A course for budding screenwriters
Following in the tradition of 19-years-of-workshops throughout South Africa, The Write Journey short course is ideal for aspirant screenwriters who would like to sharpen their storytelling skills and explores the fine art of writing visual narrative, mastering the skill of plotting and structure, and developing and exploring ideas and characters.
It’s not just a course about screenwriting, but also a journey into who you are as a writer, and explores the world of films and filmmaking.
The Write Journey Short Course is divided into 4 sessions and can be completed within 4 weeks!
If you are a first-time screenwriter, this workshop explores the fundamentals of what it takes to be a screenwriter in South Africa.
- You will explore the fine art of writing visual narrative
- Master the skill of plotting and structure
- Develop and craft ideas and characters.
- Journey into the world of story
- Take ownership of the creative journey, and creative expression.
The Write Journey is ideal for first-time writers who would like to define their writing skills, and also recommended for seasoned writers who are trapped in the web of re-writes and unfinished projects, or lost in the maze of the daunting writing process.
- At the end of the course you will write the first 10 pages of your screenplay that will be evaluated by your writing coach Daniel Dercksen, and have the option to develop and complete a draft that will be evaluated by The Write Agency, and then forwarded to potential producers locally and internationally.
After 4 Sessions you will know what it takes to be a screenwriter and write a screenplay.
A course in Creative Writing
Are you guilty of spending more time talking about your writing, than actually sitting down and putting words to paper?
If you find it difficult to start writing, not sure what medium to write for, or what to write, this motivational and inspirational introspective odyssey will empower you with the write skills.
The Write Voice short course is divided into 4 sessions and can be completed within 4 weeks!
The course is ideal for anyone who needs a jump start and take that step forward in writing creatively; during the course you will have the opportunity to write a short story and get positive feedback through practical and motivational exercises.
You will explore the writing process and deconstruct writing fiction, non-fiction and journalism.
The Write Voice is ideal for first-time writers who would like to define their writing skills, and also recommended for seasoned writers who are trapped in the web of re-writes and unfinished projects, or lost in the maze of the daunting writing process.
The Write Voice is ideal for ANYONE who wants to write and has a story to tell
The Write Voice short course inspires storytellers to get in touch with who they are!
- At the end of the course you will write the first 10 pages of a short story, and then work individually with trainer Dercksen on on-on-one sessions to develop and complete a draft that will be evaluated by The Write Agency, and then forwarded to potential producers locally and internationally.
Within 4 sessions you will know who you are as a writer and what you are capable of writing.
Your Personal Coach
Daniel Dercksen, the driving force behind the successful independent training initiative The Writing Studio, has been a published film and theatre journalist for 30 years and has been teaching workshops in creative writing, playwriting and screenwriting throughout South Africa the past 19 years.
As a qualified ETD Practitioner (Education, Training and Development) – accredited by SAQA (The South African Qualifications Authority) and working in accordance with the principles of the Department of Education – Dercksen’s workshops focus on outcomes-based education, training and development.
Dercksen presented a Master Class for Screenwriters at the Talent Campus at the Sithengi Film and TV Market in Cape Town, facilitated a ‘Directing Actors’ workshop with acclaimed actor Eriq Ebouaney, launched an evening course in scriptwriting at the City Varsity Film TV and Multimedia School in Cape Town, presented annual community workshops the Ekhaya Multi Arts Centre in Kwa Mashu as part of the Kwa Mashu Film Festival, a course for the Cape Film Commission at the Ikapa Youth Film Festival, a Masterclass at the 2012 Kunjanimation Animation Festival, served as guest speaker and Judge at the 2013 48 Hours Film Project and presented a workshop for animators at Blackginger TV (2013).
He also established The Write Agency in 2005 and has been actively involved as a script reader, editor and the development of screenplays, novels and plays.
Written, produced, designed and directed by Daniel Dercksen, the play The Beauty of Incomplete Things enjoyed its world premiere in Cape Town on January 24, 2014 and a successful 3-week-run at the Joburg Theatre in July 2014.
Daniel Dercksen received the number one spot for most popular lifestyle contributor for 2012, 2014 and 2015 on www.bizcommunity.com
Our Proud Graduates include filmmakers Jasyn Howes (Lost in Transmission), John Barker (Spud 3: Learning to Fly, Bunny Chow and How To Steal a Million) and Henk Pretorius (Leading Lady, Bakgat, Fanie Fourie Se Lobola), producer screenwriter and filmmaker Sallas de Jager (Roepman, Verraaiers, Musiek vir die agtergrond and Stuur Groete aan Mannetjies Roux), award-winning playwright Neil Coppen (Abnormal Loads) and Jeremeo Le Cordeur (Tannie Dora Gaan Bos), novelists Lauren Beukes (Zoo City, The Shining Girl) Gary Hirson (The Magic That is Ours and Calm in Storm)and Consuelo Roland (who received acclaim for her Lady Limbo Novel, and was Shortlisted for the Sunday Times Fiction Award and received an Honorary mention for the Olive Schreiner Prize for her novel The Good Cemetery Guide), and Tenda Madima, whose collection of short stories, Ri khou dzedza, won the African Heritage Literature Award in 1997, and A Victim of Circumstances won the South African Translator’s Institute Literary Award in 2000; and Edmund Mhlongo, producer and renowned Artistic Director who is the founder of Ekhaya Multi Arts Centre, Kwa Mashu and won the Durban Theatre Award in 2005 for Community Theatre)