Meetup 008: Exploring the Subtext

Hello there, peeps!

Hope you’re having a great start to the week. Last weekend, we had one of our members Gopalakrishna hosting the meetup on yet another informative and fun topic. As I was stuck on a couple of commitments, I could not attend the meetup and so cannot give you a first hand account of the meetup! Nevertheless, I’m sure the meetup must have been absolutely enlightening. The professional guided hand that Gopal would have provided is much a rarity at an entity like Write Club.

Subtext is more or less the intricate art of conveying the complexity of an emotion through simple exchange of dialogues. Having quintessential understanding of subtext is important for the development of good quality write-up, going by which the discourse was instructive and elaborate.



This weekend, Write Club experienced one of a kind, interactive activity. The prompts were taken from and delivered to the participants themselves. The objective was to create a scene in two different perspectives.

The participants were asked to write short scenes hinting a conflict or a possible conflict between the two characters brought out from the prompts, in each of the respective cases – without actually involving an overt quarrel or direct attack. They could be talking about something else, perhaps ordering food, but the reader should understand that everything is not alright between the two.

Each of the scenes thus written were shared and discussed. This was followed by discussing a set of techniques to add subtext to any scene.The participants were then asked to revisit their scenes and impart more subtext to them by applying the techniques just discussed.

Overall, the weekend that was, was more of learning and a knowledgeable experience.

See you guys, next weekend, when we have more fun, more writing on another interesting theme! As always, please feel free to share your works and feedback on the theme and meetup, in the comments section.