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Rhino carnage

Posted by on Apr 4, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Rhino carnage

Rhino carnage

by LOUISE CARTER for TALK OF THE TOWN [Port Alfred, Eastern Cape]

THE stench of blood and death hung in the air last Thursday morning following the discovery of two butchered white rhino cows and a severely injured bull at Sibuya Game Reserve, near Kenton-on-Sea. All three rhino were older than 14 years, and one cow had a calf aged three, while the other had a eleven-month-old calf. The cows were de-horned and dead when discovered around 4am, while the bull’s face, according to owner Nick Fox, had been butchered. The massacre of the rhinos has devastated local communities as well as Sibuya Game Reserve staff, and has had anti-poaching teams and law enforcement departments on high alert. According to reports it is determined that the animals were darted and their horns sawn off at around 3:30am in a clearing in the reserve’s thick bush. (more…)

Workshop for Screenwriters

Posted by on Feb 22, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Workshop for Screenwriters

Workshop for Screenwriters

The Write Journey workshop for budding screenwriters

Following in the tradition of 19-years-of-workshops throughout South Africa, The Write Journey workshop is ideal for aspirant screenwriters who would like to sharpen their storytelling skills and is on at The Waterfront Theatre School on Sunday afternoons from 2 to 5 pm on March 6 and 14, and April 10 and 17. (more…)

How to become a Good Writer

Posted by on Feb 22, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on How to become a Good Writer

How to become a Good Writer

If all it takes to be a good writer is to read a lot of different genre to get inspired by others’ writing, then it should be logical to conclude that you will eventually recognize your specialty and join the ranks of professional writers. It’s not an overnight execution; obeying the rigors of a strict learning curve can be demanding of your time and energy. It usually requires that you enroll for courses in writing, attend workshops, join writers’ groups, shadow a seasoned writer, or revise your work numerous times to achieve the required standard. (more…)

Hire A Ghostwriter

Posted by on Jan 2, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Hire A Ghostwriter

Hire A Ghostwriter

Everyone has at least one book in them, but the desire to fight off procrastination long enough to get started often derails even the best ideas. They argue that sticking to a disciplined schedule of writing every day is hard enough, (more…)

Be Excellent at Anything

Posted by on Jul 28, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Be Excellent at Anything

Be Excellent at Anything

Despite high unemployment figures and abject poverty in many parts of the world, there exists an equally high number of gainfully employed individuals who claim they feel disengaged in their job. This very inequality urges people across the board to re-evaluate their lives to become more self-aware; while it is one way to recognize our successes and failures, it also gives us a better understanding of who we are, (more…)

Writing Poetry

Posted by on Jun 18, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Writing Poetry

Writing Poetry

Do you have a yearning to express feelings and ideas using a distinctive style and rhythm? Perhaps you find joy in describing the subjects of love and emotion, or composing rhyming verses to soothe a tortured soul. But who reads poetry anymore? (more…)

Write a movie script

Posted by on May 20, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Write a movie script

Write a movie script

The Writing Studio in Cape Town [South Africa] has launched an exciting new initiative to unearth the talents of local screenwriters. There are many opportunities for screenwriters in South Africa with the boom of the local film and television industries, as well as many co-productions being filmed at the first rate film studio in Cape Town. (more…)

South Africa’s State of Flux

Posted by on Apr 15, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on South Africa’s State of Flux

South Africa’s State of Flux

The velocity of arbitrary change taking place within South African society has made chaos the defining feature that places the country in a constant state of flux. Farm murders, corruption, riots, strikes, crime, violence and electricity blackouts are steadily diminishing the country’s political and economic structures. (more…)

Business Plans for Writers

Posted by on Jan 25, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Business Plans for Writers

Business Plans for Writers

Any writer who wants to publish their work — whether it is fiction or nonfiction — should produce a Book Business Plan (Proposal) for each manuscript. Book publishers require writers to submit a proposal on their book together with sample chapters, for review. An acquisitions editor and select editorial personnel determine whether the manuscript fits the publishing firms’ book list profile and if it is a viable business proposition. (more…)

Writing a Proposal

Posted by on Nov 22, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on Writing a Proposal

Writing a Proposal

Need help writing a proposal?

Proposals are informative and persuasive forms of writing that attempt to educate the reader and convince that reader to do something. A good proposal is always readable, well-organized, grammatically correct, and understandable. Use a spell checker before submitting the proposal. Proofread carefully. In general avoid abbreviations; for example, use laboratory, not lab and mathematics, not math. The first time you use an acronym, write out what it stands for and put the acronym in parentheses. For example, the South African Writers’ Network (SAWN); after that you may use the acronym. Make sure all your references are correct. Consider using graphics to make your point stronger and clearer. A time line to show when different components of your project are to take place can be particularly effective. Include a table of contents which makes it easy for reviewers to locate important sections of your proposal. Budget information should be complete and unambiguous. Carefully review your budget to ensure that ineligible items do not appear in the budget and that adequate attention has been given to cost sharing. (more…)