What’s on in April: Our flagship creative writing course, a free webinar, and more.

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April brings you a smorgasbord of creative programmes, from our flagship Creative Writing Course, to a Saturday workshop focusing on the lessons we can learn from My Octopus Teacher, to a free webinar on how to create a really good baddie. And, like the feller said, there’s more. Scroll through the options below to find the course that most perfectly matches your writing needs.

Mentoring Programme

Our Mentoring Programme is tailored to each writer’s needs and provides direct, one-on-one encouragement, support, substantial feedback and advice every month.

With their distinctive honest-but-kind approach, both Jo-Anne Richards and Richard Beynon provide notes on story, characters, structure, scenes, point of view and style.

Applications close 1 April. Email us to inquire, or find more information on how you can apply, here. 

Creative Writing Course

Master the secrets of creative writing and write the story you’ve always wanted to.

This comprehensive creative writing course is designed to provide you with the skills and tools every writer needs to tell your own story whether it’s a novel, short stories or creative non-fiction – biography or memoir. Start today on a journey that’ll last a lifetime. Cost: £ 350 / ZAR 6300

My Octopus Teacher Storytelling Workshop

Netflix’s My Octopus Teacher has taken the world by storm. Its string of festival victories culminates now in both a Bafta and an Oscar nomination.

On April 10, it will form the centrepiece of a workshop in which we explore how the protagonist of the documentary – and his octopus teacher – both exemplify key elements of The Hero’s Journey. Join Richard Beynon and Michele Rowe for an interactive couple of hours for  fascinating insights into the heart of story. Cost: £20 / ZAR325

Free Webinar: What makes a good baddie?

Some of the best stories ever written have great antagonists.

Here’s your chance to ask Michele Rowe and Richard Beynon questions about the baddie – whether “he” happens to be human, environmental or, indeed, an inner demon or flaw in your protagonist. We’ll kick off the webinar with a brief introduction on the main issues involved in creating a truly good baddie. Cost: Free!

GIBS Business Writing Masterclass

Write your way to business leadership and success. ​A first impression can make or break your career – and it’s often formed on what you write. Write to be read, not ignored. To draw respect, not judgement.

Let two of South Africa’s best-known writing trainers, Jo-Anne Richards and Richard Beynon lead you through the dos and don’ts of the new business writing, tailored to a modern business landscape. Cost: ZAR3700

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