The Art of Journalling

120,121 TUTOR: Dianne Stewart

On this course, which is part theory and part practical, you will be introduced to the art of journaling. You will discover how to keep a journal, be it a nature or sports journal, medical, political or travel journal, for example, or a generalist journal. Journaling helps one keep a document of one's life and offers a record of one's activities. It can also form the seedbed for future writing projects and a journal provides the opportunity for experimentation. As Lucy Dacus says 'it's your completely unadulterated voice'. In these seminars we will explore how in our time strapped society to develop writing from one's journal into different genres with publication in mind, if one so wishes. Stephen King advocates that 'if you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others - read a lot and write a lot.' A journal is a very good place to contain one's writing and develop it from there.

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2 PM
PM course

Course Notes

Students are required to bring writing materials to the course on/in which to do the daily writing that is part of the course. They need to also bring a journal, be it a technical device or a blank book in which to record their writings during the course.

The course participants will be provided with hand-outs of book extracts, journals entries to consider and journalling information.

Day 1: The students will examine the importance of journal writing and explore different types of journals eg. a political or nature journal or a generalist journal.

Day 2: We will discuss ways of transforming journal entries into fiction such as short stories, by looking at different components of the short story such as characterization, dialogue, setting and plot.

Day 3: We will examine ways of transforming journal entries into poetry and

consider different types of poetry.

Day 4: We will consider how journal entries can be transformed into non-fiction genres, such as the personal essay that lends itself to travel writing and personal reflections.

Day 5: We will look at places at which to submit one's work.

Dianne Stewart:

Course Tutor

Dianne Stewart

Dianne Stewart

About Dianne


Dianne Stewart has frequently taught creative writing and journalling courses at the University of Cape Town summer school and The Franschhoek Literary Festival.

She holds a M.A. in Creative Writing, a M.A. in South African Literature and a B.A Hons (African Languages).

She is an award-winning writer of over 45 books and in 2023 was made South African Children's Laureate.


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WK 3 22 Jul - 26 Jul

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