Take an introspective journey into what takes to be a writer and make the most of conquering the writing process with The Write Attitude workshop that takes place at The Writing Studio in Green Point on Saturday, February 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 10am until 1pm.
If you’re a screenwriter, novelist, playwright or not sure what to write, the workshop empowers writers to develop the write attitude, to proudly and confidently take ownership of writing a story from start to finish, and find the perfect balance between the creative self and the realities the writing process demands.
The practical and motivational workshop is ideal for writers who are looking for discipline and need to master the art of time management.
Writing story can be overwhelming, but if you map your journey and break the story down into smaller units of dramatic action, setting deadlines, writers will successfully conquer the writing process and never get lost during the creative process
The workshop is presented by Daniel Dercksen, a published playwright and screenwriter, who has been teaching workshops throughout South Africa the past 15 years, with filmmakers like Henk Pretorius (Leading Lady, Fanie Fourie se Labola) John Barker (Spud 3: Learning to Fly, How to Steal a Million), 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) as proud graduates of previous workshops, and who has been the most popular contributor to Biz Lifestyle in 2014.
During the workshop the writers explore seven easy steps to make the most of their talent and develop their craft, how to take control and turn passion into words that will inspire action, deconstruct the writing process from start to finish and take positive action, look at what it takes to write for different mediums, and the choice of genre that will determine and limits what’s possible within story.
Writers will also look at developing solid themes that gives stories focus and offers readers a meaningful experience, the tools any craftsman needs that will support the creative process and turn writing into a pleasant and prosperous experience, and improve their chances of success by avoiding the 29 most common pitfalls in writing a story.
At the end of the workshop the writers will map their journey and take ownership of their stories and control the process from idea to final draft..
The art of storytelling is the art of revelation. Storytelling is revealing story events, communicating essential information, provoking the imagination with a new sensibility and ultimately revealing something about the writer’s culture, history, experience and insight of the world and the human condition. Storytelling should ultimately entertain, offer escapism, and allow readers and audiences to explore new territories and discover new worlds and aspects of humanity.
The Writing Studio is an independent training initiative that celebrates the art of storytelling and the craft of writing, fostering the talent of proudly South African storytellers and storymakers.
Daniel Dercksen, the driving force behind the successful independent training initiative has been a published film and theatre journalist for 30 years and has been teaching workshops in creative writing, playwriting and screenwriting throughout South Africa the past 19 years.
During this time, Dercksen presented a Master Class for Screenwriters at the Talent Campus at the Sithengi Film and TV Market in Cape Town, facilitated a ‘Directing Actors’ workshop with acclaimed actor Eriq Ebouaney, launched an evening course in scriptwriting at the City Varsity Film TV and Multimedia School in Cape Town, presented annual community workshops the Ekhaya Multi Arts Centre in Kwa Mashu as part of the Kwa Mashu Film Festival, a course for the Cape Film Commission at the Ikapa Youth Film Festival, a Masterclass at the 2012 Kunjanimation Animation Festival, served as guest speaker and Judge at the 2013 48 Hours Film Project and presented a workshop for animators at Blackginger TV (2013).
As a qualified ETD Practitioner (Education, Training and Development) – accredited by SAQA (The South African Qualifications Authority) and working in accordance with the principles of the Department of Education – Dercksen’s workshops focus on outcomes-based education, training and development.
The Write Attitude is also presented as a correspondence course for writers who cannot commit to the dates or want to take the journey in their own space and at their own pace.