Making Time to Write – by Ginny Swart

  You want to write, you've got a great idea for a story, you've made a few notes - but your life is just too busy to get behind your computer. Sound familiar? The trick is to manage your time in a way that gives an hour of "me-time" every day.  Here's how...   First, decide when you feel the freshest and most creative. For some people, this might be 5.30 in the morning, before the rest of the family is up and demanding your

Writing the Right Reads – by Liz Robbertze

  In the summer of 2007 I decided to do a Short Story Writing Course with SA Writers’ College. This proved to be one of my most rewarding decisions I have made in my life. Enter my tutor, Ginny Swart: the most amazing, approachable, easy-going lady I have had the pleasure of knowing. Studying with SAWC is strictly via correspondence over a period of about six months. During this time Ginny was professional yet caring. When writer’s block or doubt set

The Winners of the 2011 SA Writers’ College Short Story Competition

The results are out! Read the winning entries, the judges' comments and see if your story is mentioned in our Honourable Mention List at or follow this link. Congratulations to our winners: The overall winner is “The Tokoloshe” by Hannah Green The runner-up place is awarded to Shelley Blignaut for her story “Watching Sunsets We Never See” In third place is Jessica Liebenberg’s story “Final Disposition” Anamé van Zyl’s “Notes on a Narrative of Becoming (Possibly Nitrogen)” was in fourth place and Venisa Chinnasamy’s

An Interview with Short Story Writer, Ginny Swart

Ginny Swart was one of the first writers to join our College when we started out in 2005. Ginny designed and runs the Short Story Writing Course. One of our best-loved tutors, Ginny has been an unfailing support for novice writers on a national level. She is the chief judge in our popular annual SA Writers' College Short Story Competition and NZ Writers' College Short Story Competition.   Q. How did you become a writer? By accident! I’m actually trained as a graphic designer but have had various jobs

Helen Yuretich wins Heartland Short Story Competition

  Helen Yuretich, a recent graduate of the Short Story Writing Course at NZ Writers' College (, has won the Heartland 1000 Short Story Competition. The competition, organised annually by The Taumarunui Writers’ Group, was judged by award-winning novelist, William Taylor. The full details are about to be released later in the week.