WriteSmarter: Creative Writing - FAQs 


How do I know if I have the necessary talent?

Don’t let your fear of not having the necessary talent stand in your way. No-one really knows whether they will succeed until they have tried. In fact, talent itself plays a surprisingly small role – the will to write and a passion for stories and books is what it's all about. That said, if you really are in doubt, feel free to send us an example of your work for assessment. 


What do I need to enrol?

You must have easy access to a computer, an email account and the internet. 


How much time do I get to complete my course?

As much as you need. Generally, if you spend 2-4 hours per week on the modules, you should be able to finish your course, within 8-12 months. But time is not an issue. The idea is to finish the course and become a published writer.


How do I submit my manuscript for publication?

The Creative Writing Course has a module all about polishing your manuscript and preparing a formal submission. This will greatly enhance the chances that your manuscript will be accepted by a bona fide publisher.


What about helping to get me published?

We focus on equipping you with all the necessary skills to enter the publishing industry with confidence as an independent writer. We also use the contacts we've built up over the years to help find publishing homes for promising manuscripts.  


Will I actually get my manuscript published?

One of the main features of the course is that it focuses on producing manuscripts that are marketable. We will do our utmost to help you produce a manuscript that is suitable for publication, but obviously there can be no guarantees. 


What will happen once my book has been accepted?

Once a publisher has accepted your book, your manuscript will, inevitably, require further editing and reworking to suit their requirements. Then there is the contract to be agreed upon and signed before the book will go into production.  


Who will do the artwork, cover and illustrations, if any are needed?

Publishers have their preferred illustrators and designers who know their craft. 


Who markets the books in order for writers to receive royalties?

Although publishers have their own in-house marketing and sales teams, it pays to promote your book in schools and bookstores yourself. After all, you want to make sure your book gets maximum exposure. 


What can I expect to earn?

In the case of a novel you can expect to earn a percentage of the retail price, usually 8 - 12%. Magazines pay per word, this can vary from R2.00 to R4.50. Some full-time authors make lots of money, while others enjoy writing as a fun pastime or a lucrative hobby


How do I pay for the course and do you offer a payment plan? 

Apart from the discounted single payment option, we offer a choice of multiple payment plans. However, if there is some other way to help you structure your finance, we can always discuss a payment plan to suit your needs. When you make an enquiry you will receive the payment plans and banking details.


What is your money back guarantee all about?

If, by the end of your course, you feel that it was a waste of time, you can get all your money back.


How is the course conducted?

All our communication is by email, making it easier for you to do the course at your convenience. Apart from studying the modules, you will complete a number of assignments and writing exercises which you will submit in an M/S Word format for personalised review. Detailed feedback using track changes and comment blocks is provided within seven days of submission of your assignment.


Can I do it from home?

The course is done by email so it really doesn’t matter where you are.


Are there fixed starting times or can I start when I'm ready?

You learn at your own pace and in your own free time. And as it is all done electronically, you can start anytime to suit you. 


Will I have to print the course notes?

You will not be required to print anything for this course unless you want to keep paper copies.


What is the formula for success? 

The desire to become an accomplished writer/communicator in whatever field you want to specialise in. Available time and commitment to complete all the modules with focus and concentration.