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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Our Next Workshop In Cape Town starts on June 2, 2015

The Write Journey

When you start writing a new story it is so easy to be overwhelmed by the intricate detail of what happens in the story - the parts that make up the story - that you forget about the whole story.

Rushing to write the first draft, you patch the details together and soon find that you have a story full of holes, or one that feels empty and does not live up what inspired the idea.

De-motivated and lost you soon lose interest in the idea and leave a potentially great story unfinished.

It's like watching a film you can't wait to see on DVD with remote at hand and skip through the boring bits to get to the end, then finding that you need to track back to make sense of resolutions that baffle you.

It is about story, the whole story, and nothing but that.

Detail comes later during the writing of the story.

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10 basic steps to own the writing process

5 Easy steps to reach your maximum potential

The Write Journey

The Write Voice

The ABC of format

The Top Sheet

Genre and Genre Plots

The Hero's Journey

The Art of Film

The Language of Film

How to review a film

Links and contacts

Daniel Dercksen, the driving force behind the successful independent training initiative The Writing Studio, 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.

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), Duncan Buwalda (Hinterland), 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), 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), and Tenda Madima (who received the African Heritage Literature Award for A Victim of Circumstances as well as the South African Translator's Institute Literary Award).

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