The course is run through our online network and is designed to be completed in no more than four weeks.
Each module ends in an assignment, which we recommend you do in thirty minutes. You will receive personal constructive feedback and support from your tutors, Richard Beynon or Jo-Anne Richards, on every assignment.
We’ve wrapped the theory around a series of practical writing exercises. The course will:
- Help you to write confidently without constantly censoring yourself.
- Give you tools to develop your unique writing voice.
- Introduce you to disciplines that will continue to help you to write fluently long after the course is done.
- Give you tools that will help you write more vividly.
- Show you how to think more creatively and communicate this in your writing.
- Help you get more out of books by reading actively.
Who will benefit?
- Anyone with an interest in Creative Writing or who would like to explore their creative side.
- Writers who would like to test the waters before embarking on a more ambitious course.
- High school students who wish to add power and fluency to their writing.
- Recent school leavers or graduates who’ve learned the theory, who wish to write more confidently
- Ambitious salary-earners who want to improve their written communication skills.
I thoroughly enjoyed the modules and the feedback was wonderfully done. I loved the fact that the modules are balanced. The first two do not require specific writing techniques, but exposes thoughts and observations. The last two modules start exploring the how of transforming ideas/happenings into something that works on paper. Melanie du Plessis, Centurion
I enjoyed the introduction to each assignment, explaining what is needed with examples, especially for an online course. The positive and constructive feedback is great and one never feels that you need to give up on your dream of writing. The discussions and forums are a great idea for fellow online writers to communicate. It is good to see how other people write – each person has their own style and seeing the feedback on their assignments are very helpful too. Alma van As, Welobie
My experience was positive. I enjoyed the challenge and the constructive feedback. It was great focusing on writing rather than the content that one does in the daily drudge of communicating. I liked writing for the pleasure rather than rushing through the normal communications of the day – bit like “stopping to smell the roses”. Charles Nesbitt, Somerset West
Course designers and facilitators:
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 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.