Session one:

A discussion about creativity and how to access it. The idea is to get out of the analytical left brain and into the imaginative right brain to allow ideas to flow. We talk about the internal critic, our writing goals; the power of words and the richness of our personal histories. You write best when you write about what you know, so we start with your own story.  We practise rapid writing to break through the ‘pressure to perform’ barrier.

Session two:

Writing technique: using your senses, enriching your stock of images and finding your writing voice. We work through steps to better writing (simplicity, active/passive voice, alliteration, repetition, visualisation, avoiding clichés, using tricks of the trade) and apply these rules in a practical exercise. We try brainstorming and branching techniques.

Session three:

Communication and writing styles: frozen tone, academic style and corporate jargon; polite, consultative and casual styles. We discuss some common mistakes, practise correcting a real-life example of bad writing and explore how to make a dull letter interesting.

Session four:

Imagination and spontaneity. We learn to write haiku, create descriptive passages around symbols and objects, work with pictures and writing prompts. To end on a note of inspiration, we read examples of good writing.

2 Responses so far.

  1. Janice Bergh says:


    You say the writing course are still being held at your home: where is that (can’t find it easily on website)? I am in Joburg…


  2. Laura Hartrick says:

    I am an international student who is very interested in taking one of the workshops you are conducting and wanted more information about the topics that are being taught. Thank you!

    Laura Hartrick

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