Winners of The Write Co Short Story Competition

1st Prize: Up in Arms by Ilva Pieterse

A Writers Write course – valued at R4 500, or gift vouchers for The Write Co valued at R4 500, your story published in The Write Co Newsletter

2nd Prize: Action Approved by Richard Greensmith

1 year’s subscription to The Write Club, worth R1 800

3rd Prize: Raw/Hide by Amanda Paulsen

4 hours with one of our personal writing coaches, worth R1 400

Read all the Stories on The Write Company Website

The Judges

Morné Malan – Winner of The Best Debut Novel 2007 and a winner in the S A Pen short story award

Anthony Ehlers and Darrel Bristow-Bovey

Anthony Ehlers and Darrel Bristow-Bovey

Darrel Bristow-Bovey – Columnist, award-winning novelist, SuperZero, best-selling non-fiction author, writer of scripts, screenplays and short stories.

Susan Greenhalgh

Susan Greenhalgh

Susan Greenhalgh

Anthony Ehlers – Head of Creative Writing, The Write Co’s Romance & Writers Write facilitator

Amanda Patterson

Amanda Patterson – The Write Co Founder, author of Writers Write 1, Writers Write 2 , KISS – the Art of Writing the Short Story – and Rewrite your Future

Morné Malan

Morné Malan

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37 Published Authors for The Write Co

Amanda Patterson, founder and CEO of The Write Co, created Writers Write, one of the most successful creative writing courses in South Africa, almost five years ago. Lizet Engelbrecht is the 37th student of the course to be published.

Lizet Engelbrecht recently received the good news that her Afrikaans romance novel, entitled Sewe dae, has been snatched up by NB Publisher’s popular Melodie imprint. The book is set to hit the shelves later this year.

Sewe dae,” says Lizet, “has all the ingredients of a compelling love story for the woman of today. The protagonist is Esméralda Smit: a strong, career-focused woman who thinks she has everything made with a successful lecturing job, financial security, and no desire whatsoever for romance. But then, owing to the influence of her best friend Sonja, the headstrong Esméralda gets involved in a charity project, and who strolls into her life but the successful businessman Pierre Vaz? Irresistible blond fringe … scrumptious grey eyes … will Esméralda be tempted?”

This budding author completed Skrywers Skryf via correspondence in 2007. This is the Afrikaans version of The Write Co.’s extremely successful novel writing course, Writers Write, which has produced no fewer than 37 published authors to date. “Every potential author should consider doing this course,” comments Lizet. “And believe me, I have tried all the self-help books out there: Leslie Wainger, Sol Stein, Stephen King and others. But the first truly helpful guidance came from Skrywers Skryf.” Lizet also emphasises the great value of the detailed personal attention and feedback which she received as part of the course.

Skrywers Skryf facilitator, Morné Malan, translated the content from the original English and adjusted the focus specifically for the Afrikaans market. He is positive about the value of both Skrywers Skryf and Writers Write for first-time authors. “If you’re passionate about writing a novel, all you need is the right tools and a little encouragement,” he says. “Lizet is proof of that. Our courses get back to the basics of good writing: a strong plot, intriguing characters, dazzling dialogue and original descriptions.”

Writers Write is presented monthly as a series of four workshops on Saturdays, or as eight evening workshops during the week. Depending on enquiries and bookings, Skrywers Skryf will be presented again in October. Both courses are available immediately per correspondence, and are presented entirely via e-mail.

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For all enquiries about The Write Co.’s courses, please e-mail info@thewriteco.co.za

For more information about The Write Co and its facilitators, visit www.thewriteco.co.za

Write Co. Graduate Shines in NB Publishers’ Romance Novel Competition

maridaYet another Write Co. graduate has made it to the top!

Marida Fitzpatrick recently took third place in NB Publishers and Leserskring’s Die liefde is vir ewig Romance Novel Competition. Her novel Eksklusief uit Eden will be published by NB Publishers and is set to hit the shelves in September this year.

“Although the competition was for romance novels, I tried to work in a lot of humorous chicklit elements, as there are virtually no Afrikaans novels in the chicklit genre. The main character, Mia Bindeman, is not your typical romance heroine and I hope especially young Afrikaans women will enjoy her humour and her adventures.” Marida explains.

Skrywers Skryf is the Afrikaans Version of Writers Write, a Creative Novel Writing Course.

This budding young author attended Skrywers Skryf at The Write Co. in 2007. Skrywers Skryf is the Afrikaans version of The Write Co.’s extremely successful novel writing course, Writers Write, which has produced no fewer than 33 published authors to date.

“I would honestly never have been able to write Eksklusief uit Eden if I hadn’t attended the course,” comments Fitzpatrick. “Not only did it give me the practical tools to be able to plan a plot and characters, but it also inspired me and gave me the self-confidence to actually sit down and do it.”

Morne MalanSkrywers Skryf course facilitator, Morné Malan, translated the course from the original English and adjusted the content specifically for the Afrikaans popular market. His own manuscript, Suiderkruis, won the Best Debut category in the Sanlam/Insig Groot Roman-wedstryd last year.

Practical Tools for Writing a Novel

Marida adds: “Morné’s no frills approach made me believe that I can write a novel without having to write a literary masterpiece. He helped me conquer the “white page fear” and helped and supported me tremendously throughout the process. I would recommend this course to anyone who dreams of writing a novel. It gives you the practical tools and makes you believe that you can actually use them successfully.”

Morné is also positive about the value of Skrywers Skryf and Writers Write for first-time authors. “If you’re passionate about writing a novel, all you need is the right tools and a little encouragement,” he says. “Our courses offer this in droves. Marida is proof of that. We cut through the academic claptrap and get back to the basics of good novel writing: a strong plot, intriguing characters, dazzling dialogue and original descriptions. And the courses are an absolute hoot to attend; so lots of fun is par for the course.”

Novel Writing Courses Available via Correspondence

Writers Write is presented every month as a series of four workshops on Saturdays, or as eight evening workshops during the week. Depending on enquiries and bookings, Skrywers Skryf will be presented again in June or July. Both courses are now available via correspondence, which offers more personal and detailed feedback from the facilitators. Correspondence courses are available immediately and are presented via e-mail.

For all enquiries about The Write Co.’s courses, please call Wiida at 011 706 4021 or 079 875 3719, or e-mail info@thewriteco.co.za For more information about The Write Co, its novel writing courses and its facilitators, visit www.thewriteco.co.za

Write Co. Graduate Shines in NB Publishers’ Romance Novel Competition

Yet another Write Co. student has made it to the top!

Marida Fitzpatrick recently took third place in NB Publishers and Leserskring’s Die liefde is vir ewig romance competition. Her novel Eksklusief uit Eden will be published by NB Publishers and is set to hit the shelves in September this year.

Marida had the following to say about her book: “Although the competition was for romance novels, I tried to work in a lot of humorous chicklit elements, seeing as there are virtually no Afrikaans novels in the chicklit genre. The main character, Mia Bindeman, is not your typical romance heroin and I hope especially young Afrikaans women will enjoy her humour and her adventures.”

Skrywers Skryf

This budding young author attended Skrywers Skryf at The Write Co. in 2007. This is the Afrikaans version of The Write Co.’s extremely successful novel writing course, Writers Write, which has produced no fewer than 33 published authors to date. “I would honestly never have been able to write Eksklusief uit Eden if I hadn’t attended the course,” comments Fitzpatrick. “Not only did it give me the practical tools to be able to plan a plot and characters, but it also inspired me and gave me the self-confidence to actually sit down and do it.”

Skrywers Skryf course facilitator, Morné Malan, translated the course from the original English and adjusted the content specifically for the Afrikaans popular market. His own manuscript, Suiderkruis, won the Best Debut category in the Sanlam/Insig Groot Roman-wedstryd last year. Marida adds: “Morné’s no frills approach made me belief that I can write a novel without having to write a literary masterpiece. He helped me conquer the “white page fear” and helped and supported me tremendously throughout the process. I would recommend this course to anyone who dreams of writing a novel. It gives you the practical tools and makes you believe that you can actually use them successfully.”

The Right Tools and a Little Encouragement

Morné is also positive about the value of Skrywers Skryf and Writers Write for first-time authors. “If you’re passionate about writing a novel, all you need is the right tools and a little encouragement,” he says. “Our courses offer this in droves. Marida is proof of that. We cut through the academic claptrap and get back to the basics of good novel writing: a strong plot, intriguing characters, dazzling dialogue and original descriptions. And they are an absolute hoot to attend, so lots of fun is par for the course.”

Writers Write is presented every month as a series of four workshops on Saturdays, or as eight evening workshops during the week. Depending on enquiries and bookings, Skrywers Skryf will be presented again in June or July.

Both courses are now available per correspondence, which offers more personal and detailed feedback from the facilitators. Correspondence courses are available immediately and are presented via e-mail.

For all enquiries about The Write Co.’s courses, please call Wiida at 011 706 4021 or 079 875 3719, or e-mail info@thewriteco.co.za For more information about The Write Co and its facilitators, visit www.thewriteco.co.za