Janet van Eeden has been a writer most of her life. She wrote her first poem, about a tiger, when she was eight. She has earned her living from freelance journalism, scriptwriting and producing for the past thirteen years.
She has written for many print media, including The Witness and The Sunday Independent as well as a few British magazines, including Scriptwriter UK and the websites LitNet and Twelvepoint.com.
Van Eeden has written eleven screenplays and six stage plays to date.
She regularly reviews books for The Witness and LitNet.
She has produced six plays (and directed two) and taken each one to the Grahamstown Arts Festival with funding from the National Arts Council. Her new play, In-Gene-Uity, premiered at the Grahamstown Festival in July 2009.
Van Eeden was a supervising producer on two M-Net EDiT Films, Smile (2006) and Commando (2007), written by her film-writing students Johann Hyman and Stephen de Villiers while she was lecturing at UKZN.
White Lion, a full-length feature film she co-wrote, premiered at the Durban International Film Festival in July 2009 and was released internationally in February 2010.
Van Eeden has her Masters degree in English (cum laude) and lectured part-time in scriptwriting at the University of KwaZulu-Natal for two years. She conducts scriptwriting workshops around the country and has presented workshops at AFDA Johannesburg, for the Wildlife Film Academy at the Kruger National Park and Entebene Game Park, and at the Wild Talk International Film Festival in 2009.
She received a National Arts Council grant in 2008 to write the novel The Width of a Thread.
Her stage play A Matter of Time was unanimously declared the winning entry by the three judges of the Olive Schreiner Award 2008.
She is currently producing her own film, A Shot at the Big Time, in co-production with Moviworld, the producers of the Oscar-winning film Tsotsi.
She also offers an online scriptwriting course which has attracted students from as far afield as DRC and Europe. For more information, visit the website below.
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