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Writing a screenplay that works
Aspirant screenwriters will receive hands-on experience in writing the first 10 pages of their screenplay in The Writing Studio's The Write Journey workshop that takes place on Saturday November 8 and 15 from 10am until 6pm.
The workshop is presented by Daniel Dercksen, a published playwright and screenwriter, who has been teaching workshops throughout South Africa the past 15 years, with filmmakers like Henk Pretorius (Bakgat, Leading Lady), John Barker (How to Steal a Million, Spud 3) and
Sallas de Jager (Roepman, Verraaiers, Stuur Groete aan Mannetjies Roux) as proud graduates of previous workshops. Read more or send an email

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


Dutch filmmaker Anton Corbijn directed Philip Seymour Hoffman in his last film, A Most Wanted Man, a contemporary, cerebral tale of intrigue, love, rivalry, and politics based on John le Carré's novel. 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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