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Monday Motivation: Genre v. serious fiction

Monday Motivation: Genre v. serious fiction

If every there was any validity to the assumption that there is, on the one hand, genre fiction, and on the other, serious fiction, that is about finally to be exploded by the publication in a few days time of Kazuo Ishiguro’s long-awaited new novel, The Buried Giant. Renowned for his Booker-winning novel, The Remains … Continue reading

Johannesburg Indie Book Fair

Johannesburg Indie Book Fair

The Indie Book Fair will be held at the Sunnyside Hotel in Johannesburg on 20 and 21 March 2015, to celebrate books, writers and independent publishing. There’s a revolution going on in publishing. Commercial publishers in South Africa are reluctant to take risks on new authors and new subjects. Vanity publishers are making a killing. But that won’t … Continue reading

Monday Motivation: The wisdom of Bertie Wooster

Monday Motivation: The wisdom of Bertie Wooster

-Richard Beynon Finding the right point to start your story is always a vexing question. Do you launch into the action without an expansive description of setting or character – or do you spend time establishing these before firing the starter’s gun? It’s a question that writers have faced, I suppose, from the very dawn … Continue reading

Homecoming Revolution writing competition winners

Homecoming Revolution writing competition winners

Thank you to all the entrants and congratulations to the winners of the Allaboutwriting Homecoming Revolution ‘Write your own most compelling story’ competition. The first prize of our flagship online Creative Writing Course goes to Keith Bryer. In addition we chose three runners-up, Ben McCune, Mbuyi Tshabalala and Ingrid van den Berg who each won a place on … 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

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