WriteSmarter - Who we are

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The WriteSmarter Business & Creative Writing School was founded by Janie Oosthuysen-Taylor and John Taylor following the success of the Skryfgeheime courses. 


You can contact them here: 

Janie cell: 0782240454

John cell: 0825646001

Janie is an award-winning author, an experienced editor of fiction as well as educational works, and the award-winning translator of, amongst others, the first five widely acclaimed Harry Potter books. Her Afrikaans translation of The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien is set to appear in 2017. Janie has been presenting the Afrikaans Skryfgeheime writing courses since 2008 and the WriteSmarter Creative Writing Course since 2011. She has been published by Zebra Press, Lapa, Pearson, Shuter & Shooter, NB, Highlights USA, and others. A large number of her students have had their works published in magazines as well as by established publishers like Random House, Oxford University Press, Vivlia, NB Publishers, Naledi and others. She has hosted workshops for the SCBWI locally, attended a UNESCO workshop in Namibia and took part in panel discussions during the Harry Potter Translators' Conference in Paris. Read more about Janie here.


John is a retired civil engineer and businessman. His working career included spells at The Urban Foundation, Stocks & Stocks and the Linton and Bestcape Groups of companies. He served as a trustee of the Endangered Wildlife Trust for a number of years and also as Chairperson of the Melkbosstrand Ratepayers' Association, Community Police Forum and Neighbourhood Watch. 


John says, "Business writing demands craftsmanship and attention to detail to get the intended message across, always taking into account that you are dealing with people from diverse cultural backgrounds. By mentoring others I have found a fulfilling way of sharing my knowledge." Read more about John here.


LIVE HELP: If you’d like to get help or have any queries please email info@writesmarter.co.za to schedule a SKYPE call with John WriteSmarter