On this fourteen step self guided coaching programme we are going to focus on writing scenes.
The programme is designed to run over a two week period, but we are equally happy for you to do it over a month or six weeks.
We’ll tackle ten different issues involved in writing compelling scenes. Here they are:
Steps six and thirteen consist of a fun test with discussion questions. We encourage you to contribute to the discussion and we invite questions.
Over an intensive two-week period, you’ll develop a daily writing discipline while receiving honest but kind advice on what works and how to improve. We provide a safe space in which you can experiment.
This coaching programme focuses on the logic of story: the glue which holds it together. Each day we will look at a different aspect of writing necessary for building a story – from its characters and the structure of its scenes, to sentence formation.
Story is the basis for whatever you write: fiction or non-fiction. Without this strong foundation, writing can flounder and lack focus, which the reason so many writers get stuck.
Once you understand the logic, you will gain the confidence of knowing exactly where you’re going. Your writing will flow.
On twelve out of the fourteen days of the programme, we give you full feedback on your writing.
On the sixth and thirteenth days, we will provide a live hour-long webinar, in which you can questions and discuss issues which may have arisen during the week.
At the end of each week, you’ll receive an exercise which will bring together all that you will have learnt during the week.
Jo-Anne Richards is an internationally published novelist with a PhD in Creative Writing from Wits University. Her first novel, The Innocence of Roast Chicken, was originally published by Headline Review in the UK, and has recently been rereleased as one of the prestigious Picador Africa Classics collection. She ran the Honours programme in Journalism & Media Studies at Wits University for fifteen years.
Richard Beynon is an award-winning film and television scriptwriter with a long and accomplished career in the film and television industry. He has written for – or headed the storytelling teams of – many of country’s most popular soaps, dramas and comedies. These include S’gudi snaysi, Going Up, Soul City, Isidingo, Scandal, Rhythm City and Isibaya. He has lectured on writing for film and television at Wits.
All About Writing was founded in 2007 by two writing professionals, Jo-Anne Richards and Richard Beynon, who are passionate about writing. We’ve devised our courses to help communicate that passion – plus the skills that make it all much more than an academic exercise – to others with a similar calling.