WriteSmarter: Creative Writing - Course Leader

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Janie Oosthuysen-Taylor matriculated with six distinctions, studied at the University of Stellenbosch, taught high school students and then lectured English at tertiary level. About twenty years ago she started to write fulltime. To date she has written, translated and edited more than 200 published books for a wide range of publishers, e.g. Oxford University Press, Heinemann, Pearson, Zebra Press, Shuter & Shooter, Nasou Via Afrika, Lapa Publishers, NB Publishers and Highlights (USA).


She has received several awards, including the SATI Award for her Harry Potter translations. Following this she was invited by UNESCO to attend the Harry Potter International Conference in Paris where she participated in panel discussions. She was also invited by UNESCO to a 4 day workshop in Namibia for African writers and illustrators. Locally she was involved in workshops for aspiring writers during the international SCBWI Retreat at Goudini. Janie has just completed the translation of "The Hobbit" by J.R.R. Tolkien on commission into Afrikaans.


She says, "I know how difficult it is to find your feet in the competitive publishing industry. Over time I’ve built up my knowledge and made contacts I’d like to share with both beginners and experienced authors. I find that each new writer has a unique talent that has to be fostered with constructive feedback. The WriteSmarter online course and feedback have been designed to address these needs."


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We are proud to announce the launch of the Afrikaans version of JRR Tolkien’s “The Hobbit”, one of the best loved and read books of all time.


The translation by Janie Oosthuysen-Taylor marks another milestone achievement in her successful career as writer, mentor, tutor, educator and translator.


Earlier translations include the first four of the “Harry Potter” series by JH Rowling as well as a number of the “Narnia” series by CS Lewis, “Artemis Fowl” by E Colfer and numerous classics such as “Treasure Island” by RL Stevenson, “Tom Sawyer” by M Twain, “White Fang” by J London and “Sherlock Holmes” by Sir AC Doyle.


Janie has also produced numerous education books for publishers such as Oxford University Press, Maskew-Miller Longman, Via Afrika and Nassou.


Anyone wishing to embark upon a writing career is guaranteed to benefit from her extensive knowledge and skills.


So if you are still contemplating writing your story, be assured there is no better way than the “WriteSmarter” way.


We look forward to helping you soon.