What’s on in July: A free screenwriting webinar, a non-fiction masterclass, and more!

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We can help you reach your writing goals with one of the wide array of courses and events we’re offering in July.

But before the month even begins, we’ve scheduled a free screenwriting webinar run by Michele Rowe and Richard Beynon, two of South Africa’s most experienced screen- and scriptwriters

July kicks off with our intensive five-week Screenwriting Crash Course and a Memoir Writing Workshop with Joanne Hichens. Finally, the month ends with a nonfiction writing masterclass offered by our in-house nonfiction specialist, Fred de Vries (who also launches his latest book, Blues for the White Man, this month).

And, of course, there are the usual offerings: Our regular flash fiction challenge with enticing prizes, our introductory Power of Writing course, our 30-Day Writing Bootcamp, and our self-guided Indispensable Guide to Writing. Plus, of course, heaps of tips and advice on our website…

In other words: We make available everything a writer could need, and more, accessible via Zoom and our online teaching platform.

Watch the video above or scroll through the options below to find the perfect course for you – or as a gift for someone special. 

30 June: Free screenwriting webinar

Worried you’ll never write that dream script?

Find out everything you’ve always wanted to know about writing for the screen, whether for film or television, at our free screenwriting webinar.

Ask Michele Rowe and Richard Beynon, two of South Africa’s most experienced screen- and scriptwriters any questions about how to take the sketchiest of ideas and turn it into a screenplay, any problems you might be having with your current script, the key differences between writing for the page and writing for the screen, and the skills you need to write like a professional.

Register now to make your screenplay idea a reality.

Cost: Free!

1 July: 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

3 July: Memoir Writing Workshop

Join All About Writing, Joanne Hichens, author of recently released memoir, Death and the After Parties, and Jo-Anne Richards for a virtual Saturday Writing Workshop focusing on memoir writing.

It will be 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. Spots limited, book now. Cost: £25 / ZAR500.00

5 July: Creative Writing Coaching

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

5 July: Screenwriting Crash Course

A five-week, online crash course in the basic skills of writing like a professional. The course will lay a foundation of understanding of the range of key skills you need to write a script. It will deepen your understanding of and appreciation for film and television drama by revealing the secrets that attend the birth of tv and film drama. 

Sign up for an introduction to the vibrant world of screenwriting and learn the skills you need to write tv and film scripts. Cost:£350 / ZAR6300 

10 July: All About Writing and Penguin Books launches Blues for the White Man by Fred de Vries

Join All About Writing, Penguin Random House and Fred de Vries for the launch of Fred’s latest book Blues for the White Man. Saturday 10 July, online via Zoom. 10:00 to 11:00 UK time, 11:00 to 12:00 South African time.

Fred will be in conversation with Richard Haslop, one of South Africa’s leading experts on blues and roots music. Blues for the White Man is a fascinating, insightful journey through time and space, Blues for the White Man is a celebration of multiculturalism. Register here. (Free, obviously).

24 July: Non-fiction Masterclass with Fred de Vries

We’re delighted to be hosting a masterclass with Fred de Vries author of the recently published Blues for the White Man. Join Fred to learn more about the nitty gritty of the writing process – from research to writing to editing. Cost: £25 / ZAR500

Starts on Mondays: 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 

Starts on Mondays: 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 

Deadline 31 July: June/July Flash Fiction Challenge

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.

Write a character-driven scene in which your character discovers something absolutely cataclysmic about their partner – or their child. Their reaction, and how much of that reaction they let their companion see, should show us a great deal about their personality – and suggest the direction of the story to come.

Write no more than 250 words. Submit your entry by midnight on 31 July 2021. It’s free to enter!


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