We all have a story to tell from our own lives about how we became who we are. Stories about the way we were born, or about how someone helped us. About how we got ill, or overcame a terrible loss. Stories about how someone we loved hurt us, or how a political or spiritual circumstance almost broke us. Stories about how we were bullied, about how an accident changed the course of our lives, or about how we were able to make a difference in someone else’s life. These stories are often invisible to others. They might still influence the way we think and feel in ways we don’t fully understand.

Writing about your own life can help you connect with the story you are living and it can help to heal or manage the effects of trauma. It is a powerful way for us to communicate and to grow compassion for ourselves and for each other. The tools we need to write effectively are also tools that help us live more creatively and less anxiously. Whether you are writing fiction or plays or poetry, life writing skills can help you deepen observation of our human preferences, habits and tendencies, and how they impact on ourselves, other people and the natural environment.

During the course we will find refreshing approaches to assist us in putting our personal stories down on the page. Beginner writers are welcome.

DATES: Friday 17  – Sunday 19 February 2023

TIMES: Friday: 2pm – 6pm; Saturday & Sunday: 9 am – 5pm

VENUE: Lakeside, Cape Town

FEE: R3 000

FACILITATORS: Giles Griffin & Philippa Kabali-Kagwa (Get to know our facilitators here)

Bookings via

Discounts and sponsorships available.


Facilitators: Dawn Garisch, Vasintha Pather, Alistair Blair
Cost: 6 days accommodation + R550 surcharge
Dates: Monday 28 August 2023 – Sunday 03 September 2023
Bookings via or 066 395 4682/082 579 3037

For our health and safety, all LRC in-person courses will be conducted in strict compliance with Covid-19 rules and procedures.


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