Alex Smith

Learn more about Alex in this quick interview.

Watch the animated trailer for her novel, Devilskein & Dearlove here.

Alex Smith is the award-winning author of five novels.

Algeria’s Way, Drinking from the Dragon’s Well, Four Drunk Beauties and Devilskein & Dearlove are published by Random House (Umuzi), and Agency Blue was published by Tafelberg. 

Her work has received widespread acclaim. Drinking from the Dragon’s Well was longlisted for the Sunday Times Alan Paton Award, and Devilskein & Dearlove was nominated for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal in the UK. Agency Blue won a Sanlam Youth Literature Award, while Four Drunk Beauties won the Nielsen Booksellers’ choice award. 

Alex tutors the Novel Writing, Advanced Novel Writing, Advanced Short Story Writing and the Grammar Skills courses, where she shares her knowledge and expertise with students of all skill levels.


This course was more than just a learning curve; it was a great add-on to my passion. It was truly the best choice I’ve made. I would honestly recommend this course for all new fiction writers. With Alex Smith as my tutor it feels like I can take over the world with a few words. And not once did her hope in me fail. I am honoured to know her as a writer. Completely worth every cent spent.’ Leanrie Nel, Literary Short and Flash Fiction Course

‘The course was very specific and easy to understand. These back-to-basics skills are very important for a new writer. Alex Smith was very consistent in giving me feedback. Her feedback was always very detailed and I was very happy with her top-class comments. I can’t wait to enrol for my next course!’ Masashiro Chih, Grammar Skills Course

‘This was an experience of a lifetime. I’ve learned so much and became confident in writing my own stories. Alex is amazing. She showed me what to do and pushed me beyond my limits! I’ve learned so much from her and became a better designer of my own story. She is one of the best tutors I’ve ever had. I’ve become a confident writer and editor.’ Anne, Write a Novel Course

‘The course was positive, encouraging and motivating. Alex was very encouraging and her feedback was always constructive. I was encouraged to start writing a novel and I completed a draft manuscript. Wow!’ Andrea Frieslaar, Write a Novel Course 

‘I cannot fault this course. Before this, I completed the Basics of Creative Writing Course, which was a great foundation for the novel course. My tutor Alex Smith was extremely encouraging and motivating and a pleasure to work with. Not only did the course teach me extensively about the craft of writing and the publishing world, it immediately got me into a daily writing routine which I’ve never wavered from, and which enabled me to complete my entire manuscript of 90,000 words well before the year was up. I couldn’t have achieved it without this course. I highly recommend it.’ Beth Wellington, Write a Novel Course