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Date
Sunday 11 October 2015 - 23:59
Location
Deadline for applications

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 Greece-UK Creative Writing Exchange 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 fourth 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.

Moderators

Fiction group: Vangelis Provias
Vangelis Provias’ first book, The Black Shoes for the School Marching Parade, a collection of short stories, was published in 2014 by OLKOS and reached its third reprint in less than a year. Vangelis is currently working on his first novel.

Poetry group: Panagiotis Ioannidis
Panayotis Ioannidis has published two books of poems in Greek: To sossivio [The Lifesaver] (2008), Akalyptos [Uncovered] (2013), and he has a third, forthcoming book, Polonia [Poland]. His translations of poems by R. Creeley, T. Gunn, D. Harsent, S. Heaney, A. Motion and others have also been published in journals.

For further information, see the moderator CVs (PDF, 407 kb).

Programme

Fiction Writing Group 21 October 2015 to 25 May 2016
Every other Wednesday, 18.00–21.00
Poetry Writing Group 2 November 2015 to 18 April 2016
Every Monday, 18.30–20.30

The programme (PDF, 176 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, 49 kb) and email it to Vangelis Kravvaritis at Vangelis.Kravvaritis@britishcouncil.gr by Sunday 11 October 2015.

Participation fee

There is a participation fee of €95.

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). Scan the bank deposit slip and send it by email to Vangelis.Kravvaritis@britishcouncil.gr.

General Conditions

  • 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.
  • Normally the maximum number of participants per group will not exceed 15.

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