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Fact in fiction

Fact in fiction

We were intrigued to read this blog by Marilyn Cohen De Villiers. It’s the transcript of a talk she gave at the Jewish Literary Festival in Cape Town on the subject of  fiction and non-fiction, truth and fact. We’ve thought a lot about the subject and discussed it on many an occasion. In one of … Continue reading

Allaboutwriting’s Creative Saturday

Allaboutwriting’s Creative Saturday

Allaboutwriting’s Creative Saturday Enjoy a bit of literary fun at our next creative writing workshop on 13 August 2016 Be inspired by the cry of gulls as you release your creativity, build your confidence and allow your imagination to take flight.  The workshop will be of equal benefit to more experienced writers wanting to augment their … Continue reading

July writing challenge

July writing challenge

Unusual sunsets, dramatic landscapes, dreamy seascapes have all inspired us to want to capture their essence in words. But I’d hazard that what writers find the most inspiring are not vistas and breath-taking scenery – but words. So this month we’re going to simply quote the famous opening paragraph of The Old Man and the … Continue reading

July Newsletter

July Newsletter

Part of Allaboutwriting is currently headquartered on Patience, Trish and my 50 ft narrowboat, cruising from its home base just south of Rugby, to the headwaters of the Llangollen Canal in North Wales. As I write this, we’re on the Trent and Mersey Canal, moored on the outskirts of the beer capital (they claim) of … Continue reading

June 2016 writing challenge winners

June 2016 writing challenge winners

A large bunch of interesting responses to Robyn Penn’s Cloud of Unknowing * came in. Almost all of them orbited the subjects of love and death and, in our winner’s submission, apocalypse. All were interesting – so even if we haven’t mentioned your submission specifically, know that we valued it and the blood, sweat and t. … Continue reading

Every great movie begins with a great screenplay

Every great movie begins with a great screenplay

Every great movie begins with a great screenplay. It’s the key to everything that follows: the deals, the co-production agreements, the investors, the production – the awards. So if you’re interested in making movies, you have to be interested in writing screenplays. Which is why Allaboutwriting is offering a ten-module online course in screenwriting skills … Continue reading

Bursting with pride

Bursting with pride

On Monday, Jo-Anne donned her crimson gown, her medieval academic cap, and mounted the steps to the stage of the Great Hall at Wits, there to receive her PhD in creative writing… We’re so proud of her we could burst. The PhD, we might remind you, consisted of a novel, The Imagined Child, already published by Picador, … Continue reading