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 Proud Graduates
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.   
Other 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).







The Write Voice
Are you guilty of spending more time talking about your writing, than actually sitting down and putting words to paper? If you find it difficult to start writing, not sure what medium to write for, or what to write, this motivational and inspirational introspective
The Write Voice Correspondence Course  will empower you with the write skills.

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.

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


Personal one-on-one sessions for screenwriters
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 take you through six one-on-one sessions of an hour each. Send an email to daniel@writingstudio.co.za for more information
Features
Daniel Dercksen shares a few candid thoughts with prolific playwright and director Louis Viljoen about winning two Fleur Du  Cap Theatre Awards this year, being a writer and what success means ….

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

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.
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