From word to screen


The Writing Studio’s The Write Journey workshop takes place on 29 and 30 May in Johannesburg at Screen Africa, Sasani Studios, Highlands North, from 10am until 5pm. This workshop for aspirant scribes explores art of storytelling and the craft of writing a universal story that reflects the uniqueness, history and culture of South Africa and Africa.

During the workshop aspirant scribes will learn the fundamentals of building and telling a compelling story, and how to effectively dramatise ideas, characters and plot. Within two days writers will have the tools and resources to write a screenplay built on solid foundation that is ready for the development process of turning words into images.

The Write Journey workshop follows The Writing Studio’s reputable 16-years of workshops throughout South Africa. The trainer is Daniel Dercksen, who has been presenting workshops in scriptwriting and creative writing since the inception of The Writing Studio, including a Master Class for Screenwriters for the Talent Campus at the Sithengi Film and TV Market in Cape Town, and facilitated a “Directing Actors’ workshop with acclaimed actor Eriq Ebouaney.

At the workshop writers will learn how to turn ideas into marketable concepts, and concepts into profitable stories. The workshop also examines the process of writing a screenplay from inception to first draft, explores the differences between the writing process and filming process, looks at how to develop three-dimensional characters, and how to structure a story that delivers maximum dramatic or comedic impact.

The Write Journey is a workshop for anyone who has a story to tell and ideal for novelists and short story writers who would like to transform their work into a tangible screenplay for film or television and learn the fundamentals of writing for a visual medium.

The workshop turns theory into practice and ideas inside out. It explores the full dramatic or comedic potential of stories and empowers local storytellers with the write tools to tell their stories through pictures and dialogue.
The workshop is also an introduction into the world of filmmaking and teaches writers how to read and interpret the fascinating language of film, and how to evaluate and analyse film, television constructively.

Following the workshop, the writers can sharpen their storytelling skills by signing up for The Write Voice workshop or tackle writing the first draft of their screenplay in The Write Draft advanced workshop.
The cost of the workshop is R950. If you are a registered student, scholar, or a pensioner, the cost of the workshop is R850.
For more information on these workshops and how to register send an email to , visit our website or call 072 474 1079.


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