Monday 03 June 2019 to Saturday 15 June 2019
Athens & Thessaloniki

Are you passionate about writing? Do you want to meet like-minded people, develop your writing technique, sharpen your critical skills and discuss your work in small, focused groups? If so, don’t miss the chance to apply for a place on our seventh annual International Creative Writing Summer School taking place in Athens and Thessaloniki.

Our Summer School has distinguished itself as one of the leading programmes in creative writing in Greece. It offers the opportunity to craft original work under the guidance of some of today’s most respected practising British writers. Among the writers and creative writing professors who have taught at the Summer School in the past are: Ed Docx, Ahren Warner, Heidi James, Norma Clarke, Rachel Cusk, Adam Baron, Paul McVeigh, Siobhan Campbell and Maurice Walsh.

This year, the Summer School will enable students to enhance their writing skills through writing short fiction, crime and thriller, novel and/or poetry under the supervision and guidance of highly accomplished writers and academics. While the focus will be clearly on critiquing and discussing work in progress, the participants will immerse themselves in writing and address key issues in literature, as well as participate in one-to-one tutorials.

The courses will be adapted each time to respond to the participants’ specific needs, level and aspirations, as well as to the particular local context. Workshops in each course will be scheduled from Monday to Friday between 18.00 and 21.00, with extra-curricular activities such as readings and tutorials taking place throughout the week.

Courses will be held in English and are suitable for writers at all levels. See below for dates and course details.


Short fiction with Gerard Woodward
3–8 June 2019

Short fiction can be anything from a few sentences to several thousand words. It offers a special challenge to the writer who has to work within its restricted parameters. As we shall see, the key is to make use of these restrictions and see them as an advantage rather than a limitation. The short fiction course:

  • is designed for writers at all levels from beginners to the more advanced
  • explores short fiction through analysis of published examples using workshopping and prompts to inspire and help develop technical skills
  • encourages discussion of the students’ work that will deepen the understanding of fundamentals such as character, description, plot, dialogue and point of view.

Crime and Thriller Writing with Paul Perry
3–8 June 2019

Learn how to create convincing characters, compelling storylines, suspense and structure. In an immersive and supportive atmosphere, you will be given the tools to write your own crime and thriller novel in a course which:

  • is designed for writers seeking to enhance their crime and thriller writing skills
  • provides an accessible, constructive and friendly approach to developing ideas and improving your writing
  • explores technical approaches to writing
  • is suitable for aspiring and experienced writers
  • offers in-class writing exercises and homework assignments.

Poetry with Sasha Dugdale
10–15 June 2019

The course will consist of taught seminars followed by workshopping of students’ work. Through a number of collaborative exercises and individual work, as well as analysis of poems, students will be asked to understand what makes a good or striking poem, and how to best share thoughts and emotions on paper. The course:

  • is suitable for writers who would like to develop their work and their thinking further
  • involves workshopping participants’ poems in a warm and constructive atmosphere
  • explores approaches and strategies together and will try some exercises to stimulate poetry and to explore the poetic craft.

Novel with S. E. Lynes
10–15 June 2019

Telling a coherent, entertaining and thought-provoking story over approximately ninety thousand words is, at the very least, a challenge. On this novel course, students will:

  • learn how to approach narrative structure in a way that allows them to manage what can often be an overwhelming volume of words
  • explore how to use both overall and individual scene structure to keep the reader turning the page
  • find out more about the art of mimesis: showing character through dialogue and action
  • how to access a character’s interior life, how to create tension, how to use the external world, symbolic detail, narrative perspective; and how to write the most fundamental building block of prose fiction: the complete scene
  • combine craft techniques, critical examination of great novel writing, and workshopping of students’ work.

Three-day workshop in Thessaloniki

Writing better essays with David Rogers

Details will be announced shortly.

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, we’re delighted to invite you to a series of events on contemporary British literary output through readings and discussions taking place in June.

The events will be open to the public. More details to follow.


Certificates of achievement will be awarded upon completion.

Summer School Overview

Deadline for applications 3 May 2019

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 (up to six poems) or a prose piece of approximately 2,000 words, depending on the course(s) they have chosen.

Course fees
  • €350 for each course
  • €150 for the three-day workshop in Thessaloniki

Course length
  • 15 workshop hours
  • One individual tutorial
  • Saturday readings/events


How do I apply?

Email the completed application form to

We encourage you to apply as early as possible to secure your place. Groups are small and places fill up fast.

Please note:

  • The form must be accompanied by a sample of your work in English: either a selection of poems (up to six 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:

    Citibank account number: 0/444215/003
    IBAN: GR51 0840 0010 0000 0044 4215 003

    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 and the application procedure, please contact Maria Papaioannou:

Telephone +30 210 369 2336 / 333