An introductory course for writers who are keen to try short story or novel writing. How do you begin? Is there a formula to follow? When, where and what should you write?

We start by exploring different authors’ take on the writing life, which helps you to set some goals for your own process. The focus then moves to the elements in storytelling: topics and themes, archetypal stories, beginnings and endings, plot, character, dialogue, voice, point of view, setting and description.

There are short assignments after sessions one and two, for which you will receive individual feedback. The aim of the programme is to develop a regular writing habit and to encourage participants to submit articles and short stories for publication.

Course

The course is open to anyone who has some proficiency and passion for writing. Ideally, participants should have completed the creative writing course or a similar foundation programme.

Venue: Small groups meet once a week in an informal home setting in Rondebosch, Cape Town.

Times: Morning sessions run from 9.15 – 11.45am, evening sessions are from 7.15 – 9.45pm.

Session one:
The writing life, setting goals, exploring topics, themes and archetypal stories
Assignment: A modern fairy tale

Session two:
Beginnings and endings, plot, character, point of view
Assignment: a character study

Session three:
Dialogue, voice, setting, description

Workshops

Writing for publication
A practical session dealing with feature writing, interview techniques, web writing techniques, freelancing, how magazines work, pitching stories, following up and submitting manuscripts to publishers.

Writers’ group
An unstructured, monthly meeting for writers who are working on specific projects. We meet on the first Thursday morning of every month to read excerpts of our work, discuss ideas and share information about competitions and events.

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