Why Study Writing?


Can a writing course improve your writing?

Can a writing course improve your writng?

“It's none of their business that you have to learn how to write. Let them think you were born that way.” - Ernest Hemingway


Just like great painters apprentice under a master and musicians study their instrument for years before they stand on a stage, most well known writers have studied writing. Every field of expertise requires years of training and development. Writing is no exception.

"You can't just talk the talk;   you have to walk the walk."



There are, of course, issues around how writing can be taught. Most would agree that sitting in a class absorbing hours of theory is not going to give you the results you want. For instance, studying Beethoven by reading a textbook is not going to help you play ‘The Moonlight Sonata’. You have to practise your craft, over and over. The same applies to writing.


Tackling your blindspots

As a writer-in-training, you need a mentor focusing intently on specific writing skills: your sentence lengths, your style, structure, content, and the logic in your writing. Your teacher needs to point out to you, again and again: “Here you have used dangling participles four times in one paragraph. Get rid of them. You’re using passive voice. Throw in active verbs. Here are five clichés.”

Fast-track your progress

We believe that our online writing courses are one of the best ways to fast-track your writing career. We don’t believe you get the best value from group feedback, peer review or listening to hours of literary theory. Our courses provide the tools and knowledge you need to succeed in a particular field of writing, and help you build up a portfolio of writing.

We believe that the best way to learn how to write is to write, with feedback from an expert mentor, every line of the way.

As author Diane Awerbuck puts it: “…You can't be a writer without the grim slog of actually getting words down on paper. I think everyone gets irritated with those pretentious, poetry café types who present themselves as writers but somehow never get around to writing anything worthwhile. You can't just talk the talk; you have to walk the walk.”


Find out more

Want to find out more about our courses and which one would best suit you? Browse our writing courses and FAQ and testimonials, or Contact us.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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(Administrator: Student Applications)
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About Us

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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