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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Custom-made Courses
Our motivational and inspirational courses for 2015 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.

If you register before December 26, 2014, there's a 25% discount on all our courses.  Read more

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 Raeder's Report.
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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

A course for every writer
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.

Explore your strenghts and weaknesses as a writer

The ABC of writing a screenplay

The Drama of Writing A Play

Creative Writing

Making the most of your idea

Defining and developing characters

Plotting a story that works

Writing a First Draft that sells

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.   Read more

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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