Monday Motivation: A lesson from cellos

Monday Motivation: A lesson from cellos

Someone once said that music offers writers a precise and pertinent lesson. Look, they said, at the tension between the beauty of the present note, and our desire to hear the rush of notes to follow, between what we know about this moment, and what we hope lies ahead. I’ve just come across a musical … Continue reading

Top ten Monday Motivations of 2014

Top ten Monday Motivations of 2014

Monday Motivation: Writing for the 21st Century One of my intellectual heroes is Steven Pinker, author of (inter alia) The Blank Slate, How the Mind Works and, most recently, The Better Angel of our Natures: Why Violence has Declined. He’s an academic at Harvard, who doesn’t write like an academic. This is one of the … Continue reading

Our ten most popular blog posts from 2014

Our ten most popular blog posts from 2014

Seven tips for writing good story Story, according to the Oxford Dictionary, is an account of imaginary or real people and events told for entertainment. Here are some tips on what to do in order to attract people to your story – and to beguile them too: 1. Begin with an intriguing or a dramatic or … Continue reading

Welcome to Our Hillbrow

Welcome to Our Hillbrow

It is very likely that if you live in Joburg you’ll have strong feelings about Hillbrow and know it as either a magnet for many generations of immigrants seeking their fortune in the city or  as the ‘menacing monster’ of Refentše’s Hillbrow in Welcome to Our Hillbrow by Phaswane Mpe. You might well live or have lived in Hillbrow, you might … Continue reading

November writing challenge winners

November writing challenge winners

Our November writing challenge asked writers to ‘Write a short story bearing three factors in mind – a powerful beginning, a convincing problem, a satisfying resolution.’ Congratulations to winner Lynn Joffe for her Birth of Pesha. The judges say ‘The voice is flawless, and the story of the birth as dramatic as all births are.’ I … Continue reading

Homecoming Revolution writing competition

Homecoming Revolution writing competition

Homecoming Revolution and Allaboutwriting are running a writing competition for African expats and Africans who have returned to their country who have a story to tell about their experiences. Write your own most compelling story in just 250 words and stand the chance of winning a place on our on-line creative writing programme. Stories can range from the achingly funny, to … Continue reading