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Hamilton Wende

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Hamilton Wende and Prynnsberg

Had a great weekend in the Free State with the inaugural ‘Write That Book!’ workshop hosted by myself and Rick and Sue Melvill from the lovely Victorian manor house on the veld called Prynnsberg. It is a ‘boot camp’ for writers designed to take people who’ve always dreamed of writing that book from ‘concept to completion’. I take them through a series of linked exercises which begin very vaguely – and gently – and by the end of the weekend they have the rough beginnings of a real book – fiction or narrative non-fiction to take home with them. Further mentoring opportunities are available.

It was hard work. It starts on Friday after a light lunch and finishes on Sunday at lunch time so everybody can be home for work on Monday morning. But what a transformative experience for myself as facilitator and for the people who participated! From nothing on Friday lunch we now have five new books under construction by five new writers – a really rewarding experience for all of us!

The next one we are holding is on November 26, 27, 28 if you know anyone who would be interested in coming to ‘Write That Book!’ then please get them to send an email to

cheers for now



Recent comments:

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    September 13th, 2010 @21:49 #

    What a hoot to click on this and see the ancestral acres! Prynnsberg was my father's family estate until his various wild and gin-soaked relatives ran it into the ground. It once had a priceless PreRaphaelite art collection, but it mostly got sold, wrecked and ruined. My dad's cousin Trevor used the sculptures by Watts for target practice when he had drink taken (99% of the time). The picture here is of the Egyptian room -- the frescoes are painted by my dad's aunt. Next time you see Rick and Sue, please pass on my regards

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Hamilton</a>
    September 23rd, 2010 @19:10 #

    Wow Helen! What a coincidence! I have to say it was a wonderful weekend and I really felt the shades of your ancestors giving off a very positive vibe when I was there.

    I certainly shall pass on your regards to Rick and Sue.


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