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Thursday, November 16, 2023


Creative Careers South Africa announces, “Am I The Writer?” Screenwriting Skills Programme.

Creative Careers South Africa, in collaboration with the National Film and Video Foundation and the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture, proudly announce the Am I the Writer? Screenwriting Skills Programme. This groundbreaking programme, part of the Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme, is set to revolutionise the creative landscape by nurturing 50 promising talents in the South African film and television industries.

Am I The Writer? is a unique, four-week online training programme commencing on November 20 and concluding on December 14, 2023. This skills programme is designed as intensive writing workshops, where aspiring screenwriters will be matched with seasoned professionals, including noted facilitators like Louise Buchler (Scriptwriting Lecturer, Playwright and Director), Phindile Mashiane (TV Researcher, Scriptwriter/Story-liner and Creative Producer), and Zunaid Mansoor (Script Editor, Advisor), among others.

Busi Tshabalala, Arts Project Coordinator at Creative Careers South Africa, says: "The South African cultural and creative industries are brimming with talent. Our goal is to provide these emerging voices with the skills and network needed to excel."

The programme invites applications from enthusiastic screenwriters aged between 18 and 35, holding a post-Matric qualification. Applicants are required to have a stable internet connection, along with access to a laptop or desktop computer. The application portal at will remain open until November 15 at 15h00. Successful candidates will receive a stipend of R5000, highlighting the programme's commitment to nurturing emerging talent.

Arthur Zitha, Project Manager at Creative Careers South Africa, says, "For those who are serious about screenwriting, Am I the Writer? is a can't-miss opportunity. It melds crucial writing techniques with high-calibre trainers, guiding each participant through a transformative creative journey."

Stallone Santino, Director of Creative Careers South Africa, envisions a future where South African narratives captivate global audiences. "Screenwriting is the bedrock of engaging film and TV narratives. Through Am I the Writer?, we are investing in a future rich with diverse, compelling stories."

Creative Careers South Africa is redefining the arts and creative industries through education, mentorship, and career development, nurturing a community of artists and creatives poised to make a global impact.

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