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

Self-publishing A Beautiful Family : The launch

Self-publishing A Beautiful Family : The launch

By Marilyn Cohen de Villiers “Are you the author? Did you write A Beautiful Family?  I loved it. I’ve been recommending it to everyone…” And with that, the delightful young assistant at Skoobs Theatre of Books in Montecasino, Johannesburg, skipped out from behind the till, rushed off and came back with a copy of my … Continue reading

Monday Motivation: The dialect of teenagers

Monday Motivation: The dialect of teenagers

-Richard Beynon Adam Gopnik, staffwriter on the New Yorker, has written an article about teenage dialect, and argues that the dialogue uttered by your typical 14-year-old, peppered with ‘ums’ and ‘likes’, is as subtle a medium of communication as anything ever written by Henry James. He writes: ‘If, for instance, a fourteen-year-old girl says, “So … Continue reading