October 12, 2020

Writers Guild of South Africa Skills Lab

Emerging writers from all over the country are urged to apply to attend the two and a half-day training which will be conducted in various languages in the different provinces. We have limited space per class, so it would be important to apply as soon as possible.


Although the classes are sponsored i.e. FREE of charge. We do, however, require applicants to become a member (Candidate or Student) if they are not as yet.

Please do not let this prevent you from applying, instead, find out more about our membership.


About the Skills Lab

The Writers Guild of South Africa (WGSA) in collaboration with the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture (DSAC) has developed a basic screenwriting course for emerging screenwriters, which has been translated into all South African official languages.


This after the WGSA conducted a Train the Trainer course for 20 professional screenwriters.  Ten of those trainers will be conducting the pilot training sessions across South Africa. The training schedule for October and November 2020 is as follows:


Trainer (Language of Instruction)


23 to 25 October 2020
Tongaat, KwaZulu-Natal
Anil Polton (English)


King Williams Town, Eastern Cape
Ayanda Mncwabe-Mama and Siphokazi Mtila (isiXhosa)


Kwamhlanga, Mpumalanga
Danile Mohlamme (isiNdebele)


Soweto, Gauteng
Siphiwe Mbata (isiZulu)


30 October to
1 November 2020
Polokwane, Limpopo
Fisha Collins and Tshenolo Mabale (Sepedi)


6 to 8 November 2020
Taung, North West
Phemelo Gregory Phiri (Setswana)


19 to 21 November 2020
Mafikeng, North West
Tshenolo Mabale (Setswana)


To be confirmed
Ladybrand, Free State
Mpaki Molapo (Sesotho)


Sebokeng, Gauteng
Ntombozuko Twiggy Matiwana (isiXhosa)


More information on venues and exact times will be shared in due course.

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