Writing Course leads to five new books
Back (left to right): Etienne van Heerden, Willemien Brümmer and Michael Rands.
Front: Ingrid Wolfaardt, Quintus van der Merwe and Nanette van Rooyen.
Photo: Monday Paper
As Hofmeyr Professor at the School of Languages and Literatures at the University of Cape Town, Etienne van Heerden deals mostly with postgraduate students.
His research interests in literature include literary theory, Afrikaans prose since the early 1980s, and specific areas such as historiography and fiction, postmodernism and engagement, and Afrikaans and Dutch literature from South Africa and the former Dutch colonies in the Caribbean and the East.
He also teaches internet and web theory.
His Creative Writing master classes has led to the publication of several of his students’ literary products with leading South African publishers. These include novels and short story collections by Sonja Loots, Tom Dreyer, Nini Bennet, Jaco Botha, Rachelle Greeff and Izak de Vries, leading writers of the younger generation.
Authors whose manuscripts were supervised by Etienne van Heerden and subsequently published in book form include:
||Together with his students and other writers Etienne van Heerden created Die Rooi Roman as an online interactive novel. This collective effort – a first for Afrikaans – was eventually published in book form by Human & Rousseau. It was co-edited by Jaco Botha, a senior student at the time and now a well-established short story writer.
||Van Heerden challenged his students to create two “unconventional” love stories each. The result was the collection Die mooiste liefde is verby, published by Tafelberg.