The Power of Writing

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Date: Runs all year round, new group starts on the first of every month

Time / duration: One module a week for four weeks in your own time

Where: Online via our teaching platform

The Power of Writing takes you to the heart of creative writing. Over just four online modules, the course introduces you to a handful of creative writing’s essential skills. Comprehensive feedback helps consolidate your mastery of these skills. 

    Description

    What exactly is the Power of Writing course?

    It is a four-module online course, with comprehensive feedback to all assignments. It is designed to introduce you to the key skills of creative writing – and help you use these skills in your own writing. 

    Course overview

    We’ve wrapped the theory around a series of practical writing exercises in four modules. The course will: 

    • Help you to write confidently without constantly censoring yourself. 
    • Give you tools to develop your unique writing voice. 
    • Introduce you to disciplines that will continue to help you to write fluently long after the course is done. 
    • Give you tools that will help you write more vividly. 
    • Show you how to think more creatively and communicate this in your writing. 
    • Help you get more out of books by reading actively. 

    Why should you do this course? 

    • Anyone with an interest in Creative Writing or who would like to explore their creative side. 
    • Writers who would like to test the waters before embarking on a more ambitious course. 
    • High school students who wish to add power and fluency to their writing. 
    • Recent school leavers or graduates who’ve learned the theory, who wish to write more confidently 
    • Ambitious salary-earners who want to improve their written communication skills. 

    How can you use the course?

    Your writing will immediately benefit from the skills you’ll learn.  You will also learn to spot these techniques and strategies used in books you read – and understand why writers use them, and what effect they have.

    Testimonials

    I thoroughly enjoyed the modules and the feedback was wonderfully done. I loved the fact that the modules are balanced. The first two do not require specific writing techniques, but exposes thoughts and observations. The last two modules start exploring the how of transforming ideas/happenings into something that works on paper. Melanie du Plessis, Centurion

    I enjoyed the introduction to each assignment, explaining what is needed with examples, especially for an online course.  The positive and constructive feedback is great and one never feels that you need to give up on your dream of writing. The discussions and forums are a great idea for fellow online writers to communicate. It is good to see how other people write – each person has their own style and seeing the feedback on their assignments are very helpful too. Alma van As,  Welobie

    My experience was positive. I enjoyed the challenge and the constructive feedback. It was great focusing on writing rather than the content that one does in the daily drudge of communicating. I liked writing for the pleasure rather than rushing through the normal communications of the day – bit like “stopping to smell the roses”. Charles Nesbitt, Somerset West

    Course designers and facilitators:

    Internationally published novelist, Jo-Anne Richards, has published five books and has a PhD in Creative Writing. Her first novel, The Innocence of Roast Chicken, was originally published by Headline Review in the UK, and has recently been rereleased as one of the prestigious Picador Africa Classics collection. 

    Scriptwriter Richard Beynon has had a long and accomplished career in the film and television industry. He has conceived, shaped and written scores of documentaries, has written over twelve hundred scripts, and has led numerous storytelling teams in devising story for soaps and drama series. 

    In 2007, Richard and Jo-Anne established All About Writing and have since then advised hundreds of writers on their work. They’ve helped brainstorm stories for both novice and established writers.

    And they’ve helped reshape and restructure stories at all stages of development.

    They’ve mentored scores of writers through the writing process – and have won the trust of publishers who frequently call on them for help with both manuscripts and writers.