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My Mother-In-Law could be an Orc

By Taryn Hochstrasser During my last year of high school, I wrote an essay picked from one of the given topics. I don’t really remember

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The Only Failing is Never Trying!

By Helen Aitchison Our lives are riddled with self-doubt. Some more than others. We worry, analyse and focus on the negative. ‘I can’t do it!’

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Q & A with award-winning Authors Alex Smith and Tania Hutley: Getting Started as a Creative Writer

Discover answers to burning questions about creative writing:

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Karen Jeynes, Tutor at The Writers College

Spotlight On Karen Jeynes – By Kyle Keegan

Karen Jeynes is a well-known, award-winning playwright whose work includes “Laying Blame”, “sky too big”, “Don’t Mention Sex”, “Kiss Kiss”, “The Happy Factory”, “I’ll Have

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Spotlight On Author Lisa Lazarus

Lisa Lazarus is a freelance journalist for a variety of publications, including Men’s Health, Femina, Psychologies, Shape, Cosmopolitan, Femina, Healthy Pregnancy and the Mail &

Rosemary Hepozden Grammar for Writers tutor at The Writers College

Spotlight On Rosemary Hepözden

Rosemary Hepözden has three decades of editing, writing and teaching experience. She is the author of three nonfiction books, and has a fourth book due

Helen Brain, Tutor at The Writers College

Spotlight On Author Helen Brain

Helen Brain is the author of 30 books for children, an adult memoir and many short stories. In 1998 she won an ATKV award for

Creative Writing Course tutor at The Writers College Andrew Salmon

A Writer’s Inner Workings: Andrew Salomon

Andrew Salomon is the author of  the novels The Chrysalis (Oxford University Press) and Tokoloshe Song (Random House Umuzi). His writing was shortlisted for the Terry Pratchett First

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All About Journalism

Why Locals Know Best In Travel Writing

Take your travel blogging from one-dimensional personal accounts to stories interwoven with local perspectives and authentic insights. Unless you’re in the Arctic Circle and harp

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Writing Tips from Around the World

These essays on writing are written by writers from around the globe. Read the best writing advice that they have ever received.

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Do I Dare Disturb the Universe?

By NEELESH RATHI You shouldn’t be afraid of writing garbage—or of other people seeing it. But, what if it’s not garbage? What if it’s not

Writing is like baseball

Writing Is a Game for Optimists

“Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.” This piece of wisdom came from an American baseball player long deceased.

confidence as a writer

The Only Failing is Never Trying!

By Helen Aitchison Our lives are riddled with self-doubt. Some more than others. We worry, analyse and focus on the negative. ‘I can’t do it!’

get your stories published

Just Hit Send

By AMY MULLIS The Enter key is a dragon with sharp claws and teeth that drip the blood of those who dared to trespass. It

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We Write from Our Scars

By SARAH DITTMORE “It’s a great story,” my teacher acquiesced. I beamed with the smile of an over-achiever receiving the much longed-for validation of a

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What Memories Don’t Convey

By DAMON CROCKER He moved the bodies of the fallen soldiers to a central location. No, that’s not right, I thought as I violently hit

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Why the Editor is Not the Enemy

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Why Locals Know Best In Travel Writing

Take your travel blogging from one-dimensional personal accounts to stories interwoven with local perspectives and authentic insights. Unless you’re in the Arctic Circle and harp

10 Travel Writing Tips Writers Must Know

Award-winning writers Julienne du Toit and Chris Marais have travelled the world side-by-side writing travel articles for more than 20 years. They answer essential questions

Travel Writing From Home

Overseas adventures face an uncertain future after the COVID-19 pandemic. ANDREW EARL-PEACOCK explores ways you can keep your inner wanderer satisfied while staying local. “Travel

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Why the Editor is Not the Enemy

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Copyright Confusion?

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Copyright Q & A For Journalists

What Is Copyright? Copyright law protects the works of artists, and prevents others from publishing, profiting from or proffering an original creative work as if

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How to Keep Writing

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What Stops You from Writing?

Fear, self-doubt, procrastination, waiting for perfect conditions – there are so many reasons why we put off getting started on our writing dreams.

At The Writers College, we help writers reach their goals, by encouraging a daily writing routine and removing the doubts from the writing process.

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