Masterclass (6.2.7) with Dr. Piia Mustamaki

The Flaneuse: Women Walking and Writing the City

The Bombay Review has been publishing some great writers and poets since 2014, and conducts regular Masterclass sessions for its reading and writing community. TBR has a selection of faculty for different sessions of the Masterclass series, and all of these are conducted by Professors teaching in (or having taught at) MFA Creative Writing degree programs in USA, Australia or UK for more than 5 years.

This Masterclass is in collaboration with Asia Pacific Writers and Translators (APWT)

About Masterclass 6.2.7:

To write about a city, you have to experience it on foot; walk it. In most parts of the world, this can be a complicated affair if you are a woman. Dr Piia, a traveller and experienced travel writer will talk about her cities, her writing, and share practical knowledge, tools, and strategy for better access to and experience of the cities. “You take delight not in a city’s seven or seventy wonders, but in the answer it gives to a question of yours.” ― Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities

  • Learn to be aware of the effect of gender in cities  
  • Describe vividly, balancing personal experience and detailed observation  
  • Write with all five senses 
  • The city and you

About the speaker:

Dr. Piia Mustamäki is an academic wanderluster, currently located in Abu Dhabi, where she teaches at New York University’s Writing Program. Originally from Finland, she lived in New York City for two decades and holds a Ph.D. in Literatures in English from Rutgers University. She has travelled in about ninety countries and her travel writing has been published in PunctuateThe Cultureist and Matador Network. Her academic writing has appeared in The Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism and Neohelicon



Registrations will close when spots are filled. First priority will be given to participants who were waitlisted for previous session.

Date of session: 17th September, 2021
Time: 7:30 pm IST to 9:30 pm IST
Duration: 2 hours (The last session had extended due to other factors, and the primary segment of this one will be tightly packed into the duration itself) Please check the meeting link AND your email 30 minutes prior to the session.

Cost | Refund

INR 250
Payment Deadline: 15th September, 2021 (12 Noon IST) or when spots fill.
This fee is non refundable for no-show, or any other reasons other than cancellation from The Bombay Review itself. A video will not be shared post session.

Mode + Details

Via Zoom
Please note: The meeting will be locked once it begins – and late joinees will not be able to attend or claim a refund. Your payment + sign up should be done from your Zoom ID only, and not any other email ID. The link will be sent to the ID that you put in on Instamojo/Payment portal, and which has a Zoom account.  

1. 15 minutes after the session starts, the meeting will be locked and you will not be able to enter.
2. In the above case, there will not be a refund, and unfortunately, nor will it be possible to share a recording with you due to policy constraints.
3. Please make sure you don’t ‘leave’ the meeting by mistake before time, since a re-entry might take a lot of time.
4. You can only join the meeting from the email ID used to make the payment, or, the one where you receive this email.
5. For questions, you can send them via the chat box of Zoom (right side). We will be curating from there (*might be delayed)
6. Please ensure a stable internet connection.
7. While the link is locked and encrypted, sharing confidential details with others (+ accounts that belong to you) will be considered a breach of Zoom/Masterclass policies, and forwarded to the legal department. 
8. Please login to the Zoom portal fifteen minutes before the session starts, ie, 7 pm IST.
9. Your cameras will have to be switched on, you can prefer to be on mute.

NOTE: Payment confirmation will be sent by the Payment portal itself: Instamojo/Stripe.
If you receive an email from them (Check other/updates folder as well), your participation is confirmed and details will be sent to you directly. Please don’t email/DM us (The Bombay Review), notifying about the payment or seeking confirmation. If the payment went through, your participation is confirmed.

The link will be shared with you 6-12 hours before session time only. A query prior to that might not be answered due to unavailibility of resource persons (ref: pandemic).


*This is a learning space and unwarranted communication during session might result in expulsion from the session; apart from seeing comments being moderated.

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