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WE TEACH LIFE RIGHTING THROUGH LIFE WRITING

The healing power of writing

The Life Righting Collective is membership organisation as well as an NPO. We run courses for anyone who wants to learn to write about their experiences.  The approach promotes self-discovery, self-recovery and more effective communication. We raise funds to make courses available to those in need of sponsorship and to provide platforms for these life stories to be published. Sharing experiences with a wide readership can help reduce discrimination and promote mutual understanding.

Thank you

We are extremely grateful for the support of our funders: the Beatrice Jordaan Foundation, the Amani Harmonic Foundation and the Cape Tercentenary Foundation.

Courses

We offer a variety of life writing courses in a range of formats – mornings over five days, weekends in and out of Cape Town – as well as poetry courses, also in Cape Town and other centres.

Stories

Read work from course participants. We hope these pieces will inspire you to consider writing your own stories and also buying our anthology, This is How It Is, and other books by our members.

If you want to keep in touch with what the LRC is doing, please subscribe to our newsletter, which we send out regularly. We will also mail you about book launches (including our own!), festivals and other events.

Donate

Please support the LRC in our quest to offer sponsored life-writing courses to those who long to write but cannot afford the fees. You would also be contributing to helping us publish our anthologies of writing by course participants.

  • Doing the course opened me to emotions I didn't realise I have and made me look at some parts of my life with a different eye. I’ve made a promise to myself not to stop writing from now on!

    NOLUBABALO CAPE TOWN
  • I enjoyed all the writing exercises as they showed me I have the potential to be a writer but I LOVED the excerpt readings and the balance of energies between the facilitators the most.”  

    ZAMUXOLO ‘ZAMA’ NKOMPELA CAPE TOWN
  • Thank you so much for your passion for the art of writing and its power to bring people to a deeper, healing connection. Now I can add writing to my identity – a tremendous shift for me.”

    CYNTHIA PILLAY JOHANNESBURG
  • Dawn is a wise and gently insistent guide whose vast personal experience illuminates the shared space. It was a deeply healing experience. Thank you."

    SHARON PEDDIE GREYTON
  • This was an extraordinarily rewarding week. Dawn has a remarkable talent for identifying the conversations we all need to have with ourselves."

    MARTYN SWAIN CAPE TOWN
  • Attending the memoir course was unexpectedly empowering. It took me down into the very roots of my life experience in a safe and supportive nurturing environment."

    HELENA KINGWILL CAPE TOWN

News, views & events

The reviews keep on coming!

Another lovely review for This is how it is. Thank you to Margaret von Klemperer and The Witness, who published this review on Monday 14 October 2019. ‘Accomplished and entertaining [...]

Readathon Marathon

Our very own Nathan Festus was instrumental in organising a Readathon at Exclusive Books in Claremont, held on Sunday 4th of August. We’re indebted to Linda McCullogh of Exclusive’s [...]

The Intern and the Second Anthology

The LRC exco are always looking for ways to raise funds so that we can continue to sponsor writers and to publish the stories that come out of the courses so that South Africans can get to know [...]