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

Author of The Reactive

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' (

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.