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SA Writers' College offers specialised online writing courses with individual tutoring by award-winning South African writers.

Choose from 35 different writing courses, all tutored by professional writers. Sign up and start your course straight away. You will receive one-to-one support, guidance and mentoring from an expert in the field, every line of the way.

  Why choose us ?

 If you want to be a writer, our courses provide all the training you need to become one.

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tick.gif We offer real training by real writers. We only employ full-time, professional writers as our tutors. They also happen to be supportive, effective and adored teachers.
tick.gif We currently have 4000 + pages of course notes written by our tutors - specialist writing knowledge for each genre of writing.
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Some of our student successes

Spotlight on tutor Don Pinnock

Don Madagascar  Don Pinnock tutors the Travel Writing Course at SA Writers’ College. Former editor of Getaway Magazine, Don is also the author of 13 books and has written countless travel articles for magazines and newspapers.
In 2013 Don won the City Press Non-Fiction Award for his writing on street gangs and was awarded an Honorary Research Fellowship in the Law Faculty at the University of Cape Town.


Don+Camera-Q.      How did you get into writing – and travel writing?

A: I was an engineer but found it boring. I wanted to be a journalist but couldn’t spell,  so I had to abandon my mis-chosen career and became a cub reporter for a radio station.

For the first few months, I mostly made coffee for the news editor and he threw me scraps of stories to chew on. Out of pure fright I learned to spell and then write.

Radio is a great starting place for writing – you have to be concise and remain interesting. You have to use simple words or the listener turns off the radio. Paul Gallico taught me to get big ideas across simply. More...



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We offer specialised, online writing courses tutored by award-winning writers in South Africa. Get the writing tools you need, expert insider advice and hours and hours of writing practice.

Study from anywhere in South Africa: Cape Town, Western Cape; Johannesburg and Pretoria, Gauteng; Durban and Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal; Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape; Bloemfontein, Free State; Nelspruit, Mpumalanga; Kimberley, Northern Cape and Polokwane, Limpopo.

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