Knight of CupsFILM

With Knight of Cups, Terrence Malick is very much a storymaker in search of meaning, and through his journey of finding and answer to the essence of live, love and art, he allows us to reconnect with our own our own personal journey into ourselves and our place in this world.

REVIEWS:  The Dressmaker, The Revenant, A Perfect Day, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi



After 4 sessions you will know what it takes to a writer and how to make the most of your writing with our The Write Journey Short Course for Screenwriters and our Creative Writing course The Write Voice.

Read more about our celebrated short courses that follow in the tradition of 19-years of workshops throughout South Africa.


Dreamers and doersDreams are good; action is best.There are dreamers who can’t get things done and waste their talent and resources and doers who can’t dream, that reach too low. Are you a dreamer or a doer?


TYPEWRITERIf you have completed the draft of a screenplay, or short film, stageplay, or manuscript for a novel, it is vital to find out whether or not it works. We offer professional reading and evaluation of screenplays and manuscriptsIn an age where everyone makes regular trips to their local gym to stay healthy, it is important for writers to keep writing effectively and remain in a perfect state of creative health; where ideas flow freely and projects are completed. The Writing Studio’s mentoring entails informal communication, face-to-face, one-on-one coaching

You can also read some insightful articles on filmmaking and screenwriting and explore some valuable tips for writers. Subscribe to our free newsletter and receive regular updates on our workshops and courses and what’s happening at the movies, on stage and the latest DVD and Blu-Ray releases with some great competitions and ticket giveaways.

Film Appreciation 4At last, a course that everyone has been asking for, and is now available as a correspondence course! Designed for absolute beginners to budding cinephiles by Daniel Dercksen, a film journalist of 30 years, The Writing Studio’s film appreciation course will give you a thorough grounding in all things film.

If you love film, then this course will help you learn more about film analysis, film reviews and discussions, period genres and movements in film style, and more.


STRUCTURE mainStructure is discipline. It’s where the right-brain subconscious and unconscious writing and thinking are whipped into order by the rigid, uncompromising left brain consciousness and logic. This is where idealism and realism clash head-on. The writer’s instinctive and rebellious creative nature is tamed and ordered so that chaos becomes organised. The 14 Structural Points To Shape Your Story are fully explored and deconstructed in our The ABC Of Writing A Screenplay workshop, as well as The Write Journey correspondence course and The Write Plot



In a world and cyberspace where there’s a traffic jam of information that congests the creative process, it’s not easy for first-time screenwriters to find their own path.

If you want to be a screenwriter, this is where you start.




Own your story 3Whether you are writing a novel, a screenplay for film or television, or a stageplay, ultimately, you are writing a story. It’s only the format of the medium that separates a screenplay from a novel, or a stageplay, but as stories, each unique medium is united in theme, character and plotting, as well as the process from divine inspiration, to the crafting of the story, and eventual final, polished draft. Stop obsessing over writing a film, novel or play and focus your attention on writing the perfect story. Read more

DRAMA 2If you are a storyteller who enjoys the world of live theatre and have a talent for writing dialogue and bringing character’s vividly to life, the world is your stage to showcase your talent.

Our The Write Drama course for playwrights offers you an opportunity to turn words into action.



INNER LIFE 10You may have a clever plot that is masterfully structured and filled with complex twists and complications, but if there is no connection between the External Activity and the Internal Life of the story, it will be dull and boring, and ultimately disappoint. Read more about Exploring the Inner Life of Your Story




2015 at the Movies:  Top 5 South African Films of 2015 / Top 10 Big Screen Romances of 2015Top 25 Real-Life Stories On The Big Screen Of 2015Top 15 Craziest Characters On The Big Screen In 2015/ Top Animation Films of 2015The Best of British Theatre Live On The Big Screen in 2015



“The giving of ourselves is the greatest art, really, and it is very difficult to do, because we essentially are afraid that we aren’t enough, that we don’t have enough. So we hide behind facades–performances of denial. This is not living, but bad acting on the stage of life, and it is unforgivable. We have all done it, and it has to stop. We have to show up bare of face and heart and be present. This is the great challenge, I think. To show up and share the person you are within the life you have.”–Marlon Brando



Tennessee Williams

Tennessee Williams



“Life is the perpetual destruction of innocence. If we are witness to this, and if we step forward and heal the wounds of this destruction, we become human; we might even become saintly. If we share what we’ve seen and learned, we may create art. To do nothing is to be utterly evil.”-Tennessee Williams




Harold Pinter“Here’s the truth of the matter: Asking me how I write is very much like asking me how I breathe. I don’t know how I do it. I don’t think about it very much, and when I do, I become self-conscious and do it with labor. But I recognize that I need to do it, and I continue to do it, in my own way, naturally and by virtue of habit. This is how the writing is. Or the loving. Or the reacting to things. We do these things in our own way in order to survive. If it is not a matter of survival–and if it is not uniquely yours–then I don’t think it matters much. Just breathe. Just live. Just write. Or don’t.” Harold Pinter    Read more Soulful Meditations



JansValuable Tips For Writers From Veteran Filmmaker Jans Rautenbach

You cannot write a screenplay if you don’t live the art of storytelling – full stop!! In an exclusive masterclass he held for The Writing Studio at the Artscape Resource Centre on November 22, 2015, he gracefully shared his insight of what it takes to be a screenwriter, and was accompanied by composer Riku Latti, who composed the music for his film Abraham. ‘’I am here to share with you what I know – not to teach, or preach – nor to brag – I am but like you, ever dreaming of a tomorrow – just a very much 80-year old dreamer’’