Monday 30 May 2016 to Friday 24 June 2016
Athens & Thessaloniki

In partnership with the Kingston Writing School and Kingston University, we're pleased to announce the courses that comprise our fourth annual International Creative Writing Summer School in Athens and Thessaloniki.

The Summer School provides opportunities for writers from across the world to develop their critical and analytical skills, enhance their writing abilities, and work intensely in an inspiring and creative environment with experienced writers associated with the Kingston Writing School, Kingston University, London. Among the writers and professors who have taught at the Summer School in the past are: Rachel Cusk, Paul Bailey, Adam Baron, Norma Clarke and Maurice Walsh.

This year, the Summer School offers students the opportunity to hone their writing skills, practise writing fiction, non-fiction, prose fiction, flash fiction and poetry, and extend their knowledge of publishing and editing under the supervision and guidance of highly accomplished writers and academics.

Students may choose from three two-week courses and four one-week courses in Athens, and three one-week courses in Thessaloniki. Workshops in each course will be scheduled from Monday to Friday between 18.30 and 21.00, with extra curricular activities such as readings and tutorials taking place throughout the week.

Courses will be held in English, are suitable for writers at all levels and may be taken separately or in combination. See below for dates and course details.

Athens: two-week courses

  • Fiction with Julia Stuart and Adam Baron
    30 May–10 June 2016
  • Non-fiction with Brian Cathcart and Sam Jordison
    30 May–10 June 2016
  • Advanced Fiction with Ed Docx and Jonathan Gibbs
    13–24 June 2016

Athens: one-week courses

  • Prose Fiction with Katherine Orr
    30 May–3 June 2016
  • Flash Fiction with Heidi James
    6–10 June 2016
  • Publishing/Editing with Vicky Blunden
    13–17 June 2016
  • Poetry with Ahren Warner
    20–24 June 2016

Thessaloniki: one-week courses

  • Fiction with Howard Cunnell
    30 May–3 June 2016
  • Publishing/Editing with Judith Watts
    6–10 June 2016
  • Non-fiction with Maurice Walsh
    15–18 June 2016
  • Fiction with Martin Ouvry
    20–24 June 2016

Literary Saturday mornings

On the occasion of our International Creative Writing Summer School and the presence of a group of distinguished British writers and creative writing experts in Athens and Thessaloniki, we're delighted to invite you to a series of events on contemporary British literary output through readings and discussions taking place in both cities on the first three Saturdays in June.

The events will be held on 4, 11 and 18 June 2016 and are open to the public:

Athens Thessaloniki
Vivliocafe Enastron
101 Solonos street
106 78 Athens
British Council
43 Tsimiski Street (4th floor)
546 23 Thessaloniki
4 June 2016, 10.30
Meet authors Brian Cathcart, Julia Stuart and Katherine Orr
4 June 2016, 11.00
Meet author Howard Cunnell: Fathers & Sons – A Memoir
11 June 2016, 10.30
Meet authors Adam Baron, Sam Jordison and Heidi James
11 June 2016, 11.00
Meet Judith Watts: Creative writing and publishing
18 June 2016, 10.30
Meet author Ed Docx, and editor and publisher Vicky Blunden
18 June 2016, 12.00
Meet Maurice Walsh: Foreign press correspondents and non-fiction writing
Bitter Freedom: Ireland in a Revolutionary World 19181923


Certificates of achievement will be awarded upon completion.

Summer School Overview

Deadline for applications
  • Early bird: 13 May 2016
  • 22 May 2016

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 sample of their work in English: either a selection of poems or a prose piece of approximately 2,000 words, depending on the course(s) they have chosen.
Course fees

Two-week courses: €640

  • 15% discount for applicants based in Greece: €540
  • 10% early bird discount for applications received by 13 May: €575
  • Combined discount: €480

One-week courses: €340

  • 15% discount for applicants based in Greece: €285
  • 10% early bird discount for applications received by 13 May: €300
  • Combined discount: €255
  • Plus a further 5% discount for applicants who apply for three or more courses by the final application deadline

Αdditional 5% discount on all Thessaloniki courses for applications received by 13 May from:

  • Greek students
  • students attending two or more one-week courses.

Holders of the European Youth Card will be given a 25% discount on all our creative writing courses throughout the registration period/until 22 May 2016.

Course length

  • Two-week courses
    25 workshop hours + individual/small group tutorials + reading
  • One-week courses
    12.5 workshop hours + individual/small group tutorials + reading


How do I apply?

Email the completed application form to

Please note:

  • The form must be accompanied by a sample of your work in English: either a selection of poems or a prose piece of approximately 2,000 words, depending on the course you have chosen.
  • In the case of non-native speakers of English, the level of English language competency required should be equivalent to a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 overall, with 7.0 in the writing module.

How do I pay the course fee?

Once we've confirmed your participation on the course(s) of your choice, we'll ask you to pay the course fee.

  • 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, 09.00–14.30.
  • 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 bank account:

    Athens courses

    Citibank account number: 0/444215/003
    IBAN: GR 5108400010000000444215003

    Thessaloniki courses

    Alpha Bank account number: 7140 0200 2002 275
    IBAN:  GR85 0140 7140 7140 0200 2002 275

    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

General Conditions

  • We reserve the right to make changes to the course content and programme details.
  • 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 details of the Summer School, the application procedure and accommodation advice, please contact Maria Papaioannou:

Maria Papaioannou
British Council
17 Kolonaki Square
106 73 Athens
Telephone +30 210 369 2336 / 333