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Wednesday, December 31, 2014


The Writing Studio’s motivational and inspirational correspondence courses for 2015 are specifically designed to make it easier for storytellers who would like to master the craft of writing and focus on the art of conquering the creative process.

The new courses follow in the renowned tradition and excellence of 18 years of workshops and master classes throughout South Africa and give storytellers a unique opportunity to write in their own space and at their own pace.

An added bonus is the interactive one-on-one communication between trainer Daniel Dercksen and participants, affording them the opportunity to question and clarify the self tasks, tasks and comprehensive notes of the 12 units during the course.

Writers can take an introspective journey into what it takes to be a writer with The Write Attitude, make the most of conquering the writing process, proudly take ownership of writing a story from start to finish, and explore 29 most common writing mistakes and how to overcome them. This course is ideal for writers who would like to balance their creative self with the realities the writing process demands.

Budding screenwriters and filmmakers can explore the fundamentals of writing for a visual medium with The Write Journey. The course looks at how to master the art of how to read a film and explore the language and visual dynamics of film. Writers will understand the process of writing a first draft from inception to developing the concept, characters, and plotting the story. Ideal for writers who would like write for film or television.

Budding playwrights can explore the magic of live theatre and the significant role of plays in society with The Write Drama. Examine the world of contemporary and classic theatre and musical theatre, the raw material of drama, the art of the drama, what it takes to be a dramatist in South Africa, and how to get your plays on to the stage. The Write Drama for budding playwrights who would like to produce their plays independently.

The educator is Daniel Dercksen, the driving force behind the successful independent training initiative The Writing Studio, a published film and theatre journalist for 30 years and has been teaching workshops in creative writing, playwriting and screenwriting throughout South Africa the past 19 years. Dercksen received the number one spot for most popular lifestyle contributor for 2012 and 2014 on

Graduates of previous courses include filmmakers John Barker (Spud 3: Learning to Fly, Bunny Chow and How To Steal a Million) and Henk Pretorius (Leading Lady, Bakgat, Fanie Fourie Se Lobola), producer screenwriter and filmmaker Sallas de Jager (Roepman, Verraaiers, Musiek vir die agtergrond and Stuur Groete aan Mannetjies Roux), award-winning playwright Neil Coppen (Abnormal Loads) and Jeremeo Le Cordeur (Tannie Dora Gaan Bos), novelists Lauren Beukes (Zoo City, The Shining Girl) Gary Hirson (The Magic That is Ours and Calm in Storm)and Consuelo Roland (who received acclaim for her Lady Limbo novel, and was Shortlisted for the Sunday Times Fiction Award and received an Honorary mention for the Olive Schreiner Prize for her novel The Good Cemetery Guide).

For more information, agendas and registration contact Daniel Dercksen on 072 474 1079 or email: or visit