All About Writing unveils its 2019 dates

 In All About Writing, Creative Writing Courses, Newsletters

Make 2019 the creative adventure of your life. Over the years we’ve designed courses that suit everyone from novices to masters. Here are our dates for 2019 – the twelfth year we’ve invited people to join us on this exhilarating ride of creative discovery.

Every one of our courses gives participants hard skills, challenges them with searching assignments and provides them with detailed and useful feedback. From every one of our courses, writers emerge with greater self-confidence, inspired to write their stories with greater fluency and skill.

Introductory creative writing

Our Power of Writing course, for instance, invites you into the shallows and introduces you to a raft of basic writing skills. The first course of the year will start on Monday 7 January and we’ll start a new course on the first Monday of every month. R 750. Book now.

Cape Town Creative Saturdays

Enjoy a bit of literary fun at our very popular Saturday morning creative writing workshops. They are of equal benefit to more experienced writers wanting to augment their skills, and to those with no experience at all, who are looking for a place to start. R 425 including breakfast. 9am to 12 pm. 2 February, 6 April, 1 June, 3 August, 5 October, 7 December. Book for 2 February here.

Our flagship Creative Writing Course

This course will take you through all the skills of creative writing essential to anyone interested in fiction, creative non-fiction or memoir. Starts 11 February online, and face to face in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Online – R 6 000. Sign up now

Face-to-face – R 7 500. Limited places available. Sign up for Johannesburg here, and Cape Town here. Monday evenings from 6 to 9pm for eight weeks.

Further dates for 2019:

  • Johannesburg – TBC once the 11 February course is full – 14 February to 4 April Thursday evenings
  • Online – 3 June
  • Cape Town 2  – 3 June to 22 July, Monday evenings for eight weeks
  • Online – 14 October
  • Cape Town  – 14 October to 2 December for eight weeks
  • Johannesburg – 4 November Monday and Thursday evenings for eight sessions

Our two coaching programmes

The Logic of Story and Focus on Scenes are designed precisely for writers who want to establish a daily writing practice, and hone their craft. Start on 7 January for a creative start to your writing year. R 1 800. Sign up for both for the special price of R 3 000. Book your place here.

Writing for film and television

Our Screenwriting Crash Course prepares writers for the full gamut of script and screenwriting challenges. Starts 11 February. R 6 000, or take advantage of our early bird special of only R 5 400 when you book and pay in full by 31 January via our online shop. Additional start dates – 3 June and 14 October

Our Kickstart your Screenplay Course will walk you through the skills, techniques and strategies involved in turning an idea into a workable outline.

Mentoring, literary assessments and book reports

Our mentoring programme walks competent writers through their writing projects whatever they’re writing – fiction, non-fiction (including travel writing) or screenplays.

Our literary assessments and book reports for writers of fiction (novels and short stories) or non-fiction, and script doctoring service offer writers a practical assessment of their work that’ll help you tackle your project with increased confidence and understanding.

Available all year round. Please email us for further information.

Venice Writing Retreat

Our annual Venice Retreat has proven to be one of our most successful offerings. Join us on what one of our participants has called “a life-changing experience”.

We provide writing support and mentoring, whether you have an existing project or simply want to expand your creativity. If you don’t have a writing project, we give you daily creative exercises, which you can choose to use or not. Besides the morning talk on aspects of writing, and your daily one-on-one with one of us, your time is your own, to use as creatively as you please.

You can attend for seven or fourteen days. And if you choose seven days, you can choose the first or second week – 28 August to 4 September or 5 to 12 September.

Stow-on-the-Wold Writing Weekend

Sharpen your story skills writing for two blissful days in the Cotswolds with a group of like-minded writers. Away from our everyday responsibilities, we’ll talk, brainstorm and write – furiously – with just one aim in mind: to hone our writing skills. Dates TBC. More information here.


Mail us on for more information or visit our website to see more about the choices we offer. You’ll find our shop here. If you want to chat about your choices, phone or whatsapp call on +27 82 4532591.

Take the leap now, and you’ll be ready to start as the new year begins.


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  • Siyatemba

    Do you have age specifications eith your students?

    • Trish Urquhart

      Hi Siyatemba, Most of our courses are aimed at writers from 18 years upwards. But we have had a number of high school students on both our Power of Writing and Creative Writing courses. Is the course for you? A good place to start no matter your age would be our introductory Power of Writing Course. Here’s the link: Please come back to me if you have any questions. We’d love to have you on the course.

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