ATKV School for Creative Writing - About Us

About Us

The ATKV School for Creative Writing of the North-West University offers a variety of short writing courses to anyone wanting to take up creative writing or aiming to improve his or her creative writing skills. The only admission requirements are writing talent and a passion for creative writing. The courses  can be from one to five days long and may also be offered at venues outside Potchefstroom.

The annual Autumn School for writers stretches over five days, with attention to prose, poetry and column writing. For (aspiring) romance writers the annual Spring School is the appropriate occasion; for three days the art of writing love stories is discussed and practically demonstrated. The course for congregational writing is presented on a Saturday and focuses on the content and layout of congregational publications. In cooperation with the ATKV (i.e. the Society for Afrikaans Language and Culture, or the Afrikaanse Taal- en Kultuurvereniging) annual courses, focusing on children’s literature and lasting 2 or 3 days each are also organised all around the country.

Furthermore, the School for Creative Writing annually offers at least four short courses for young writers at various venues in South Africa. Such "chancellor’s courses" are made possible by the NWU Chancellor’s Trust and are usually presented on  a Friday and a Saturday.

Offering courses on demand is another possibility; you are welcome to approach us with such requests.

Staff

The ATKV School for Creative Writing was established in 1990 under the leadership of Afrikaans linguist and author Hans du Plessis, and with the financial support of the ATKV, which remains one of the main sponsors of the School. Bernard Odendaal, Afrikaans and Dutch literary scholar, poet and writer and translator of song lyrics, currently serves as the director of the School. He is assisted by the chairperson of the subject group Skryfkunde, namely the renowned Afrikaans author Franci Greyling. The inputs by the teaching staff in the various courses are supplemented by those of  well-known and established writers and by publishers. Mrs. Kobie van Aswegen deals with the administration of the ATKV School for Creative Writing.

Academic Staff

 

Prof. Bernard Odendaal

 

 Job title Professor
 Telephone +27 (0)18 299 1783
 Fax +27 (0)18 299 1784
 E-mail Bernard.Odendaal@nwu.ac.za
 Location Potchefstroom Campus, Building E9, G04
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Support Staff

 

Kobie van Aswegen

 

 Job title Secretary
 Telephone +27 (0)18 299 1783
 Fax +27 (0)18 299 1784
 E-mail Kobie.vanAswegen@nwu.ac.za
 Location Potchefstroom Campus, Building E9, G06
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Contact Us

Postal address:
ATKV-Skryfskool
North-West University
Private Bag X6001

Potchefstroom
2520

Physical address:
ATKV-Skryfskool
Frans du Toit Building E9, Room 106
11 Hoffman Street
Potchefstroom
2520 

Contact number:
+27 (0)18 299 1782
Faks: +27 (0)18 299 1784

Email:
Kobie.vanAswegen@nwu.ac.za

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