Writers Retreat

Thu Oct 24, 10:00 - Sun Oct 27, 15:00
Finfoot Lake Reserve


Join us for a weekend of creative writing!!!

Whether you have a project in development, or on second act, be it a novel or screenwriting you're working on... Perhaps you want to stretch your creative muscles and let out those stories you've always wanted to tell, but didn't know how to pen them down...THIS RETREAT IS FOR YOU!!!

Unlock your creativity with the help of experienced industry story consultants and mentors!!


R9,390per person sharing / R9,790 single occupancy

Special Discounted Rate for WGSA, SWIFT, SAGA members – (R8,590 pps and R8,950 single occupancy).


Finfoot Lake Reserve, North West Province


3 nights accommodation / 4 days of workshop

All meals included (breakfast, lunch & dinner)

Transfers from Johannesburg to Finfoot Lake Reserve in the beautiful North West Province

1 game drive in the reserve


Dedicated writing time for all writers

Mentoring & Script Coaches

Guided writing process

Story development

Delving Deeply Into Character

One-on-one story session with a mentor for specific feedback on your project

Creativity exercises


Techniques to breach writers block and overcome procrastination

Sunrise Yoga and/or Guided Visualisations

Classes will be kept at a maximum of 15 people per retreat to ensure quality sessions with the mentors. No yoga experience is necessary.


Julie Hall and Justine Loots are both sought after story consultants, working primarily in film and television, with a deep understanding of story and character that transcends medium and genre.

Justine Loots

Works in documentary, television fiction and feature film. She has written on acclaimed series such as Traffic, When We Were Black, Ayeye and Erfsondes, and films such as Surfing Soweto and Otelo Burning. As story consultant she has worked on projects like Tess and iNumberNumber, both for TV and film. She is currently doing story development and editing a slate of Showmax original series. Justine has published short stories and mentored on the NFVF Sediba Masters Programme for 5 years. She is an approved NFVF Story Consultant. Justine is also a qualified Yoga instructor who has been teaching Hatha Yoga at the Sivananda School of Yoga, Johannesburg, for the past 20 years, and will be taking our Sunrise Yoga sessions.

Julie Hall

Is a screenwriter, story consultant and lecturer. As a TV Headwriter she has worked on commended shows like Bedford Wives (SABC3 and Amazon Prime), End Game, Tempy Pushas and Mamello. She has been a story consultant on box-office record-breaking films such as Keeping Up With The Kandasamy’s and Kandasamy’s The Wedding, Happiness is a 4 Letter Word and Hard To Get; and is the screenwriter of Zulu Wedding (releasing October 2019). She is a mentor on the NFVF Sediba-Spark programme and has conducted Masterclasses at DIFF, CTIFF and for the WGSA. She is an approved Story Consultant with KZN FC and NFVF. Julie has served as the Discipline Head of Screenwriting at AFDA JHB from 2014 to date.

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