Monday Motivation: Your voice, your vision

Monday Motivation: Your voice, your vision

He walks into a large room filled with people talking brightly, glasses of wine in hand. A party. He knows the host – but no one else. He wonders who to strike a conversation up with. He dreads approaching the inevitable party bore and finding himself trapped for hours by a series of hoary stories. … Continue reading

Writing challenges and competitions galore

Writing challenges and competitions galore

There is no greater writing practice than practising writing. Here are a couple of motivated exercises and competitions that will challenge and extend you. Why not give one or more of them a go. You could sit down and dash them off or you could write, rewrite and polish. Either way you’ll benefit. Bluebeard’s Wife … Continue reading

The Treasure by Corrie Fopma

The Treasure by Corrie Fopma

We asked the authors who jointly contributed to the 36 Hours anthology a number of questions about their writing. Here are Corrie Fopma’s responses: Is your short story fact or fiction – or a mix of the two? My story is purely fiction.  It was inspired by my aunt who once told us about our own family’s so-called lost treasure. Have … Continue reading

Unravelling the Knots by Joan Evans

Unravelling the Knots by Joan Evans

We asked the authors who jointly contributed to the 36 Hours anthology a number of questions about their writing. Here are Joan Evans’s responses: Is your short story fact or fiction – or a mix of the two? Fiction most of the time with a regular dose of the classics and some history. What was the inspiration behind your story? A … Continue reading

500 word creative writing challenge

500 word creative writing challenge

Bluebeard’s Wife This is a superb etching by the artist Diane Victor, part of a series, Pandora’s Sisters, courtesy David Krut Projects Cape Town, the venue of our first Cape Town face-to-face Creative Writing Course under the baton of Jo-Anne Richards. The work is called Bluebeard’s Wife. Bluebeard, you might remember, was a serial killer who knocked … Continue reading