The Writing Studio’s a leading independent training initiative that’s been celebrating the craft of writing & the art of storytelling since 1999
The driving force behind The Writing Studio is Daniel Dercksen, a published film and theatre journalist of 40 years, who’s been teaching workshops and courses in creative writing, playwriting and screenwriting throughout South Africa since he formed the studio. During the last 24 years, The Writing Studio has taken many leading South African storytellers from first idea to success on the big screen and publishing their novels locally and internationally.
In 2024 the studio streamlined to focus on its signature course The Write Journey, a unique retreat for writers in the heart of the Karoo, weekend workshops for writers, as well as the Editing and Polishing of Screenplays and Novels. The 24 years saw the birth of many new, original screenplays and novels that echo the unique voice of South African writers, with stories reflecting specific cultures, experiences, and histories that embrace universal qualities. The Writing Studio relocated to the heart of the Karoo in 2015, where it now holds a retreat for writers who want to shape their stories.
Where Our Journey Began
Our first workshops were hosted by legendary South African filmmaker Dirk de Villiers at the Longkloof Studios in Cape Town in 1999, shaping the destiny of many aspirant writers and storytellers. Known as ”The Godfather” of the South African film industry over the past 40 years, de Villiers revolutionized the South African film industry and established his production company, Ad Astera in Cape Town.
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