LIMNISA WRITING WORKSHOPS 2013
May 25 - June 1st
The actual tuition takes place from May 25 - June 1st, but you can stay on longer to work on your own project.
August 24 - August 31st
Tuition takes place from August 24 until August 31, but if you want you can arrive earlier to acclimatize and stay longer to keep working on your project. Limnisa is open from August 16 until September 21st.
Get to the heart of the matter.
Do you know what you want to write? Do you know how to go about it?
The workshop aims to nudge you out of your comfort zone. Find the essence of what you are trying to say and learn how to say it more clearly: write from the heart, with conviction.
We start with a one to one, for you to explain what you want to achieve and your tutor to gain an idea of how to help you develop your work during the week ahead.
From this point on each seminar will have something to benefit you.
We each will be writing a story. This can be something new or based on a current project. Either way, you will find
it develops in a surprising way thanks to the daily group sessions. Be prepared for the unexpected. Learn how to draw ideas out of your own subconscious, make use of mistakes and slip-ups; express yourself in new ways.
In the main morning session you’ll be able to read out your work, get feedback from other participants and take on the next assignment to help move your story forward.
In the optional afternoon sessions we’ll be comparing texts from a wide range of sources and doing exercises to help you improve on technique: to get deeper into your characters; to sharpen up dialogue, tighten up your plot and build it towards a climax you hadn’t foreseen at the start.
If we can surprise ourselves we can surprise our readers.
The day starts with an optional yoga session under the tamarisk trees.
Every morning is quiet for writing, with a group session starting late morning in which you can read out your work and gain some valuable feedback, as well as getting your next assignment to work on in your own time. This session takes place a few steps from the sea, under a shady pergola.
After a good buffet lunch there'll be time to enjoy the garden, swim and snorkel from Limnisa's own beach, take a stroll in the olive groves or simply put your feet up and gaze out to sea from a hammock. At the end of the afternoon you can join a second, optional workshop to explore more general aspects of writing. You'll also have the chance to book personal sessions with the tutor to talk about work in progress or your own writing projects (at a small extra cost).
The workshop lasts one week (seven days), with five days for workshops and one day free mid-week to get on with your writing and have the chance to join an optional afternoon excursion to local sites of interest such as the volcano, the ‘Sunken city’ of Methana, the sulphur baths or a boattrip to a nearby island of our choice.
Those who want can extend their stay. Arrive earlier or stay longer. See writers' retreats and contact us for advice.
Most guests are accommodated in rooms at Limnisa. You can also stay in a shared apartment in the village, an indenpendent studio in the village or a tent in the garden! For more information look here.
The workshops at Limnisa are led by Philip Wooderson.
Philip has had a succesful career writing children's fiction and is now completing an historical novel set in classical Greece, about Socrates and the fall of Athens. He arranges creative writing days in schools and tutors new writers on-line. With Mariel he has set up bluethumbnail.com, a site for exciting new fiction. Read more about Philip and his workshops here.
Available after the workshop - Philip is able to offer you regular back-up on-line, reading work and making suggestions to strengthen your work in progress.
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