- The aim of this session is to develop candidate’s own expertise as writers, by requiring them to write for different audiences and purposes.
- Candidates are advised to choose tasks that reflect their own interests for which they perceive a realistic audience.
- VERY IMPORTANT: Teachers and Parents are NOT allowed to assist candidates in their writing works. This is of paramount importance. Teachers are not at liberty to rectify any spelling or grammatical mistakes for candidates. Teachers are requested to sign the declaration of oath ON THE ENTRY FORM, stating that it is indeed the ORIGINAL work of the candidate without interference of the teacher or parent. The best way for teachers to control and oversee this matter is to allow candidates to write their original work IN CLASS under supervision and to assemble all work at the end of the period. NO OUTSIDE SOURCES FOR EXAMPLE, dictionaries or internet may be used. Should the adjudicator suspect any interference of the teacher or parent, the entry will be considered invalid and will be penalised. Such a candidate will forfeit the entry fee. This equally apply to High School candidates.
WRITING TO ENTERTAIN / SKRYF OM TE VERMAAK
- A short story/Kortverhaal
- A stand-up comedy routine
- A radio script
P3.1.1 Grade 8 P3.1.4 Grade 11
P3.1.2 Grade 9 P3.1.5 Grade 12
P3.1.3 Grade 10
WRITING TO PERSUADE / SKRYF OM TE OORREED
- A piece of journalism
- A moral fable
- Texts for an advertising campaign
P3.2.1 Grade 8 P3.2.4 Grade 11
P3.2.2 Grade 9 P3.2.5 Grade 12
P3.2.3 Grade 10
WRITING TO INFORM / SKRYF ‘N BERIG
- An account of an event
- An explanation of a process
- An article about an area of special interest
P3.3.1 Grade 8 P3.3.4 Grade 11
P3.3.2 Grade 9 P3.3.5 Grade 12
P3.3.3 Grade 10
WRITING TO ADVISE/INSTRUCT / SKRYF OM TE ADVISEER
- Planning for an event or occasion
- Making better use of computer software
- Advice on managing money
P3.4.1 Grade 8 P3.4.4 Grade 11
P3.4.2 Grade 9 P3.4.5 Grade 12
P3.4.3 Grade 10
Here are eight simple guidelines for a good writing style:
- Never use a metaphor, simile, or figure of speech, when you are used to seeing it in print.
- Never use a long word when a short one will do.
- If it is possible to cut a word out, cut it out.
- Never use the passive when you can use the active.
- Never use a foreign phrase or jargon if there is an everyday English or Afrikaans equivalent.
- Write short sentences. Avoid long, complex sentences.
- Listen to what you write.
Here are some DEADLY SINS to avoid when writing novels, BUT they apply mostly equally well to short prose:
- Never open a book with weather
- Avoid prologues
- Never use a verb other than “said” to carry dialogue
- Never use an adverb to modify the verb “said”…
- Keep our exclamation marks under control
- Never use the words “suddenly” or “all hell broke loose”
- Use regional dialect, patois, sparingly
- Avoid detailed descriptions of characters
- Don’t go into great detail describing places and things.
- Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip