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Wednesday, June 22, 2022


(Right: Mara Schillaci)

Durban based creative, educator and healing expert Mara Schillaci is running a short holiday course of four, two-hour sessions in central Glenwood for high school learners keen to develop their creative writing technique and experience.

Schillaci has taught a number of different modalities, both creative and theory-based for almost 20 years including teaching English to foreign students. By her own admission, she is a lover of all things creative and enjoys nothing more than to get lost in the magic of words. As an educator and healing expert, Schillaci understands the absolute necessity for creativity to play an active role in our everyday lives.

"Nurturing creativity and imagination in our youth is vitally important. On a practical level this becomes a crucial skill to problem solving by thinking outside the box. On a soul level, it creates a new generation of inventors, creators, artists, crafters and entrepreneurs," she says.

“After having run creative writing, journalising and art book classes for adults, I was approached to run a class specifically for high school learners, for them to practice creative writing, journaling and self-expression through the medium of writing,” explains Schillaci.

“I have adapted my adults’ course specifically for more youthful participants - especially those with a penchant for creative writing. The idea was to create a supportive environment to practice some creative writing techniques in a structured and engaging environment and develop tools to tap into personal creativity.

“These skills could be adapted to encourage essay writing; poetry; lyric writing; blogging; short story writing and creative expression,” she adds.


The course will cover:

-choosing a genre;

-choosing a writing style;

-how to craft a story-board;

-creating a plot outline;

-developing characters and character motivation

-and exercises on developing descriptive techniques.


The course is over four days in a central venue in Glenwood on July 5, 8, 12 and 15, 2022, from 10h00 to 12 noon.

Course will be conducted in English, but learners can write in language of their choice.

Pen and paper and class notes to be provided.

For more information, or to book, contact Mara Schillaci on 072 896 3898 or email: