Unveiling the Word Lounge by Alphabet Sambar

WordLounge_WCMumbaiWriters, wordsmiths and spinners of yarns everywhere! Lend us your ears. For we present to you the 2016 edition of the Word Lounge! Replete with writing workshops, storytelling games, Twitter fiction, and many other adventures of the literary kind.

As you well know, writing is not just about stringing pretty words together, but it is about characters, dialogues, settings, story, genre etc. At the Word Lounge 2016, you will get to fine-tune these nuances.

Curious to know more? Read on.

Think you know your cinema? How about writing stories incorporating some of the most iconic dialogues in movie history? Better still, how about getting inside John’s head and getting him to do what you want, all to achieve your own nefarious goals. If being evil and manipulative is not your cup of tea (difficult as it is to believe), why not just relax with our fellow writers for a taste of some Alphabet Sambar?

We’ve all sung the wrong lyrics to a song. And in that moment when the terrible, traumatising truth dawns on us, we find ourselves standing our ground, adamantly protesting that our lyrics are better than the original (They fit better, for heaven’s sake!). Well, what if that could be true? Just this once? Come! Wield your pens and be delightfully wrong with us! The famous writer Oscar Wilde once said, “The heart was made to be broken.”

Let’s pick up the pieces in style at the Word Lounge. Tell us about the raised toilet seats. The missed appointments. The unpaid bills. The snoring. The nagging. The forgotten anniversaries. Tell it all!

And that is not the end of it. Here at the Word Lounge, you will learn about the jobs that aren’t out there, the jobs that only exist in a parallel universe.

Come visit us at the Word Lounge on 12th and 13th March! Wield your pen, flaunt your imagination, and awaken the writer within!

(Blogpost contributed by Disha)

Come along and speak at WordCamp Mumbai

It usually takes me more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech. – Mark Twain

The major activity at any WordCamp are speaker sessions. There is no WordCamp without speakers, without new speakers stepping up and speaking in front an audience for the first time in their life.

Many of the speakers are obviously experts in WordPress and technology around it. But there are many speakers who speak not as experts but as someone who have something unique to share.

It could be a unique WordPress story, a unique perspective that challenges how things are viewed in the WordPress community, a unique way at looking at customer support. As long as it’s unique there is a good chance conversations can be had around it.

Today we are announcing “Call for Speakers” for WordCamp Mumbai 2016.

Fill in the speaker form and our speaker review team will get in touch with you. Some quick pointers before you apply.

  • These are not paid gigs. Speakers are not paid to speak at WordCamps or paid by organisers to travel. They have to either fund themselves or ask their company to do so. Think of speaking at a WordCamp as part of volunteering.
  • Speakers will be selected based on their availability, overall topics they suggest and their relevance to the WordPress community.
  • No one is a celebrity at WordCamp Mumbai. Speakers when they apply should co-operate with the speaker review team to work on the content of their topics. Just like you, they too have full time jobs and careers and are volunteering their time to WordCamp Mumbai.
  • The time limits for a speaker sessions are usually about 20 mins.
  • The call for speakers will continue until 15 January, 2016.
  • If you have more than one topic in mind, go ahead an apply twice or thrice. Just do not spam us 😉
  • Do remember, there is limited time and limited resources. Not everyone who applies can be accommodated. Be nice! 🙂

Happy Diwali Everyone!

I’d like to wish you all a Happy Diwali on behalf of everyone here at WordCamp Mumbai & Mumbai WordPress Meetup Group.

wcmumbai-diwali

May this festival bring you joy and prosperity, like it has for us. We have recently finished some backend work and have a fix on dates for WordCamp Mumbai 2016.

So the next WordCamp Mumbai is on 12th & 13th March, 2016.

We recent announced a call for volunteers and would soon put a call for Speakers and Sponsors.

Mumbai and WordPress

stay-tuned-for-something-awesome

In 2016, if all things go right, Mumbai will be the first city in India to host WordCamps three years in a row. We missed a year in 2013 but it will also be the only city in India to host four WordCamps overall.

So it is safe to say, Mumbai has fallen for WordPress and the community is very vibrant just like the city.

Unique City

It is a very unique city with an unique attitude, unique culture and life is often lived in the fast lane. For visitors who visit Mumbai and get astounded by the sheer humanity they see on the roads, wait till you get into a local train. 😉

Mumbai houses probably the largest film industry in the world, it is the commercial capital of India and the state capital of Maharashtra. It has a national park inside the city, ancient Buddhist caves from almost two millennia ago and people from several dozen ethnicities call it home .

We have food, culture and lore that will fascinate and inspire you. It can be fast, intimidating, crowded and hot along with humid, but we Mumbaikars love it. Though everyone loves their own city, we often call our Mumbai, the most unique city in the world!

Unique WordCamp

The WordPress community in Mumbai is also unique. It has college students, big and small publishers, journalists, writers, social activists, freelancers and more in huge numbers and many of them using WordPress.

Hence we need your help! To make Mumbai WordCamp 2016 a lot like the city. The most unique in the world!

How can you participate in planning?

Are you from Mumbai or visiting Mumbai frequently? You can start by attending a WordPress Meetup.

We will be rolling out call for sponsors, volunteers and speakers soon. You can subscribe to our blog where we will make these announcements.

Subscribe to WordCamp Mumbai updates. You can also follow updates on Facebook and Twitter.

Or simply say hello to us via the contact form and ask any questions you have about WordCamp Mumbai 2016.