How to be a Full-Time Writer in India?

Fawaz Jaleel, MA Development, 2012 – 14 in conversation with Seema Mundoli, faculty member, Azim Premji University

Alumni webinar series how to be a full time writer in India

In this webinar, Fawaz and Seema will discuss the journey of being a writer, the economics involved, and the practical process of writing. They will also cover the distinctions between fiction and non-fiction writing, as well as the path to obtaining a traditional publishing contract.

Additionally, they will touch upon topics such as book-to-screen adaptations and film rights.

About the speakers

Fawaz Jaleel is an Indian author and columnist who primarily writes crime thrillers and murder mysteries. His first novel, Nobody Likes An Outsider is a national bestseller and is already being adapted into a motion picture in Hindi.

In the past, he has worked as a consultant to the Government of India for a project managed by the Prime Minister of India’s office i.e., MyGov India. He worked closely with senior bureaucrats and members of the government for several projects including PM Modi’s first Townhall in India. His previous works include three short stories — From the Land of Palaces, The Legend of Birbal’s Bull and Inspiring Indians.

Prior to this, he was involved with companies such as UpGrad, NDTV and NIUM. Fawaz started his career in Public Health and has worked on projects managed by Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Government of India, and The Global Fund. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Madras Christian College and MA in Development from Azim Premji University.

Seema Mundoli is a faculty member at Azim Premji University. Her research focuses on the role of nature in Indian cities in addressing the challenges of environmental sustainability and social justice. She is the co-author of Cities and Canopies: Trees in Indian Cities (Penguin India) and So Many Leaves (Pratham).