Application to serve as a TRAINER for the WGSA Train the Trainer course HAVE

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Application to serve as a TRAINER for the
WGSA Train the Trainer course

The Writers’ Guild of South Africa is looking for experienced writers, trainers and or facilitators to be part of our eight-day Train the Trainer course in Johannesburg.

1.  Writers’ Guild of South Africa

The Writers’ Guild of South Africa (WGSA) is the only professional association in South Africa with a mandate to protect, empower and develop performance writers in the local film, television, radio, stage, animation and new media (internet – mobile and digital distribution, and gaming) industries. The WGSA is a registered Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) and a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) which is solely dependent on fundraising. Its mandate is governed by a constitution and a council. All activities are executed by volunteer council members and a part-time Executive Officer.

2.  Train the Trainer Course

The Train the Trainer project forms part of the guild’s outreach programme. The outreach programme, funded by the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture, falls within the WGSA’s core service delivery strategy, Professional Development Programme. The course will:

  • address the necessary skills required for candidates to become trainers, delivering engaging and compelling basic screenwriting workshops;
  • cover basic training skills including facilitating, needs analyses, and navigating a culturally diverse environment;
  • address basic screenwriting concepts that the participants will use in facilitating a scriptwriting course.

During the training period, TRAINERS / FACILITATORS will be expected to conduct one or more parts of the following:

Part 1: 21 February to 23 February – Presentation and training skills (in line with the WGSA Train the Trainer Manual) which includes practical exercises and evaluation of trainees.

Part 2: 24 February to 28 February – Basic screenwriters course which comprises of the following modules:

  • 24 February: Screenwriting is a JOB / The Business of Screenwriting
  • 25 February: Story
  • 26 February: Structure
  • 27 February: Script
  • 28 February (half day): Lesson Plans / practical tests on implementation of the work done over the previous 7 days.

The trainer/facilitator will be expected to guide the trainees (who are all professional screenwriters) to modify and adapt the set manual into a practical 2-day course for emerging writers.

You may apply for Part 1 and or 2, or any specific portion of Part 2.  Please specify in your application for which part and which su-part of PART 2 you are applying for.

Trainers will be paid R9500 per day
Trainers will be paid R5500 for the 28th of February

Remuneration includes preparation time, evaluation of “homework” and all your travel, accommodation, meals expenses.  the WGSA will only provide lunch and tea-time snacks during the day of the course.

3.  Eligibility

3.1. Experience / Job Knowledge:


  • Experience in training trainers, facilitation of workshops/training sessions


  • at least four years of screenwriting experience is required;
  • screen credits for film and/or TV;
  • training/facilitation experience;
  • must be a FULL WGSA member (must be a produced screenwriter with screen credits for screenwriting) in good standing (a paid up member) / or must join the WGSA as a FULL member (as per explanations mentioned)

3.2. Language

  • The course will be conducted in English.

4.  Application


Please send the following documents to before
13 February 2020, 12h00
NO LATE APPLICATIONS will be accepted

1)  Identity document or passport

2)  Comprehensive CV

3)  List of all credits (please note if it is Film or TV or any other platform), with the year that you have received the credit

4)  List of all training/facilitation you have conducted, with a brief description of the content and the audience

5)  WGSA membership status

6)  Which Part and / or sub-part are you applying for

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