case something goes wrong in the middle of the class with your device.

3. Be Presentable

Dress appropriately and be ready to switch on your camera at the last minute notice. Many times in online classes people get into awkward situations when the instructor asks the entire class to switch on their cameras.

Also, make sure to sit in a quiet place. If you have kids or pets at home, then sit in a room where you can shut the door and attend the class without being disturbed or worse disturbing the entire class.

4. Don’t be a ghost

Don’t ghost your online class. If you are late in joining the class then message the instructor personally to let them know that you will be late. It is considered impolite to join the meeting at any time without having previously informed the instructor.

5. Greet everyone and introduce yourself

Many times people forget their most distinguished etiquettes when we attend an online class, take special care not to do it. Imagine going to a physical workshop/class and greet others and introduce yourself just like you wind in an offline class.

6. Don’t take unnecessary breaks

All online classes have breaks in between so try and not take your own breaks because either you’ll end up missing out on some topic or you’ll delay the entire class. A couple of things you can do to prevent such situation are:
1) Go to the restroom just before the class begins so that you can sit comfortably in the class till the official break.
2) Sit with a bottle of water so that you won’t have to get up again and again for it.
3) Sit with a prepared cup of coffee and some light snacks so that you won’t have to get up for anything.

7. Don’t depend on the course notes

Keep a notebook and pen ready for taking down notes throughout the class. The class notes will contain only the most important information but there will be a million small things that the instructor might teach or cover or mention that you might find useful and important. So always take your notes.

8. Be responsive

Respond to the instructor with comments/messages such as ‘yes,’ ‘understood,’ ‘very well,’ etc. It helps the teacher in knowing that everyone is listening and understanding, especially when the cameras are off.

9. Don’t be rude

If you have a doubt or a question, wait for the teacher to finish speaking or explaining a topic and then drop a message saying you have a doubt. The teacher will ask you to ‘unmute’ yourself and ask. If not, then you can ‘unmute’ yourself after a topic is over, and say ‘excuse me sir/mam, I have a doubt/question.’

Don’t interrupt the teacher or the other students when they are talking or clearing doubts.

10. Don’t be distracted during the class

Don’t watch videos, serials or memes in the middle of the class. Be focused!

Remember these things and you’re all set to attend your next online workshop or class.

And don’t forget to wave ‘goodbye’ or say ‘bye and thank you’ before signing off from the class.

Creating Realistic Characters

Creating Realistic Characters

Creating Realistic Characters is an hour-long webinar on characterisation basics. I will be doing a follow-up Webinar with the advance techniques used for characterisation, so make sure you attend this one.

Webinar Details

Date: 5th December 2020
Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm (can go on till 12:30 pm) – Indian Standard Time 
Platform: YouTube Live
Link to the Webinar
Link to my YouTube Channel 

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  • Types of characters
  • Levels of characters – Inverted Pyramid
  • Types of characterisation
  • Character Profiling
  • Backstory
  • Character Arcs
  • Character conflicts or internal conflicts
  • Character motivation and stakes

But wait… there’s something special this time!

I will be giving away some really exciting gifts for this Webinar! 

  1. 1 Signed Copy of my novel Deceived
  2. 1 Signed Coffee Mug.
  3. A kick-ass Character Profile Sheet Template with 50 character traits.

For these prizes, you will have to earn points and here is how you can do it:

  • 1 Point for retweeting/sharing my tweets and posts related to this Webinar – 1 point per tweet/share.
  • 2 Points for sharing about this Webinar on your social media platform.
  • 3 Points for sharing about this Webinar on your blog or website.
  • 5 Points for creating a reel about this Webinar or my Youtube Channel.
  • 1 Bonus Point for any kind of social media shout out for this Webinar.

Please make sure to Tag Me in your shoutouts, videos and posts otherwise you won’t be able to earn any points.

The participant with most points will received a signed copy of my book Deceived and the Character Profile Sheet Template
The runner up will receive the coffee mug and the Character Profile Sheet Template.
The next 8 people with highest points will receive the Character Profile Sheet Template.

So what are you waiting for?! Start sharing and earning points!

I’ll see you on the 5th of December!

October Webinars

October Webinars

Hello, dear writers and readers. I am here with some exciting as hell news! I have two upcoming Webinars! Read on to find the details, timings and some extra exciting stuff!

Webinar #4: Decoding Horror Genre For Writers

In this Webinar I will be covering the following topics:

  • What is Horror Fiction – The basics of Horror Fiction
  • Plot Structures and schemes used in Horror Fiction Writing
  • Common Tropes used in Horror Fiction
  • Elements of Horror Writing 
  • Literary Devices that help in writing Horror Fiction
  • Study of the sub-genres of Horror in Literature: Discussion of the infamous Gothic, Macabre, Morbid and Psychological literature
  • Discussing some famous works in Horror Fiction – both in literature and films/television

BONUS: At the end of the webinar, registered members will receive a Horror Writing Tool-Kit in their emails. So don’t forget to register for this webinar!

Webinar Details:

DATE31st October 2020
TIME (as per IST = GMT+5:30)5:00 pm to 6:00 pm (can go on till 6:30-7:00 pm)
Webinar #4 Details

Webinar #5: Understanding The Relevance of NaNoWriMo For Indian Writers

In this Webinar I will be covering the following topics:

  • What is NaNoWriMo
  • Benefits Of Participating In NaNoWriMo
  • The relevance of NaNoWriMo for Indian, or any non-American, writers
  • How to make the best out of a WriMo
  • How to prepare for NaNoWriMo
  • How to successfully win NaNoWriMo – planning your WriMo around Diwali and holidays in November
  • What if you fail? And the important lessons to learn from it about yourself and your writing
  • How, in the end, NaNoWriMo helps you get better at being a real writer irrespective of winning or losing the WriMo.

Webinar Details:

DATE26th October 2020 – Monday
TIME (as per IST = GMT+5:30)5:00 pm to 6:00 pm (can go on till 6:30 pm)
This link will work at the time of the Webinar only
Webinar #5 Details

Live Stream: Common Writing Mistakes Webinar

Hey guys, you can watch the live streaming of ,y 3rd and latest webinar here:

Due to some technical glitch, I had to shift to Facebook live after the Webinar to answer some of the questions, so you can watch that 20 minutes feed here:

For your reference, here a list of all the 30 mistakes I covered in this webinar:

Webinar #3: Common Writing Mistakes

Webinar #3: Common Writing Mistakes

I’m here with another FREE WEBINAR!

Join me in this hour-long webinar to learn all about the common mistakes all creative writers (especially fiction writers) make in their writing. The mistakes I will be discussing will range from complex exposition-related mistakes, dialogue formatting mistakes, grammar mistakes to use of wrong narrative style, under-writing, over-writing and a LOT more.

This webinar is free for all, so do come and join in the discussion!

Benefits of registration:

  • You will receive the direct webinar link directly in your inbox
  • You will receive the streaming link in your inbox after the webinar to watch the webinar again later
  • You will receive a reminder for the webinar 1 hour before the webinar begins on Sunday, 30th August 2020. 
  • You can ask questions to me regarding the mistakes I discuss in the webinar even after the webinar is over

So what are you waiting for? It is a great opportunity to learn about writing mistakes and improve your writing!

Register today as there is less than a week to go for the webinar!

Make sure to have a hot cup of coffee or a chilled glass of iced tea at the ready and a pen and a notebook for taking notes. That’s it.

Hoping to see you all on the day of the webinar on YouTube Live.

Register Here:

Registrations Now Open For Webinar #2: Introduction To Novel Writing

Registrations Now Open For Webinar #2: Introduction To Novel Writing
Webinar #2

Hello readers, after the success of my first Webinar (where I got to connect with a lot of new writers), I am very glad to announce the details of the second Webinar. As most of the writers who attended my last webinar were interested in learning more about novel writing, I have decided to go for Novel Writing for my next Webinar.

Webinar #2: An Introduction To Novel Writing

Introduction To Novel Writing webinar will be a 30 to 45 mins Live Facebook event on my Facebook Page on 24th May 2020, starting at 7:00 PM.

In this Webinar I will be covering the following topics:

  • Determining the writer within 
  • Finalising on a trustworthy idea for your novel
  • The best way to approach and write the ‘much dreaded’ First Draft of your novel
  • Different types of Story Structures and finding the best fit for your novel
  • Basic elements of novel writing
  • Writing the Second Draft of your novel
  • Guide to revising and editing 
  • Finishing your novel

I will be emailing you a copy of the Notes once the session would be over.It’ll have all the information I will be discussing along with a couple of exercises and tips on getting started with your novel and making sure that you finish it.

This session may extend to up to an hour as writing is very close to my heart and I have a tendency to lose track of time while talking about it. Though, I’ll make sure the session won’t go beyond an hour (unlike my last Webinar.) I will be sending you a reminder email half an hour before the session begins, i.e., at 6:30, so please be present 5 mins before the Webinar begins at 7:00 on 24th May 2020 (coming Sunday.)

This will be only if you fill the form below and register for the event as I will need your email id to send you a reminder email and then later on notes.

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Stream Here: Webinar On Introduction To Creative Writing Basics

Hey guys, if you’d like to watch the Webinar stream of my webinar on Introduction To Creative Writing Basics, then you can watch the entire thing on my YouTube channel (or below.) I have also started taking private classes on Creative Writing and Novel Writing, so if you are interested, then shoot me an email on, and I’ll be happy to share the details.

This is the recording of the Live Facebook Stream of my Webinar On Introduction To Creative Writing Basics. It was a great session with around 11-20 participants (the numbers kept on changing as it was an hour + live session, but it was extremely interactive. The webinar actually begins after the first 10-15 minutes (As I was testing and waiting for everyone to come online for that part.) The session is a bit slow because I had to keep a tab on the comments and questions the viewers were posting and had to pace myself accordingly. Though I hope that you’ll enjoy this lecture and learn the basics of creative writing from it.

As an additional aid, you can download this lecture’s notes from my drive here.

Do let me know if there’s any particular topic you’d like me to discuss in my next Webinar/Lecture.

Thanks for being here.

Webinar on Introduction To Creative Writing Basics

Webinar on Introduction To Creative Writing Basics

Webinar #1 : Introduction To Creative Writing Basics

Attend my free Webinar on Introduction To Creative Writing Basics on 30th April 2020 at 11:00am on Facebook Live.
Here’s the link to the Facebook Event on my author page:

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Don’t waste your time in the #lockdown. Instead, learn Creative Writing and discover the writer within you. it is not easy but with the right help and guidance, you can learn and improve your writing skills tremendously. So what are you waiting for?

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