The UK undoubtedly has a long-standing tradition in creative writing. In an attempt to explore British creative writing methodologies within a Greek context, our Creative Writing programme, which we’re organising in collaboration with the Kingston Writing School, aims to examine how elements from this rapidly growing sector can be usefully and meaningfully developed in Greece, and likewise, how ideas from Greece can be adopted in the UK.
The programme also aims to create a space for meaningful dialogue and exchange of ideas between Greek and UK writers at what is a dynamic and rapidly changing time in Europe.
Through a combination of lectures, workshops and open readings, the programme is an attempt to provide young writers with opportunities to develop their skills and expertise, and to come into contact with writing professionals (editors, publishers, agents and translators).
Poetry and Fiction Writing Groups
We’re delighted to invite you to join our new Writing Groups (Poetry and Fiction), which we are running for the fifth consecutive year. The writing groups will start in October and workshops will be held at our Athens office.
The Writing Groups are open to young and more experienced writers who want to share their skills and ideas, receive constructive feedback and discuss their work with like-minded peers, exchange views and listen to experienced and well-established writers and people from the book industry in the UK and Greece.
The working language is Greek but participants should also be able to work in English, especially for sessions via Skype (with Kingston Writing School teaching staff) and other activities that may arise.
Fiction group: Vangelis Provias
Vangelis Provias is the author of Black Parade Shoes (2014) and Messolongi Square (2016). He is a graduate of the Study of the United States Institute on Contemporary American Literature programme.
Poetry group: Panagiotis Ioannidis
Panayotis Ioannidis has published three books of poems: To sossivio [The Lifesaver] (2008), Akalyptos [Uncovered] (2013) and Polonia [Poland] (2016). He is on the faculty of the Cavafy Archive/Onassis Foundation's educational programmes, poetry editor of the monthly The Books’ Journal, on the editorial board of the poetry journal FRΜΚ and curator of the poetry readings Me ta loyia (yinete) [Words (can) do it].
For further information, see the moderator CVs (PDF, 290 kb).
|Fiction Writing Group||19 October 2016 to 10 May 2017 (15 classes in total)
Every other Wednesday, 18.00–21.00
|Poetry Writing Group||7 November 2016 to 20 March 2017 (10 classes in total)
Every other Monday, 18.30–21.00
The programme (PDF, 58 kb) will include Skype sessions with Kingston Writing School teaching staff as well as meetings with renowned Greek writers, journalists, editors and translators.
How can I apply?
To apply, please complete the application form (MS Word, 48 kb) by Wednesday 12 October 2016.
There is a participation fee of €110.
How do I pay the fee?
Once we’ve confirmed your participation, we’ll ask you to pay the fee. You can make the payment in one of two ways:
- in cash or by credit card (VISA, DINERS and MASTERCARD) at our Athens office (17 Kolonaki Square, 106 73 Athens), Monday to Friday, 09.00–14.30
- via bank deposit (Citibank account: 0/444215/003, IBAN: GR 5108400010000000444215003). Please quote your name followed by ‘Fiction Writing Group’ or ‘Poetry Writing Group’ in the ‘Αιτιολογία’ field on the deposit slip (e.g. Eleni Papanikolaou, Fiction Writing Group).
- We reserve the right to make changes to the course content and programme details.
- We reserve the right not to run a group with fewer than six participants. Fees will be refunded.
- No refunds will be made after the programme has started.
- Places cannot be guaranteed until fees have been paid.
- The maximum number of participants per group will not exceed 18.
- For further information about our creative writing programme, please contact Maria Papaioannou: Maria.Papaioannou@britishcouncil.gr | 210 369 2336