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My Writing Journey – International Short Story Competition – May 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     Closing date: 12 pm 31 May 2017 Previous winners:  'My Journey as a Writer' by Heinrich van der Walt and  'Neuroses and Nirvana' by David Whitaker - joint winners January 2017  'Full Circle' by

The Writer in the Closet

 - by Eleanor Talbot I’ll be honest. I don’t really consider myself a writer. John Steinbeck is a writer. Cannery Row is so effortless and quiet that you can hardly feel yourself reading it. It’s as if you are sitting in a comfy chair with someone telling you about a set of lives been and gone. By comparison I am simply an individual who possesses the ability to hold a pen. The hope is that one day the light of the

Productive Procrastination: Tips for Writers

Procrastination isn’t only a habit of the lazy. It can also be used as a powerful means of improving your writing performance.   BY CHANTAL TARLING Many writers are procrastinators in one way or another – you rush research that should have been finished ages ago or you’re late in meeting deadlines. You know that if you stopped waiting until the last minute, life would be far less stressful. And for some of you, it’s become such an ingrained habit that you don’t

10 reasons to do an NZ Writers’ College Writing Course

If you've always wanted to be a writer - whether for pleasure or as a career - our writing courses at NZ Writers' College can help make your dream come true. Here's how....     1. You work with a well known writer as you write your manuscript from the comfort of your home. 2. Our writing tutors are award-winning or award-nominated writers – leaders in their industry. Our tutors have collectively accumulated or been shortlisted for more than 60 international writing awards, including many

End-of-year messages from your Journalism Tutors

Greetings from travel Writing tutor, Donna Dailey As 2014 draws to a close, I want to thank all of my students for their hard work. Your enthusiasm, creativity and desire to learn and grow are inspiring, and it has been so rewarding for me to work with you. This past year I began tutoring the Magazine Journalism course as well as the travel Writing course, and this has brought a lovely new dimension to my work. Many people have good ideas and

End-of-year messages from your Specialist Writing Course Tutors

  Greetings from our grammar guru, Rosemary Hepözden One thing I have particularly enjoyed this year is getting to know you. It may seem odd, given the fact that we communicate across seas, at odd hours, and only via the computer screen. However, as you progress through the courses, our emails become more relaxed, more personal – and more entertaining. I want to congratulate you all for taking on the challenge of learning through this format. I can tell when you’re struggling

Christmas greetings from your Creative Writing Tutors

  A message from creative writing tutor, Helen Brain: A big thank you to all my students for working so hard. It’s been great watching you develop your skills in the basics and advanced creative writing courses as well as in Write a Book for Children. There have been some remarkable stories of publishable standard coming out of these courses, and I take my hat off to all of you. Completing an online course is always a real achievement. On a personal front,

Writing Scholarships for 2015 at SA Writers’ College

We have opened our scholarship applications for 2015 for promising aspirant writers who cannot afford the course fees. Bursary Placements offered at SA Writers' College for 2015 We offer placements on our Basics of Creative Writing Course and the Basics of Feature Writing Course. Teens can apply for the Basics of Creative Writing Course for Students at High School. Your application To apply for a bursary, please send a motivation letter and two samples of your writing (minimum total word count 2000 words) to

Motivational quotes for writers

  For those days when you just want to give up, contemplate some comforting advice from great writers and artists ... It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly. ~ C. J. Cherryh If you write one story, it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favor. ~ Edgar Rice Burroughs If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn’t matter a damn how you write. ~ Somerset Maugham Get

Q & A with Multi-Award-Winning feature writer Sarah Lang – her road to success

Successful journalist Sarah Lang may have started her working life sleeping in her mother’s garage, but she has quickly climbed the ranks to become a multi-award-winning feature writer.   Born and bred in New Zealand, Sarah Lang (34), began her career as reporter for the local newspaper covering Taupo, Turangi and Rotorua (New Zealand). For the last six years has freelanced for around 20 publications including North & South, Next, Canvas, NZ House & Garden, Reader’s Digest, and the Herald on Sunday’s

Enter now: the 2014 NZ Writers’ College Short Story Competition

The fifth annual NZ Writers' College Short Story Competition is to acknowledge excellence in creative writing in the short story genre. The contest is open to any emerging writer residing in New Zealand or Australia, who has had fewer than four stories/articles published in any format (print or digital). PRIZES: First Prize: $1 000.00 and publication in an anthology of winning stories Second Prize: $ 500.00 and publication in an anthology of winning stories People's Choice Award $ 500.00 The top five winners will receive

Spotlight on Rosemary Hepözden

Rosemary Hepözden has three decades of editing, writing and teaching experience. She is the author of three nonfiction books, and has a fourth book due to be published by New Holland Publishers in June 2014. As an editor, she has worked as a freelancer and also in-house for book publishers in Canada and New Zealand. She also has 14 years’ experience in magazine publishing, as an editor, sub-editor, proofreader and staff writer for a range of consumer and trade titles. Rosemary

THE SA WRITERS’ COLLEGE 2014 Annual Short Story Competition

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 is unpublished, or who has had fewer than four stories/articles published in any format or any genre (print or digital). We accept story submissions in two genre categories: Literary Fiction and Popular Fiction. PRIZES: First Prize (Literary Category): R 5 000.00 First Prize (Popular Fiction Category): R 5000.00 Second Prize (Literary Category): R 1500.00 Second Prize (Popular Fiction

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

Donna Dailey’s dream job: travel writing – by Candice Stephen

Meet Donna Dailey - an award-winning travel writer based in Cambridgeshire, England. Donna has always loved to read and write since her days at primary school, where she wrote poems in class when she was bored. Like many other writers, she did consider various careers, but always came back to what she loved most - writing. “It was the thing I could do best” says Donna. She also picked travel writing because she loves to travel and see new places and learn

Spotlight on Karen Jeynes – by Kyle Keegan

  Karen Jeynes is a well-known, award-winning playwright whose work includes “Laying Blame”, “sky too big”, “Don’t Mention Sex”, “Kiss Kiss”, “The Happy Factory”, “I’ll Have What She’s Having”, “Backwards in High Heels” and the multi-award winning “Everybody Else (is fucking perfect)”. She also writes for magazines, novels, radio, television, film and websites, and tutors the Scriptwriting Course at the Writers' College. Karen Jeynes takes some time to tell us a bit about her writing, and shares some tips for aspirant writers. Q.

Famous Quotes on Writing

Need some writing inspiration and courage to keep going? Here are wise words on writing - from famous writers. "A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit." ~ Richard Bach "I only write when I'm inspired, so I see to it that I'm inspired every morning at nine o'clock." ~ Peter De Vries “Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.” ~ Steven King “It's none of their business that

Open for entries: NZ WRITERS’ COLLEGE 2013 Annual Short Story Award

Every year NZ Writers' College hosts and sponsors our free-to-enter short story competition. Some of our finalists go on to win other short story competitions, like the prestigious BNZ Katherine Mansfield Short Story Competition. As a finalist, being critiqued by a panel of six award-winning writers is one of the benefits of entering. This year, we're looking for more winning entries - stories that are quirky, adventurous, bold and push literary boundaries. The contest is open to any emerging writer residing in

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

Spotlight on Copywriting tutor at the Writers’ College: Mandy Speechly

  Mandy Speechly has worked as a copywriter in the advertising industry for over fifteen years for leading international advertising agencies on a range of different media, including television, print, radio, brochures, promotions and websites. Mandy is now Head of Copy at the AAA School of Advertising in South Africa where she works as the Graduate Copywriting Lecturer. Mandy has tutored the online Copywriting Course at The Writers’ College for the past five years. Here are some of her views on writing, and

Spotlight on Writing Coach Course tutor, Susan Williams

Susan Williams has been the managing director of Prose & Comms – a communications company - for over a decade. She has also tutored the very successful Writing Coach Course, Business Writing Toolkit and Write Better Newsletters Courses online at the Writers’ College since 2007.   We find out more about her own journey as a writer.   Q. How did you become a writer? I’ve always loved stories. As a child, I got into trouble because I had a book with me at

Spotlight on Karin Schimke, author, poet and tutor at SA Writers’ College

  Among Karin Schimke’s many accomplishments as a journalist, freelance writer, columnist, poet and author, she was my tutor and mentor at SA Writers' College. Her role as my guide through the Magazine Journalism Course removed any preconceived notions I had around the world of writing. She has taught me the fundamental elements of writing that will remain with me from my first written word to my last. An interview with Karin Schimke reveals the passion she has for writing and the influence it has

Q & A with NICHOLA MEYER, Principal of the Writers’ College

Nichola Meyer has been the principal of The Writers’ College (SA Writers’ College, NZ Writers’ College and UK Writers’ College) for the past eight years. Nichola has a background in lecturing at secondary and tertiary institutions. She’s also a journalist specialising in parenting and women’s issues for several magazines, including O, The Oprah Magazine, Femina and Baby & Me. Nichola is interviewed here by writer, Trish Nicholson. Trish: Hi, Nichola.  I'd like to jump straight in with the obvious question. Can writing really

2012 NZ Writers’ College Short Story Competition open for entries

THE NZ WRITERS’ COLLEGE 2012 Annual Short Story Award This competition is to acknowledge excellence in creative writing in the Short Story genre. The contest is open to any emerging writer residing in New Zealand or Australia, who has had fewer than four stories/articles published in any format (print or digital). PRIZES: First Prize: $1 000.00 plus entry into one of our short courses Second Prize: $ 500.00 People's Choice Award $ 250.00 Top three entries will be published on our college site and the top