What you’ll learn:
- How to develop your voice
- Journalling techniques to improve your writing appreciably
- 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
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 South Africa’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.