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The Write Journey has been updated to support writers in securing funding for their screenplays. It offers 3 courses:

  • The Write Foundation is the first step in the write direction, laying a solid foundation for the screenplay that will secure development funding.
  • Once the foundation is set, The Write Draft takes writers through the process of writing the first draft (rewrite) of a screenplay.
  • Working closely with our script editor, The Write Craft explores the editing and refinement of the complete draft, getting the screenplay ready for the marketplace.

A Bad Title Can Kill Your Story

Crafting a catchy title for your story is essential. A dull, confusing, or pretentious title will put people off.

It is important to use a title that is intriguing and memorable. A title that expresses something about your story or theme.

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Story & Script Editing

If you have completed the draft of a screenplay, stageplay, or manuscript for a novel, it is vital to find out whether or not your story works. It could mean the end of all your hard work and your career as a writer if you hand poorly written and undeveloped projects over to producers, directors, publishers or potential investors.

If you want your script or manuscript polished professionally, The Writing Studio will turn your copy into exciting and thrilling narrative, into words and images that jump off the page and characters that resonate.

The journey with my screenplay editor, Daniel Dercksen (The Writing Studio)  has been smooth sailing. In fact – it was blissful!  The organic and creative nature of the collaborative process was very rewarding and uplifting. 
Libé Ferreira – Former Head of Drama department at The National School of the Arts / Former Writer, Casting Director, Acting Coach at Franz Marx Films (Screenplay: What’s In Your Suitcase, 2020)

Daniel was a most valuable and expert pair of eyes recently when I had to convert a story to a short film script. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking to polish a script to be submitted with confidence. Will most certainly turn to him again with future scripts. “Many thanks. You were definitely the right person to consult. Very happy with the final outcome.”

Savyra Meyer-Lippold (Illustrator, animator, copywriter & screenwriter: )

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The diabolical twisted thriller Spiral originated from the mind of stand-up and comic actor Chris Rock

Inspired by the way the Saw franchise blended a variety of popular genres, Rock wanted to create something entirely new and came on board to the franchise as star and executive producer of Spiral, putting his encyclopedic knowledge of the franchise to good use: to pay homage to what’s come before and take it in a new direction.

To flesh out Rock’s concept for Spiral, the producers tapped screenwriting duo Josh Stolberg and Pete Goldfinger.  

Barakat, South Africa’s first Muslim film in Afrikaaps.

An aging matriarch aims to bring together her fractured, dysfunctional family over Eid-al-Fitr to break the news about her new romance in Barakat, South Africa’s first Muslim film in Afrikaaps.

Barakat started as a comedy and ended up being about grief,” says director Amy Jephta, who wrote the screenplay with Ephraim Gordon.

Read Q & A with screenwriters Amy Jephta and Ephraim Gordon

FREE Streamings  from the Met Opera in New York

If you want to sharpen your storytelling skills, here's the ideal opportunity. 

For the last 60 weeks Opera buffs have been in opera heaven with the Met’s series of free Nightly Opera Streams that features outstanding performances from the award-winning Live in HD series.This week of free streams pays tribute to some of the extraordinary Met artists who have participated in the competition over the past 60 years—and also includes an exclusive screening of Susan Froemke’s documentary The Audition, which goes behind the scenes of the program.
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Learn how to tell stories and make films from the world’s master filmmakers and screenwriters

If you want to learn how to be screenwriter and filmmaker, why not learn from the best.

The Writing Studio’s exclusive in depth articles on filmmaking and screenwriting show how inspiration instills passion, how ideas are born,  nurtured and realised, how the conventions of genre are challenged, themes explored to its fullest, and characters brought to life.

These personal notes from producers reveal to what extent filmmakers and screenwriters will go to realise their dreams and make the most of each story they tell.

Develop the Write Attitude with The Writing Studio
During the last 22 Years The Writing Studio has taken many leading filmmakers in South Africa from first idea to success on the big screen locally and internationally.
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