Learn to write a book in just ten weeks
Do you have an idea for a book, a screenplay, a short story you would love to be writing, or a project you are struggling with? Or do you simply have a powerful urge to re-engage with your creative self?
Here’s a course designed to provide you with the skills and the encouragement every writer needs to tell your own story.
- Online from anywhere in the world
- Teaches the practical skills required to write compelling fiction or non-fiction
- Facilitators: novelist Jo-Anne Richards and tv and screenwriter Richard Beynon
- Full feedback on all assignments
ZAR 5500 / GBP 300 / USD 400 / EUR 350 / CAD 525 / AUD 525
Payable in three monthly tranches via EFT or PayPal
or receive a 10% discount if you pay in full before 10 October
- Building characters
- Building the narrative
- Writing scenes
- Point of view
- Writing dialogue
- Beginnings, middles and ends
- Creating suspense
- Showing, not telling
The course is aimed at both those with a book in them as well as those who just want to exercise their creativity, enhance their reading experience or have a bit of literary fun.
Richard Beynon is an award-winning film and television scriptwriter with a long and accomplished career in the industry. A former journalist, he has conceived, shaped and written scores of documentaries. He has written for – or headed the writing teams of – many of South Africa’s most popular soaps from Isidingo to Scandal and S’gudi S’naysi. He is currently part of the writing team on the daily drama, Isibaya. He has lectured on writing for film and television at Wits. He has won numerous awards for his work specifically in comedy, soap and children’s drama.
Jo-Anne Richards is an internationally published novelist with a PHD in Creative Writing. Her first novel, The Innocence of Roast Chicken, was originally published by Headline Review in the UK, but has recently been rereleased as one of the prestigious Picador Africa Classics collection. When it first appeared, it topped the South African bestseller list in its first week and remained there for fifteen weeks. Her novels include Touching the Lighthouse, Sad at the Edges, My Brother’s Book and The Imagined Child. Until recently, she spent 15 years as head of the Honours Programme in Journalism & Media Studies at Wits University.
Who is Allaboutwriting?
Allaboutwriting is a creative partnership of internationally published novelist Jo-Anne Richards and award-winning scriptwriter Richard Beynon. In this, its tenth anniversary year, Jo-Anne and Richard use their unique combination of skills to offer a range of courses, workshops and retreats, all aimed at creating confident writers, sharing practical skills and providing a creative outlet for everyone – from beginners to more experienced writers. They operate from Johannesburg and Cape Town in South Africa, the canals and rivers of the United Kingdom, and they offer an exotic annual retreat in Venice.
Past participants’ comments and achievements
“This course has changed lives,” says Ingrid van den Berg. “There are few things in life that can lay claim to this honour. Allabout- writing has (almost … they can’t write the whole book for you!) all the answers in their wonderful, warm, nurturing and ‘growing’ writing courses.”
Clive Goodchild-Brown adds that discovering the Creative Writing Course has been “one of the most satisfying landmarks in my life and certainly in my writing journey… [They] offer I believe an unequalled forum for prospective writers of all skill levels in this country. I am hooked”.
Redi Thlabi, whose memoir Endings & Beginnings won the Sunday Times Alan Paton Award, says: “Allaboutwriting really did help me. A great deal. I’m very proud of my association with them.”
Allaboutwriting has a link with two publishers, Pan Macmillan and Jacana Media. Jacana’s Thabiso Mahlape comments: “Having sent three of my best-selling authors, Redi Tlhabi, Bonnie Henna and Gia Nicolaides, to Allaboutwriting and having been a student myself, I would recommend the course to anyone, from an aspiring writer to an already established writer looking to refresh and hone their skills.”
In the past two years, a number of Allaboutwriting’s past participants published books, including Ekow Duker’s critically acclaimed Dying in New York and White Wahala, Gia Nikolaides’ Reporting from the Frontline, Scarlet Bennett’s Striking Out, Gene Gualdi’s Bollywood Blonde, Marilyn Cohen de Villiers’ A Beautiful Family and When Time Fails, and Tessa Niles’ Backtrack: the voice behind music’s greatest stars.