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Summer School 2021

An invitation to write: introduction to creative writing


Máire Fisher, writer

This course is designed for beginner writers, for people who want to jumpstart their writing, and for anyone who would like to experience the joy of writing in a supportive space. It will touch on the basics of story writing and even memoir. Using a series of exercises, tools, tips and techniques, participants will learn to quieten the inner critic that says: ‘Don’t give up your day job’. They will discover how to write a scene in forty-five minutes and uncover a character’s thoughts simply by asking one question. Writers will experience the excitement of writing freely, of following a thought to see where it might lead. They will learn the power of inspiration: how a poem or a piece of music can trigger thoughts that send the pen leaping across the page. By the end of the week participants will have amassed many words to work on and shape further. 

Participants will receive links to audio and other material on the Microsoft Teams platform, and will have regular email contact with the lecturer and others on the course. 


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: 11–15 January       

COURSE FEES: Full R1 376 Staff & students R917

MAXIMUM: 20 participants