Centre for Creative Writing

Programme graduates

From high concept thrillers to contemporary sci-fi and autobiographical fiction, graduates of UCT’s Creative Writing programme have emerged as leaders in their genres, and an integral part of a new generation of African writers.

Masande Ntshanga


Getting under the Skin of the New SA with Masande Ntshanga’ – Mail & Guardian

2015 Caine Prize for African Writing


Lauren Beukes

AWARD-WINNING Author of 'The Shining Girls', 'Zoo City' and 'Moxyland'

​'Hot Book 'The Shining Girls' Acquired by MRC, DiCaprio's Appian Way' (Hollywood Reporter)

​'Lauren Beukes: At the Forefront of the Global Invasion' (Mail & Guardian)

​‘Sparkle and Flair from UJ Prize Writers’ (Mail & Guardian)

Yewande Omotoso

Author of 'Bom Boy' and 'The Woman Next Door​'

​'Black History Month Reading List: The Essential Recent Releases' (The Guardian)

​‘Open Book Festival: Thinkers and Writers Talk Black Feminism, Queer Politics and TRC’ (Mail & Guardian)

​'17 Best Books to Read This Spring' (oprah.com)

Sarah Lotz

Author of the blockbuster thriller 'The Three'

The Three Review – Sarah Lotz's High Concept Thriller Is a Blast’ (The Guardian)

​'Day Four,' a Cruise You'll Want to Miss’ (USA Today)


Other programme graduates include Caine Prize Winners Olufemi Terry and Mary Watson, Nape a’ Montana, Henrietta Rose-Innes and poet Fourie Botha.