the writing studio
Celebrating the art of storytelling and the craft of writing

An independent training initiative celebrating creative freedom in South Africa the past 19 years

Transforms ideas into action

Empowers writers to take ownership of their stories

Develops stories from concept to final draft

Facilitates the needs between storytellers and storymakers

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Weekend Workshop for screenwriters in Cape Town & Johannesburg
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Real Life Imagined on the Big Screen:  Truth is most definitely stranger than fiction in film

Go behind the scenes of the latest films and meet the screenwriters and filmmakers

Reading of scripts
You have invested ample time, blood, sweat and tears in writing the story of your dreams. Now it's time for payoff and reward and to turn the potential of your story into profit. There is only one thing you need to know. Not whether or not your writing is good or bad, but whether your story works or not.
The Writing Studio will give you the guarantee that your script works and explore the strengths and weaknesses of your story objectively with an extensive Reader's Report. Read more

The Write Trainer
In an age where everyone makes regular trips to their local gym to stay healthy, it is important for writers to keep writing effectively and remain in a perfect state of creative health; where ideas flow freely and projects are completed. Daniel Dercksen, the driving force behind the successful independent training initiative The Writing Studio will be your trainer. Read more

The Write Journey
With the explosion of the local film industry and countless foreign films being made in South Africa, It has never been a better time to be a screenwriter.
Following in the tradition of 19-years of workshops throughout South Africa, The Writing Studio's
The Write Journey correspondence course is all that is needed to write a screenplay.
The trainer is
Daniel Dercksen, the driving force behind the successful independent training initiative The Writing Studio, who has been a published film and theatre journalist for 30 years and has been teaching workshops in creative writing, playwriting and screenwriting throughout South Africa the past 19 years.
The Write Journey you will know what it takes to be a screenwriter and how to write your screenplay.
The course looks at how to make the most of what you want to write about, how to conceptualise your ideas, and conquer the daunting writing process to take your idea from a blank page to a sellable draft filled with captivating visual narrative that will inspire the imaginations of prospective producers and filmmakers.
It explores the art of plotting your story and understanding the journey of dramatic action, bringing the people who live in your story to life, and turning dull and meaningless story events into memorable actions.

The course is ideal for anyone who has a story to tell and want to turn inspiration into big screen action.
Following the course writers will receive one-on-one assistance during the process of writing their screenplays, and completed drafts will be promoted through The Write Agency to potential investors.
Send email for the full agenda and registration information

A course for every writer
Custom-made Courses
Our motivational and inspirational correspondence courses are specifically designed to make it easier for writers to master the craft of writing and focus on the art of defining the creative process.
The Writing Studio's 8 correspondence courses follow in the tradition of 18 years of workshops and master classes throughout South Africa and give writers a unique opportunity to write in their own space and at their own pace.

An added bonus is the interactive one-on-one communication between trainer Daniel Dercksen and yourself, affording you to question and clarify the self tasks, tasks and comprehensive notes of the 12 units during the course. Read more

Two proudly South African storymakers (and proud graduates of The Writing Studio's workshops) are back in the spotlight: writer-director Henk Pretorius produced, wrote and directed Leading Lady, and John Barker sits in the director's chair for Spud 3: Learning to Fly.   

Our Proud Graduates
Producer screenwriter and filmmaker Sallas de Jager (Roepman, Verraaiers, Musiek vir die agtergrond and Stuur Groete aan Mannetjies Roux), award-winning playwright Neil Coppen (Abnormal Loads) and Jeremeo Le Cordeur (Tannie Dora Gaan Bos), filmmakers John Barker (Spud 3: Learning to Fly, Bunny Chow and How To Steal a Million) and Henk Pretorius (Leading Lady, Bakgat, Fanie Fourie Se Lobola), novelists Lauren Beukes (Zoo City, The Shining Girl) Gary Hirson (The Magic That is Ours and Calm in Storm)and Consuelo Roland (who received acclaim for her Lady Limbo Novel, and was Shortlisted for the Sunday Times Fiction Award and received an Honorary mention for the Olive Schreiner Prize for her novel The Good Cemetery Guide).

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