British Council to Host 5th International Creative Writing Summer School

Fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry and publishing/editing and writing for the web are just some of the topics covered by the 5-day courses.


The British Council is to host its fifth annual International Creative Writing Summer School in Athens and Thessaloniki, organised in partnership with the Kingston Writing School and Kingston University.

Throughout June, a series of short courses will be held in the two cities, giving participants the opportunity to hone their writing skills, practice writing fiction, flash fiction and poetry, and/or extend their knowledge of publishing, editing, as well as writing for the web. The courses will be run by accomplished writers and academics.

“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 of Kingston University, London,” the British Council states on its website.

International Creative Writing Summer School from British Council Greece on Vimeo.

Writers and professors who have taught at the Summer School in the past include: Ed Docx, Ahren Warner, Jane Yeh, Norma Clarke, Paul Bailey, Adam Baron and Maurice Walsh.

Students may choose from six one-week courses in Athens. In Thessaloniki a one-week course and a three-day workshop will be offered. 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 and are suitable for writers at all levels.

Applications to take part in one or more of the courses are currently being accepted. The deadline for applications is May 15, although there is an early-bird discount for those who apply before April 30.

A full scholarship to any course is also being offered to the winner of the International Flash Fiction Competition. To enter, submit by May 1 an unpublished flash fiction story in English (up to 300 words) on the theme: I am not the man/woman I thought I was.

For more detailed information on the courses, fees and application procedure, visit the Creative Writing Summer School 2017 webpage.

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