Moonlight is a consummate masterwork from writer-director Barry Jenkins that takes you on an emotional journey into the heart and soul of humanity and will live in your heart forever. It won 3 Oscars in 2017 for Best Film, the screenplay adaptation by Jenkins and Taryn Alvin McCraney, based on McCraney’s play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue, and supporting actor for Mahershala Ali.

If you have a true life story that reflects the uniqueness of your culture, why not write the screenplay that can be turned into an Oscar-winning film?

Our celebrated The Write Journey course will take your idea from page to screen.

Take the first step in the write direction!





“Inspiration is the moment in which the spirit within is accessed and revealed.Inspiration dawns when something in your outer world sparks a flame within you and calls forth a message.  It arrives to remind you that all your answers lie inside of you, and that you alone are the wisest wizard in your kingdom.It is often easy to miss those moments until you learn to truly hear the inner “ding!” and give it the space to emerge into your consciousness.  As you move toward honoring your inner knowing, you can more easily recognize those moments of inspiration–many of which can be life-transforming.”
Cherie Carter-Scott (If Life Is a Game, These Are the Rules)  Inspirations inspires Creativity

TIPS:How to manipulate emotions in storytelling


Robert Schenkkan and Andrew Knight talk about the ten years it took to write the screenplay for Hacksaw Ridge

A story is lifeless without a heart and soul and as its creator, the writer has to bring it to life. Find out how to breathe life into your story



FILM: Our Top 20 Films of 2016  / Our Top South African Films of 2016


HOMEDaniel Dercksen, the driving force behind the successful independent training initiative The Writing Studio, is a published film and theatre journalist of 30 years, and has been teaching workshops in creative writing, playwriting and screenwriting throughout South Africa since he formed the studio 19 years ago.


NEW!!!! On the Bookshelf: Books for Storytellers and Storymakers

TIPS:Writing the perfect scene – the art of creating effective Story Events

Uga 2

Another proud graduate of The Writing Studio, director-writer-producer Uga Carlini, changes lives in a profound way with the poignant documentary Alison, which  won the Best Documentary at the Asia Pacific International Film Festival, after selling out at the Encounters International Film Festival, and wowing crowds at its international premiere at Dances with Films Festival in Los Angeles.


TIPS: Fear fuels conflict in storytelling

John BarkerWriter-director John Barker, a proud graduate of The Writing Studio, is turning politics inside out and upside down with his biting independent mockumentary Wonder Boy For President.  Read an interview with John Barker


TIPS: Controlling your Story Creatively

Daniel Dercksen talks to filmmaker Gavin Hood about screenwriting and filmmaking

PabloDaniel Dercksen shares a few thoughts with Spanish filmmaker Pablo Pinedo, who is a graduate of The Writing Studio and who showcased his sensational and stirring documentary Noma at the HotDocs 2016 in Toronto, and will screen it at the Durban International Film Festival.



TIPS: 10 Basic Steps To Owning The Writing Process


The Writing Studio’s proud graduate Sallas de Jager is winning the hearts of audiences worldwide with his sensational Free State, which he wrote-directed and produced, garnering the Best Director award and Special Jury award for scriptwriting at the Luxor African Film Festival in Egypt last month, as well as Best Cinematography at the Garden State Film Festival in New Jersey, New York.


Write Journey

Master The Art Of Visual Narrative: The Write Journey is an interactive course for writers who would like to write a screenplay for feature film or television. Read more




Write Voice


Find your voice as a writer with our creative writing course. Read more



 Script reading

If 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. Read more



Henk2Modder & Bloed is a dream come true for The Writing Studio graduate Henk Pretorius! Read more





 2016 was a great year for proud graduates of The Writing Studio.Read more





Stefan Enslin - Strikdas EPKScreenwriter Stefan Enslin reaches for the stars with Verskietende Ster. Read more




 SHORT COURSES 2Read more about our celebrated short courses that follow in the tradition of 19-years of workshops throughout South Africa.




TipsValuable tips for writers and filmmakers. Read more





Film Appreciation 4Designed 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.





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 3Stop obsessing over writing a film, novel or play and focus your attention on writing the perfect story. Read more





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




JansValuable Tips For Writers From Veteran Filmmaker Jans Rautenbach. Read more