Creative Careers South Africa Announces, “Am I The Writer?” Screenwriting Skills Programme

Creative Careers South Africa, in collaboration with the National Film and Video Foundation and the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture, proudly announce the “Am I the Writer?” Screenwriting Skills Programme. This groundbreaking programme, part of the Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme, is set to revolutionise the creative landscape by nurturing 50 promising talents in the South African film and television industries.

“Am I The Writer?” is a unique, four-week online training programme commencing on 20 November and concluding on 14 December 2023. This skills programme is designed as intensive writing workshops, where aspiring screenwriters will be matched with seasoned professionals, including noted facilitators like Louise Buchler (Scriptwriting Lecturer, Playwright and Director), Phindile Mashiane (TV Researcher, Scriptwriter/Story-liner and Creative Producer), and Zunaid Mansoor (Script Editor, Advisor), among others.

“The South African cultural and creative industries are brimming with talent. Our goal is to provide these emerging voices with the skills and network needed to excel,” says Busi Tshabalala, Arts Project Coordinator at Creative Careers South Africa.

The programme invites applications from enthusiastic screenwriters aged between 18 and 35, holding a post-Matric qualification. Applicants are required to have a stable internet connection, along with access to a laptop or desktop computer. The application portal at  will remain open until 15 November at 3 PM. Successful candidates will receive a stipend of R5000, highlighting the programme’s commitment to nurturing emerging talent.

Arthur Zitha, Project Manager at Creative Careers South Africa, says, “For those who are serious about screenwriting, ‘Am I the Writer?’ is a can’t-miss opportunity. It melds crucial writing techniques with high-calibre trainers, guiding each participant through a transformative creative journey.”

Stallone Santino, Director of Creative Careers South Africa, envisions a future where South African narratives captivate global audiences. “Screenwriting is the bedrock of engaging film and TV narratives. Through ‘Am I the Writer?’, we are investing in a future rich with diverse, compelling stories.”

Creative Careers South Africa is redefining the arts and creative industries through education, mentorship, and career development, nurturing a community of artists and creatives poised to make a global impact.

For more information and to apply, visit
Follow Creative Careers South Africa on Facebook for the latest updates and insights.

About Creative Careers South Africa

Creative Careers South Africa is a visionary organization dedicated to the empowerment and development of emerging talent within the nation’s vibrant arts and culture scene. With a strategic emphasis on professional growth, innovation, and sustainability, Creative Careers South Africa stands at the forefront of shaping the country’s artistic future, ensuring that the creative sector remains a strong and vital component of South Africa’s cultural identity and economic progress.

By Andrew Germishuys

Founder of SAMDB | Actor | Armourer | Tech Enthusiast With over two decades in the film industry, I'm a seasoned actor and skilled armourer. I hold numerous certifications in acting and filmmaking, complemented by degrees and diplomas in IT and technology, giving me a unique blend of creative and technical expertise. When I'm not on set or in the workshop, you'll find me immersed in the world of gaming and VR, fuelling my passion for cutting-edge technology. Connect with me: X / Twitter Facebook Instagram Mastodon Threads Explore my work on SAMDB IMDb