Máire Fisher, writer

Writing can seem hard, yet a scene can be written in less than forty-five minutes; a character’s thoughts can be revealed simply by asking one question . A poem or a piece of music can trigger thoughts that send one’s pen leaping across the page . This course will touch on some of the basics of story writing and even memoir . A series of exercises, tools, tips and techniques will encourage participants to shut down the inner critic that says ‘don’t give up your day job’ . Participants will discover that writing can take them on unexpected journeys filled with surprise, spontaneity and the possibility of new beginnings, new stories . This course is designed for beginner writers, for those who wish to kick-start their writing, and, indeed, for anyone who would like to write in a supportive space.


Recommended reading

Schuster, A. 2014. To the Islands: A Creative Writing Handbook. Cape Town: Tiber Tree Press.

Goldberg, N. 2016. Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within. 30th Anniversary Edition. Boulder, Colorado:                             Shambhala Publications.

Lamott, A. 1995. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life. New York: Anchor Books.

King, S. 2000. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. New York: Scribner






Date: 6–10 January 
Time: 10.00 am–12.00 pm
COURSE FEES: Full R1 500 Staff & Students R1 000
MAXIMUM 20  participants
Venue: Classroom 4A Kramer Law Building, UCT