The Write Journey Weekend Workshop for screenwriters
Cape Town AUG 31 & Sept 1 Johannesburg SEPT 7 and 8
Master the art of plotting your story
Define and develop your premise, concept, theme and characters
Take ownership of the writing process.
It has never been a better time to be a screenwriter in South Africa and if you’re a storyteller with a vivid imagination whose ideas are larger than life, The Write Journey weekend workshop for screenwriters is guaranteed to turn words into big screen action in Cape Town on August 31 and September 1, and in Johannesburg on September 7 and 8 from 10am until 6pm on both days.
The Write Journey looks at mastering the art of plotting your story, defining and developing your premise, concept, theme and characters and taking ownership of the writing process.
Hosted by The Writing Studio in Cape Town, and Annie Malan Promotions in Johannesburg, the motivational and inspirational workshop explores the art of visual narrative and the fundamentals of successful storytelling.
Within ONE WEEKEND budding screenwriters will understand the principles of writing for a visual medium and what it takes to be screenwriter in South Africa.
The workshop is ideal for ANYONE with an idea for a story. If there is something or someone you want to write about this is your opportunity to turn thoughts into words. Ideas are transformed into concepts that will be reworked into visual narrative filled with action, description and vibrant characters.
This outcome-based workshop examines the principles of writing for film or television and explores the writing process, developing characters and mastering the art of structure.
It is a basic workshop that explores the art of storytelling and the craft of writing a universal story that reflects the uniqueness, history and culture of South Africa and Africa.
It’s about writers connecting with the process of writing productively in their comfort zones and producing South African stories the world wants to experience.
The duality of the interactive workshop nurtures creativity: it allows the writer to write instinctively and take an introspective journey into story; it also stimulates writers to write stories connected to their unique cultures, communities, history and experience that reflect the universal human condition.
The workshop is ideal for novelists, journalist and writers who would like to master the art of adapting stories into a visual medium.
Following the workshop, the writers will be guided through the process of developing their screenplays through The Write Agency, and get their drafts shaped for the international film, television and publishing markets.
The workshop is presented by Daniel Dercksen, a local writer, playwright, movie journalist and Education, Training and Development Practitioner. As a freelance journalist for more than 30 years, and published playwright, Dercksen is a qualified ETD Practitioner (Education, Training and Development) – accredited by SAQA (The South African Qualifications Authority) – working in accordance with the principles of the Department of Education and focusing on outcomes-based education, training and development.
Following in the tradition of 19 years of workshop throughout South Africa, including masterclasses at the Sithengi Film and TV Market’s Talent Campus, the 2012 International Kunjanimation Animation Festival, community workshops at the Ekhaya Multi Arts Centre in Kwa Mashu as part of their annual Kwa Mashu Film Festival. On August 24 Daniel will present a talk on screenwriting and selling yourself as a writer for 48HFP Producer South Africa at the 48HFP Emerging Filmmakers conference at the SABC.
Graduates of previous workshops include award-winning playwrights Neil Coppen (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), filmmakers John Barker (Spud 3: Learning to Fly, Bunny Chow and How To Steal a Million), and Henk Pretorius (Bakgat, Fanie Fourie Se Lobola), novelists Lauren Beukes (Zoo City, Spinning Girl), Gary Hirson (The Magic That is Ours and Calm in Storm), and Consuelo Roland (Shortlisted for the Sunday Times Fiction Award and received an Honorary mention for the Olive Schreiner Prize for her novel The Good Cemetery Guide).
The weekend workshop for screenwriters in Cape Town on August 31 and September 1 takes place at The Writing Studio in Cape Town, and on September 7 and 8 the weekend workshop takes place at Annie Malan Promotions at Willowview, Burnside Isle, 410 Jan Smuts Avenue, Craighall Park. Both workshops take place from 10am until 6pm.