Some of our students have gone on to occupy full-time jobs in the magazine and/or publishing industry.
|Ashleigh James is completing the Introduction to Poetry course. She has had two poems accepted for issue nine of the Stanza Poetry magazine. An amazing achievement!|
|Omri Hope completed the Write a Novel Course. His debut novel Nights of Sambria and the Wish of Light has been published on Amazon and Smashwords.
Omri wrote: "I just wanted to say a big thank you for your college and what it enabled me to do. And to Alex Smith, I want to say I deeply appreciate that you encouraged me to write my entire novel as part of the Novel Writing course. Also, for your guiding hand throughout my chapters, you started me on the journey to be a much better writer. Thank you so much for that. This is the first step of many into the wonderful world of story writing."
Read more here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07613DMQ7
|Lesley Sefton has successfully completed the Self Publish your e-Book Course, and her book is on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Addict-Child-Mothers-Lesley-Sefton-ebook/dp/B0762SYXZ5 as well as in print.|
|Advanced Magazine Journalism student Rochelle Sewell's road rage article is the cover story in Your Weekend magazine.|
|Ashleigh James has managed to get her first poem published in the literary magazine Stanzas. This is an amazing start after completing the first module of the Introduction to Poetry Course.|
|Martin Steyn completed the Write a Novel Course back in 2011. His thriller, Dark Traces (Lapa Publishers) is now in bookstores in South Africa. Well done, Martin!|
|Robyn Cotton is a graduate of the Write a Novel Course. Her book A Skylark Flies was just released by DayStar Books.|
|James Collins completed the Scriptwriting Course with Karen Jeynes. His script 'Red Handed' that he wrote on the course has been shortlisted in the London Greek Film Festival.|
|Michelle Dsouza, a graduate of the Basics of Feature Writing Course, has had an article published by Little Treasures Magazine. She wrote: "Just wanted to let you know that my article got published! ...They've titled it, "The Great Dummy Debate". This course was amazing. I loved doing it."|
|Gina van Staden, a graduate of the Tydskrifjoernalistieke kursus, is being published in both Vrouekeur and Troukoors magazines. Excellent work, Gina.|
|Katrina Tikey's article "Holidaying with four-legged friends" has been published in The Motor Caravanner magazine. Katrina completed the Magazine Journalism Course.|
|Kathy Servian self published her first novel 'Peak Hill' under the name KA Servian on Amazon in September 2016 and her second novel is in final editing hopefully ready to be published in February. Kathy completed the beginners and advanced creative writing courses with us in 2015/16.
Well done Kathy!
|Jane Dotchin is a student on the Writing Short Stories for Magazines Course. Her short story called 'Tonight We Not Get Teargas' will be published by Fictive Dreams. What's more, her story 'The Gift' has been accepted by The Literateur, a highbrow online magazine.|
|Glenn McGoldrick has won third place in the Bookers Corner Writing Competition. Glenn has had numerous publishing successes since being a student on the Writing Short Stories for Magazines Course.|
|Johanna Handley wrote to tell us that her novel The Burning of Juniper Slaide has been accepted for publication by Rudlinghouse Publishers. She has been signed to write a trilogy for them, and is currently touring the UK, with her first book signing at Surrey Waterstones.
Johanna wrote to her tutor on the Write a Novel Course, Alex Smith: "I really wanted to say thank you so much for the invaluable guidance you gave me at the start of my writing journey. I had a lot to learn about writing, and I'm so glad I learnt it from you. Your encouragement and feedback on my writing helped me to keep going and get to where I am now. Thank you so much, again!"
|Rochelle Sewell's story on workplace bullying is being published in Employment Today magazine. Rochelle is a graduate of the Magazine Journalism Course.|
|Gina van Staden completed the Tydskrifjoernalistieke kursus. She now blogs regularly for the well known publication, Finesse.
|Student Jane Dotchin on the Write Short Stories for Magazines Course has had a short story accepted for publication by Fictive Dreams.|
|Londa Cele has had another short story accepted by Drum magazine.|
|Pieter du Toit, who successfully completed the Tydskrifjoernalistieke kursus, had his article on handmade concertinas published in the Pretoria Record.|
|Adam Butchart is a graduate of the Magazine Journalism Course at The Writers College. He has been writing articles for Villainesse.com.|
|Yolanda van Deventer completed the Tydskrifjournalistieke kursus with Annelien van Basten. Her article on Port Alfred has been published in the first printed version of Troukoors as well as the first edition of Ezpre Magazine. Yolande was also approached by Weg for inclusion in their publication. Well done Yolande!|
|Pieter du Toit has had his article published in the Pretoria Rekord. Pieter completed our Tydskrifjournalistieke kursus under Annelien van Basten.|
|Congratulations to Louis Wiid for having his first novel, Submerged, published by Jacana Media. Louis completed our Write a Novel course under Alex Smith.|
|Hayley Barrett. Hayley completed the Novel and Advanced Novel Courses in 2014. Her second novel, A Silhouette in the Night, has been accepted by Double Dragon Publishing for publication in September.|
|Glenn McGoldrick completed the Short Story Writing for Magazines Course. He has had a short story accepted for publication by Short Story Me, an Internet short story site.|
|Lourens Durand had his article, 'Look Deep into Nature', written on the Basics of Feature Writing Course, published by Voices for Biodiversity online.|
|Glenn McGoldrick has had a story "A Little Drama" accepted for online publication by http://www.short-story.me/. Glenn was a student on the Writing Short Stories for Magazines Course.|
|Helen Glenny's article "Redesigning the Ageing Brain", was published in Living Well magazine. Helen is a graduate of the Magazine Journalism Course at the Writers College.|
|Lucy Hodgson was published in North & South Magazine. She won the reader's word competition for her piece "Hymn to Homonyms". Lucy is currently a student on the Advanced Write a Novel Course.|
|Emma Richardson's excellent story "The Forgotten Species: Why We Need Seaweed" was published in Forest and Bird magazine. Emma completed the Magazine Journalism Course at the Writers College.|
|Well done to Megan Otto who recently completed our Magazine Journalism course. Megan's article "Sit, Stay talk" from the SPCA's 'Animals' Voice' is being published in the Nov/Summer edition.|
|Excellent news from one of our graduates of the Writers College Travel Writing Course. Moira Swart won the competition "Readers World" in the Travel Weekly supplement in the Sunday Times.
|Well done to Megan Frith - a graduate of the Writers College Short Story Course and our Novel Writing Course. She recently placed third in the 2015 Page & Blackmore Short Story Competition in New Zealand for her short story titled "Till Death".
|Martin Steyn, who completed the Writers College Creative Writing Course in 2011, had his first novel, Donkerspoor (Dark Trail), published by Lapa last year. The book was an instant success and best-seller, with critics heralding Martin as an interesting addition to Afrikaans crime fiction.
His second book, Skuldig (Guilty), was recently published to even greater acclaim.
With two excellent novels under his belt, Martin is here to stay, and readers can expect more top-shelf suspense from his pen.
|Well done to one of our Afrikaans students, Ronel Mostert.
Ronel completed the Advanced Creative Writing Course in 2014 and her novel, Dubbele Wonderwerk (A Double Miracle) was approved by Kwarts Publishers and will be available as an e-book in August. Kwarts Publishers will also assist with the printed version.
In the meantime her first short story was published in the April edition of the woman's magazine, Sarie.
Her short story on Vrouekeur's website was chosen as the best short story for April 2015. In September 2015 another short story will be published in Vrouekeur.
|Nicky Wilton had her story 'Agents of Change' published in the March/ April edition of The Big Issue. Nicky studied under Hayley Leibowitz on the Magazine Journalism course.|
|Pravina Maharaj has just had another short story called 'The Wrong Mr. Right ' published in You magazine. She completed the 'Write a Novel' course with SA Writers' College.|
|Congratulations to Theoline Maphutha for being elected chair of the Writers Guild of South Africa. Theoline studied with Karen Jeynes on the Scriptwriting course.|
|Pieter Steyn completed the 'Skryf-'n-roman' kursus studying with Wilna Adriaanse. He has had a manuscript accepted for publication, and a second book commissioned. His book will be released in late 2014. More details coming soon.
|Elizabeth Robbertze was runner-up in the Readers Digest '100-Word Story Competion'. Her work will be published in the upcoming April Edition. Well done Liz!|
|Janet Hart completed the Magazine Journalism Course in May 2012. Since then she has had a number of articles published on the website Kiwiboomers. The Nelson, Marlborough lifestyle magazine WildTomato published one of her articles, and more recently Canterbury’s lifestyle magazine Latitude published another. The Kiwi historical magazine Memories has just accepted an article for their early 2014 edition. Two more articles are in the pipeline.|
|Mariska le Grange wrote a book about Pippie Kruger, called Prinses Pippie Verjaar, accepted for publication by Lapa Publishers. Mariska was interviewed by Sarie Magazine - a fabulous read for Afrikaans students who need a bolt of inspiration. Mariska, we are super proud of you.|
|Christine Wardle completed the Write a Novel and Advanced Write a Novel Course, studying with Sonny Whitelaw. Her novel Beneath the Perfect World was accepted for publication by Oceanbooks.|
|Sheritha Singh completed the ‘Write a Book for Children Course’ with the Writers’ College. Her YA novel Cherish has been accepted for publication by Canadian publisher, Breathless Press. Sheritha has also had her short story Witch Apprentice accepted for publication by Breathless Press for their Crimson Anthology.|
|Trevor Delaney completed the Web Writing Course in 2011. He has several blogs; here are two samples of the writing he has done since completing the course:
|Past student Trish Nicholson has a new book out on Amazon: Inside Stories for Writers and Readers. Writers, you'll enjoy this one as it's packed with writing tips and analyses.|
|Esta Chappell recently completed the Magazine Journalism Course with Sarah Lang as her tutor. Her article about taxonomy titled 'What's in a Name?' was published in Good magazine.|
|Susan Green is a recent graduate of the Introduction to Poetry Course, working with Owen Bullock. She sent five poems to Blackmail Press, an NZ online journal, and they accepted all five for publication. Well done Susan.|
|Aaron Ure won our 2011 NZ Writers' College Short Story Competition. His story 'Regrets' is a finalist in the Pikihuia Awards for Māori Writers 2013 - Best Short Story written in English. Congratulations Aaron.|
Liz Robbertze wrote an article about the Comrades Marathon in the online magazine Durban Zone, called 'Those were days my Comrades'.
|Past student Trish Nicholson's latest book out, From Apes to Apps, published by Collca.|
|Ansie de Kok's first novel Haar naam is Maria has been published by Naledi Publishers.|
|Suzanne Main wrote an adventure story for boys (9 - 11 years old) and it will be published by a New Zealand publisher in March 2013.|
|Ayesha Ally on the Short Stories for Magazines Course has had a story published in ALI - an e-zine for the Ido language.|
|Tracy Brooks completed the Magazine Journalism Course in 2012, and sent us an update. She had an article on artist Tamar Mason published in Lowveld Living Magazine, an article accepted by Food and Home Magazine on locavores, and another article on locavores accepted by Lowveld Living Magazine. Tracy is responsible for publishing her son's school newsletter, and has also started two blogs: www.foreverbabies.weebly.com and www.lightlygreen.blogspot.com.
Tracy’s article ‘Grieving the Forever Babies’ was published electronically by Odyssey Magazine. Read her beautiful piece here: http://www.odysseymagazine.co.za/index.php/articles/mind/269-grieving-the-forever-baby.html
Belinda Mountain is a graduate of the Magazine Journalism Course. Her beautiful article titled ‘A Mother’s Legacy’ appeared in the May 2012 issue of Woman and Home magazine.
|Ann Huston completed our Travel Writing Course in August 2012. Ann had her article 'You can lead a teenager to a volcano but you can't make him climb it' published in the Herald on Sunday. They have also agreed to use another article by her too. The summer edition of Que will also be publishing her piece about traveling with children.|
|Eleanor Talbot completed the Literary Short Fiction Course in 2012. She has had three stories accepted for publication at three different publications.|
Ansie van der Walt completed the Magazine Journalism Course and has gone on to land a position as Assistant Editor at Country Bumpkin Publishers, an Australian company.
Hilary Murray approached us for a manuscript critique in 2011. Writing as Galia Ryan, her first novel Choices was released in October 2012, and two follow-up novels were accepted for publication as well.
Angelique Noll completed the Magazine Journalism Course. She sold articles to the Natural Health Journal, Vrouekeur, two short stories in Vrouekeur, one story to Merise (Australia) and two articles for Merise about immigration.
Alesha Ally, who is on her fifth assignment in the Short Story Writing for Magazines Course, is having her stories published as serials in a publication called The Phoenix Pulse. She now has her own column, called The Phoenix Pen and the first one they are using is her second assignment which she made into a dramatic page-turner.
|Nicola Theunissen completed our Travel Writing Course. Her travel article about meeting Gorillas in Rwanda's national park was published in the Sunday Times Travel section. View her piece here.|
|Chenel Pieterse-Boyle completed the Short Story Writing for Magazine course. She recently let us know she has had several stories published in Vrouekuer.|
|Jennifer Copeland completed our Short Story Writing for Magazines Course. She recently had her story called 'Finding You' accepted by Allas magazine - a Swedish publication.|
|Chenel Pieterse-Boyle had her first romance 'Liefde per Ooreenkoms' published by Malan Media. Chenel completed the Short Story Writing course with us. You can see more details here: Malan Media|
|Sharon Roberts, who completed our Magazine Journalism course, has sold her first article to Fair Lady magazine.|
|Congratulations to Georgie Chennells who had her first article published in earthworks magazine. You can view her piece here (1MB).|
|Jolene du Plessis's article, 'Sutherland: SALT of the Earth', was published in Country Life.|
|Congratulations to Trish Nicholson who has been concentrating on her writing and has had a great year. Trish was commissioned to write a series of bite-sized travel books for Collca, with the first one being released in November. She also submitted a proposal for a book to two literary agents who both requested sample chapters - another bidding war, perhaps?
And as a result of setting up her own website (with 20,000 views so far) Trish has been asked to write a guest column on three other writers' sites in UK and USA.
|Andrea Stitson has had a story accepted by Fitness magazine titled 'Cycling in Bolivia - the World's Most Dangerous Road'. This year Andrea also started running creative writing workshops with girls aged 10-12 years and they're putting together a writing newsletter provisionally titled Story Central. These classes have been so popular that Andrea's been asked to carry on for ten more workshops in 2012.|
|Heather Beers completed the Write a Children's Book Course and had one of her 1000-word assignments published in the US. Find her story, entitled 'Party Monsters' here.|
|Darrel Hofland has had articles and stories accepted by a South African Christian Magazine called Vision|
|Janet Kleyn's article 'A butcher's hook around London's East End' is being considered for publication in Travel Ideas Magazine.|
|Juanne Pierre de Abreu has been writing a column in The Exit since May 2011. He is also a features writer and columnist for a brand new lifestyle magazine due out for release at the end of December called M Magazine. Look out for that one!|
|Keren Hoy's piece, entitled 'Bags of Talent' was published in the October issue of Indwe, the in-flight magazine for SA Express.|
|Nicky Pearce's article ,'Work with your skin, not against it' has been accepted by Odyssey magazine.|
|Amanda Bidwell completed the Magazine Journalism Course in 2011 and has just had her article on blogging accepted by Her Magazine. Congratulations Amanda!|
|Zunia Boucher-Myers, a graduate of our Magazine Journalism Course, now writes for a magazine called 'Alice' as their 'lifestyle/cooking/ features writer.
|Canadian student on the Short Story Writing Course Jennifer Copeland has had a story, "Table for Two" accepted by Peoples Friend. It's notoriously difficult to get fiction accepted by magazines, so a massive congratulations to Jennifer.|
|Andy Evans, who completed the Basics of Creative Writing course and the Literary Short and Flash Fiction course, recently had his first short story, The Wooden Hills, published in Takahé magazine.|
|For anyone who bought the O, the Oprah Magazine in January, our short story writing student, Kirti Ranchod, was featured looking gorgeous and glam, as the winner of the O Magazine Short Story Competition. We are over the moon with her achievement.|
|Christine Jefferey, who completed our Travel Writing course last year has had her first article accepted for the December issue of Country Life. In the same week she also received the go ahead for an article on down syndrome babies for the Living and Loving magazine (October issue) to coincide with the World Down Syndrome Conference being held in Cape Town. Well done Christine!|
|Chenél Pieterse-Boyle, who completed the Short Story Course last year, wrote to us with her latest news: "I would also like to share my good news with you. Fifty of my Afrikaans poems were selected a while back, together with two other poets, for the book, Katarsis, yesterday. It looks great! I'm also working on my Afrikaans novel which should be finished in a month or two's time."
|Helen Yuretich won the Heartland Short Story Competition - a New Zealand writing competition judged this year by award-winning novelist, William Taylor. Helen completed the Short Story Course with Ginny Swart in 2010.|
|Widaad Munga, who completed the Short Story Writing Course in 2008, was shortlisted for the Jane Austen Short Story Award in the UK.|
|Heather Beers, who completed the Write a Children’s Book Course, had a children’s short story published at www.knowonder.com. Read her story here
Heather also sold a children's story to an online magazine (www.bumples.com) - her first sale in writing.
|Belinda Mountain is a graduate of the Magazine Journalism Course. Her beautiful article titled ‘A Mother’s Legacy’ appeared in the May 2012 issue of Woman and Home magazine.|
|Chelsea Haith, a graduate of the Basics of Creative Writing for High School Students, is currently in her last year of school. She has written (and is directing) a play called 'The Punishment', being performed at the Wits Theatre on 28 May. Congratulations Chelsea!|
|Trish Nicholson, a former Short Story Course graduate, keeps notching up the successes on the writing front. Trish won first prize in the Flash500 competition, after four stories were shortlisted during the year. She won first prize in the "shorter story" at Winchester Writers Conference UK as well as runner up in the "short story" category. Two of her stories were commended in the South Island Writers Association competition.
A finalist in both the HE Bates UK competition and the Neil Gunn UK competition, Trish is one of our most successful creative writing graduates yet. Read some writing advice from Trish here.
|Michelle Nothling, on the Advanced Magazine Journalism Course, had a seven-page feature article on human trafficking published in The Big Issue – a superb achievement.|
|Jackie Clarke completed the Magazine Journalism Course in 2011. Her article called ‘Striking a Pose’ appeared in the May issue of Good Magazine. Well done Jackie!|
|Emma Gatman, a recent graduate of our Magazine Journalism Course, recently had an article published for Crossfit Games, an online webzine, and an offer for further work from the editor there (always a good thing!). Read her article here:|
|Tanya Laubscher has completed several of our courses over the years and is now a regular writer for Triathlete SA.|
|Jo Hedges completed our Magazine Course a while back and was approached by the PnP in-house magazine Travel Ideas to write an editorial for them. Read a short interview with Jo here.|
|Madi Hanekom completed the Magazine Journalism Course in November 2010. Her article on Kakamas has been sold to County Life for the October 2010 issue. She has also had a travel article accepted for Beeld Naweek and a food-related piece for the Sunday Times Travel & Food Supplement. Read about Madis' story here.|
|Jennifer Davies completed the Magazine Journalism and Advanced Magazine Journalim Course. Her article on Siblings was sold to Destiny Magazine and appeared in the October 2010 issue. She has also had an article about Bipolar disorder accepted for Fairlady for the December 2010 edition. Read more about Jennifer here.|
|Jo Hedges' article for has been accepted by Quad and Outdoor Adventure SA. Jo completed the Magazine Journalism course in June.|
|Rosanne Turner completed the Travel Writing Course back in 2008. She recently updated us with some of her latest work. Rosanne was commissioned to write a feature article for the Holland Herald (Inflight magazine for KLM) She has two articles published in the June edition of Explore SA. Rosanne had her article on Margot Janse, chef at Le Quartier Francais in Morning Calm, Air Korea's in flight magazine.
Rosanne also writes articles for the website www.travelintelligence.com.
|Shannon Hunt completed the Advanced Course in Magazine Journalism. She had one article published in Cafe Magazine, and one in NZ House & Garden Magazine.|
|Choice Mpanza's article was accepted for the Foschini Club Magazine for June 2010.|
|Karen Taylor-Vermaak's article, "Carbs", was published in the Fitness Magazine May/June edition.|
|Jennifer Davies' article, "Bookivore's Crash Diet", was published in the Femina, February 2010 edition.|
|Angela Horn's article, "The Upside of Downsizing", was published by O, the Oprah Magazine for their November issue.|
|Widaad Pangarker's article on Sibongile Khumalo was published in Fresh Living Magazine in May 2009. She has also had two articles published in Amani in September 2009.
Widaad completed the Short Story Writing Course in 2008 and was shortlisted for the Jane Austen Literary Prize. She had a story published in Wicked, Issue 6, April 2008.
|Micheline Kabuyo's article, "Can A Pre-Nup Be Good For Your Marriage?" has been accepted for publication by Destiny Magazine in March 2010.|
|Adriaan Odendaal's article on Malmesbury was published in in Country Life for their November 2009 issue.|
|Hannah Kaye's article on Autism and Nutrition was accepted for publication in Cape Town's Child for their October 2009 issue.|
|Jennifer Davies, currently on the Advanced Course in Magazine Journalism, had her article "Kick Butt: Naturally" published in the August 2009 issue of Fairlady Magazine.|
|Nicky Pantland's article "Laugh Yourself Happy" was accepted for publication by O, the Oprah Magazine for their October 2009 issue.|
|Kevin Willemse's article on eco cars was accepted for publication by FHM in 2009.|
|Melina van Scharrenburg had her 2009 article about high-fliers using cocaine to become super-achievers accepted for publication in Men's Health.|
|Verity van Rensburg's article, "Are you a manipulative mother-in-law or a smart shepherdess?" was accepted for publication in the September 2009 issue of Joy Magazine.|
|Philippa Norris had her article accepted by Shape Magazine. It appeared in the April 2009 issue.|
|Benito Vergotine's piece on immigrants, "Home is where the Heart is" was accepted for publication by The Big Issue.|
|Shannon Willis had her humour column - "Riempie Chair Girl" - published in Fairlady, 2008.|
|Corrie Bridgman has had several articles published. She completed the Magazine Journalism Course (2006), The Advanced Course in Magazine Journalism (2007) and the Travel Writing Course (2007).
Her article, "How Do You Spell Suicide?" was published in Fairlady. "Separation Anxiety" and "Helicopter Parents" were published in O, The Oprah Magazine.
She has written many features for Men's Health, and has been published in Diversions, Wine Magazine and Garden & Home, among other magazines.
|Briony Chisholm's article, "Successful, Single and Childless: is adoption an option?" was considered for publication in Fairlady, October 2008.|
|Caryn Gardner's article, "When He's Got Morning Sickness" was accepted by Your Pregnancy Magazine in 2007.|
|Christo Valentyn graduated in 2007. He sent an update: "In terms of journalism I've been fortunate to have written (and published) no less than 17 features.
However, the successes of 2008 lie in other achievements within the framework of freelance journalism, as well as in the expansion of the services on offer to include graphic design and photography. I'm also dusting off some of my other interests, and have decided to broaden the scope of subjects I write about - if I could be published in Cosmopolitan once (thanks to Karin's masterful tutoring), why not again?" Read more about Christo here.
Leigh-Anne Hunter (completed June 2008) sent her latest news: I've had four articles accepted by O, the Oprah magazine:
|Zahirah Variawa was published in Sutra Magazine. She continues to write articles and is working on a book right now.|
|Peet Steyn has already had two articles published in Wegbreek and he's working on several others that have been accepted.|
|Phillipa Murray's article, "Does Size Matter on Your Wedding Day?" was published in Cosmopolitan in October 2006.|
|"She's Just Not That Into You!" by Karen Huxham, was published by Men's Health, September 2006|
|"Overshadowed By His Depression" by Brenda Walters was published by Femina, January 2006|
|"Unleash Your Man" by Marcell Gardner was published by Saltwater Girl June 2006|
|Qarnita Loxton had her article on Househusbands published by Femina Magazine in May 2006.|
|Lindsay Wagner has been published in Move! and Lewis Store Magazine. 2006|
|"Multiple Au Pairs, Multiple Problems" by Jenny Dunkley was published by Femina Kids June 2006|
|"PWC Ban" by Michael Zietsman was published by ZigZag Magazine, August 2005