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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 Khula Cape 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.

SUBSCRIBE

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.

  • Audio Course Feedback:

    "I am finding the course incredibly rewarding.

    It is just what I needed at this time. I had thought to write more or to 'get writing' in the lockdown but have felt quite unable to be creative in these strange times. Your course has been just what I needed to make this time productive."

    Frances Slabolepszy CAPE TOWN
  • Audio Course Feedback:

    "Many thanks to Dawn for such inspiration.

    Instead of another dreary day, I embark each sunrise on another exciting adventure.

    You have taught me to see life through so many new eyes. I didn’t realize how interesting the world is.

    You have awakened dormant memories and shown me things I hadn’t noticed before.

    You’ve expanded my horizons and shown me the diversity of personalities I’ve met."

    Paul Cooke     UNITED KINGDOM
  • Audio Course Feedback:

    "Thank you for making this an audio course. Due to lockdown, I fear many of us have "Zoom Fatigue", therefore I very much appreciated being able to just listen. The audio sessions are very valuable as you are able to revisit exercises if you stumbled through them."

    Olive Klara Hodge CAPE TOWN
  • Audio Course Feedback:

    "I got first-hand sense of the possibility of writing to work a kind of magic. With the right combination of imagination, compassion and good luck, it feels possible for writing to redeem troublesome aspects of the past.

    The group feedback sessions were great - both serious and quite playful. The opportunity to be heard by and to hear from a variety of people was very rewarding. And a much needed break from lockdown. I loved the readings of other people's work - both humbling and inspiring."

    Dugal Harris CAPE TOWN
  • Audio Course Feedback:

    "The course felt like I was engaged with one-on-one mentoring from Dawn Garisch. Her presentation was professional, encouraging, filled with nuggets of wisdom and invaluable practical tools.

    I felt inspired and motivated to push past the The Critic, immerse myself in the tasks and write!"

    Desiree-Ann Martin CAPE TOWN

News, views & events

A Fabulous AGM!

From the rousing opening by Malika Ndlovu to the closing words of Philippa Kabali-Kagwa, this event was one of the highlights on the LRC calendar.

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