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A Practical Weekend Bootcamp For Screenwriters

23 April 2016 @ 10:00 - 24 April 2016 @ 17:00


In 2 days you will write the 1st pages of your screenplay

Saturday April 23 and Sunday April 24 from 10am until 5pm @ Bootleggers, Courtyard, 2nd floor, Cape Quarter Lifestyle Centre, Waterkant/ Greenpoint, Cape Town

BOOTCAMP AThe Writing Studio’s next workshop for screenwriters  is an interactive and motivational bootcamp that will take place on Saturday April 23 and Sunday, April 24 from 10am until 5pm, and is hosted by Bootleggers, Cape Quarter Lifestyle Centre, Waterkant, Cape Town

It has never been a better time to be a screenwriter in South Africa, with 33 films released locally.

3 Films By Graduates Of The Writing Studio Screened locally and internationally

Following in the tradition of 19-years-of-workshops throughout South Africa, this hands-on bootcamp for budding screenwriters turns thoughts into ideas, and ideas into words.

Within 2 days budding screenwriters will be able to take an idea from abstract thought to the first pages of their screenplay.

Writing coach Daniel Dercksen will take writers through an organic process of kick-starting their screenplay.

The workshop is idea for writers who would like to:

  • Master the art of conceptualising their idea
  • Define and develop the primary characters in their story
  • Explore the theme and meaning of what they are writing about
  • Develop their plot with 14 structural points
  • Write an outline to identify major story events
  • Deconstruct story events
  • Use a card outline to explore turning points and transitional values
  • Master the art of visual narrative
  • Format the first pages of their screenplay

The bootcamp consists of group sessions, as well as individual writing sessions during the weekend.

At the end of the weekend you will write your first 10 pages of your screenplay and submit it for evaluation.

If you are a first-time screenwriter, this bootcamp explores the fundamentals of what it takes to be a screenwriter in South Africa and how to write a screenplay organically and instructively from the inside out.

It 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.

If you are looking for discipline and inspiration, this is it!

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Our Proud Graduates include writer-director-producer Bonginhlanhla Ncube and screenwriter Carl Roddam (Safe Bet), producer-writer-director John Barker (Spud 3: Learning to Fly, Bunny Chow and How To Steal a Million) and producer-writer-director Henk Pretorius (Leading Lady, Bakgat, Fanie Fourie Se Lobola, Modder en Bloed), producer screenwriter and filmmaker Sallas de Jager (Free State, 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)

For the agenda and registration details, send us  email 


23 April 2016 @ 10:00
24 April 2016 @ 17:00


The Writing Studio
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Cape Quarter Lifestyle Centre
Port Rd, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001
Cape Town, Western Cape 8005 South Africa
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072 474 1079
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