Athens International Creative Writing Summer School 2013 logo
Monday 17 June 2013 - 18:00 to Saturday 13 July 2013 - 21:00

Following the success of our Greece-UK Creative Writing Exchange programme, we are pleased to announce our first annual International Creative Writing Summer School in Athens, which we're organising in partnership with the Kingston Writing School and Kingston University.

The Summer School will provide opportunities for writers from across the world to work with experienced writers from Kingston University and Greece in the beautiful city of Athens.

Workshops for each course – with participants working in both small and large groups – will be scheduled between 18.00 and 21.00 Monday to Friday with extracurricular activities including readings, panel discussions and trips taking place throughout the week, including Saturday mornings. See below for dates and provisional course details.

Intensive Prose Writing Course

Two-week course: 17–29 June 2013
with Rachel Cusk and Adam Baron

  • designed for aspiring and accomplished writers alike who want to develop and enhance their prose writing skills
  • combines precise comments in peer-led workshops with individual feedback on written drafts
  • helps students develop and enhance their authentic voice

Intensive Poetry Writing Course

Two-week course: 17–29 June 2013
with Paul Perry and Jane Yeh

  • designed for both new and more experienced writers primarily interested in poetry and language
  • emphasis on dramatic monologue, syllabic verse, the prose poem, ars poetica, translation, docu-poetry, and contemporary poetics and poetry

Mixed Genre Writing Course

Four-week course: 17 June–13 July 2013
with James Miller, Siobhan Campbell, Fiona Sampson and Todd Swift, plus selected Greek writers and guests

  • designed for writers of all levels working across genres including fiction, non-fiction, poetry and scriptwriting
  • explores literary fiction, experimental prose, poetry and scriptwriting within critical, philosophical, theoretical, cultural and political contexts
  • looks at a range of elements and forms including structure, dramatic setting, characterisation, rhythm, music, concision, expansion, tone, point of view, argumentation, editing, reading and performance

Combined Fiction and Poetry Writing Course

Two-week course: 1–13 July 2013
Jonathan Barnes and Fiona Sampson

  • designed for aspiring as well as experienced writers working in prose fiction, poetry or both
  • develops the key skills to craft a prose fiction work whether a novel, short story or novella and/or poetry
  • explores relations between poetry and fiction and the benefits of studying one in the context of the other

Certificates of achievement will be awarded on successful completion.

Summer School Overview

Location British Council, 17 Kolonaki Square, 106 73 Athens
Deadline for applications 10 June 2013
Early bird 22 April 2013
Entry requirements Applicants should be able to demonstrate a high level of written and spoken English (equivalent to an IELTS score of 6.5 overall and 7.0 in the writing module). They will also be required to submit a short sample of work: a selection of poems and/or a prose piece of approximately 2,000 words in English.
Course fees

EU students

  • Two-week courses: €550
  • Early bird for two-week courses: €500 (for applications received before 22 April)
  • Four-week course: €950
  • Early bird for the four-week course: €850 (for applications received before 22 April)

Non-EU students

  • Two-week courses: €825
  • Early bird for two-week courses: €750 (for applications received before 22 April)
  • Four-week course: €1,425
  • Early bird for the four-week course: €1,275 (for applications received before 22 April)
Course length Two-week courses: 30 workshop hours
Four-week course: 60 workshop hours

Download the application form (MS Word, 57 kb)
Download further information on the courses (PDF, 90 kb)

How do I apply and pay the course fee?

Send the completed application form to Maria Papaioannou by email at Once we‘ve confirmed your participation on the course of your choice, we’ll ask you to pay the course fees.

  • If you are resident in Greece, you can make the payment in cash or by credit card (VISA, DINERS and MASTERCARD) at our Athens office (17 Kolonaki Square, 106 73 Athens), Monday to Friday (08.30–15.00) and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (15.00–19.00).
  • If you are resident in Greece but cannot visit our Athens office or you are an international applicant, you can make the payment by direct deposit to the British Council Citibank account:

    Account number: 0/444215/003
    IBAN: GR 5108400010000000444215003

    Please quote your name followed by 'Creative Writing' in the 'Αιτιολογία' field on the deposit slip (e.g. Eleni Papanikolaou, Creative Writing).

    Scan the bank deposit slip and send to Maria Papaioannou by email at or send by fax to +30 210 361 4658.

General conditions

  • We reserve the right to make changes to the course content and programme.
  • We reserve the right not to open a class with fewer than six students. Fees will be refunded.
  • No refunds will be made after the course has started.
  • Places cannot be guaranteed until course fees have been paid.
  • Normally the maximum number of participants per course will not exceed 12.


For further information and to register, please contact us:

Customer Services
British Council
17 Kolonaki Square
106 73 Athens
Telephone + 30 210 369 2333
Fax +30 210 361 4658

Further information

For further details of the creative writing courses, the application procedure and accommodation advice, please email Maria Papaioannou at or call +30 210 369 2336.