Learn the skills you need to write a book in just ten weeks
What do you need to write the book you’ve always dreamt of? This course will give you inspiration, encouragement, support, feedback and writing techniques that turn humdrum story into electrifying narrative. Online. Start today!
Download your free story cheatsheet
Want to build a tale that holds together, pulls your reader in, delivers a satisfactory climax, and burnishes your reputation as a story-teller? Whether you’re writing a novel, a piece of creative non-fiction or a screenplay, here are ten pointers to help light your way.
Which of our writing courses has your name on it?
Our final courses for the year are all starting soon. If you’ve been waiting for the right moment to explore your creativity and sharpen your writing, now’s the time. We’re offering courses teaching the skills of fiction and creative non-fiction, screenplays and storytelling. Most important, we’re giving you the chance to stretch creative muscles you might not have exercised for years.
Get intimate: enter our writing challenge
All About Writing’s latest writing challenge offers the winner a literary assessment on 5000 words of writing worth GBP150/ZARR2750. Here's the challenge: Describe your bedroom in such a way as to give us an insight into who you are. Try to build up a picture of some of your internal contradictions or complexities – and possibly of the person with whom you share the room. Keep it short – no more than 250 words.

Constructive feedback and mentoring

Take your writing to the next level with practical advice which is honest, but always kind

Qualified & experienced instructors

Industry professionals will guide you every step of the way, using their many years of experience

Personal & individual attention

The focus is on you. Our courses will help you hone your craft and make your writing dreams come true

Supportive & friendly community

Share the experience with fellow writers in a safe space – our online network will help build your confidence

Testimonials

  • … this course has changed lives. We all sit with “that book” lying deep within us, though most of us remain too daunted, embarrassed and just plain inept to even get the first line down. Jo-Anne and Richard have (almost … they can’t write the whole book for you!) all the answers in their wonderful, warm, nurturing and “growing” writing courses.

    Ingrid van den Berg Cape Town
  • It wasn’t until I was introduced to All About Writing that I really began to believe in myself as a writer with purpose. In particular, All About Writing weekend writing courses and international retreats have excelled in providing facilitative, creative and productive environments in which to explore and develop one’s writing talent. Working with Jo-Anne and Richard has been an inspiration. Critical input, insight, humour and encouragement are all part of the magic.

    Linda Price Stow-on-the-Wold
  • 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.  I am hooked.

    Clive Goodchild-Brown Cape Town
  • All About Writing really did help me. A great deal. I’m very proud of my association with them.

    Redi Tlhabi Author of Endings and Beginnings and winner of the Sunday Times Alan Paton Award
  • Having sent three of my best-selling authors, Redi Tlhabi, Bonnie Henna and Gia Nicolaides, to All About Writing 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. Satisfy your hunger for creative expression whether you have serious writing ambitions or simply want to explore your creativity

    Thabiso Mahlape Publisher, Jacana Media
  • ...since attending the All About Writing course in 2010-2011 I just can’t stop writing. My first novel won an important competition in Italy in 2015 and was published this year.  The thing is, that having written essays and reports all my life, I had always wanted to write fiction but didn’t think I could. I was right, of course, but  Richard and Jo-Anne unlocked that urge in me. And I’m having a ball!

    Enrico de Agostini Ambassador of Italy to Zimbabwe and author of Un Prosciutto e Dieci Ducati
  • I have gained so much knowledge, acquired many skills and been given a plethora of fine tools that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. I thank you so much for your time, your inspiration, your patience and your understanding. You are the best mentors I could wish for. Thank you for sharing your profound knowledge and experience with me.

    Julien Erwin Western Cape
  • You are extraordinary teachers. You’ve taken our writing seriously and over the past 30 days with gentle nudges you have shown us what was good and what still needed to be worked on. You’ve made us believe we could be REAL writers.

    Angela van Schalkwyk Paarl
  • It is amazing to me how Jo-Anne and Richard both manage to constructively, honestly and in the most positive way comment on the assignments. I know that acquiring skills, any skills, does not happen overnight and one has to keep practising. To then have people supporting you in this fashion is … well, clichéd or not, priceless!

    Melanie du Plessis Gauteng
  • A big thank you to Richard for opening up your wealth of knowledge and understanding to us. As a young filmmaker, I consider that a great legacy that you are passing on to some of us. It's an honour and a privilege.

    Amukela Moyo Johannesburg
  • I used to think I would never be able to write anything, but All About Writing changed that thought for me… If I did it, you can do it, too. Thank you so much, All About Writing.

    Portia Qubeka Johannesburg
  • It was perfect timing to use the retreat for planning and starting a new novel. I found the brainstorming sessions extremely useful and Richard seemed to intuitively know exactly the tone I was reaching for and helped me both with plotting and finding the little nuances that will make the story come alive.

    Penny Castle, Venice Writing Retreat Author of Cure

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