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Operating from Simonstown in South Africa and from a houseboat on the River Great Ouse in the United Kingdom, we 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.
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All About Writing was founded by two writing professionals both of whom are passionate about writing.
Jo-Anne Richards is an internationally published novelist with a PhD in Creative Writing from Wits University. After fifteen years running the Honours programme in Journalism & Media Studies, she has left Wits to concentrate on teaching creative writing through Allaboutwriting.
She has published five novels, her latest being The Imagined Child, published by Picador. Her first novel, The Innocence of Roast Chicken, was originally published by Headline Review in the UK, but has recently been rereleased as one of the prestigious Picador Africa Classics collection. When it first appeared, it topped the South African bestseller list in its first week and remained there for fifteen weeks. Her novels include Touching the Lighthouse, Sad at the Edges, My Brother’s Book and The Imagined Child.
Richard Beynon is an award-winning film and television scriptwriter with a long and accomplished career in the local industry. . A former journalist, he has conceived, shaped and written scores of documentaries. He 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. He is currently a writer on the daily drama, Isibaya. He 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.
Although our main service to writers and would be writers is teaching and mentoring we also offer book and script reports.
We have found through experience that when we give individual reports we cover much of what we teach. We feel strongly that many mistakes can be avoided by doing a properly structured writing course whether it is one of ours or someone else’s. In our Creative Writing Course, we cover all the necessary skills needed to avoid common errors and so in most cases money would be more wisely spent on a course. Even if you have finished your first draft the process of doing a course will both prepare you very well for the vital editing phase.
Allaboutwriting has a formal relationship with a broad selection of South African publishing companies including Pan Macmillan, and Jacana. If we think a manuscript is publishable we will make the introduction to the appropriate publishing house.