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Picador Africa Classics

Picador Africa Classics

You have to love a publisher that starts a series devoted to South African titles that are either out of print or are not available in digital form. Picador Africa Classics kicked off with thirteen South African fiction titles and will be introducing non-fiction and other African titles in the future. We think that these titles are well worth reading – all of them. So … 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

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

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