What do writers need?
Virginia Woolf needed a room of her own – space to be creative.
Ernest Hemingway needed a drink ‘to make other people more interesting’, while the doyenne of the Algonquin club, Dorothy Parker needed her ‘vicious circle’ of like-minded friends.
We at All About Writing have been listening to what you need, in order to be creative. And, like Carole King, we’d like to say: ‘You’ve got a friend.’
Join our ‘inner circle’ to experience companionship and support on your writing journey.
By becoming part of our inner-circle of writers, you can experience on-going support and the companionship of a like-minded international writing community. And membership of this exclusive circle will also allow you access to an exclusive library of writing resources.
At a monthly writers’ circle meeting, acclaimed writers, Richard Beynon and Dr Jo-Anne Richards, will hear your writing, offer feedback and answer your writing questions.
You’ll have a safe a nurturing group of writers with whom to share your writing. You’ll have access to people who understand the process of what you’re going through.
Who will the Writer’s Circle benefit?
- Anyone who has always yearned to write but struggled to begin or find a way in.
- Anyone who has started a writing project and become stuck, or who isn’t sure of their direction.
- Anyone who would like ongoing support and feedback in their writing from two highly experienced writers and facilitators.
- Those who would like to be part of a supportive group of like-minded writers.
- Those who would like the motivation of regular meetups.
What will your Writers’ Circle membership give you?
- A monthly writers’ circle meeting with our acclaimed writers, Richard Beynon and Dr Jo-Anne Richards
- Answers to your writing questions and advice on your writing problems at the monthly meetings
- The opportunity to read out between 300 and 500 words for feedback and discussion. This can be your own writing or your response to an exercise or writing prompt
2024 Meeting dates
- Wednesday 24 January 16:00 UK / 18:00 South Africa
- Tuesday 20 February 16:00 UK / 18:00 South Africa
- Tuesday 19 March 16:00 UK / 18:00 South Africa
- Tuesday 23 April 17:00 UK / 18:00 South Africa
- Tuesday 21 May 17:00 UK / 18:00 South Africa
- Tuesday 18 June 17:00 UK / 18:00 South Africa
- Tuesday 9 July 17:00 UK / 18:00 South Africa
- Tuesday 13 August 17:00 UK / 18:00 South Africa
- Tuesday 10 September 17:00 UK / 18:00 South Africa
- Tuesday 22 October 17:00 UK / 18:00 South Africa
- Tuesday 19 November 16:00 UK / 18:00 South Africa
- Wednesday 4 December 16:00 UK / 18:00 South Africa
Your Writers’ Circle hosts
Richard Beynon is a story consultant and an award-winning film and television scriptwriter with a long and accomplished career.
A former journalist for the Rand Daily Mail, he has conceived, shaped and written scores of documentaries.
Richard has written for – or headed the writing teams of – many of country’s most popular soaps from Isidingo to Scandal and S’gudi S’naysi. He managed the writing team at Isidingo for three years, as well as contributing over three hundred scripts to the series.
Richard has lectured on writing for film and television at Wits. He has won numerous awards for his work specifically in comedy, soap and children’s drama.
Jo-Anne Richards is an internationally published novelist with a PhD in Creative Writing from Wits University. Jo-Anne has published five novels: The Imagined Child, The Innocence of Roast Chicken, My Brother’s Book, Touching the Lighthouse and Sad at the Edges.
Her first novel, The Innocence of Roast Chicken was recently rereleased as part of the prestigious Picador Africa Classics collection. When it first appeared, in 1996, it was nominated for the Impac International Dublin Literary Award and chosen as an “outstanding debut novel” by a British book chain.
Jo-Anne has published short stories in six collections and ran the Honours programme in Journalism & Media Studies at Wits University for fifteen years. She has supervised Creative Writing Masters students at Wits and UCT, and acted as examiner for both programmes.