Scriptwriters who would like to develop their craft and write for a visual medium are invited to participate in the upcoming The Writing Studio's weekend workshop. During the past eight years The Writing Studio, an independent training initiative, has done more than 250 writing workshops throughout South Africa, including a Masterclass for Screenwriters for 40 writers from Africa at the Sithengi Film and TV Market's Talent Campus.

Hosted by Screen Africa, this motivational and inspirational outcome-based workshop explores the writing process and examines the world of contemporary filmmaking and films.

The weekend workshop will empower aspirant writers to write the screenplay of their dreams, as well as write for television or the stage. It offers writers the opportunity to find out who they are as writers, what medium their talent is suitable for, and what it takes to be a writer. The workshop focuses on writing an original screenplay, tools of the trade, knowing who to write for, writing effectively, exploring ideas, dramatising the idea, writing high concept and pitching ideas, how to adapt from one medium to another, and basic copyright. It looks at how to bring characters to life, writing character biographies, elements and visual dynamics of character, writing dialogue, the relationship between structure and character, how to structure the screenplay, designing scenes and sequences, formatting the script, and how to promote oneself as a writer.

The workshops will be facilitated by local writer, playwright, movie journalist and Education, Training and Development Practitioner Daniel Dercksen, who has been teaching workshops in scriptwriting and creative writing throughout South Africa the past eight years, as well as evening courses at City Varsity Film, TV and Multimedia School in Cape Town.

The workshops will take place at Screen Africa, Sasani Studios, Highlands North on Friday, April 11, 2008 from 18:00 until 21:00; Saturday, April 12 and Sunday, April 13 from 10:00 until 18:00.

The agenda and registration form are available on the website: or for more information contact 072 474 1079, or  email