A Weekend Workshop for Writers in the Heart Of The Karoo

If you need to break away to write your story, the interactive weekend workshop will take you on a personal journey into how to discipline the process of crafting your story, developing your idea, characters and plotting to create a story the world needs to experience.

Our next weekend workshop for writers takes place at The Writing Studio in Prince Albert on 3 and 4 September 2022

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“If you want to learn to write, struggle to write, or just want to sharpen your talent, I highly recommend this workshop. It’s a soul-enriching experience. ” Belinda Martins, Cape Town
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“Die passie waarmee Daniel sy ervaring deel is aansteeklik en die struktuur en voorbeelde wat hy vir mens gee waarvolgens mens jou storie of draaiboek kan skryf is maklik verstaanbaar en prakties uitvoerbaar. Ek kan die ervaring hoog aanbeveel.” Louis Botha

Daniel Dercksen will take you on an insightful and inspirational journey into what it takes to be a writer and how to make the most of who you are as a writer.

The workshop takes place at Daniel’s private studio in Prince Albert and will only accommodate 5 writers.

It is an interactive, intimate, and introspective journey into the world of the story, empowering writers to take ownership of the creative journey, and creative expression.


On 3 Sept the morning session will explore Who you are as a storyteller and storymaker.

The afternoon session will look at What it takes to be a writer and The process of writing your first draft.

On 4 Sept the morning session looks at What type of story you are writing and who you are writing for? and What story you want to write.

The afternoon session looks at How to structure & plot your story, How to outline your story and How to take ownership of your story and Get it produced and published.

  • The workshop is ideal for screenwriters, novelists and playwrights.
  • There will be Q & A sessions after each session.
  • Individual one-on-one sessions will be available on 5 September.

For the cost, agenda and registration details


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“Daniel’s workshop has given me exactly what I needed – the tools and the process to finally start writing books. The content of his workshop is rich, practical and interesting.” Tamsin Collins, Prince Albert
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“I learnt to see the structure of a story and how characters, theme and plot all interact to shape a memorable tale or movie.  I am inspired to put pen to paper. Some of us are fortunate enough to be shown the way and start the journey.” Petro Lotz, Prince Albert

What better place to spend a weekend away from the hustle and bustle?

Escape to the tranquil serenity of the Karoo, where you can share some me time with your characters and find yourself in the process. 

Daniel Dercksen has been working actively as a journalist, screenwriter, playwright, novelist, and story editor for the past 25 years, nurturing the careers and success stories of many storymakers and storytellers.

As the driving force behind the successful independent training initiative The Writing Studio and a published film and theatre journalist of 40 years, Daniel Dercksen has been teaching workshops and online courses in creative writing, playwriting, and screenwriting throughout South Africa for the past 22 years.

With this workshop, he will share his secrets to finding your story and making the most of your creativity.

Looking For Accommodation?

De Bergkant Lodge is a beautiful Cape Dutch homestead situated opposite The Writing Studio. Set in the tranquil ambience of the Karoo, De Bergkant Lodge offers guests a relaxing and luxurious travelling experience with two large sparkling swimming pools to relax in after your writing session.