Creative Writing – your practical guide

Develop the skills to become the best creative writer you can be

In these courses, we share the practical skills we wish we’d known twenty years ago. Like any other artform, creative writing can be taught. Every writer has the capacity to improve. We can build on your natural talent by teaching you everything you need to know to become your best writing self.

Introductory course

Power of Writing

How to unlock the writer inside you

A gentle four-part introduction to the essentials of creative writing. If you are new to writing creatively and would like to dip your toes in, the four-module Power of Writing will help you develop a more creative writing style. We’ll give you the tools to enhance your writing voice, encourage you to practise active observation and introduce you to the concept of showing rather than telling.  

Comprehensive

Creative Writing Course

How to write like an author

If you’re a keen beginner or a more experienced writer who aims to become the best you can possibly beour Creative Writing Course gives everything you think you need – and moreIts ten modules provide a fully comprehensive guide to writing fiction or creative non-fiction, from the planning stage, through writing in dramatic scenes to holding your reader’s interest to the end.   

Writing Practice

We give you the tools to develop a daily practice and hone your writing

You aren’t quite ready to tackle that big project, but you want to develop the discipline to incorporate writing in your daily routine. You would like to grow in confidence and ability – with no pressure and no one looking over your shoulder. 

Self-guided programme

Thirty Day Writing Bootcamp

How to grow your writing

Get expert advice, creative stimulation and writing practice every day for 30 days. Our Thirty Day Bootcamp is a self-guided programme designed to fit into a busy day. You’ll receive daily writing advice from writers who understand what you need, and a prompt to get your writingYou have the option to upgrade to receive personal written feedback on your final exercise.     

Creative writing skills programme

The Indispensable Guide

How to write (much) better in 20 easy steps

The Indispensable Guide to Creative Writing will introduce you to the essential skills you need to plan and write your own book. This concise guide will give you a fresh lesson every weekday for twenty days. Each lesson consists of a short video, point-form notes for easy reference, and aexercise to entrench what you’ve learnt. You have the option to receive feedback on up to four exercises.     

Editorial Services

If you’re serious about your manuscript, you need a professional eye 

Friends won’t tell you the truth. Our constructive Literary Assessments will provide you with a professional guide to what works in your manuscript and what may need attention.  

Whether you have a work-in-progress or a completed draft, we provide a roadmap for the rest of your work or a focused second draft, enhancing your manuscript’s strengths. 

Editing and feedback

Literary assessments

How to enhance your writing

We offer different options to suit different needs and pockets: 

  • A full structural edit of the entire manuscript, including in-text notes and a professional report on its strengths and what still needs work.   
  • mini-assessment provides a cost-effective solution, which may be all you need to take your manuscript to another level.  

  

Writing Guidance and Support 

Gain a personal guardian angel to support you through your writing project and keep you on the right track

You’re ready to start writing, but you need a hand to hold: to keep you writing, coach and advise, and give you the confidence of knowing you’re moving in the right direction. 

Individual support

One-on-one consultations

How to get your writing project on track

Sign up for a one-on-one writing consultation with Richard Beynon or Jo-Anne Richards to discuss any of your writing concerns and challenges you may have whether you need help with development and tackling a particular project, or creative brainstorming.     

Ongoing support

Mentoring

How to make your manuscript the best it can be

Our Mentoring Programme provides a unique service: two professional readers who care about making your project the best it can possibly be. They’ll help you get started and give on-going advice and encouragement, as long as you need it, in the company of a supportive writing group.    

Writing for film and television

Learn to write dramatic scripts and screenplays – for feature length films or TV series, dramas, sit-coms and soaps 

Storytelling

Enhance your storytelling techniques, and learn how stories work  

Storytelling is part of what it means to be human – equally useful in literature and the business world. Use these courses to explore your creativity or improve your ability to share the stories of our lives. 

Storytelling template

The Hero’s Journey® Course

How to put the Hero at the heart of your story

The Hero’s Journey® Course will carry you on a quest to discover story and how it works. Approved by the Joseph Campbell Foundation, the course uses Campbell’s insights into story and character to tackle the challenges all writers and storytellers face, in short stories, novels, works of creative non-fiction, or screenplays – in eight, easily digestible modules.    

Storytelling craft

Creative Writing Coaching

How to develop writing discipline

Our two Coaching Programmes will each carry you through a fourteen-day journey into creating and telling a story, and allowing it to unfold in scenes. Each step includes a written lesson and an exercise – with daily personal feedback.  Both the Logic of Story and Focus on Scenes offer you the chance to form a writing discipline and develop your creativity. 

If you need help selecting the course that most meets your needs, please email us or call Jo-Anne Richards on +27824532591

Skills-based course

Crash Course in Screenwriting

How to turn your dreams into a killer script

You have a yen to write for the screen, but have no idea where to start. Our Crash Course in Screenwriting will teach you the essential skills to write for film or television and offers an exhilarating introduction to the craft over ten modules and five weeks.  The modules will introduce you to one essential aspect of the craft at a time. 

Introductory Course

Power of Writing

How to write like an author

If you are new to writing creatively and would like to dip your toes in, the four-module Power of Writing will help you develop a more creative writing style. We’ll give you the tools to enhance your writing voice, encourage you to practise active observation and introduce you to the concept of showing rather than telling.  

Introductory Course

Power of Writing

How to write like an author

If you are new to writing creatively and would like to dip your toes in, the four-module Power of Writing will help you develop a more creative writing style. We’ll give you the tools to enhance your writing voice, encourage you to practise active observation and introduce you to the concept of showing rather than telling.  

Introductory Course

Power of Writing

How to write like an author

If you are new to writing creatively and would like to dip your toes in, the four-module Power of Writing will help you develop a more creative writing style. We’ll give you the tools to enhance your writing voice, encourage you to practise active observation and introduce you to the concept of showing rather than telling.  

Introductory Course

Power of Writing

How to write like an author

If you are new to writing creatively and would like to dip your toes in, the four-module Power of Writing will help you develop a more creative writing style. We’ll give you the tools to enhance your writing voice, encourage you to practise active observation and introduce you to the concept of showing rather than telling.  

Introductory Course

Power of Writing

How to write like an author

If you are new to writing creatively and would like to dip your toes in, the four-module Power of Writing will help you develop a more creative writing style. We’ll give you the tools to enhance your writing voice, encourage you to practise active observation and introduce you to the concept of showing rather than telling.  

Introductory Course

Power of Writing

How to write like an author

If you are new to writing creatively and would like to dip your toes in, the four-module Power of Writing will help you develop a more creative writing style. We’ll give you the tools to enhance your writing voice, encourage you to practise active observation and introduce you to the concept of showing rather than telling.  

Introductory Course

Power of Writing

How to write like an author

If you are new to writing creatively and would like to dip your toes in, the four-module Power of Writing will help you develop a more creative writing style. We’ll give you the tools to enhance your writing voice, encourage you to practise active observation and introduce you to the concept of showing rather than telling.  

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