In the summer of 2007 I decided to do a Short Story Writing Course with SA Writers’ College. This proved to be one of my most rewarding decisions I have made in my life. Enter my tutor, Ginny Swart: the most amazing, approachable, easy-going lady I have had the pleasure of knowing. Studying with SAWC is strictly via correspondence over a period of about six months. During this time Ginny was professional yet caring. When writer’s block or doubt set
Chenél Pieterse-Boyle completed the Short Story Writing Course at SA Writers' College. Her writing successes since then have been nothing short of inspirational. 1. What writing successes have you had since completing your course? After completing the Short Story Course, I used the information I gained for both my English and Afrikaans writing. I was a finalist for the GHA writing competition (2008) as well as ATKV Woordwoekelaars (2008 & 2009). Two of my short stories were published in Vrouekeur. In 2010 I was the winner
Her Magazine in New Zealand runs a regular short story competition. This month one of our Short Story Course students - Andrea Stitson - won the competition. Her story will be published in the next issue of the magazine. Look out for 'Dancing with Charlie'. Well done Andrea!
Ginny Swart was one of the first writers to join our College when we started out in 2005. Ginny designed and runs the Short Story Writing Course. One of our best-loved tutors, Ginny has been an unfailing support for novice writers on a national level. She is the chief judge in our popular annual SA Writers' College Short Story Competition and NZ Writers' College Short Story Competition. Q. How did you become a writer? By accident! I’m actually trained as a graphic designer but have had various jobs
Past student of our Short Story Writing Course - Stephanie Attwood - is a runner-up in the Open Section of the BNZ Katherine Mansfield Awards. Lloyd Jones (author of Mr Pip) said of her story 'The Letter Box': "The writer has successfully inhabited a voice that seduces the reader from the first page." Congratulations Stephanie! Read the winning entries on the BNZ site here.