How do I enrol for a writing course?
Once you have chosen your writing course and are ready to start, the next step is to apply for that course. We have a simple but comprehensive application form that you need to complete.
The application form is there for a number of reasons. It enables us to gauge your suitability for the course. We either approve it or we contact you and make alternative suggestions. Either way, we have a screening process for all potential students. It also provides us with your details, which are added to our student database once you have completed the registration process.
There are several places on our site where you can reach the application page. Either by clicking on the "Enrol" button on our home page or anywhere that you see a "register" button on our site. Once you click the link you go to a form. It is a standard form that needs certain fields to be completed as well as a 200-word motivation. When you have filled it in you just click on the "send" button and it is sent to us.
There is no obligation to pay for the course even though you have applied. Once we receive your application we go through our approval process. This is usually quite simple but if we need input from a tutor we will liaise with them. If your application is accepted you will receive notification, and an invoice. If you are happy with your choice and wish to start your course you complete the enrolment process by paying the invoice. The moment we receive proof of payment, either by fax or email or a reference in our bank account, your writing course will start. You receive the first module and your tutor will make contact with you.
Should your application not be approved we will always contact you and offer alternatives or a valid reason as to why your application was not approved.
A complete enrolment (proof of payment has been sent) means that you become a registered student, your course starts and you have access to our student centre.
The time it takes to evaluate and approve your application should be no more than one working day. Showing proof of payment once you receive your invoice can range from a few hours to a few days, dependent on your bank and your method of sending us the proof. Either way, we endeavor to get your course started as soon as possible.
Your invoice is valid for the year running from October to October and you can pay and start at any time. Please note that we assess our course fees each October.
Are my details kept private?
At no point are your details given to any third party. Only SA Writers' College and your tutor will ever know your details.
Can I enrol from anywhere in South Africa?
Yes. We tutor writing students from every province in South Africa, and every town, no matter how remote. We have students on our writing courses from Cape Town, Western Cape; Johannesburg, Gauteng; Durban, KwaZulu-Natal; Pretoria, Gauteng; Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape; Bloemfontein, Free State; Nelspruit, Mpumalanga; Kimberley, Northern Cape; Polokwane, Limpopo; Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal.