British Council and Kingston Writing School: International Creative Writing Summer School 2018 Athens – Thessaloniki
Literature is a thriving and integral part of the United Kingdom cultural sector and there is a longstanding tradition of well established creative writing courses and programmes at UK universities, allowing for multiple opportunities to learn about all aspects of writing. In an attempt to explore British creative writing methodologies and with the aim to raise awareness of the wide range of UK literary production, back in 2013, the British Council in Greece joined forces with Kingston Writing School and Kingston University and launched the first International Creative Writing School in Athens. The Summer School is held on an annual basis every June in Athens and since 2014 in Thessaloniki as well. Remaining faithful to its commitment for continuous improvement, this year the Summer School comprises a series of engaging and upto-date workshops, combining the practice of writing skills (Fiction, Flash Fiction, Poetry, Non-Fiction, Genre Fiction) with an exciting Publishing and Editing course and a Writing for the Web.
Once again students are offered the opportunity to explore their potential and extend their knowledge in a vibrant atmosphere of mutual respect. The International Creative Writing Summer School aims to create a space for meaningful dialogue and exchange of ideas between writers from across the world at what is a dynamic and everchanging time in Europe. The synergy of the British Council and Kingston Writing School will provide a unique learning experience with an international approach and outlook. The Summer School is designed to provide writers with an opportunity to work with leading writers/academics associated with the Kingston Writing School, enabling them to enhance their writing skills, no matter what the extent of their experience or aspiration is, and maximise the resonance and quality of their work. The Summer School also provides students with networking opportunities, thus increasing mutual understanding, building connections between UK writers and their counterparts in Greece, Europe and around the world and creating an international community of writers.
Courses are designed for an international audience and will provide participants with the skills and expertise needed by writers today. This year, the Summer School offers students the opportunity to hone their writing skills, practise writing fiction, flash fiction, non fiction and poetry, and extend their knowledge of publishing, editing and writing for the web under the supervision and guidance of highly accomplished writers and academics. Experienced writers associated with the Kingston Writing School and Kingston University, London will work in small groups with writers from across the world on an intensive programme which involves workshops, a range of writing activities, group discussions, readings and one-to-one tutorials.
Learning will be challenging, enjoyable and engaging. Students may choose from six one-week courses in Athens and a one-week course in Thessaloniki. Courses will be held in English, are suitable for writers at all levels and may be taken separately or in combination.
Who is it for?
- Greek and international writers of all levels (from emerging to accomplished)
- English language teachers, academics, journalists, columnists, copy editors, publishing and creative professionals who want to enhance their writing skills
- Anyone with a passion for good writing
The International Creative Writing School will:
- give writers the opportunity to explore their imaginative and expressive potential, to develop their own voice and to raise their awareness of the technical and compositional issues associated with writing
- improve students' critical abilities and writing skills through constructive engagement with the work of their peers and build up their confidence in writing
- create new and strengthen existing relationships and ties with professionals in the field of literature from the UK, Greece and beyond
- provide a vibrant network for professional development and mutual support
- increase the sense of belonging to an international community of writers
- 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 (six poems) or a prose piece of approximately 2,000 words, depending on the course they have chosen.
Deadline for applications
Early bird: 30 April 2018
Deadline for registration: 21 May 2018
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