Creative Writing School | British Council


In partnership with the Kingston Writing School, we’re proud to announce the second annual International Creative Writing Summer School.

This year the International Creative Writing Summer School will be bigger and better, with specialist workshops for anyone wishing to enhance their skills and talent as a writer. Established writers and Kingston University professors will work in small groups with writers from across the world on an intensive programme, which will involve workshops, a range of writing activities, group discussions, readings and one-to-one tutorials.

Courses on offer will include fiction, poetry, non-fiction, literary translation and a mixed genre course. A series of lectures on contemporary British literature and art in Greece will also take place as part of the summer school.

The International Creative Writing Summer School aims to give writers the opportunity to explore and develop their imaginative and expressive potential, and to raise their awareness of the technical and compositional issues associated with writing.

Courses will be held in English and are suitable for writers at all levels. They will take place every day from Monday to Friday between 18.30 and 21.00 in Athens and Thessaloniki. See below for dates and provisional course details.

Registration opens on 11 March 2014.


Fiction/Flash Fiction Writing Course

Two-week course: 2–14 June 2014
with Adam Baron and Aimee Parkison

designed for aspiring and accomplished writers alike who want to develop and enhance their prose writing skills
combines precise comments in peer-led workshops with individual feedback on written drafts
helps students develop and enhance their authentic voice
Non-fiction Writing Course

Two-week course: 2–14 June 2014
with Maurice Walsh and Norma Clarke

designed for writers working in all types of non-fiction, including life writing (memoir and autobiography), biography, journalism, diaries and personal essay
includes close reading of each student’s work, analysis of examples from literature, classroom exercises, writing time, group discussion and debate
examines and records the students’ own personal experiences as well as the life experiences of others, and explores the benefits of studying all in the context of the other
Mixed Genre Writing Course

Three-week course: 2–21 June 2014
with Bonnie Greer, Catherine Smith and Jonathan Barnes

designed for writers of all levels working across genres, including novels, poetry, screenwriting, playwriting, short stories, flash fiction, non-fiction and radio plays
builds students’ confidence and encourages them to discuss and develop their work, and to improve their critical abilities
provides precise, editorial comments and professional advice about the wider direction and ideas of the students’ work
looks at a range of elements and forms related to various genres including form, structure, characterisation, dramatic setting, rhythm, pacing, concision, expansion, tone, point of view, editing, reading and performance
Poetry Writing Course

Two-week course: 16–28 June 2014
with Jane Yeh and Paul Perry

designed for students primarily interested in exploring poetry and language
provides precise, editorial comments as well as advice about the wider direction and ideas of students’ work
emphasises dramatic monologue, syllabic verse, the prose poem, ars poetica, docu-poetry, and contemporary poetics and poetry
Fiction Writing Course

Two-week course: 16–28 June 2014
with Julia Stuart and Dr James Miller

designed primarily for aspiring and established writers who want to develop and enhance their prose writing skills
combines precise comments in peer-led workshop sessions with individual feedback on written drafts
emphasises discussions and exercises that will help students to discover, explore and enhance their personal style and vision
Literary Translation Course

Two-week course: 16–28 June 2014
with David Connolly, Nicole Miller and Simos Zeniou

involves practice in translating literary texts to a professional level
provides theoretical input concerning the strategies for dealing with the problems that arise in literary translation
Lecture Series: British Literature and Art in Greece

Every Saturday: 31 May–28 June 2014 (31 May, 7 June, 14 June, 21 June & 28 June)

This series of five early afternoon lectures (PDF, 89 kb) will explore a range of topics related to British literature and art in Greece. Designed to raise as many questions at they answer, the lectures will examine the complex relationships between British writers and artists in various Greek contexts, including ethnicity, fiction, memoir and photography. Writers will read from their work as well as engage with audiences in a relaxed atmosphere of stimulating critical reflection.


Location British Council, 17 Kolonaki Square, 106 73 Athens

and Art Professionals in Athens Residency, 12 s st, 2nd and 7th Floor, 12 Athinas st, 10554, Monastiraki, Athens

Four Lectures will take place at Art Professionals in Athens Residency

 31 May 2014 | Bonnie Greer


7 June 2014  | Paul Bailey


14 June 2014  | Barbara Taylor


21 June |  Paul Perry


28 June |  Lindsay Smith

Teaching staff



Bonnie Greer, OBE, is an American-British playwright, novelist and critic. She is also the Chancellor of Kingston University. Her novels include Hanging by Her Teeth, Entropy, and Obama Music. She has also published Langston Hughes: the Value Of Contradiction and the following plays: Munda Negra, Dancing On Blackwater and Jitterbug.


Paul Perry Paul Perry is the author of acclaimed books including The Drowning of the Saints, Goldsmith’s Ghost, 108 Moons, The Orchid Keeper and most recently The Last Falcon and Small Ordinance. A winner of The Hennessy Award for Irish Literature, he is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing for Kingston University, London and editor of Beyond the Workshop (KUP). With Karen Gillece, he writes ‘Karen Perry’ thrillers, forthcoming with Penguin UK. Holt US.


Barbara Tayloris a Canadian-born British-based historian and historical author specialising in Enlightenment History, Gender Studies and the History of Subjectivity. She is Professor of Humanities at Queen Mary University of London England. She wrote a biography of Mary Wollstonecarft (1759-1797), the early English feminist and republican and continues to speak on her life, for example in 2009 at Newington Green Unitarian Church as part of the 250th anniversary celebrations of Wollstonecraft’s birth. Her memoir “The Last Asylum: A Memoir of Madness in Our Times” was published in February 2014.

Paul Bailey is one of the most esteemed British novelists who has taught creative writing at major universities in the UK and US. He is the author of eleven novels, two of which, Peter Smart’s Confessions (1977) and Gabriel’s Lament (1986), were nominated for the Booker Prize for Fiction, and four books of non-fiction. His latest novel, The Prince’s Boy, will be published this spring by Bloomsbury. He currently teaches creative writing at Kingston University.


Lindsay Smith is professor of English at the University of Sussex and co-director of the Sussex Centre for Visual fields. A specialist in 19th century non-fictional prose, painting, and photography as well as visual perception, photography theory and early 20th century British literature and art, she is the author of many influential articles. Her books include Victorian Photography, Painting and Poetry; The Politics of Focus: Women, Children and Nineteenth-century Photography; Pre-Raphaelistism: Poetry and Painting. Her next book on the photographs of Lewis Carroll will be published by Reakton Press. Her current research focuses on British photographs of Athens and the Acropolis. 




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