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Tuesday, January 26, 2016


With 22 local films released this year, it has never been a better time to be a screenwriter in South Africa.

So says Daniel Dercksen, formerly with the Playhouse Company and now the driving force behind the successful Cape Town-based independent training initiative The Writing Studio. He has been a published film and theatre journalist for 30 years and has been teaching workshops in creative writing, play-writing and screenwriting throughout South Africa the past 19 years.

The workshop is ideal for aspirant screenwriters who would like to sharpen their storytelling skills and explores the fine art of writing visual narrative, mastering the skill of plotting and structure, and developing and exploring ideas and characters.

The course is also ideal for novelists who would like to adapt their work into a visual medium, or writers who want to write stage plays.

The Writing Studio’s Weekend Workshop for Screenwriters takes place on February 6 and 7 from 10h00 until 18h00 at Annie Malan Promotions at Willowview, Burnside Isle, 410 Jan Smuts Avenue, Craighall Park.

For more information and registration, visit or email