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  • Date: January 17
  • Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm PT

[Tasveer South Asian Litfest] Crafting a Storyline with Indu Sundaresan


Led by Seattle-based author Indu Sundaresan, this workshop focuses on how to craft a storyline, place your characters within the action, and create a framework for a complete novel.This class will also cover topics on tension and conflict within a story—how to create them and how to resolve them.

Participants will examine the plot structures of two novels: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and The Twentieth Wife by Indu Sundaresan. (Please try and read the novels beforehand—this will be useful, but it’s not a requirement.)

For more information on the festival and how to register, visit the TSAL website.

About the Instructor


Indu Sundaresan was born and brought up in India, on Air Force bases around the country. After college, Indu came to the US for graduate school and has an MA in economics and an MS in operations research. She began writing novels and short stories soon after. She is the author of six books so far: the three novels of the Taj trilogy, The Twentieth Wife, The Feast of Roses, and Shadow Princess; a collection of short stories, In the Convent of Little Flowers; a novel set in India during four days in May of 1942 titled The Splendor of Silence; and a novel based on the Kohinoor diamond, The Mountain of LightThe Twentieth Wife won the Washington State Book Award and has been converted into a 42-episode television series called Siyaasat. It’s airing (with subtitles) on Netflix in most countries. Indu is also the recipient of the Light of India award for Excellence in Literature. Her work has been translated into some 23 languages worldwide. The translation that makes her the most happy and proud is that of the Taj trilogy novels in Tamil, her mother tongue, translated by her mother, Madhuram Sundaresan, and published by Vanathi Pathipaggam in Chennai, India.

Tasveer South Asian LitFest brings together an eclectic group of poets, novelists, screenwriters, nonfiction and experimental writers expressing a wide range of South Asian diasporic voices on race, immigration, gender, identity, and publishing. Listen to their authors read from their writings, and engage with them in discussion panels and workshops as they explore some of the major issues—such as race, immigration, gender, sexuality, and politics—that have shaped the lives and writings of the South Asian diaspora.