With more than 20 local films released in 2010, it has never been a better time to be a screenwriter in South Africa.

Aspiring screenwriters can sharpen their storytelling skills at The Writing Studio’s The Write Journey workshop at the Artscape Theatre Centre on Saturday, January 29 and on February 5, 12 and 19 from 2pm until 5pm.

This basic workshop for writers who would like to write for the big screen, television or the stage explores art of storytelling and the craft of writing a universal story that reflects the uniqueness, history and culture of South Africa and Africa.

The trainer is published playwright, and film and theatre journalist Daniel Dercksen, who has been presenting workshops in scriptwriting and creative writing during the past 12 years, including a Master Class for Screenwriters for the Talent Campus at the Sithengi Film and TV Market in Cape Town.

During the workshop aspirant scribes will learn the fundamentals of building and telling a compelling story, and how to effectively dramatise ideas, characters and plot.  Within two days writers will have the tools and resources to write a screenplay built on solid foundation that is ready for the development process of turning words into images.

The workshop also examines the process of writing a screenplay from inception to first draft, explores the differences between the writing process and filming process, looks at how to develop three-dimensional characters, and how to structure a story that delivers maximum dramatic or comedic impact.

The Write Journey is a workshop for anyone who has a story to tell and ideal for novelists and short story writers who would like to transform their work into a tangible screenplay for film or television and learn the fundamentals of writing for a visual medium.

The workshop turns theory into practice and ideas inside out. It explores the full dramatic or comedic potential of stories and empowers local storytellers with the write tools to tell their stories through pictures and dialogue.

The workshop is also an introduction into the world of filmmaking and teaches writers how to read and interpret the fascinating language of film, and how to evaluate and analyse film, television constructively.

The cost of the workshop is R950 with a discounted rate of R850 for students, scholars and pensioners, Bursaries are allocated on discretion to unemployed and disadvantaged writers.

For more information on The Write Journey visit the website www.writingstudio.co.za, send an email to info@writingstudio.co.za or call 072 474 1079.