Your deepest desire is to write …

 but you lack the confidence to begin 

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.You’ve always wanted to write: a novel, a short story,

a family memoir. But you’ve never got past the first few pages.

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Or the book you’ve dreamt of seems to just dribble away

to nothing on the screen. You feel too nervous to take

the first step, too scared to risk failure. 

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Of course, you keep making excuses to yourself. Too many

things to do. Perhaps when the children are a little older. 

“I’ll begin next year for sure,” you tell yourself.

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But your words lack conviction and in your heart you fear

you won’t do it. You might even have set your dream aside

completely.  You should have started years ago. It’s too late now.

 And yet you keep on hearing about other people who manage what you can’t.

What do you need to write the book you’ve always dreamt of?

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Inspiration, encouragement, support, feedback and writing techniques

that turn humdrum story into electrifying narrative.

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Our 10-week online Creative Writing Course will give you all this and much more.

Essential Skills

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Jo-Anne and Richard will help you realise your writing dreams by teaching you the essential writing skills needed to write your book or short story.

Writing Practice

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All About Writing’s experienced teachers will help you improve your creative writing in a safe and supportive environment.

Personal Attention

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Receive full individual feedback, which is honest but kind, on ten assignments. Interact with a friendly community of fellow writers.

Explore Creativity

Satisfy your hunger for creative expression whether you have serious writing ambitions or simply want to explore your creativity.

The course, run by two writing professionals with multiple novels,

screenplays and television scripts to their credit, is designed to provide you with

the skills, tools and inspiration every writer needs to tell your own story.

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All About Writing will help you realise your dreams.

2018 start dates: 5 February, 4 June, 8 October

Cost: R 6000

Approximately GBP 320 / US$ 420 / EUR 355 / CAD 535 / AUD 550. Click here for a currency converter.

To book your place visit our shop.

  Early bird specials available.

Payment plan available. If you prefer, you may also pay in three monthly tranches of R 2000. Please email us to to arrange.

‘A world-class programme, competitively priced.’

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Course overview:

  • The course is run through our online network and is designed to be completed within ten weeks.
  • We’ll release a new module every week. It should take between two to four hours to complete each week’s work.
  • Practical exercises to do in your own time
  • Each module ends in an assignment, to which we recommend you give no more than thirty minutes.
  • You will receive personal constructive feedback and support from Richard or Jo-Anne on every assignment.

Ideal for aspiring and established writers looking to refresh and hone their skills 

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Each of the modules tackles a key skill and challenges participants with carefully crafted writing exercises and assignments.

The skills focused on are:

  • Finding your Voice
  • Ideas: where to find and develop them
  • Building characters
  • Building the narrative
  • Writing scenes
  • Point of view
  • Writing dialogue
  • Beginnings, middles and ends
  • Creating suspense
  • Showing, not telling

All About Writing was founded in 2007 by two writing professionals 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.

Internationally published novelist, Jo-Anne Richards, has published five books and has a PhD in Creative Writing. 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.

Scriptwriter, Richard Beynon, has had a long and accomplished career in the film and television industry. He has conceived, shaped and written scores of documentaries, has written over a thousand scripts, and has led numerous storytelling teams in devising story for many of the country’s most popular soaps.

With their combined professional writing experience of over 80 years and decades of teaching experience, you’ll be in very capable hands.

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Testimonials

I have been a student of Allaboutwriting since 2012, first on the “Intro” course, then the “Creative Writing Course”, and then I progressed to the “Mentoring Course”. Jo-Anne and Richard have taught me the skills needed to write, and in the process we have built up a relationship that I now cannot do without, as I attempt the 3rd draft of my first book.

Frankie Francis, Windhoek

Do you dream about writing a novel? Or perhaps a screenplay? The story of your life? Do you just need a bit of a push, some practical support, the company of  writers? Take a look at what Allaboutwriting has to offer. Richard and Jo-Anne are brilliant at what they do. These guys write, that’s the day job, and have been doing so for years. Whatever you need they can help. I can vouch for it. It just takes the click of a finger to start down the writing road.

Margaret Renn, London

Since I completed the Online Creative Writing course, I have experienced actual growth in my writing. I still refer to the modules when reviewing my writing. Jo-Anne and Richard are absolutely wonderful and delightful. They are patient, considerate and their feedback was always on point. Their feedback was insightful. I would highly recommend this course.

Florence Onyanga, Nairobi

Please email us if you have any questions.

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