I am all about collaboration and creating new creative workshop modules that engage with the world on multiple levels. My current obsession is identifying the ironies and inconsistencies in the mundane but hyper-globalised world we live in. I love bringing history, gender, social justice movements, micro-cultures, ethics, and politics into fiction and nonfiction exercises and discussions. I work with adults and kids and custom-make workshops to offer modules that work on craft, communication, clarity, and self-expression. My approach seeks to push past mainstream paradigms that tend to limit our potential in expression and stunt self-awareness.
I received my MFA from California College of the Arts in San Francisco. My fiction and non-fiction have been published in several publications including Scroll.in, Southern Humanities Review, Out of Print, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore and Bengal Lights, among others. My first book, a collection of short stories, Transit for Beginners, was published by Kitaab in 2016. My previous fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart and was a semi-finalist for the Black Lawrence Press award.
Rheea Mukherjee's feedback is gentle and insightful - she provided a new perspective of my work I had not considered. She highlights both technical and emotional aspects of the work, and is extremely helpful in troubleshooting a text that needs a little help or is stuck in something. She is a wonderful reader, which impacts the way she reacts with you as a writer.
Rohini Malur, poetry and short stories
Rheea’s workshop was fantastic. It was a hands-on workshop. She really focuses on challenging us to write in new, innovative ways. The schedule was well planned and involved varied discussions and assignments. Her observations often encourage many other good ideas to surface. We spent about equal time examining different pieces as well as writing our own. Her criticism is gentle and supportive, helping each participant develop their strengths.I went on to publish one of the pieces that she worked with in the workshop.
Chaithali Pisupati, writer & social worker
Rheea was a thoughtful, energetic, and provocative presence in workshop. Throughout our 8-week course, she urged authenticity and expressiveness on her students, while still engaging with the more technical details of writing and structure. In her methodical approach, she helped us become better writers and better readers.
I was part of the first batch of students in the Bangalore Writers Workshop that was co-founded by Rheea. The workshop sessions were useful in helping me improve my skills as a writer, but more importantly, it made me aware of my strengths as a writer while simultaneously making me comfortable writing on themes that I normally did not write about. Rheea's inputs and feedback during this process were constructive, to the point, and often brought out nuances that I had missed or ignored. She brought great energy and substance to the classroom and provoked thoughtful positive discussions, while ensuring strong group cohesion.