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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The Write Journey - Screenwriting
Nov 1, 8, 15, 22 from 10am - 1pm
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

The Drama Of Writing A Play
Nov 15, 22, 20 and Dec 6 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

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

Two lucky couples in Cape Town and Johannesburg can win tickets to see this magnificent live stage production at Cinema Nouveau  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).

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