What exactly is the Indispensable Guide to Creative Writing?
Sign up to receive a fresh lesson in your inbox every weekday for twenty days. Each lesson consists of a short video, and point-form notes for easy reference. At the end of each lesson, you’ll receive an exercise to entrench what you’ve learnt.
If you’re a beginner, this mini-course will introduce you to the essentials of your craft. If you’re a more experienced writer, it will remind you of the fundamental principles of good creative writing. If you’re stuck or blocked, it will help you discover the cause and how to overcome it.
The course contains lessons on the following subjects:
- How to develop your voice
- Journaling techniques to improve your writing
- How to develop your ideas and take them to the next level
- Techniques to develop your characters
- The importance of story
- When to use scenes and how to write a good scene
- Why you should use dialogue and tips on how to write it
- The basic principles of point of view
- Where to begin
- How to draw your readers through the narrative
- What exactly is literary conflict and why you need it
- Why showing not telling is still a valid proposition
- The importance of detail
Why should you do this course?
- Blocked or stuck in your writer
- A beginner who needs an introduction to the basics of good creative writing
- An experienced writer who is feeling jaded or bored with what you’re writing
- A writer who would like to be reminded of the fundamentals of good writing.
This mini-course will provide the 20 steps you need. It is quick, simple to follow and practical – designed to fit into a busy day. It provides daily practice and discipline, without pressure.
How can you use the course?
The course is designed to fit into a busy day. Find just 30 to 60 minutes a day to focus on yourself and your creativity.
You can use it to gain an understanding of the skills you need to write fiction or creative non-fiction, to refresh your knowledge, and improve your writing.
Course designers and facilitators:
The course designers and facilitators, Jo-Anne Richards and Richard Beynon, established All About Writing in 2007. They are highly skilled writing trainers and mentors and run a number of writing programmes.
They have advised hundreds of writers on their work through their creative writing courses, workshops, webinars and retreats. They’ve mentored scores of writers through the writing process – and have won the trust of publishers who frequently call on them for help with both manuscripts and writers.
Jo-Anne is an internationally published novelist with a PhD in Creative Writing from Wits University and is one of South Africa’s best-known writing trainers. Jo-Anne has published five novels: The Imagined Child, The Innocence of Roast Chicken (rereleased in 2019, as part of the Picador Africa Classics collection), My Brother’s Book, Touching the Lighthouse and Sad at the Edges. She has supervised Creative Writing Masters students at Wits and UCT, and acted as examiner for both programmes.
Richard Beynon is a sought-after mentor and story consultant with a writing career spanning 50 years. Richard has written for – or headed the storytelling teams of – many of South Africa’s 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 conceived, shaped and written scores of documentaries and has won numerous awards for his work specifically in comedy, soap and children’s drama.