Aiming to uplift new writers

2019-11-27 06:02
Lucky Mbatha (left) and author Brenda George at the launch of The Craft and Joys of Novel Writing.PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Lucky Mbatha (left) and author Brenda George at the launch of The Craft and Joys of Novel Writing.PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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WITH a wealth of experience behind her as a freelance editor, writer, and more, Brenda George has launched a writing guide [cum literary memoir].

The book, titled The Craft and Joys of Novel Writing, was launched recently at the Msunduzi Library.

George said the book is the result of having been a freelance editor for 47 years, a writer for 37 years, and a holder of creative writing workshops, called The Craft and Joys of Novel Writing, and of being a publishing consultant.

In the book, George does not only share her experience from decades of writing, but she also tells of the fairytale ride she and her author sister, Gloria Keverne, went on when Keverne’s book [A Man Cannot Cry] was published.

George also talks about the dreams that motivated her to start her writing and the meetings and events that occurred while she was researching her series of novels in the U.S.

“I started writing in 1982 after I had two dreams.

“The first dream gave me my four main characters, and the second, a week later, my whole basis for my story. Of course, it grew out of that and was so long, I had to cut it in two.

“My passion for writing came after the dreams,” said George. Describing the book, George said it is written in an easy, conversational style, and is entertaining, humorous and highly informative. Among guest speakers at the launch was writer Cyril James, author of Many a Cold Night; motivational speaker Musa Zulu; retired University of KwaZulu-Natal PMB campus professor Dr Martin Prosesky and more.

“The launch was a joyous celebration of not only the launch of my book, but of writing,” said George.

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