Have you always wanted to write – a novel, a short story, a memoir?
But you’ve never got beyond the first few pages?
You might have written the book you’ve always dreamed about, but know there’s something about it that doesn’t feel quite right…
Perhaps you feel daunted, nervous to take the first step, scared of failure?
How will you get past your writer’s block?
What if you just want to exercise your creativity in a safe space?
What do you need to write that book you’ve always dreamed of?
Encouragement? Insight into the sorts of techniques that turn a humdrum story into an electrifying narrative?
Our ten module Creative Writing Course will give you all this and much more. The course, run by Richard Beynon and Jo-Anne Richards, is designed to provide you with the skills and tools every writer needs to tell your own story. All About Writing will help you realise your dreams.
- The course is run through our online network and is designed to be completed over ten months.
- We’ll release a new module in two parts every month. It should take about four hours to complete each month’s work.
- The first part includes 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.
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
Course designers and facilitators:
Jo-Anne Richards is an internationally published novelist with a Ph.D. 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 the University of Cape Town Creative Writing Masters programmes.
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 the 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 University.
Jo-Anne and Richard, together with Trish Urquhart, founded All About Writing in 2007 and 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.
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