November Newsletter: Something for writers of every flavour
Something for writers of every flavour
We’ve seen writers of every flavour in the 13 years since we started All About Writing. We’ve had young writers, older writers, first-time-picking-up-a-pen writers, writers with years of experience and several books already behind them.
We’ve helped you write novels, short stories, scripts, memoirs, even postgraduate theses and a tarot deck!
If there’s one thing we know, it’s that there are as many ways to write as there are writers, and that we can all learn from each other. Novelists come away from our screenwriting course with a sharper grip on dialogue, journalists come away from a short story workshop with a stronger ability to craft a punchy, compelling narrative.
This year has challenged everyone in new ways. We’ve all had to adapt, and we’ve loved seeing the stories and writing that you’re weaving out of the mess that is 2020. Check out our community news to see how some of the All About Writing community have fared this year. We’d love to hear how your writing has gone.
Read on to see what we can do to help you finish the year with a flourish – of your pen. We’ve got something for writers of every bent.
Free webinars and resources
- Monday Motivation: Make your character… thirsty
Richard continues to share weekly writing motivation and musings. You can read his latest, on what makes a book compelling, here.
- Writing Secrets: Write to seek, not to preach
In her latest blog on tips on and tools for literary craft, Jo-Anne shared her thoughts and advice on writing and telling the truth. You can read it here.
- Free Creative Writing Webinar – 18 November
This month we’ll be looking at the Hero’s Journey. Join us for a free creative writing webinar, at 16h00 UK time, and 17h00 South African time. Sign up.
Upcoming courses and workshops
- Saturday workshop on subtext – 24 October
This time round, we’ll be looking at subtext and how you can use it to tell better stories. We’ll be using examples from film, but the skills covered in this workshop will be useful for any storyteller wanting to hone their craft. Spots limited, so book soon to avoid disappointment. R325 / £20
- Screenwriting Crash Course – Starts 26 October
The Screenwriting Crash Course offers an exhilarating introduction to the craft of writing for film and television. In just five weeks, you’ll master the basic array of skills that could start you on a creative – and profitable – screen or tv writing path. R6300 / £350
Available immediately, just for you
- 30-Day Writing Bootcamp
A self-guided programme to better writing, with advice, stimulation and practice every day for 30 days. Option to receive feedback on the final exercise. R795 / £45
- NEW! The Indispensable Guide to Creative Writing
Use this mini-course to refresh your skills or as an introduction to creative writing. Suitable for writers of fiction and non-fiction. Receive a fresh lesson in your inbox every weekday for twenty days. R795 / £45
- Power of Writing Introductory Course
Explore creative writing on this four-module introductory course. Full feedback on all assignments. R750 / £45
A special end-of-year treat: Two different weekend workshop
We’re excited to be finishing our writing year with these exciting workshops. We, and our participants, are always amazed by just how much writing you can do in a single weekend, with a little help from a community of fellow writers and a guiding facilitator’s eye. Plus, everyone always has so much fun!
- Travel Blogging and Writing Weekend – 7 & 8 November
In just two days, you’ll write a travel blog post, start your own blog site, and upload your first post. If you want to blog about something other than travel, you’re welcome to join and get help and feedback too. R2,750 / £150
- Virtual Short Story Workshop – 20 – 22 November
Start with an idea on Friday, and emerge with the first draft of a short story on Sunday evening. R2,750 / £150
Want to win a voucher to one of our courses?
All About Writing’s latest writing challenge offers the winner a literary assessment on 5000 words of writing worth R 2750 / £ 150 or a voucher to the same value to use on one of our courses or programmes.
This month, we’re seeking flash fiction around the theme of flight. Aeroplanes, angels, Icarus retellings, flight as a metaphor, an amusing vignette, a fearful experience, all of the above or something else entirely – have fun!
Write no more than 250 words. Paste your entry into the body of an email and send to email@example.com by midnight on 30 November 2020.
We checked in with a small handful of our community members to find out how their writing went this year: the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Here are some thoughts from Eva Mazza, Fred de Vries, Gail Gilbride, Aimee-Claire Smith, Penny Castle, Tracy Fox and Vincent Pienaar:
2020 was going to be an awesome year as far as writing was concerned, harder on my writing than I could possibly have anticipated, unfinished novel continues to gather dust, could almost hear the cogs of the writing wheel grind to a painfully slow halt, the disappointment of not being able to launch, the part of me that loves to write is still in there, determined to begin writing in November…
Click here to read their full stories, and please join the discussion by adding your story in the comments.
Jo-Anne, Richard, and the All About Writing team