Vishwesh Desai is an 18-year-old with a fierce passion for reading and writing. His first novel, Shadows of the Northlands, was published when he was 14. It remains in the Top Ten Fiction List at the Crossword bookstore three years after its launch.
His second book, Unrestrained Minors, is an anthology of short stories written by children he mentored over two years under his Project Bibliophilia.
Vishwesh has been awarded the ‘Rana Kapoor Young Talent Award 2016’ by Kumaon Literary Festival, Yes Bank and Yes Institute. He has spoken at several literature festivals across the country, as both a panelist and a moderator. Vishwesh has taught numerous creative writing workshops for children and young adults at schools and other organizations, including the British Council India. He is currently working on his third book. For more information, please visit www.vishweshdesai.com
With a view to giving back to the community of writers, Vishwesh initially engaged with students and conducted workshops to mentor aspiring writers. However, he soon realized the limitations of the workshop model and the lack of learning platforms that act as a hurdle for aspiring writers. His desire to provide easier access to writing resources and a platform that allows writers to pursue their passion sparked the idea of an online writing center, which led to his founding and setting up the Inklings Writing Center in October 2019. He works as the CEO at the Center.
He has recently been awarded the ‘Young Achiever Award 2020′ by Indian Achievers’ Forum in recognition of his work at Inklings Writing Center.