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Write JourneyTwelve steps to writing a great screenplay: The Write Journey is an interactive course for writers who would like to write for feature film or television.

 

 


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MountainWith his novel The Mountain Between Us, author Charles Martin fashioned a suspenseful, affecting tale that examines how two strangers with distinctive personalities compromise and adapt to one another under extreme duress. That story—the unfolding tale of how two compelling protagonists make their way across a brutal landscape toward salvation, and ultimately, love—spoke to Oscar-nominated producer Peter Chernin (Hidden Figures) and is now brought to life on the Big Screen by director Hany Abu-Assad (Paradise Now, Omar) from a screenplay adaptation by Chris Weitz (About a Boy) and J. Mills Goodloe. Read more

unlocked 211-years ago first-time producer Georgina Townsley, who has a proven track record in documentaries, conceptualised Unlocked and approached screenwriter Peter O’Brien to help her craft a London-set, female-driven espionage thriller.

 

 

shotIn order to get a real-world grasp of prison and the gangs that run these institutions,  Austin-based director/writer/producer Ric Roman Waugh went undercover as a volunteer parole agent in California. ”What started out as a simple research assignment became a two-year odyssey as doors kept opening, allowing me more and more access into this violent world,” says Waugh, whose film Shot Caller takes us into the hardcore culture of prison gangsters. Read more

 

Snowman 1The Snowman, the seventh book in Jo Nesbø’s best-selling Harry Hole series, has enthralled global audiences since it was first published in 2007 and now makes it debut on the Big Screen under direction of Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), from a screenplay adaptation by Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Debt) and Hossein Amini (The Wings of the Dove, Drive) and Søren Sveistrup (Forbrydelsen, TV’s The Killing). Read more

 

blade-runner-2049Three decades after Ridley Scott’s cult sensation Blade Runner changed the face of cinema, the much-anticipated follow-up Blade Runner 2049 challenges our notions of who we are…and where we are headed. Read more

 

 


 tips2How To Control Your Story Creatively

The storyteller is not only the puppet master of emotions in storytelling, but also the traffic warden in story, controlling the line of dramatic action, drawing audiences into a deep involvement, keeping their full attention from opening to ending,  and rewarding them with a meaningful and memorable experience.  Read more

 


Script readingIf 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

 

 

 


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

Sallas

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 Voice

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

Graduates

 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.

 

 

 

I WANT TO WRITE A SCREENPLAY

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

 

 

 

DRAMA 2

 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