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The University of Cape Town’s Centre for Creative Writing offers a two-year-long workshop- and supervision-based programme for writers of both fiction and creative non-fiction, as well as poets. The programme is the most prestigious in Africa, and is entwined with the rich intellectual and cultural life of the city; it also enjoys strong connections with the arts community, including script writers, documentary makers, literary journalists, and publishers.

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Follow your passion for creative writing and explore a range of writing genres.

The Honours degree has five components.

  • Working Concepts in Creative Writing (core course)
  • Two additional writing courses
  • One literature course from any of the departments in the School of Literature, Language and Media
  • A long essay

With the approval of the Honours co-ordinator, students may choose to do one of their optional courses in another programme. Attendance at weekly seminars is compulsory.

Places in the courses are limited and must be booked with the course convenor.

Career Opportunities

Students will develop critical reading and writing skills that may be used in a variety of careers and professions, such as journalism, theatre writing and script writing. Graduates may also go on to become writers of fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

• Core Course: Working Concepts in Creative Writing (compulsory) • Long essay (compulsory, submit at the end of the year) • Writing for Performance • The ABC of Travel Writing • The Story of Money • Various literature courses (compulsory to do ONE literature course in either semester)

• Creative Writing for Journalists • Feature Writing • Writing: Theory and Praxis • Writing IVB: Writing for Performance • Writing Immersion: Special Topic in Creative Writing • Writing Poetry • Selected Topic in Journalism: Narrative Non-Fiction in South Africa • Image and Text • Literature for Writers • Various literature courses (compulsory to do ONE literature course in either semester)

Entry Requirements

To be admitted to the degree programme, you will need:

• A BA degree in literature, languages or a cognate discipline, with a minimum of 65% average in the final year, or 65% average across literary, writing and cognate course praxis. • A portfolio of unpublished creative writing – to be submitted by 15 September to:  [email protected] along with a detailed CV and covering letter.

All applicants should submit a portfolio of creative work to Phillippa Yaa de Villiers : [email protected] , comprising twenty pages (1.5 spacing, 12 pt) of any combination of the following:

• Part of an unpublished creative prose manuscript (fiction or non-fiction). • A selection of short stories. • A selection of creative non-fiction essays. • A selection of poems.

  • Students wishing to take the poetry course MUST submit at least twelve poems as well as eight or more pages of prose. Students who will not be doing the poetry course may submit poetry in their portfolio, but at least fifteen pages of the portfolio must be prose.
  • The portfolio should be accompanied by a covering letter explaining your reasons for applying to this programme, the extent of your own reading of creative work, and what you hope to achieve in this course.
  • DO NOT submit academic essays written for your degree courses. DO NOT submit newspaper articles, press releases or public relations biographies.
  • The portfolio should demonstrate a high degree of writing competency, a commitment to wide and varied reading and an interest in using language creatively.

Portfolio deadline: 15 September

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  • Applications are handled centrally by the Student Enrolment Centre (SEnC) . Once your application is complete in terms of requested documentation, your application will be referred to the relevant School for assessment.  Click here to see an overview of the Wits applications process.
  • Please apply online . Upload your supporting documents at the time of application, or via the Self Service Portal .
  • Applicants can monitor the progress of their applications via the  Self Service Portal .
  • Selections for programmes that have a limited intake but attract a large number of applications may only finalise the application at the end of the application cycle.

Please note that the Entry Requirements are a guide. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee a place. Final selection is made subject to the availability of places, academic results and other entry requirements where applicable.

International students , please check this section .

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A National Senior Certificate (NSC) (Degree endorsement) with at least 50% in the language of teaching and learning, or a Senior Certificate (SC) with matriculation exemption or qualify for the exemption from the Matriculation Board with at least a D symbol on HG or a C symbol on SG in the language of teaching and learning. Applicants who do not comply with the above requirements, should consider applying for a lower level qualification for which they meet the statutory and additional requirements.

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Creative Writing Training Course Outline

Module 1: Introduction to Creative Writing

What is Creative Writing?

  • Main Elements of Creative Writing
  • Types of Creative Writing
  • Techniques Used in Creative Writing

Module 2: Challenges for Translation

  • Challenges to Writers
  • Challenges for Translation
  • Experiment Challenges
  • Design and Quality Challenges

Module 3: Composition and Creative Writing

  • Introduction to Composition Writing
  • Types of Composition Writing

Module 4: Seven Processes of Creative Writing

  • Planning or Prewriting
  • Drafting (or Writing the First Draft)
  • Sharing Your First Draft
  • Evaluating Your Draft
  • Revising Your Content
  • Publishing Your Final Product

Module 5: Writing Fiction

  • Literary Fiction
  • Form and Structure
  • Finding Characters
  • Basics of Story Making

Module 6: Creative Nonfiction

  • Meaning of Creative Nonfiction
  • Characteristics of Creative Nonfiction
  • Tips for Creative Nonfiction Writing
  • Common Literary Nonfiction Subgenres

Module 7: Basics of Writing Poetry

  • Listening to Language
  • Finding Language
  • Awakening and Shaping Language
  • Playing with Language

Module 8: Performing Writing

  • Introduction to Performing Writing

Module 9: Writing in the Academy and Community

  • Introduction

Module 10: Tips to Improve Creative Writing

  • Do Not Underestimate the Reader
  • Give Your Characters Life
  • Utilise Strong Words
  • Check Your Commas
  • Grab Attention from the Start
  • Give the Reader a Satisfactory Ending

Who should attend this Creative Writing Training Course?

The Creative Writing Training Course is designed for individuals eager to refine their creative writing skills. This course is ideal for aspiring writers, professionals in content creation, and anyone seeking to enhance their storytelling abilities. The following individuals can greatly benefit from attending this course:

  • Journalists
  • Content Creators
  • Copywriters
  • Teachers and Educators
  • Public Relations Professionals
  • Content Marketers

Prerequisites of the Creative Writing Training Course

There are no formal prerequisites for this Creative Writing Course.

Creative Writing Training Course Overview

Creative Writing is an art form that enables expression, storytelling, and communication in unique and imaginative ways. Among the Personal Development Courses, this course offers an introduction to the diverse world of creative writing, highlighting its importance in personal expression and professional communication. Understanding and developing creative writing skills can enhance one’s ability to engage and captivate audiences.

Professionals in fields such as marketing, advertising, journalism, and education will find this course particularly beneficial. It’s also ideal for aspiring writers and those in any role requiring narrative skills. Creative writing enhances one’s ability to convey messages compellingly and creatively, making it a valuable skill in many professions.

The Knowledge Academy’s 1-day Creative Writing Training Course is designed to unlock creativity and improve writing skills. The training covers various aspects of creative writing, from character development to plot structuring, providing delegates with the tools to express themselves more effectively through writing.

Course Objectives:

  • To explore the fundamentals of Creative Writing
  • To develop skills in character creation and development
  • To learn the art of crafting engaging narratives and plots
  • To enhance descriptive and expressive writing abilities
  • To understand various genres and styles in creative writing
  • To practice writing with feedback and guidance

Upon completion, delegates will have honed their creative writing skills, enabling them to craft more engaging and imaginative works. They will leave with a deeper understanding of storytelling techniques and the confidence to apply these skills in both personal and professional contexts.

What’s included in this Creative Writing Training Course?

  • World-Class Training Sessions from Experienced Instructors
  • Creative Writing Certificate
  • Digital Delegate Pack

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19 Best universities for Creative Writing in South Africa

Updated: July 18, 2023

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Below is a list of best universities in South Africa ranked based on their research performance in Creative Writing. A graph of 7.63M citations received by 499K academic papers made by 19 universities in South Africa was used to calculate publications' ratings, which then were adjusted for release dates and added to final scores.

We don't distinguish between undergraduate and graduate programs nor do we adjust for current majors offered. You can find information about granted degrees on a university page but always double-check with the university website.

Please note that our approach to subject rankings is based on scientific outputs and heavily biased on art-related topics towards institutions with computer science research profiles.

1. University of Cape Town

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2. University of Pretoria

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3. University of South Africa

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4. University of the Witwatersrand

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5. University of Stellenbosch

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6. University of KwaZulu-Natal

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7. North-West University

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8. University of the Western Cape

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9. University of Johannesburg

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10. University of the Free State

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11. Rhodes University

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12. Nelson Mandela University

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13. Cape Peninsula University of Technology

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14. University of Zululand

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15. University of Fort Hare

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16. University of Venda

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17. University of Limpopo

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18. Durban University of Technology

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19. Tshwane University of Technology

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The best cities to study Creative Writing in South Africa based on the number of universities and their ranks are Cape Town , Pretoria , Johannesburg , and Stellenbosch .

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What does the term professionalism mean in respect of drafting a document? Professionalism plays a crucial role in various aspects of work, one of which is drafting a document. Whether you’re composing an official email, preparing a report, or writing a proposal, it’s paramount to maintain a professional standard in your documentation. But what does … Read more

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Limiting the craft of writing to a single content area has altered the landscape of students’ minds in ways that are only now being revealed as math teachers are told to teach writing. Students are now used to flinging rudimentary understandings on exit slips in broken sentence fragments, taking notes that neatly curate other people’s ideas, and otherwise ducking the responsibility to craft compelling arguments that synthesize multiple perspectives on a daily basis.

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  • Learn to use tone consciously when writing an email
  • Understand how to use language and tone to create a positive and professional image
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  • Increased his/her confidence in effective writing
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With writing being such an essential component of our business communication today, it is imperative that we know how to write effectively.

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Creative writing can help improve one’s health: a South African study shows how

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From the beginning of recorded history, people in diverse cultures have embraced the idea that creative expression, including visual art, stories, dance and music, contributes to healing.

In recent times the therapeutic benefit of expressive writing has been well researched in the global north , but not in the global south. This is a significant gap because potentially healing interventions need to be investigated in different contexts, particularly where trauma, limited resources and a need to build a caring and compassionate society exist.

A recently published paper analysed the findings of a study among a diverse group of South Africans who were members of a writing group, the Life Righting Collective . Medical students at the University of Cape Town interviewed 20 members of the collective as part of a medical humanities study module.

We were co-authors of the paper. The research team included medical practitioners, medical students and academics with interests in mental health and medical humanities . Two authors also facilitate Life Righting Collective life writing courses.

Most participants reported improvements in overall wellness and mental health as a result of these writing courses, in line with other research findings which show that creative writing can promote healthier choices as well as improve relationships, mental health and work prospects.

The research findings indicate that the courses can be a useful, non-medical, cost-efficient method to improve psychological well-being.

How it works

The Life Righting Collective promotes creativity as an innate resource for processing one’s experiences. Writing courses of different lengths accommodate between eight and 18 people. The organisation raises funds to sponsor those who cannot afford the courses, thus ensuring inclusivity and diversity. The aim of the writing courses is to promote creativity and play as learning tools for change, whereby negative and stuck narratives can shift into stories that support, create connections, empathise and encourage.

A facilitator who is experienced in group process, personal psychology and the neuroscience of creativity oversees the writing exercises and feedback sessions. They create a safe space through confidentiality, supporting personal agency and respectful listening. They encourage participants to grow and value their own individual creative expression, and to follow their intuition about what to write and what to share. The writing exercises allow for new approaches to narrate what happened.

Before participants read their work aloud, content warnings are discussed.

When both those reading their work and those listening discover that others have encountered similar life challenges, it can create a sense of community. The facilitator is trained to be on the alert for divisive comments or language, and to bring this to the group’s attention with sensitivity.

The facilitator emphasises that the course is not a therapy group, but that regular writing practice is good for well-being. If participants become distressed, the facilitator helps them process this outside the room, one on one, while the rest of the group writes.

Participants are given a mental health resource list should they need additional support.

The experience

Some participants reported an improvement in their writing capabilities as well as life skills and personal development. As one participant put it:

She taught one how to focus what you are trying to say, how to make it more readable, simpler. Just generally how to do it more effectively, artistically but also keeping it very authentic.

Another said:

Through my writing my English improved … No one could believe it was me, even when I read the reports I wrote … It gave me life skills and it even changed my situation financially, because now I can enter competitions, I can write reports and get paid whatever little money, which means I can also earn a living.

Participants noted that writing about challenging life circumstances led to increased understanding of self and others. One said:

You attentively listen to someone’s story so that you’re able to give them feedback … you can use those tools outside of the group because we all have to sit in meetings, social or academic groups and we need not to be triggered or offended by someone and still be able to give constructive feedback, that is a skill that a lot of people do not have.

The view of another:

Once you’ve shared your stories, there is a kind of a bond that is very special.

Some participants noted improved self-confidence and feeling empowered.

The course really gave me the courage to even to finish up something I’ve been working on before that course. Now I can look at myself very kindly because one of the things I struggled with is that I am too hard on myself.

The writing process had a spiritual dimension for one participant.

Your spirit gathers things in life differently than your mind does. And your spirit already has some answers for you and you can write them up.

Some mentioned managing health-related challenges better as a result of the course, including depression, anxiety and grief, as well as some physical conditions.

Participants also gave examples of how the course helped them express their experiences of trauma, such as family issues, rape, living under apartheid and war.

I grew up in the days of apartheid, so there was always a pain in me …

Another comment on the same topic:

My family did not help me find counselling … when I experienced flashbacks and nightmares because of the war {in the DRC} … no-one could understand, and they were only thankful that I was alive.

And another:

We lost our oldest son to cancer … I then started writing a journal, which I called my grief journal … working with your emotions towards healing from grief.

One participant said:

There were new voices inside of me … it really has affected my whole way of seeing myself and the melancholy – it helps lift it.

We concluded that shared writing in group settings is invaluable to promote care of self and others, both in more homogeneous and in diverse communities. The experiences of course attendees suggests that bearing witness to societal circumstances that need recognition and attention, and communicating one’s life experience through life writing, can promote confidence and advocacy.

These benefits are particularly important for resource-constrained countries like South Africa with historical and ongoing multiple traumas that need low-cost and replicable interventions to assist people recover a sense of well-being, self-worth, agency and community. Facilitation skills can be acquired by non-professionals, thereby increasing access to care in individuals and communities where there is literacy in any language.

We argue that benefits could be disseminated through incorporating similar courses in education and training curricula in schools, tertiary education institutions, government departments, non-profit organisations and other community-based groups.

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