LIMNISA WRITING WORKSHOP
The workshop is designed for a wide range of participants, from beginners to those with experience seeking new inspiration. We can all learn from one another.
Hopefully you will have fun, but the work will be concentrated and by the end of the week everyone will have completed the first draft of a new story.
This story will not be the one you imagined when you started. The daily assignments ensure you step out of your comfort zone. Expect the unexpected.
For the first two days of the workshop we will be working together, using various exercises, to find the bones of a story and work out why it matters to you. Then we must learn how to tell it. This will involve group sessions plus a one-to-one with your tutor.
For the remaining four days you will work on writing out your story, kept focussed with daily assignments and morning seminars in which you can read out your work and share comments with the group.
As well as these morning seminars (11.30-1.15), there will be three or four optional afternoon workshops (5.30-6.30) in which to talk about texts and do some light-hearted exercises to help develop technique with characters, plot and dialogue.
And on the final evening you will have the chance to read your completed work in front of the rest of the guests.
For those who wish, after the workshop, your tutor can provide creative editing help on-line, for either revising your story or working on something new.
Each day starts with an optional yoga session under the tamarisk trees to help get your mind in focus. A buffet breakfast is available from 8.00-9.30. During the morning we're quiet, to give time and space for writing.
The group session starts late morning just a few steps from the sea, under a shady pergola.
There follows a good buffet lunch then time to relax in the garden. Swim and snorkel from Limnisa beach; take a stroll in the olive groves or simply put your feet up and gaze out to sea from a hammock. On some days a second workshop takes place 5-30-6.30. Thereafter the evening begins, with drinks on one of the terraces watching the sun go down and then a candlelit dinner with home-cooked local and middle-eastern vegetarian dishes.
The workshop lasts one week (starting on Saturday evening with a welcome session and ending the following Saturday morning after a final breakfast). On Wednesday no workshop will be held.
Besides getting on with your writing you’ll also have the chance to join an optional afternoon excursion to local sites of interest such as the volcano, the ‘Sunken city’ of Methana or the sulphur baths, or even a take boat trip to a nearby island.
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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