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Saturday, October 3, 2015


Bookings close October 8, 2015

The Writers' Guild of South Africa will present a WGSA Character Development Workshop on October 10 in Durban North.

It will cover the following subjects:
-       What is the importance of character in a story?
-       How to develop a character?
-       What is the character journey?
-       What are the different types of characters?
-       How to develop a 3 dimensional character that is relevant to the story?

Leading the workshop will be well-known scriptwriter and playwright, Janet van Eeden whose full-length feature film she co-wrote, White Lion, premiered at the Durban International Film Festival in July 2009 and was released internationally in February 2010.

She has a Masters in English (Cum Laude) which dealt with writing a biographical play, and is currently doing her PhD, entitled Beyond the Biopic through UKZN which includes the writing of a Screenplay. Among her many accolades, she won the 2011 Vodacom Journalist of the Year Award as a Columnist for The Sunday Independent.

She wrote and produced the short script of A Shot at the Big Time, after raising funds on Shot the Short was filmed in July 2012, directed by Stephen de Villiers, and premiered at the Durban International Film Festival in July 2013.

In May, 2014, A Shot at the Big Time, the short was selected for the Cannes Short Film Corner, Metrage. Van Eeden travelled to France and Shot was screened there. She attended the screening and also pitched her new film project, A Hyena in Petticoats.

The WGSA Character Development Workshop will take place from 09h30 to 13h00 on October 10 at AFDA Durban, 2A Highdale Road, Glen Anil, Durban North. Booking is essential on 011 888 4349 or email

Bookings close at 12h00 on October 8, 2015. Those already booked for this session, are asked to confirm that they can do the changed date and venue

To secure bookings pay the required cover charge to the WGSA Current Account: Standard Bank, Melville; Branch No 006105; Acc No 300082444; Acc type: Current. Use your name and surname as reference / DBN3/10

Cover Charges R80 (R30 WGSA Members / Students with valid student card and affiliated organisations) The cover charges are discounted as WGSA is not in a position to offer refreshments: Please bring your own.

Directions: The campus is accessible from Umhlanga Rocks drive at the BP Station which leads to Highdale Road along Sagewood Way. Alternate access is from the N2 at R102 and taking the Old North Coast Road (see Total Garage), first right onto Cypress Drive, first left onto Wistaria Grove where you will then reach Highdale Road