Thursday, July 9, 2020


Date: 13 July 2020    
Time: 14h00 - 15h30
Speaker: Ayanda Halimana
About the Session
Often times when we submit proposals and get rejected without any explanation we get angry and are left frustrated. There are many reasons why proposals get rejected. One of these reasons is that we submit concepts that don’t give a sense of what the story will be.     

About Ayanda
Ayanda Halimana is a South African Storyteller who has written, Head Written, Script and Story Edited a number of award-nominated TV Dramas and Films. She is a Workshop Facilitator, Screen Writing Mentor, and actively Writes and is also a Creative Producer. Her most recent work has achieved the highest number of ratings to date in SA for Series broadcast on SABC 1; both during the show’s premiere season and on the re-run in May/June 2020.



Date: 14 July 2020    
Time: 16h00 - 17h30
Speaker: Gavin Sher
About the session
A discussion group delving deep into the mysteries of story. Topics include: Story as a blue-print for our relationship to reality; learning from fiction; designing stories that shift consciousness; the relationship between our ability as storytellers and our personal journeys through life; transcending our storytelling limitations through personal development; the mystery and magic of archetypes. 

About Gavin
Based in Cape Town, South Africa, Gavin Sher M.A. (40) is a well-rounded filmmaker and entrepreneur, who has specialized in screenwriting and story development since 2012.

He has a wide-ranging background and a hunger for knowledge that has yielded experience, insight, and understanding into most aspects of life.  Gavin thoroughly enjoys positive collaboration and before specializing in screenplay, he worked in many different roles in the South African film industry, from performance to producing and much in between, in order to learn the business and the craft from as many angles as possible.

A full member of the Writer’s Guild Of South Africa, Gavin has worked as a head-writer and editor on television series for local broadcasters, including SABC and E-TV.  -Gavin also serves as a script editor for South Africa's National Film and Video Foundation and he is often invited to sit on the NFVF panel that assigns national funding for the development and production of feature films and television in SA. 

In his own capacity, Gavin is now an award-winning writer who has written and assisted in the development of a number of independent feature films and television series.

Production skills for scriptwriters in the era of COVID  

Date: 14 July 2020    
Time: 16h00 - 18h00 
Speaker: Cati Weinek
About the Session
This is a full immersion into the industry and an opportunity for an interactive session with an award-winning film producer where story ideas can be pitched and developed while building your understanding of production and distribution in an industry where the status quo is up for grabs.

About Cati
Producer of popular, prize-winning film and television content, Cati understands how to use budgets for the ultimate purpose of making beautiful content that resonates with audiences with an eye for a return on investment

Free for members 
NON-members - R20 into our bank account

WGSA Current Account
Standard Bank, Northcliff
Branch No: 006305
Acc No: 300082444
Acc type: Current


Please RSVP on or before Friday, 10 July at 12h00
Please note the session will be conducted via zoom or Google Meet.
A link will be sent before the session.

Please note: late applications will not be considered.

Sponsored by the GFC