My Writing Journey – International Short Story Competition – January 2017

  Write us a 1000-word story about your journey as a writer. Make it funny, quirky and/or inspirational. We will publish the best story in our quarterly newsletter and on our blog. Plus the winner receives $200 (R1000 or £100). Entry is free and entrants are welcome from all over the globe. Send your story to nichola@nzwriterscollege.co.nz.     Closing date: 12 pm 31 January 2017 Previous winners:    Full Circle by Natalie Swain - winner September 2016 The Hundredth Day by Do Hyun Kang - Winner July 2016 The Writing Lobe by Eileen

My Six Favourite Short Story Competitions – by Trish Nicholson

Writing courses

Competitions don’t just develop your skills. They can be a source of inspiration and motivation to keep going with your writing. Here is a collection of credible competitions to enter this year. Plenty to Choose From There are masses of writing competitions: from the questionable ‘ads’ asking for entry fees but not mentioning judges or prizes, to the internationally prestigious big winnings like The Bridport Prize. The latter attracts thousands of entries from established writers, so the most we beginner writers are likely

Creative writing excerpts from The Writers’ College students

  The following unedited snippets of creative writing come from students on our Short Story Writing Courses, Novel Courses, Scriptwriting and the Basics of Creative Writing Courses. There were hundreds of great pieces to choose from, so we closed our eyes and randomly selected excerpts from our list of favourites. Enjoy!   Basics of Creative Writing Course – Studying with Helen Brain Extract: from a scene by Sigrid Birk My boyfriend is examining the one hundredth desk in IKEA: he’s very thorough. He doesn’t want a chair that squeaks

The Writers’ College Student Success Stories

Some of our students have gone on to occupy full-time jobs in the magazine and/or publishing industry. You can read short interviews with past-students here. If your story, manuscript or article was accepted for publication after completing one of our courses, please do let us know: admin@thewriterscollege.com. Here are a few writing success stories from our students from around the world. Glenn McGoldrick, who has had a story "A Little Drama" accepted for online publication by http://www.short-story.me/. Glenn was a student on the Writing

Writing Courses at SA Writers’ College for 2014

Become a successful freelance journalist at The Writers College Magazine Journalism Course

We are offering 35 specialist writing courses at SA Writers' College in 2014, tutored by award-winning South African writers. All writing course fees below are in South African Rands (ZAR) and are fully inclusive. They cover the study materials and personal tuition. Many of our courses are offered in Afrikaans, including the Tydskrifjoernalistieke Kursus, Die Basiese Kreatiewe Skryfkursus, Skryf 'n Roman and Skryf 'n Kinderboek Skryfkursus. Browse our SA Writers' College website and contact us if you have any questions about our writing

THE SA WRITERS’ COLLEGE 2013 Annual Short Story Competition – Final call for entries

      THE SA WRITERS’ COLLEGE 2013 Annual Short Story Award For Emerging Writers in South Africa Closes 31 March 2013 This competition is to acknowledge excellence in creative writing in the Short Story genre. The contest is open to any emerging writer residing in South Africa who has had fewer than four stories/articles published in any format (print or digital).   PRIZES: First Prize: R 5 000.00 plus entry into one of our short courses Second Prize: R2 000.00 People's Choice Award R 1 000.00 Top two entries will be

The Difference Between Writing for the Web and Print – by Angelique Ruzicka

  Many beginner web writers have no idea how different  writing articles for the web is compared to print articles. Here's what makes web writing unique...  When you write content for the web it’s important to get the message across quickly and to put the most relevant information at the top by adopting the inverted pyramid approach. It’s important to catch the reader’s eye as web readers tend to scan information instead of reading it, and don’t spend a lot of time on pages. Unfortunately, unlike

Born to be a Writer – by Michael Taylor

  The city is pretty… These were the words I wrote in the first attempt I made of a poem after moving to Johannesburg, South Africa as a teenager. I was born in Klerksdorp, and attended Klerksdorp Primary School where I was voted “most likely to be an author” at the young age of nine. My stories and poems had always received great acclaim from teachers and parents.  For as far back as I can remember, I needed to write. From

The Other Woman – by Amanda Bidwell

I liken my passion for writing with the exuberant style in which I tackle housework. I'll admit that ultimately writing gives me more joy than the latter, but there is also something very satisfying about an empty laundry basket. The trouble with this comparison is that I only have room in my life for one at a time. This can lead to some serious inner tension and often I feel as if the two are fighting for my attention. If I