Dr Jo-Anne Richards, novelist and writing trainer

This course will introduce participants to the fundamental principles of writing fiction, from conception to execution. It will allow them to discover the process of creative fiction and how it works best. It would suit would-be and novice writers as well as more experienced practitioners hoping to be reminded of the basics, or who need a prompt to creativity. Each session will be run as a workshop-lecture, with discussion, advice and time given for writing. Feedback will be given to as many as time permits – by the end of the course, every person will have received feedback. The course will cover the elements of story and how to develop a compelling narrative and characters, immersing the reader in dramatic scenes, using point of view to create a strong voice for character, and detail to make the prose exceptional.



1. The power of want – identify the hunger which underlies all story

2. The forces of antagonism – build literary conflict to keep us reading

3. A cascade of story – create immersive and dramatic scenes

4. A voice to draw us in – use point of view to bring readers and characters together

5. All about the detail – add vivid detail to take your writing above the ordinary



Date: 21 – 25 January 
Time: 10.00 am
Maximum: 20 participants
COURSE FEES Full: R1342,00  Staff and Students R941,00
Venue: Classroom 4A Kramer Law Building UCT