Writing workshop Monday 8 September

Writing workshop Monday 8 September

Invitation to the September 2014 Writing Workshop in Johannesburg Publishing, old and new – and a fresh-out-of-the-box writing exercise You’ve written what you’re convinced is a knock-out novel. Now you face a particularly modern choice: either spend months or years tracking down a publisher willing to put their money where your mouth was… or publish … Continue reading

Lies, damned lies

Originally posted on mandycollinswriter:
I’ve never been a huge fan of neurolinguistic programming (NLP). Apart from the fact that it’s been shown to be pseudoscience, it always felt fake to me, certainly in the form it was preached: standing in front of a mirror and repeating things until you believed them. I’m just too cynical for…

Monday Motivation: A master of obliquity

Monday Motivation: A master of obliquity

- Richard Beynon Restraint, we say, is the writer’s best friend. Show, we say, don’t tell. Avoid explanations. Describe the smoke, and let your reader infer the fire. There are a hundred pieces of advice of that nature that writers regularly get given. But it’s sometimes difficult to decide precisely what they mean. What is … Continue reading

Invitation: Creative Writing Weekend

Invitation: Creative Writing Weekend

  Allaboutwriting and  Old Joe’s Kaia Invite you to join them for a creative writing weekend, 10 to 12 October THE KEYS TO CREATIVE WRITING  Discover what lies at the foundation of successful stories. Novelist Jo-Anne Richards and script writer Richard Beynon will lead participants through a series of writing exercises designed to expand creativity and … Continue reading

The changing face of self-publishing

The changing face of self-publishing

The message that came through loud and clear at our August workshop, is that the face of publishing is changing – has already changed, in fact – and a number of allied sectors have yet to catch up. Our monthly workshop played host to Porcupine Press – a publishing company that assists authors who want to self-publish … Continue reading

Monday Motivation: Gold teeth and jail-house tattoos

Monday Motivation: Gold teeth and jail-house tattoos

-Richard Beynon What follows are examples of two radically different ways of introducing characters into your narrative. On the one hand, there’s the studied, theatrical introduction favoured by mannered writers of both the past and present. And on the other, there’s a much more laconic, understated style which, eschewing the encyclopaedic approach, picks instead on … Continue reading