What’s on in May: Humour writing workshop, a free webinar, and more!

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A couple of weeks ago we held a Saturday workshop on The Hero’s Journey and My Octopus Teacher. The power of that fundamental story structure was demonstrated neatly by the fact that this week it won the Oscar for best documentary.

If you want to join the select band of writers who’ve learned all the lessons The Hero’s Journey can teach them about structure and character, then sign up for our The Hero’s Journey Course which kicks off on May 27. It’s just one of a range of programmes – some free, some not – that we’re offering this month.

Watch the video above or scroll through the options below to find the perfect course for you or as a gift for a loved one.

My Octopus Teacher Storytelling Workshop

Netflix’s My Octopus Teacher has taken the world by storm. Its string of festival victories culminates now in a Bafta win, and an Oscar nomination. It forms the centrepiece of this workshop in which we explore how the protagonist of the documentary – and his octopus teacher – both exemplify key elements of The Hero’s Journey. Cost: £20 / R325.00

Power of Writing Introductory Course

A four-part introduction to the essentials of creative writing. The introductory Power of Writing course takes you to the heart of creative writing.

Over just four online modules, the course introduces you to a handful of creative writing’s essential skills.
Comprehensive feedback helps consolidate your mastery of these skills. Start a creative writing adventure today and learn the basics of dramatic writing. Cost: £45 / ZAR750

Creative Writing Coaching: The Logic of Story

The Logic of Story creative writing coaching programme will show you how a strong story is the basis for whatever you write.

You’ll gain an understanding of how story works, which in turn will give you the confidence of knowing exactly where you’re going.

Every day for fourteen days we provide a page of cogent notes and a simple but challenging assignment – all designed to fit into a busy daily schedule. Cost: £125 / ZAR2250

Creative Writing Workshop: What do they do while your characters talk, and why does it matter?

How do you write a scene which doesn’t sound like a tick-tock conversation taking place in a void?

Sign up for our Saturday Creative Writing Workshop on 8 May, and learn how to add layers of meaning and a sense of reality to scenes in which your characters talk to one another. Cost: £20 / ZAR325

Free Webinar: How to add humour to your toolkit of writing skills

Humour is an indispensable ingredient of creative writing – and yet it’s a subject that is very seldom raised in writing courses or in books on creative writing.

It enlivens dialogue, adds a dimension to character, and provides a welcome relief to suspense and drama.

On May 12, we’ll be holding a webinar on the role of humour in fiction and non-fiction. We’ll give our thoughts on the subject and then field your questions. It’s free! Register now.

The Hero’s Journey Writing Course

An eight-part course on the most effective story template ever developed, The Hero’s Journey gives you greater insights into story structure and character than you’ve ever enjoyed before. Personal and instant feedback during “live” Zoom sessions helps bed each lesson down. Start today on a Journey that’ll transform your writing. Cost: £450  / R7950

Free-to-enter Flash Fiction Challenge

All About Writing’s latest writing challenge offers the winner a literary assessment on 5000 words of writing worth R2750 / £150 or a voucher to the same value to use on one of our courses or programmes.

Your character is working with a new colleague, who has only recently been employed. In the course of this scene, we (your readers) should begin to suspect that the colleague is not human at all, but a robot. Don’t spell this out to us. Give us the details which raise our suspicions. Your character may or may not yet interpret these clues correctly.

Write no more than 250 words. Submit your entry here by midnight on 31 May 2021. Entry is free.

The Indispensable Guide to Creative Writing

Take 20 steps to learn the skills that authors know. Our concise Indispensable Guide to Creative Writing will introduce you to the essential skills you need to write effective and compelling fiction or non-fiction whether you want to write a book, write for family, or simply to live a more creative life. Lay the foundation of a writing life with this practical daily guide

Cost: Self-guided via email  £45 / ZAR795. Upgrade for feedback on final exercise £60 / ZAR1050. Feedback on four exercises £100 / ZAR1795 

Thirty-Day Writing Bootcamp

Expert advice, creative stimulation and writing practice every day for 30 days. A self-guided programme to make you a better writer and help you establish a writing discipline. Get creative and grow your writing today!

Self-guided via email  £45 / ZAR795 . Upgrade for feedback on final exercise £60 / ZAR1050 

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