Radio and lost love at The Book Lounge

Originally posted on Penny Urquhart's Blog:
It was one of those times that reminds you of how far Cape Town has moved since the late 1980s: a wonderful production of Radio Cinema down in the basement at The Book Lounge, presented by Sirius Tales. The lights were dimmed, frontman Rasmus Nielsen Bitsch introduced the…

Venice writing retreat

Venice writing retreat

Palazzo Albrizzi 13 TO 19 SEPTEMBER 2015 You’ll be in excellent company if you join us on the inaugural Allaboutwriting retreat in Venice in September 2015. We’ve just has a quick glance at our ‘interested list’ and we can vouch that everyone on that list will add a little something special to the retreat. We … Continue reading

Ode on Venice

Ode on Venice

 Blog post number one celebrating  literary Venice in preparation for our Venice writing retreat in September 2015: ‘Ode on Venice’ by Byron, 1818 Oh Venice! Venice! when thy marble walls Are level with the waters, there shall be A cry of nations o’er thy sunken halls, A loud lament along the sweeping sea! If I, a northern wanderer, … Continue reading

Short story writing challenge

Short story writing challenge

Writing challenge: Write a short story bearing three factors in mind – a powerful beginning, a convincing problem, a satisfying resolution. Keep it simple —and keep it short. Write no more than 500 words. It can be fact or fiction. Don’t try to tell your life story. Make sure that you identify the central problem … Continue reading

Seven tips for writing good story

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 a suspenseful introduction. 2. Make … Continue reading

The Secret of Story

The Secret of Story

Stories drive us. They inspire us to vote for politicians. They make sense of our world – and ourselves. They help us make decisions about our own existence. On November 8 and 9, we will be telling stories to inspire you. Our Secret of Story weekend in Parkview, Johannesburg will give you a creative injection … Continue reading

Man Booker Special Offer

Man Booker Special Offer

*** MAN BOOKER SPECIAL OFFER *** Sign up for the Allaboutwriting Creative Writing Course starting on 21 January in Johannesburg and receive all six of the novels short-listed for the Man Booker Prize, courtesy of Love Books and Allaboutwriting The course is designed to provide you with the skills set and the encouragement every writer … Continue reading

How to write well

How to write well

- Jo-Anne Richards Set a deadline, create guidelines, and everybody will find themselves able to write– usually rather well. It’s a sweeping statement, but it occurred to me again this weekend at our workshop among the red hibiscus and fever trees of the Lowveld. Oh, you’ll say, that’s what it was. It was the stimulating … Continue reading