We offer one-on-one consultations for writers of fiction or non-fiction and whether for page or screen.
We are available to brainstorm a new story idea; or discuss the options for a striking beginning; help you work through a problem you’re having with a manuscript or script you’re writing; or simply talk about writing. It’s your agenda, so you can call the tune.
We can offer you thirty or sixty minute sessions with either or both Jo-Anne Richards and Richard Beynon.
Once you have booked your session please send us an email letting us know how you’d like to use the session. Please also give us a couple of suggestions regarding suitable dates and times. We’ll come back to confirm the time and we’ll ask you for any additional information we might need before the session. Depending on your needs, we’ll decide whether Jo-Anne or Richard are best suited to work with you, but you can also book to have a session with both of them.
We use Zoom, which enables us to record the session so that you don’t need to take notes. You’ll have the recording to refer back to later.
Jo-Anne Richards is an internationally published novelist with a PhD in Creative Writing from Wits University. Her novels include The Innocence of Roast Chicken, Touching the Lighthouse, Sad at the Edges, and My Brother’s Book and The Imagined Child. Six of her short stories have been published in collections. She ran the Honours programme and taught writing skills in the Wits University Journalism Department for fifteen years and has supervised in the Wits and Cape Town Creative Writing Masters.
Richard Beynon is a story consultant and an award-winning film and television scriptwriter with a long and accomplished career in the 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.
Jo-Anne and Richard, together with Trish Urquhart, founded All About Writing in 2007. We offer courses, both online and face-to-face, that promote good writing. They include creative writing and scriptwriting courses, intensive online writing workouts, coaching and mentoring programmes as well as workshops and writing retreats including our annual retreat in Venice, Italy.