WITS Writing Centre has organised a 4-session series of workshops with yours truly… I am pretty excited about it cos this is where my fiction writing story starts, at WITS with David Medalie

Since then I have published 6 books, both through publishers and independently. In this 4-week programme with WITS Writing Centre I will be sharing my knowledge and experience in a series of 2-hour sessions.

Mind Map of Novel plots and research
Mind Map of Novel plots and research

 

The 4 sessions run from 4pm to 6pm as follows:

March 19    Basic intro to Creative writing: where does it come from?

April 9        Planning a book… some structural tips

April 16        Dealing with Publishers: Where are you at?

April 23        Marketing yourself as an independent

 

The series of seminars will run on Tuesday evenings from 16:00 to 18:00 at the WITS Writing Centre, Ground Floor, The Waternweiler Library, WITS East Campus. Attendance of the seminars is FREE but seating is limited. To pre-book your place please email a sample of your work to Pamela.Nichols@wits.ac.za  and Kgaogelo.lekota@wits.ac.za BEFORE  March 12 2013 and we will respond with a seat confirmation

So, these sessions are not intended as writing master-classes per se but rather to help equip writers with structural and procedural know-how that will help them leverage their writing by understanding their own processes and the way the industry works.

Issues covered will include:
•    So I have an idea where do I start writing?
•    How do I approach a publisher?
•    I am good, but nobody knows my work
•    How can tap into my creativity to write more consistently?
•    How do I know where to take my story next?

Like I say, things started here at WITS when I won the Ernst Van Heerden Prize for creative writing in 1998 which led to me publishing in Urban 1 in 2001, a collection of short stories for previously unpublished writers that I compiled and contributed to. This series ran to 3 volumes before being discontinued. Then in 2009 I released my debut solo volume of short fiction entitled, A Body Remembered. In 2010, the music industry textbook, 1,2,1,2: A Step By Step Guide To The SA Music Industry and in 2012, For You Or Someone Like You, his debut collection of poetry.

In addition I have worked in all facets of the South African media and ran my own PR agency for four years. So, in these sessions I will be bringing ALL of this experience to bear and combining mycraft and practice in writing with my knowledge and experience in marketing, publishing and creativity to bring a 4 part series of sessions together that will equip any aspiring writer to not only write better but also to navigate the challenges that come before and after writing.

Attendance is not limited to students and is open to the public and is FREE but seating is limited. Date: March 19; April 9; April 16; April 23
Time: 16h00 – 18h00
Venue: Wits Writing Centre, ground floor Wartenweiler Library
Enquiries: Kgaogelo.lekota@wits.ac.za; 011 717-4125