Twelve 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.
The Art of Screenwriting and Filmmaking. Learn how to tell stories and make films from the world’s master filmmakers and screenwriters. If you want to learn how to be screenwriter and filmmaker, why not learn from the best. Read more
Paul Thomas Anderson talks about how the idea for Phantom Thread evolved, enjoying the development process with Daniel Day-Lewis, how similar and different he is from his film’s protagonist, and making the film without a cinematographer. Read more
When Red Sparrow author Jason Matthews completed his thirty-three year tenure with the CIA, he found that he was not content to remain idle in his retirement. Flush with time, Matthews took up writing for his second act. Read more
“We had read around 40 different publications about Vincent: biographies, academic, essays and fictional works. Over 4 years we visited 19 museums in 6 countries to view around 400 Van Gogh paintings. We also watched the major feature film and documentary productions about his life and interviewed experts at the Van Gogh Museum. The demands of writing a script on Vincent were tough. We took as our mantra his words in one of his last letters: “We cannot speak other than by our paintings”. So we showed only what we see in his paintings,” says Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchman, who wrote and directed Loving Vincent. Read more
“I was writing faster than I have ever written in my life,” says novelist André Aciman, who was born in Alexandria, Egypt and is an American memoirist, essayist, novelist, and scholar of seventeenth-century literature, and wrote Call Me By Your Name in a whirlwind three months. “It was as if I was in love. The writing took me places I would normally have never dared to go. There are things in the book that I say, ‘I can’t believe I wrote this!’ But I did. It just kind of dictated itself to me.” Read more
“I decided the buyer of the billboards was an aggrieved mother and from there things almost wrote themselves,” says Martin McDonagh, the Irish playwright, screenwriter and director of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. “Mildred was someone strong, determined and raging, yet also broken inside. That was the germination of the story.” Read more
34-year-old Greta Gerwig reveals herself to be a bold new cinematic voice with her directorial debut Ladybird, excavating both the humor and pathos in the turbulent bond between a mother and her teenage daughter. Read an interview
2017 was a good year for cinephiles, and offered 45 diverse films that had an impact and made a difference. These films definitely provoked the imagination and showed how extraordinary things happen out out ordinary experiences. Read more
The Art Of Adaptation. Adapting a novel, book, play or article into a screenplay is the same as writing an original screenplay.The original material is source material. Read more
The Art Of Animation. The law of universal metamorphism rules in Animation films. Anything can become something else. Read more
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
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
Daniel Dercksen talks to filmmaker Gavin Hood about screenwriting and filmmaking
Daniel 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.
Find your voice as a writer with our creative writing course. Read more
Modder & 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
Screenwriter Stefan Enslin reaches for the stars with Verskietende Ster. Read more
Read more about our celebrated short courses that follow in the tradition of 19-years of workshops throughout South Africa.
Valuable tips for writers and filmmakers. Read more
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.
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.
Stop 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.
Valuable Tips For Writers From Veteran Filmmaker Jans Rautenbach. Read more