The Write Journey Weekend Workshop for screenwriters
Cape Town – September 28 and 29
With the explosion of the local film industry 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 September 28 and 29 from 10am until 6pm on both days.
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 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.
This motivational and inspirational workshop explores the art of visual narrative and the fundamentals of successful storytelling. It 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.
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 guest lectures at this year’s 48 Hour Film Project, masterclasses at the Sithengi Film and TV Market’s Talent Campus, the 2012 International Kunjanimation Animation Festival, and community workshops at the Ekhaya Multi Arts Centre in Kwa Mashu, 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 September 28 and 29 takes place at The Writing Studio in Cape Town.