Stories drive us. They’re what help us make meaning – and so, sense of our world. They help us make decisions about our own existence.
Stories of one sort or another power the world. They’re the spine of the fantasies politicians spin. History is the stories we make up to decipher the past.
And, of course, story is what writing’s all about. It’s where inspiration begins. A good story-teller can make us believe in anything. They can make us care about real-world issues, or about people that exist only in their imaginations.
What is the secret to great stories?
You’ll learn how to:
o Set a story in motion
o Create characters that keep the story moving along
o Maintain the highest stakes
o Structure your story to have the greatest impact
o Come to a dramatic climax and a satisfying resolution
The weekend will be built around discussion, brainstorming, writing and, of course, a fair number of stories.
All About Writing was founded in 2007 by novelist Jo-Anne Richards, scriptwriter Richard Beynon and Trish Urquhart. We are passionate about writing and have devised our courses to help communicate that passion – plus the skills that make it all much more than an academic exercise – to others with a similar calling.
Jo-Anne Richards is an internationally published novelist with a PhD in Creative Writing from Wits University. Her first novel, The Innocence of Roast Chicken, was originally published by Headline Review in the UK, and has recently been rereleased as one of the prestigious Picador Africa Classics collection. She ran the Honours programme in Journalism & Media Studies at Wits University for fifteen years.
Richard Beynon is a story consultant and an award-winning film and television scriptwriter with a long and accomplished career. 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.