Writing Studio Weekend Workshop

On March 4 and 5, the Women’s Library at the Artscape Theatre will host a weekend workshop for writers. The workshop is ideal for screenwriters, novelists, playwrights, and anyone who wants to write a story.

It is intended for beginning writers, experienced writers who are unsure of what they are writing, writers who need discipline and motivation, or writers who find their story dull and lifeless.

Daniel Dercksen, a published film and theatre journalist of 40 years, runs the workshop. He has been teaching workshops and courses in creative writing, playwriting, and screenwriting throughout South Africa since establishing The Writing Studio 22 years ago.

Throughout the weekend, writers will examine who they are as storytellers, what it takes to be a writer, and how to write a first draft. The workshop takes participants on an introspective journey to make the most of what they want to write, exploring genre and audience, the potential and universality of an idea, how to create and develop characters, master structure and plotting, write story outlines, and take ownership of their writing.

The workshop’s goal is to help participants understand the process of turning ideas into visual narratives and writing the first pages of their story. Following the workshop, the writers will receive comprehensive notes to study at their leisure while writing their stories, as well as email correspondence with their coach. An exclusive one-on-one retreat at The Writing Studio in the heart of the Karoo is also an option for writers.

During the weekend, there are four sessions, one in the morning from 10am to 1pm and one in the afternoon from 2pm to 5pm, with a Q&A session after each.

It is held at the Women’s Library at the Artscape Theatre Centre on Cape Town’s Foreshore, next to the box office in the lower foyer. There is free internet access and parking.

A pen, a notebook, and a vivid imagination are all that is required for the workshop.
The Women’s Library receives a portion of the proceeds.

For more information or to book your spot, visit The Writing Studio.