Learn the skills you need to write a novel, short stories, creative non-fiction or a memoir. The course will provide you with the skills, tools, and encouragement every writer needs. This ten-week online course allows you to work at your own pace and in the privacy of your own home – but with plenty of personal interaction and attention from your tutor, giving you the best of both worlds.

5 February
4 June
8 October

Learn the skills you need to write a novel, short stories, creative non-fiction or a memoir in just eight weeks. The course is designed to provide you with the skills, tools and encouragement every writer needs to tell their own story. We take a non-formulaic approach distinguished by the personal attention and feedback we give each participant in every session.

5 February – 26 March (JHB & CT)
4 June – 23 July  (CT)
8 October – 26 November (CT)

This four-module course encourages students to express themselves confidently by mastering the essential skills of creative writing. The online nature of the course allows you to work at your own pace and in the privacy of your own home – but with plenty of personal interaction and attention from your tutor, giving you the best of both worlds.

Start any time that suits you
work from anywhere in the world


The Mentoring Programme will help you start and finish your book or screenplay. Suitable for anyone who has completed a substantial writing course. The programme is run via an online network with Skype calls and occasional face-to-face sessions held in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Application deadlines

30 November

and 31 May

Sign up for a fourteen-step creative writing  Coaching Programme with your own personal writing coach. Before or after work each day, your coach will give you a few fundamental points of writing practice, encourage you to write, provide a prompt to get you going, and give you full personal feedback.

Available now
7 – 20 May
5 – 18 November

We offer literary and script reports which include structural, narrative, plot and characterisation assessment. Jo-Anne Richards and Richard Beynon are writers and skilled book doctors, trusted by publishers to give practical advice on where a manuscript works, where it doesn’t, and how to mend its flaws.


Year round



Enjoy a bit of literary fun  at a morning workshop of equal benefit to more experienced writers wanting to augment their skills, and to those who are looking for a place to start.

3 February, 14 April, 2 June,

 4 August, 6 October, 1 December

The Venice Writing Retreat will give you something infinitely precious, time out of your busy daily life and responsibilities, and the space to work on your own writing in an inspiring environment, with individual mentoring.

5 to 12 September

Stoke your literary fires at the Stow-on-the-Wold Weekend Writing Workshop.
Designed to be of benefit
both to more experienced writers
wanting to hone their skills,
and to those wanting to start a writing adventure.

21 to 23 September

All About Writing will be resident at The Open Book in Wigtown, Scotland for two weeks in November. We’ll be hosting daily writing activities.

18 to 30 November

Richard and Trish will be resident on their narrowboat, Patience and will run a couple of Creative Writing Workshops during their stay.

Dates and venues TBC

Details coming

This four-module short online guide looks at how to write sex well – no matter what your genre. It looks at how sex can advance the plot and develop characters.

Start when it suits you.


 Follow the same  curriculum as the online Creative Writing Course and at the same time work through the How to Write a Romance add-on pack which introduces you to everything you need to know about writing romantic fiction.

Same start dates
as the online
Creative Writing Course.

A clear well-structured outline is the key to any successful screenplay. We’ll walk you through the skills, techniques and strategies involved in turning an idea into a workable outline. Working off a solid theoretical base, the course gives you clear and extensive feedback.

15 March – Mid July
2 July – Late October

The Essential Journalism package contains everything a journalist needs in their writing tool kit, from traditional news writing, through advanced news and alternative story structures, to the more complex skills of feature writing and narrative journalism, in which factual story-telling borrows from the techniques of fiction writing.

Start when it suits you.

Who we are

 All About Writing was founded in 2007  by two writing professionals, Jo-Anne Richards and Richard Beynon, who are passionate about writing.  We’ve devised our courses to help communicate that passion – plus the skills that make it all much more than an academic exercise – to others with a similar calling.

Jo-Anne Richards is an internationally published novelist with a PhD in Creative Writing from Wits University. Her first novel, The Innocence of Roast Chicken, was originally published by Headline Review in the UK, and has recently been rereleased as one of the prestigious Picador Africa Classics collection. She ran the Honours programme in Journalism & Media Studies at Wits University for fifteen years.

Richard Beynon is an award-winning film and television scriptwriter with a long and accomplished career in the film and television industry. He has written for – or headed the storytelling teams of – many of the country’s most popular soaps, dramas and comedies. These include S’gudi snaysi, Going Up, Soul City, Isidingo, Scandal, Rhythm City and Isibaya. He has lectured on writing for film and television at Wits.

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