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Purple Rain in the Capital City. Pretoria, South Africa

Purple Rain in the Capital City. Pretoria, South Africa

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The Writers Write Interview - Jassy MacKenzie →
Jassy Mackenzie is a South African author who has written seven novels. She lives in Johannesburg with her partner, Deon, two horses and two cats. She writes crime and erotica and still wrestles a day job. She is witty and kind and has trouble saying no to carrot cake. 
She says it’s funny that when she wrote crime no one ever asked if she had killed someone, but now that she writes erotica everyone asks about her sex life. She explains how she did her research, “I find lots of information on the internet. I read a book written by a mistress, which was very educational. I did have a similar background to Emma Caine, the protagonist in Folly.” 
About her latest book, Breathless: “All of us have been involved with abuse in different forms. I wanted to show how easy it is to be manipulated into believing it was your fault. I wanted to show a toxic relationship.”
Read the rest here: The Writers Write Interview with Jassy MacKenzie
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A South African Publisher Wants Your Book! →

Shuter & Shooter Publishers have announced a new and exciting project that needs many books to be authored.

The project will include the Primary School Grades 1–7, in seven languages, namely isiZulu, isiXhosa, English, Sesotho, Sepedi, Afrikaans and Setswana.

The publishers need a set number of books written in the following genres:

  1. Poetry/rhyme
  2. Folktales/fables
  3. Short Stories
  4. Plays/drama
  5. Picture books/comics
  6. Storybooks/novels

Read more here.

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Do well-written reports really matter in business? →

The answer is that yes, writing well matters. Poorly written reports could result in missed opportunities, lost sales and lost credibility. 

Why are reports written?

Reports provide a record of decisions taken. They are evidence that issues have been addressed. One of the main advantages of a report is that it minimises the risk of misunderstanding, especially when complex or technical issues are involved. Most importantly, written reports are a permanent record. People can be held accountable.
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The Writers Write Interview - Raymond E. Feist →
We had a wonderful time with Raymond E. Feist, the American best-selling fantasy author. 
Raymond was in South Africa to promote Magician’s End. Writers Write has never had a more in demand author. 
During the live interview, Raymond shared some writing advice. “The hardest thing for a writer to conquer is fear,” Raymond says. This fear is sneaky and insidious and manifests in strange ways. Instead of settling down to write, you decide to reorganise your sock drawer, sharpen your pencils or nip down to the hardware to buy some supplies to fix the garage door. “Get over it,” he says. “You’re never going to write the perfect sentence—but just get something on the page. Start writing.”
The Writers Write Interview 
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The Writers Write Interview - Mary Rolph Lamontagne →
I enjoyed meeting up with Mary Rolph Lamontagne again. The last time I saw her was when I was teaching her how to write a book on our Writers Write course in Cape Town. Now, we were meeting because she has written, and successfully published, a beautiful book, EATS. This is the first of five planned cookbooks. Mary has a vibrant blog, a regular guest spot on a cooking show in Canada and she is in the process of creating her own cooking television show.
EATSenjoy all the seconds, is about creating recipes from fruits and vegetables that have been poached, pureed, and roasted. It is about taking leftovers and reinventing them into tasty meals. Mary is passionate about the planet, but as she says, ‘You don’t have to look and act like a hippy to care about this.’ If you care about doing one thing every day to make a difference to your environment, your wallet, and yourself, you are Mary’s ideal audience. 
Mary, a Canadian, has called South Africa home for a decade now. She has worked as a food consultant for a hotel group and in many game reserves in the region. The idea for EATS came to her when she was working at a luxury bush camp in Botswana. They were low on stock, leftovers were piling up, and guests were expecting a memorable meal. Using her skills, Mary decided to use what they had, and the guests were more than satisfied.
Read the interview here
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If you strike a woman, you strike a rock →

National Women’s Day is an annual public holiday in South Africa, celebrated on 9 August. 

On 9 August 1956, more than 50 000 women marched on the Union Buildings in Pretoria to protest pass laws that required Black South Africans to carry a ‘pass’. This pass restricted where the bearer was allowed to live, work, and travel. Black South Africans had to carry their ‘pass’ at all times, and were often arrested if they could not produce it. 
After dropping off petitions with more than 100 000 signatures at the Prime Minister’s offices, the women stood in silence for 30 minutes. A song was composed in honour of the occasion, Wathint’ Abafazi Wathint’ imbokodo! (Now you have touched the women, you have struck a rock!)

This display of female solidarity and inner strength showed how women were an integral part of the freedom struggle. The holiday reminds us of the women who helped change South Africa and the women who continue to shape the country. 

The 9th of August is known as ‘Women’s Day’ in South Africa. I have compiled a list of some of my favourite literary quotations about women to celebrate the day.
The Top 12 Literary Quotes About Women for Women’s Day
  1. Every word a woman writes changes the story of the world, revises the official version. ~Carolyn See
  2. I do not wish women to have power over men; but over themselves. ~Mary Wollstonecraft
  3. The domestic career is no more natural to all women than the military career is natural to all men. ~ George Bernard Shaw
  4. It is only rarely that one can see in a little boy the promise of a man, but one can almost always see in a little girl the threat of a woman. ~Alexandre Dumas, fils
  5. Men at most differ as Heaven and Earth, but women, worst and best, as Heaven and Hell. ~Alfred Lord Tennyson
  6. Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail, no one will say, “She doesn’t have what it takes.” They will say, “Women don’t have what it takes.” ~Clare Boothe Luce
  7. How wrong it is for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself. ~Anaïs Nin
  8. It’s wonderful to watch a pretty woman with character grow beautiful. ~Mignon McLaughlin
  9. Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim. ~Nora Ephron
  10. A woman has to live her life, or live to repent not having lived it. ~D.H. Lawrence
  11. If you have any doubts that we live in a society controlled by men, try reading down the index of contributors to a volume of quotations, looking for women’s names.  ~Elaine Gill
  12. I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass. ~Maya Angelou

by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

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The Shining Girl - Meet South African Author, Lauren Beukes →

Lauren Beukes will be launching her new novel, Broken Monsters, which is being released 1 July 2014 in South Africa. 

Her previous novels include The Shining GirlsZoo City, and Moxyland. As a screenwriter, Lauren worked on the satirical political puppet show, Z News and the travelogue of Archbishop Desmond Tutu: The South African Story. She’s written for Disney, and on South Africa’s animated TV series,URBO: The Adventures of Pax Afrika, which ran for 104 episodes from 2006-2009. She directed the documentary, Glitterboys & Ganglands in 2010. The film won best LGBT film at the San Diego Black Film Festival. She is currently adapting Zoo City.

Where? Winehouse Restaurant, Ten Bompas Boutique Hotel, 10 Bompas Road, Dunkeld
How much? R350 per head (this includes a three course meal, a talk by the author, Q&A with Amanda Patterson, and a book signing)
When? 10 July 2014 
How long? 18:00 for 18:30 until 21:30
RSVP? news@writerswrite.co.za

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15 Thought-Provoking Quotes about Youth →
16 June is a public holiday in South Africa. It commemorates the Soweto Riots of 1976 that began after a government edict declared that all instruction in black schools would be in Afrikaans.

Hector Pieterson, a black schoolchild shot by the police during a peaceful protest march, showed the brutalities of the Apartheid regime. In the weeks that followed more than 700 people - mostly youth - were killed.

Youth Day reminds South Africans of the importance of its youth, and bring the message that the country never wants to see those days again.

15 Thought-Provoking Quotes about Youth

  1. The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently. ~Friedrich Nietzsche
  2. There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all. ~Jacqueline Kennedy
  3. When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young. ~Maya Angelou
  4. When you’re young, you think everything you do is disposable. You move from now to now, crumpling time up in your hands, tossing it away. You’re your own speeding car. You think you can get rid of things, and people too—leave them behind. You don’t yet know about the habit they have, of coming back. ~Margaret Atwood
  5. Youth offers the promise of happiness, but life offers the realities of grief. ~Nicholas Sparks
  6. Everyone believes in his youth that the world really began with him, and that all merely exist for his sake. ~Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
  7. To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable. ~Oscar Wilde
  8. The youth do not see the old. They are not programmed to see the old, who are cancelled, negated, wiped out. ~Doris Lessing
  9. The excesses of our youth are drafts upon our old age, payable with interest, about thirty years after date. ~Charles Caleb Colton
  10. It is an illusion that youth is happy, an illusion of those who have lost it; but the young know they are wretched. ~ W Somerset Maugham
  11. It was good that God kept the truths of life from the young as they were starting out or else they’d have no heart to start at all. ~Cormac McCarthy
  12. Yes, of course we were pretentious — what else is youth for? ~Julian Barnes
  13. It must be wonderful to be seventeen, and to know everything. ~Arthur C. Clarke
  14. I’m not young enough to know everything. ~JM Barrie
  15. What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured. ~Kurt Vonnegut

chosen by Amanda Patterson

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Happy Birthday, Lauren Beukes, born 5 June 1976
10 Quotes 
Finish the damn book. Nothing else matters. Stop second-guessing yourself and write it through to the end. You don’t know what you have until you’ve finished it. You don’t know how to fix it until it’s all down on the page.
Do a writing course or find a freelance editor who offers pro-manuscript evaluation and editing for reasonable rates. 
I did my MA in Creative Writing at the University of Cape Town and had wonderful lecturers, visiting writers and my supervisor push me and my writing and force me to finish my novel.
In South Africa, we have a great expression, “picking up stompies” (cigarette stubs) which means eavesdropping on snippets of a conversation and jumping to conclusions. I pick up a lot of stompies, from stuff I’ve read or seen or overheard or a news story or an advertising billboard or something half-glanced from the car windows – and I use that as a jumping off point.
The inside of my head looks like a crazy person hoarder house. Full of useless things that sometimes, if I’m lucky, come together in interesting and surprising ways.
I can tell you how I did it, which was 10% talent, 10 % sheer bloody luck and 80% hard work and rolling with the gut punches.
Revise and revise and then polish until that bastard gleams. Then find an agent who suits your work. It’s like dating, you want to pick the person who is right for you and your work.
I believe in writer’s procrastination. The way to get through a block is to chip away at it, a sentence at a time. Or step away, do something else and sneak around it when the block’s not looking.
Ideas develop like polaroids in my head. I always know my beginnings and my endings.
Be cheeky, but nice. Ask for the things you want; the worst anyone can say is no, but if they do, handle rejection with grace and style. This ties in very well with my other life philosophy which is: don’t be an asshat.
(Quotes found on Lauren Beukes’s Website)
Beukes is a South African novelist, short story writer, journalist and TV scriptwriter. She is the author of The Shining Girls.
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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

Happy Birthday, Lauren Beukes, born 5 June 1976

10 Quotes 

  1. Finish the damn book. Nothing else matters. Stop second-guessing yourself and write it through to the end. You don’t know what you have until you’ve finished it. You don’t know how to fix it until it’s all down on the page.
  2. Do a writing course or find a freelance editor who offers pro-manuscript evaluation and editing for reasonable rates. 
  3. I did my MA in Creative Writing at the University of Cape Town and had wonderful lecturers, visiting writers and my supervisor push me and my writing and force me to finish my novel.
  4. In South Africa, we have a great expression, “picking up stompies” (cigarette stubs) which means eavesdropping on snippets of a conversation and jumping to conclusions. I pick up a lot of stompies, from stuff I’ve read or seen or overheard or a news story or an advertising billboard or something half-glanced from the car windows – and I use that as a jumping off point.
  5. The inside of my head looks like a crazy person hoarder house. Full of useless things that sometimes, if I’m lucky, come together in interesting and surprising ways.
  6. I can tell you how I did it, which was 10% talent, 10 % sheer bloody luck and 80% hard work and rolling with the gut punches.
  7. Revise and revise and then polish until that bastard gleams. Then find an agent who suits your work. It’s like dating, you want to pick the person who is right for you and your work.
  8. I believe in writer’s procrastination. The way to get through a block is to chip away at it, a sentence at a time. Or step away, do something else and sneak around it when the block’s not looking.
  9. Ideas develop like polaroids in my head. I always know my beginnings and my endings.
  10. Be cheeky, but nice. Ask for the things you want; the worst anyone can say is no, but if they do, handle rejection with grace and style. This ties in very well with my other life philosophy which is: don’t be an asshat.

(Quotes found on Lauren Beukes’s Website)

Beukes is a South African novelist, short story writer, journalist and TV scriptwriter. She is the author of The Shining Girls.

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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

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Reconsider South Africa →

Watch this and you’ll reconsider what you think you know.

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#South Africa 
The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. ~Dr Seuss
Guest Speaker - 18 June 2014
Meet our special guest speaker, Susan Lewis, international best-selling author of 31 novels. Susan will be in Johannesburg to promote her latest novel, Never Say Goodbye. 
Secrets of a Memoirist – How to write your memoirs
7,14,21,28 June 2014 (Johannesburg)25-28 June 2014 (Durban) 
Business Writing – How to write for business
19-20 June (Johannesburg)23-24 June (Durban) 
Writers Write – How to write a book
23-26 June 2014 (Johannesburg) 
If you want more details on any of these, please email news@writerswrite.co.za

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. ~Dr Seuss

Guest Speaker - 18 June 2014

Meet our special guest speaker, Susan Lewis, international best-selling author of 31 novels. Susan will be in Johannesburg to promote her latest novel, Never Say Goodbye

Secrets of a Memoirist – How to write your memoirs

7,14,21,28 June 2014 (Johannesburg)
25-28 June 2014 (Durban) 

Business Writing – How to write for business

19-20 June (Johannesburg)
23-24 June (Durban) 

Writers Write – How to write a book

23-26 June 2014 (Johannesburg) 

If you want more details on any of these, please email news@writerswrite.co.za

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Meet Best-Selling Author, Susan Lewis →

Meet our special guest speaker, Susan Lewis, international best-selling author of more than 30 novels. Susan is coming to South Africa to promote her latest novel, Never Say Goodbye. 

Susan has led an intriguing life. She started working in television, and when she wanted to become a producer, she was told “Oh, go away and write something.” So she did. After becoming a best-selling author, she lived in the South of France and then in Hollywood. She finally sold her house on the Riviera in 2010 and now lives in Gloucestershire. Visit her website to read more. 

And all of this while writing best-seller after best-seller. We don’t know how she does it, but we can’t wait to meet her. We hope you join us.

Where? The Marion on Nicol, Cnr Stirling & Hamilton Roads, Hurlingham, Johannesburg
How much? R350 per head (this includes a three course meal, a talk by the author, Q&A with Amanda Patterson, and a book signing)
When? 18 June 2014 
How long? 18:00 for 18:30 until 21:30

RSVP? news@writerswrite.co.za

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The Top 12 Quotes about Politicians →
South Africans are voting in the National Elections today. We hope you enjoy these quotes about politicians as much as we do.
  1. He knows nothing; and he thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career. ~George Bernard Shaw
  2. In the present case it is a little inaccurate to say I hate everything. I am strongly in favour of common sense, common honesty and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible to any public office. ~H.L. Mencken
  3. Today’s public figures can no longer write their own speeches or books, and there is some evidence that they can’t read them either. ~Gore Vidal
  4. The difference between a politician and a statesman is that a politician thinks about the next election while the statesman think about the next generation. ~Hillary Rodham Clinton
  5. Politicians: Pinocchios with nose jobs. ~Bauvard
  6. Everything is changing. People are taking their comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke. ~Will Rogers
  7. Politicians and diapers should be changed frequently and all for the same reason. ~José Maria de Eça de Queiroz
  8. Hell, I never vote for anybody, I always vote against. ~W.C. Fields
  9. When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I’m beginning to believe it. ~Clarence Darrow
  10. Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks. ~Doug Larson
  11. If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal. ~Emma Goldman
  12. We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office. ~Aesop

by Amanda Patterson

— 5 months ago with 59 notes
#The Top 12 Quotes about Politicians  #Amanda Patterson  #South Africa  #national elections