R99.95 special on The Natural Creative Process in Writing

The PDF version of The Natural Creative Process in Writing: a Core Writing and Editing Handbook for Everyone (ISBN: 978-0-620-71074-9) is available at R99.95 (usual price R139.95) until the end of June ’16. This version can be viewed on your notebook, iPad and various other ebook readers, such as Kobo, eReader and many more.

 

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The role of writing in higher education

Nelson Mandela said, ‘Education is the most powerful tool you can use to change the world’. He was talking from personal experience: he first used this tool to change his world, and this enabled him to change the world outside of himself.


Many young adults emerge from school with basic language skills, particularly those of reading and writing. They will have used these mostly to gain further subject-specific knowledge during their primary and secondary schooling. Yet tertiary education requires more advanced, self-reflective reading, writing and thinking skills.


Of these three skills, the advanced, self-reflective writing skill drives learning the other two. To illustrate this, not far into students’ first tertiary courses, they will be required to complete written assignments – usually essays – on the material covered up to that point. To do so, they will need to read the material; they may need to do research to complement their readings; and they will need to organize their thoughts. All of this will be driven by the requirement to write on their topic.


Hence, in learning to understand how topic sentences work in writing expository texts, one learns how to identify these while reading and thinking about others’ texts and to apply them in structuring one’s own texts. Another aspect of the self-reflective, advanced writing skill is understanding the creative process and writing with this understanding. In a broader sense, the creative process is synonymous with the learning process.


If students have not been taught these advanced, self-reflective skills prior to embarking on their tertiary studies, they would do well to take responsibility for acquiring them, starting with learning about the creative process, the writing process, and language structuring terms and conventions. A very cost-effective way to do this would be to purchase The Natural Creative Process in Writing: A Core Writing and Editing Handbook for Everyone.


With their newly acquired self-reflective, advanced writing skill, students could progress to gaining more skill in the areas of reading and thinking.


With all three advanced foundational skills in place, success in the academic and working careers of everyone – no matter their age and stage – will be that much closer. They will be, as Nelson Mandela was, positioned to change their own lives and to influence the world as he did.


By Russell de la Porte
web: www.writeart.com
email: russell@writeart.com

A companion on your writing journeys

In my blog of 7 July 2013, I wrote about the importance of the written aspect of your personal and professional brands. In that blog, I spoke of the role of good writing but also the role of effective copy-editing in representing yourself and your business in the best way possible. But how do you acquire these skills without investing in courses in, or specialized books on writing and applied linguistics, specifically text linguistics, or employing a specialist in these fields?


Then, in my blog of 8 January 2014, I dealt with consistency as one of the mechanisms for enhancing your personal and professional brands, as conveyed in your written communications. I dealt with style manuals, style guides and style sheets as means to achieving consistency. But where do you learn about these, without attending a copy-editing course or buying a copy-editing reference work?


Language variety, as one aspect of style, was dealt with in my next blog of 25 February 2014. Selecting a language variety for your written communications implies being able to identify your target readers (or audience); this is only one element of the writing context that you will need to consider. But where do you find a straightforward guide to these elements?


Finally, in my blog of 31 March 2014, I wrote about how to get your writing – and other projects – started and finished. This involves understanding how the writing process works. But where do you go to learn this in a straightforward way?


There is one handbook that succinctly answers all of these questions. Its title is The Natural Creative Process in Writing: A Core Writing and Editing Handbook for Everyone (paperback – ISBN 978-0-620-60121-4; ebook – ISBN 978-0-620-60121-4). I wrote this book because since my early twenties, I have looked for a clear, accessible guide to the writing process (a form of the natural creative process), good writing, and effective editing. It is the book I have always wanted to own, to carry with me on all my writing journeys.


The Natural Creative Process in Writing: A Core Writing and Editing Handbook for Everyone is available through most bookstores. For further information, email info@writeart.com.


By Russell de la Porte
web: www.writeart.com
email: russell@writeart.com

Interview on Fine Music Radio on 4 April 2014 at 13:00


Russell de la Porte will be interviewed on Fine Music Radio on Friday, 4 April, at 13:00 about the forthcoming ‘Natural Creative Process in Writing and Life Course’ to be held at Alive Café and Creative Experience Hub, in Muizenberg, Western Cape.

You can listen to the interview online at FMR’s website, by selecting ‘Listen Live’ from the station’s home page, www.fmr.co.za, or you could go there directly by clicking here.

For more information , call Russell on 082 3000 993, or email info@writeart.com. Also get updates at any of the following social media:

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The Natural Creative Process in Writing and Life Course online

Presenter: Russell de la Porte 

Dates: 2, 7, 16, 23, 30 April & 7 May

Medium of presentation: Online

All of us participate in natural creative processes in all areas of our lives, including the natural creative processes involved in writing. Many of us do this unconsciously. But with an awareness of how the natural creative process works and with the necessary tools for supporting and guiding yourself in the process, your writing projects will unfold and develop with greater ease and success.

When you write any type of text – novels, short stories, autobiographies, how-to books, poems, among others – you are participating in a natural creative process. This course will equip you with the self-management skills necessary to align yourself with this process. But it will also provide you with a writer’s toolkit – the writing skills necessary to complete all of your writing projects with ease and confidence.

This course is aimed at anyone who wants to align themselves with the natural creative process in all areas of their lives, enjoy their writing, improve their writing or earn an income from their writing. This includes journal writers, students, bloggers, social commentators, and businesspeople, as well as those want to launch their careers as fiction and non-fiction authors.

On this course you will learn how to situate yourself and your writing projects in the writing process, a natural creative process. In doing so, you will be in a position to guide and manage your writing projects. Consequently, your writing projects will become easier and more enjoyable.

Among the many skills you will learn on this course are the following:


  • techniques for generating writing ideas
  • techniques for structuring your writing
  • how to use reference works
  • how to punctuate your writing
  • how to edit your writing.

In the process, you will:

  • improve your creativity
  • improve your thinking
  • improve your writing
  • learn to plan and execute your writing
  • improve your productivity
  • learn to deal with ‘writer’s block’.

Course participants are awarded a certificate on successful completion of the course. A number of electives offering specialization in various areas of writing are available to anyone who has completed the ‘Natural Creative Process in Writing and Life’ course.

To reserve your place or for more information , please call Russell on 082 3000 993, or email info@writeart.com. Also visit us at any of the following:

WriteArt

Writing to create


Everyone who can write, writes; therefore, everyone who can write is a writer (here writing incorporates typing and text-inputting using a keyboard or other text-inputting methods). We all have written for various reasons, including for planning (grocery lists, daily task lists), discovery (journal writing, noting ideas relating to a project), recording (note-taking during lectures, taking minutes of meetings), communicating (letters of complaint, letters of congratulations), and verbal-art making (poems, short stories, flash fiction, novellas, novels, plays).


Everyone also creates. When we create, we participate in a creative process – a natural creative process – and understanding how this process unfolds will allow us to become more effective in all areas of our lives. Furthermore, understanding the creative process as it applies to writing will enable us to use this tool for creating and living the lives we want.


When we have this knowledge, we have powerful tools for living a productive, effective and fulfilled life. If we acquire and start applying this knowledge at high, or secondary school, we will be positioned to leverage it at college or university – our tertiary education – to the satisfaction of our professors, supervisors and other educators. And of course, this satisfaction will reflect back on us, ensuring our success in our studies. We will be able to continue using this knowledge throughout our lives, bringing us meaning, success and, consequently, wellbeing.


This knowledge about the creative process and how it applies to writing is the result of the author’s long career as a writer, editor and teacher. Over the last four years, the author has developed and piloted the ‘The Natural Creative Process in Writing and Life’ course.


This course will be presented on 9, 10 and 16 April 2014 at Alive Café and Creative Experience Hub, in Muizenberg, Western Cape, South Africa. To book your place on this course, email Russell/WriteArt using the links below.


The ‘Natural Creative Process in Writing and Life’ course is also offered online for those not able to attend the venue-based course.


For venue-based and online course information and bookings, email info@writeart.com.
 


By Russell de la Porte
web:
www.writeart.com
email: russell@writeart.com

The Natural Creative Process in Writing and Life Course at Alive Cafe and Creative Experience Hub

Presenter: Russell de la Porte 

Dates: 9, 10, 16 April

Venue: Alive Cafe, Muizenberg, Western Cape, South Africa (Alive Cafe web, Alive Cafe Facebook)

All of us participate in natural creative processes in all areas of our lives, including the natural creative processes involved in writing. Many of us do this unconsciously. But with an awareness of how the natural creative process works and with the necessary tools for supporting and guiding yourself in the process, your writing projects will unfold and develop with greater ease and success.

When you write any type of text – novels, short stories, autobiographies, how-to books, poems, among others – you are participating in a natural creative process. This course will equip you with the self-management skills necessary to align yourself with this process. But it will also provide you with a writer’s toolkit – the writing skills necessary to complete all of your writing projects with ease and confidence.

This course is aimed at anyone who wants to align themselves with the natural creative process in all areas of their lives, enjoy their writing, improve their writing or earn an income from their writing. This includes journal writers, students, bloggers, social commentators, and businesspeople, as well as those want to launch their careers as fiction and non-fiction authors.

On this course you will learn how to situate yourself and your writing projects in the writing process, a natural creative process. In doing so, you will be in a position to guide and manage your writing projects. Consequently, your writing projects will become easier and more enjoyable.

Among the many skills you will learn on this course are the following:


  • techniques for generating writing ideas
  • techniques for structuring your writing
  • how to use reference works
  • how to punctuate your writing
  • how to edit your writing.

In the process, you will:

  • improve your creativity
  • improve your thinking
  • improve your writing
  • learn to plan and execute your writing
  • improve your productivity
  • learn to deal with ‘writer’s block’.

Course participants are awarded a certificate on successful completion of the course. A number of electives offering specialization in various areas of writing are available to anyone who has completed the ‘Natural Creative Process in Writing and Life’ course.

To reserve your place or for more information , please call Russell on 082 3000 993, or email info@writeart.com. Also visit us at any of the following:

WriteArt

Copy-editing Concepts for Everyone: A Core Copy-editing and Proofreading Handbook

Free shipping for prerelease orders of Copy-editing Concepts for Everyone: A Core Copy-editing and Proofreading Handbook, by Russell de la Porte
 

Understanding the principles and processes involved in copy-editing and proofreading, together with a set of tools for this work, will enable you to edit and proofread your own and others’ texts with ease and confidence. This book is aimed everyone – students, businesspeople and nonprofit workers, among others.   

Orders for this book based on the ‘Core Copy-editing and Proofreading Course (with Emphasis on Electronic Document Editing)’  are now open. Delivery is free for all orders placed prior to its release on 15 April 2014. Visit the ‘Courses’ page of the WriteArt website to place your order, or place your order here.


The Natural Creative Process in Writing: A Core Writing Handbook for Everyone

Free shipping for prerelease orders of The Natural Creative Process in Writing: A Core Writing Handbook for Everyone, by Russell de la Porte
 

You will approach all of your writing projects with ease and confidence after you have read this book. It provides a set of  self-management and writing tools that will support you in the writing process. It is aimed at everyone – students, businesspeople and nonprofit workers, among others.  

Orders for the The Natural Creative Process in Writing: A Core Writing Handbook for Everyone – based on the ‘Core Writing Course for Everyone’ are now open. Delivery is free for all orders placed prior to its release on 30 March 2014. Visit the ‘Courses’ page of the WriteArt website to place your order, or visit the product page for this book by clicking here

2014 Additional ‘Core Writing Course for Everyone’ dates

Additional dates and times for the online ‘Core Writing Course for Everyone’ are now available on demand. Possible time slots, subject to bookings, are as follows:

Mornings:
09:00-11:00: Monday to Friday

Afternoons:
14:00-16:00: Monday to Friday 

Evenings:18:00-20:00: Monday to Thursday

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