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The Drama of Writing a Play
A pro-active The Drama Of Writing A Play workshop will take place at The Alexander Upstairs on Saturday, December 6 and 13 from 11am until 5.30pm, giving aspirant scribes an opportunity of step outside the box and take on the role of director, or even actor, and turn words into action. This unique workshop for aspirant dramatists is ideal for storytellers with a vivid imagination who would like to explore the magic of live theatre and the transformational impact it has on society and community. Writers will examine the raw material of drama, the art of the drama, what it takes to be a dramatist in South Africa, and how to get your plays on to the stage and festival circuit. Read more

Correspondence Courses - write in your own space at your own pace
The Writing Studio's correspondence courses follow in the tradition of 18 years of workshops and master classes throughout South Africa and give writer 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

Our proud graduates
Graduates of previous workshops include 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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