The Writers’ College Student Success Stories

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Below are a few success stories from our creative writing and journalism students from around the world.

Janet Hart completed the Magazine Journalism Course in May 2012. Since then she has had a number of articles published on the website Kiwiboomers.  The Nelson, Marlborough lifestyle magazine WildTomato  published one of her articles, and more recently Canterbury’s lifestyle magazine Latitude published another. The Kiwi historical magazine Memories has just accepted an article for their early 2014 edition.  Two more articles are in the pipeline.

Mariska le Grange wrote a book about Pippie Kruger, called Prinses Pippie Verjaar, accepted for publication by Lapa Publishers. Mariska was interviewed by Sarie Magazine – a fabulous read for Afrikaans students who need a bolt of inspiration. Mariska, we are super proud of you.

Christine Wardle completed the Write a Novel and Advanced Write a Novel Course, studying with Sonny Whitelaw. Her novel, Beneath the Perfect World is available here. It is also available on Amazon.

 Trevor Delaney completed the Web Writing Course in 2011. He has several blogs; here are two samples of the writing he has been doing since completing the course: and

 Past student Trish Nicholson has a new book out on Amazon: Inside Stories for Writers and Readers

 Esta Chappell recently completed the Magazine journalism Course with Sarah Lang as her tutor. Her article is being published in Good Magazine.

Susan Green is a recent graduate of the Introduction to Poetry Course, working with Owen Bullock. She sent five poems to Blackmail Press, an NZ online journal, and they accepted all five for publication. Well done Susan.

Aaron Ure won our 2011 NZ Writers’ College Short Story Competition. His story ‘Regrets’ is a finalist in the Pikihuia Awards for Māori Writers 2013 – Best Short Story written in English. Congratulations Aaron.

Liz Robbertze wrote an article about the Comrades Marathon in the online magazine Durban Zone, called ‘Those were days my Comrades’.

Hilary Murray approached us for a manuscript critique in 2011. Writing as Galia Ryan, her first novel Choices is due to be released in October 2012, and two follow-up novels were accepted for publication as well.

Alesha Ally, a graduate of the Short Story Writing for Magazines Course, is having her stories published as serials in a publication called The Phoenix Pulse. She now has her own column, called The Phoenix Pen and the first one they are using is her second assignment which she made into a dramatic page-turner.

Jennifer Copeland sold one of her assignments to People’s Friend while she was still a student on the Short Story Writing Course. She has since sold three more stories to the magazine.

Her-Magazine Amanda Bidwell completed the Magazine Journalism Course in 2011 and has just had her article on blogging accepted by Her Magazine. Congratulations Amanda!
Alice mag Zunia Boucher-Myers, a graduate of our Magazine Journalism Course, now writes for a magazine called ‘Alice‘ as their ‘lifestyle/cooking/ features writer. Well done Zunia!
Peoples-friend Canadian student on the Short Story Writing Course Jennifer Copeland has had a story, “Table for Two” accepted by Peoples Friend. It’s notoriously difficult to get fiction accepted by magazines, so a massive congratulations to Jennifer.
Mark Scheepers was the recipient of a bursary from The Writers’ College in 2010. His play, ‘Sugar Daddies rot your teeth’, has been nominated as a finalist in the Maskew Millar Longman Youth Literature prize for 2012. It will be published as part of an anthology in September.
Oprah magazine 1 For anyone who bought the O, the Oprah Magazine in January, our short story writing student, Kirti Ranchod, was featured looking gorgeous and glam, as the winner of the O Magazine Short Story Competition. We are over the moon with her achievement.
Country-life--July Christine Jeffery, who completed our travel Writing course last year has had her first article accepted for the December issue of Country Life. In the same week she also received the go ahead for an article on down syndrome babies for the Living and Loving magazine (October issue) to coincide with the World Down Syndrome Conference being held in Cape Town. Well done Christine!
Takahe-mag Andy Evans, who completed the Basics of Creative Writing course and the Literary Short and Flash Fiction course, recently had his first short story, The Wooden Hills, published in Takahé magazine.
Short Story 100 Helen Yuretich won the Heartland Short Story Competition – a New Zealand writing competition judged this year by award-winning novelist, William Taylor. Helen completed the Short Story Course with Ginny Swart in 2010.
webausten Widaad Munga, who completed the  Short Story Writing Course in 2008, was shortlisted for the Jane Austen Short Story Award in the UK.
Child-book-100 Heather Beers, who completed the Write a Children’s Book Course, had a children’s short story published at Read her story hereHeather also sold a children’s story to an online magazine ( – her first sale in writing.
Woman-and-home Belinda Mountain is a graduate of the Magazine Journalism Course. Her beautiful article titled ‘A Mother’s Legacy’ appeared in the May 2012 issue of Woman and Home magazine.
Scriptwriting100 Chelsea Haith, a graduate of the Basics of Creative Writing for High School Students, is currently in her last year of school. She has written (and is directing) a play called ‘The Punishment’, being performed at the Wits Theatre on 28 May. Congratulations Chelsea!
Short Story 100 Trish Nicholson, a former Short Story Course graduate, keeps notching up the successes on the writing front. Trish won first prize in the Flash500 competition, after four stories were shortlisted during the year. She won first prize in the “shorter story” at Winchester Writers Conference UK as well as runner up in the “short story” category. Two of her stories were commended in the South Island Writers Association competition.A finalist in both the HE Bates UK competition and the Neil Gunn UK competition, Trish is one of our most successful creative writing graduates yet. Read some writing advice from Trish here.
the-big-issue Michelle Nothling, on the Advanced Magazine Journalism Course, had a seven-page feature article on human trafficking published in The Big Issue – a superb achievement.
Good-Magazine Jackie Clarke completed the Magazine Journalism Course in 2011. Her article called ‘Striking a Pose’ appeared in the May issue of Good Magazine. Well done Jackie!
Mag-J-100 Emma Gatman, a recent graduate of our Magazine Journalism Course, recently had an article published for Crossfit Games, an online webzine, and an offer for further work from the editor there (always a good thing!). Read her article here:
Child-book-100 Elsa van Nieuwenhuyzen received an offer for publication of a picture book she started to write during the “Write a Children’s Book” course. The publishers are Ilitha Publishers.
Travel-Ideas Jo Hedges completed our Magazine Course a while back and was approached by an in-house magazine Travel Ideas to write an editorial for them.
TriathleteSA Tanya Laubscher has completed several of our courses over the years and is now a regular writer for Triathlete SA.
Little_Treasures_Cover Natalie Maddigan completed the Magazine Journalism Course in March 2011. Her article  was sold to Little Treasures and will appear in the August edition. Natalie also sold a piece about Teething that will be in the June edition.
Destiny Magazine Jennifer Davies completed the Advanced Magazine Journalism Course. Her article on Siblings was sold to Destiny Magazine and will be in the October 2010 issue. She has also had an article about Bipolar disorder accepted for Fairlady for the December 2010 edition.
Offroad and Adventure Mag Jo Hedges’ article for has been accepted by Quad and Outdoor Adventure SA. Jo completed the Magazine Journalism course in June.
Explre_SA_1.jpg Rosanne Turner completed the travel Writing Course back in 2008. She recently updated us with some of her latest work. Rosanne was commissioned to write a feature article for the Holland Herald (Inflight magazine for KLM) She has two articles published in the June edition of Explore SA. Rosanne had her article on Margot Janse, chef at Le Quartier Francais in Morning Calm, Air Korea’s in flight magazine.Rosanne also writes articles for the website
NZ_HOUSE_AND_GARDEN_1.jpeg Shannon Hunt completed the Advanced Course in Magazine Journalism. She had one article published in Cafe Magazine, and one in NZ House & Garden Magazine.
cover_club_may_2010_c_1.png Choice Mpanza’s article was accepted for the Foschini Club Magazine for June 2010.
fitness_mag_1.jpg Karen Taylor-Vermaak’s article, “Carbs”, was published in the Fitness Magazine May/June edition.
femina_july09_1.jpg Jennifer Davies’ article, “Bookivore’s Crash Diet”, was published in the Femina, February 2010 edition.
Oprah_magazine_1.jpg Angela Horn’s article, “The Upside of Downsizing”, was published by O, the Oprah Magazine for their November issue.
freshliving_magazine_1.jpg Widaad Pangarker’s article on Sibongile Khumalo was published in Fresh Living Magazine in May 2009. She has also had two articles published in Amaniin September 2009.Widaad completed the Short Story Writing Course in 2008 and was shortlisted for the Jane Austen Literary Prize. She had a story published in Wicked, Issue 6, April 2008.
destiny_magazine_1.jpg Micheline Kabuyo’s article, “Can A Pre-Nup Be Good For Your Marriage?” has been accepted for publication by Destiny Magazine in March 2010.
countrylife_magazine_1.jpg Adriaan Odendaal’s article on Malmesbury was published in in Country Life for their November 2009 issue.
capetownschild_1.jpg Hannah Kaye’s article on Autism and Nutrition was accepted for publication in Cape Town’s Child for their October 2009 issue.
august_cover_208_100w.jpg Jennifer Davies, currently on the Advanced Course in Magazine Journalism, had her article “Kick Butt: Naturally” published in the August 2009 issue of Fairlady Magazine.
oprah_1.jpg Nicky Pantland’s article “Laugh Yourself Happy” was accepted for publication by O, the Oprah Magazine for their October 2009 issue.
FMH.jpg Kevin Willemse’s article on eco cars was accepted for publication by FHM in 2009.
menshealthmag_1.jpg Melina van Scharrenburg had her 2009 article about high-fliers using cocaine to become super-achievers accepted for publication in Men’s Health.
joy_1.jpg Verity van Rensburg’s article, “Are you a manipulative mother-in-law or a smart shepherdess?” was accepted for publication in the September 2009 issue of Joy Magazine.
shape_1.jpg Philippa Norris had her article accepted by Shape Magazine. It appeared in the April 2009 issue.
big_issue.jpg Benito Vergotine’s piece on immigrants, “Home is where the Heart is” was accepted for publication by The Big Issue.
august_cover_208_100w.jpg Shannon Willis had her humour column – “Riempie Chair Girl” – published in Fairlady, 2008.
garden_1.jpg Corrie Bridgman has had several articles published. She completed the Magazine Journalism Course (2006), The Advanced Course in Magazine Journalism (2007) and the travel Writing Course (2007).Her article, “How Do You Spell Suicide?” was published in Fairlady. “Separation Anxiety” and “Helicopter Parents” were published in O, The Oprah Magazine.She has written many features for Men’s Health, and has been published in Diversions, Wine Magazine and Garden & Home, among other magazines.
august_cover_208_100w.jpg Briony Chisholm’s article, “Successful, Single and Childless: is adoption an option?” was considered for publication in Fairlady, October 2008.
PREG_1.jpg Caryn Gardner’s article, “When He’s Got Morning Sickness” was accepted by Your Pregnancy Magazine in 2007.
cosmo_1.jpg Christo Valentyn graduated in 2007. He sent an update: “In terms of journalism I’ve been fortunate to have written (and published) no less than 17 features.However, the successes of 2008 lie in other achievements within the framework of freelance journalism, as well as in the expansion of the services on offer to include graphic design and photography. I’m also dusting off some of my other interests, and have decided to broaden the scope of subjects I write about – if I could be published in Cosmopolitan once (thanks to Karin’s masterful tutoring), why not again?”
oprah_1.jpg Leigh-Anne Hunter (completed June 2008) sent her latest news: I’ve had four articles accepted by O, the Oprah magazine:
  • Trust your Inner Voice (October 2008)
  • Learning to See (November 2008)
  • If the Shoe Doesn’t Fit (December 2008)
  • A Higher Perspective (accepted for March 2009)

SUTRAcover2_1.jpgZahirah Variawa was published in Sutra Magazine. She continues to write articles and is working on a book right now.cover36_1.jpgPeet Steyn has already had two articles published in Wegbreek and he’s working on several others that have been accepted.cosmo_1.jpgPhillipa Murray’s article, “Does Size Matter on Your Wedding Day?” was published in Cosmopolitan in October 2006.menshealth2_1.jpg“She’s Just Not That Into You!” by Karen Huxham, was published by Men’s Health, September 2006femina_july09_1.jpg“Overshadowed By His Depression” by Brenda Walters was published by Femina, January 2006saltwatergirl_1.jpg“Unleash Your Man” by Marcell Gardner was published by Saltwater Girl June 2006femina_july09_1.jpgQarnita Loxton had her article on Househusbands published by Femina Magazine in May 2006.movenew_1.jpgLindsay Wagner has been published in Move! and Lewis Store Magazine. 2006femina_july09_1.jpg“Multiple Au Pairs, Multiple Problems” by Jenny Dunkley was published by Femina Kids June 2006zigzag_1_1.jpg“PWC Ban” by Michael Zietsman was published by ZigZag Magazine, August 2005

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