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

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

What is The Writing Studio?   Success Stories  How can we help you?  Workshops and Courses  Let us read your writing
1 on 1 mentoring/ coaching sessions   Creative Director and trainer Daniel Dercksen   The Write Agency
Let's go to the movies  South African filmmaking  How to evaluate a film  Let's watch DVDs  Let's go to the theatre
Writing a story from start to finish   How do I get my screenplay to the marketplace?
How can The Writing Studio help you to develop the write attitude?   Free screenplays to read
South African Movie Database   Our Independent play The Beauty of Incomplete Things   
Feedback and Comments on our workshops   Interviews   Send an email      Join us on Facebook

In support of the education of South African storytellers, we offer an incredible 50% discount on our Correspondence Courses.  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 (Bunny Chow and How To Steal a Million) and Henk Pretorius (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).

"It gave me a better understanding of how visuals are used to tell a story." Writer-director Henk Pretorius, Bakgat! Bakgat 2, Fanie Fourie's Labola

"An insightful and inspiring introduction into the craft and art of storytelling. Great motivation to help one begin that rather daunting and solitary task of transferring ones story from the imagination to the page." Playwright, director and actor Neil Coppen, winner of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Theatre, 2011 and creator of Tin Bucket Drum, Tree Boy, and Abnormal Loads

"This is the best thing to ever happen to my writing career." Christa Biyela ,Motivational Speaker, Executive Producer, Producer, Writer

"If I had attended it some five or ten years ago, so many things would have changed in my career, as well as life in general" Elelwani Ramaite-Mafadza, a  lecturer at the University of Venda

The Drama Of Writing A Play
Oct 4, 11, 18 and 25 from 2pm until 5pm
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.Read more

The Write Voice - Creative Writing
Nov 1, 8, 15 and 22 from 10am to 1pm
Find your voice as a writer and explore the endless ways of telling your story. If you find it difficult to start writing, not sure what medium to write for, or what to write, this motivational and inspirational introspective odyssey will empower you with the write skills. Read more

The Write Journey - Screenwriting
Nov 15, 22, 29 and Dec 6 from 2pm to 5pm
This unique workshop explores the fine art of writing visual narrative, mastering the skill of plotting and structure, and developing and exploring ideas and characters. Read more

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