During the last 20 years The Writing Studio has shaped the successful careers of many of South Africa’s leading filmmakers and storytellers, and is now honing the skills of future writers in the art and craft of storytelling.
The Write Journey begins with the realisation that you are not writing a screenplay, novel or stageplay, but that you are writing a story that will evolve into a screenplay for film or television, a novel, or stageplay.
Your story will dictate what medium it is best suited for: if it’s a story happening visually, you are writing a screenplay, if it’s a story that takes mostly place in the mindscape of characters you are writing a novel, and if your story is dialogue driven, you are writing a play.
The heart of story is story events and the soul of story is its theme, and each medium has its own unique audience / readers.
Following in the tradition of 20 years of extensive workshops throughout South Africa, and courses internationally, The Write Journey is an interactive course for writers who would like to write a story that is:
- Ideal for writers who want to write for film or television.
- It is ideal for novelists and playwrights who would like to adapt their stories into a visual medium.
- It is perfect 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 Journey is an interactive, intimate and introspective journey into the world of story, empowering writers to take ownership of the creative journey, and creative expression.
The Write Journey not only offers a journey into the world of story, but is equally an introspective exploration into what it takes to be a writer.
It explores the full dramatic or comedic potential of stories and empowers storytellers to write a compelling story that will reflect the uniqueness of their culture, history and experience.
How Does The Course Work?
- There are 12 units (with sub-sections); each section consists of user-friendly and comprehensive notes that includes self-tasks (which you complete at your own time), and a task.
- You will read through the notes which include self-activities (for you to complete in your own space and at your own pace) and tasks (for you to complete and forward via email).
- Once your coach has read through your task and there are no questions pertaining to the specific unit, you commence to the next step.
- The course begins as soon as we receive your registration form and deposit details.
- You will have the choice of commencing at your own pace or work according to set deadlines.
- The course is done online, via email, offering a one-on-one interaction between yourself and your coach.
‘’You are amazing – an independent creative force in a world of one liners – a lonely soul driven by the magic of the word and the honesty of a true intellectual. I salute you for all that you are …and I honour you for all that you are not!” Jans Rautenbach, veteran filmmaker, Katrina, Jannie Totsiens, Die Kandidaat, Abraham
‘’’After The Write Journey I had a much better understanding regarding the basic principles of writing for film. With a good foundation you give yourself the opportunity to explore any genre. I’m for that reason extremely grateful for what I learned at your workshop.” Producer, writer and director Sallas de Jager, Free State, Roepman, Verraaiers, Musiek vir die agtergrond and Stuur Groete aan Mannetjies Roux, Dominee Tienie
‘’I started my “formal” training at a short course in writing from The Writing Studio at fifteen. It gave me a better understanding of how visuals are used to tell a story. No one dreamed or thought I am going to be making films .” Writer-director Henk Pretorius, Leading Lady, Bakgat! Bakgat 2, Fanie Fourie’s Labola, Producer of Modder en Bloed – attended first workshop in 1998
“For anyone looking to venture in to the arena of script writing, this course is a must. You can learn only so much off the Internet, and while there are great resources available, they are often hard to understand, contain a great deal of reading, and sometimes not be comprehensive enough. The Write Journey is a must for anyone who wishes to seriously consider writing screenplays (and while my intent at the workshop was for films, both feature and short, the principles we were taught certainly translate to stage, television, and even a novel).” Andrew Germishuys, SAMDB (South African Movie Database)
“I enjoyed ‘The Write Journey’. It enriched my limited knowledge of screenwriting and I’m looking forward to applying the skills/knowledge I picked up with future endeavors. I found the course really insightful, constructive and informative. You equip students with a structure to hang their ideas on and start to build. Your supportive attitude also helps people get their ideas into sharper focus and while there’s a lot to take in, I think people feel much more prepared to tackle projects after completing The Write Journey.” Stephen ‘Spling’ Aspeling, Movie Critic Online… 2Oceansvibe | All4Women | SPL!NG | Techsmart Spling.co.za Radio… CapeTalk 567 | Fine Music Radio | Chai FM | Radio 702/ Print… Techsmart Mag | Weekend Post
“Each and every module so far has left me excited and inspired. Working through the material in my own time has given me the opportunity to spend more time exploring/questioning my story.” Catherine Quirk, I.T Business Intelligence Developer (but BMus (Wits) graduate)
Daniel Dercksen’s course offers an insightful and inspiring introduction into the craft and art of storytelling. Great motivation to help one begin that rather daunting and solitary task of transferring ones story from the imagination to the page. Writer/director Neil Coppen, creator of Tin Bucket Drum, Tree Boy, and Abnormal Loads and winner of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Theatre, 2011, as well as the Naledi Award for Best South African Play (Abnormal Loads), 2013
If I had attended it some five or ten years ago, so many things would have changed in my career, as well as life in general. Elelwani Ramaite-Mafadza, a lecturer at the University of Venda, as well as a researcher in the Indigenous Music and Oral History Project and involved in the CUPP project which is a project involved in rural development
“…everyone has a story. The door that The Writing Studio opened for me was my first introduction to my love and appreciation for film. Today I am a Director and a Scriptwriter. My call to adventure has just begun but in order to know where I’m going, I have never forgotten my roots… I have to say thank you to Daniel Dercksen for introducing me to the world of scriptwriting. For it has opened so many doors for me, my family and friends, since my first writing lesson.” Ross Van Leeve, shortlisted in Kevin Spacey Jameson’s First Short Film Competition.
”I’m a writer learning the process of film making and production, with the goal of building an international film production company. I took this course to better learn the script writing process. At first I was a little hesitant cause in all my prior research, the people who wrote the material came off rather passive aggressive, condescending, and otherwise were discouraging. Daniel’s course is quite encouraging, straightforward, and easy to understand. While it was challenging in certain areas, he encourages his students to ask questions, and think critically and creatively. To anyone who’s looking to better hone their skills in writing, I would recommend his courses.” Sam Mann , Tucson, Arizona
” The thought of “screenwriting” always seems so complex and complicated, the workshop unpacked it and classified everything into separate manageable boxes. Daniel Dercksen knows what he is talking about, so he is able to zoom in certain things, break complex issues into smaller understandable chunks. The workshop was inspiring and it confirmed to me that I’m on the “write” track — I’m on the path of what I want to do.” Refilwe Thobega, Assistant Editor: South Africa Yearbook (Government Communications)
“The course has given me a clearer understanding of how stories are told for the big screen or television. Structured lessons also gave me a better idea on how to make a financially viable blockbuster. Daniel Dercksen has a practical approach when teaching the art of writing for film and this makes it easy to learn and follow through when I write my own stories. For me it was 3yrs of film school jam packed into 2 days of insightful lessons. ” Warren Gray- Production designer and Art Director (Assistant Art Director on History of the world – BBC & Film Afrika)