My New Writing Course at De Hoek Country House

Write your own story at De Hoek Country Hotel

De Hoek might be where it all begins…

"The world's latest bestseller: it all began at De Hoek Country Hotel"

Are you an aspirant writer?

Does the story inside your head need a kick start to get onto paper? Don't you know how to get your ideas into a publishable format?

Hamilton Wende has been there, done that. This journalist, novelist, broadcaster and columnist, who has been published internationally from north to south, knows what it takes to write and get published in all genres. As a regular former lecturer, he knows how to get this message across to others, too, and derives great pleasure from nurturing skill and adding practical aspects to the writing craft.

The five star de Hoek Country Hotel, nestled outside the hamlet of Magaliesberg, is inviting guests to join this five star writer on a two day writing workshop in fine and stimulating surroundings.

The weekend of 21/22 July 2012 has been set aside for a weekend of learning. The course is fairly intensive, starting on the Friday afternoon and usually continuing well into the night, until Sunday afternoon.

as participants are given linked and related exercises which will not only develop their innate skill but result in the framework for a professional, possibly publishable piece of writing.

Some of the skills participants will master are:

- How, where to begin?

- Voice, style, originality, language

- Plot, narrative structure, the logic of story-telling

- Fiction or non-fiction?

- Readership. Who do you aim your book at? Who do you go to for feedback?

- Manuscripts, editing, making your final draft the best it can be

- How and where to find a publisher

- Selling yourself and your book

All the hard work and brain stretching gets rewarded by de Hoek's luxurious accommodation including its signature cuisine: meals which capture the taste buds as Hamilton's words capture your imagination.

The rate for the weekend is R5600. The workshop costs R1500 per person, all inclusive. Drinks and any additional costs incurred by guests are to be paid for upon departure.

Hamilton Wende is an award-winning writer and journalist. He has published 6 books, both fiction and non-fiction, ranging from a children’s picture book, to Deadlines from the Edge, an account of his travels as a reporter, to his most recent novel brought out by Penguin, House of War, a thriller based in Afghanistan. In addition, he has edited numerous books for other authors and has been a regular guest lecturer in creative writing and non-fiction narrative at Wits, Rhodes & UCT. He has worked around the world as reporter and radio broadcaster

For reservations and a full itinerary, contact:


Tel: + 27 (14) 577 9600
Mobile: +27 (0) 83 677 6853 (Michelle)
Mobile: +27 (0) 83 713 6830 (Michael)