Why do a 6 day course on a Greek IslandWhy a fiction writing course on a Greek Island?

There is a precedent. On Skiros in the Sporades they have been offering Creative Writing Courses for decades. Hugo Williams was once a tutor there and they still have top writers leading their courses.

My course is unique inasmuch as you are embedded right in the middle of Merihas, not situated in a self-contained reclusive mansion in the country as with many other residential courses where you only see other students. You eat in all the cafes and restaurants where I usually eat and get to know all the folk pictured within these pages as friends.

I designed the course to be hard work in the mornings and then we balance that by spending the afternoons visiting various places on the island and some light work/study in the evenings. Kythnos is not polluted by commercial tourism and many of the places you’ll visit are not found in the pages of travel guides.

If you’re looking for a well-structured writing course combined with an authentic, exotic holiday, then this is it. Read more…

John MurrayWhy learn from me, John Murray?

I’ve published 10 critically acclaimed novels and a collection of stories. A story in Pleasure won the Dylan Thomas Award.  Jazz Etc. was long-listed for the 2003 Man Booker Prize, and Murphy’s Favourite Channels was novel of the week in the Daily Telegraph. On its reissue in 2004, my 1993 satirical extravaganza Radio Activity – A Cumbrian Tale in Five Emissions was hailed by Adam Mars-Jones on Radio 4 as a neglected classic.

I’ve been teaching fiction writing for over 25 years. I taught at Madingley Hall, Cambridge University from 1995 to 2007 and for the Arvon Foundation at Totleigh Barton and Lumb Bank from 1989 to 2007. I was also a lecturer in Creative Writing at the Carlisle College of Art and Design, now the University of Cumbria, from 1994 to 1997.

I devised the Cumbrian Fiction Surgery scheme which took place in 2002 and 2005 and selected and mentored Penrith writer Clare Sambrook Read more…

“John Murray critiqued a late draft of my first novel, Hide & Seek. Working from John’s criticisms I made radical changes, slashed 8,000 words, re-imagined characters, saw what worked and did more of it. Hide & Seek, published in 2005, translated into a dozen languages, got great reviews, became a New York Times editor‘s choice. John’s fiction surgeries are an education in writing.”  – CLARE SAMBROOK, novelist and Winner 2010 Paul Foot Award and Bevins Prize for Outstanding Investigative Reporting; www.claresambrook.com

Patrons / Supporters

Maddy Prior

Kitty Fitzgerald

Clare Sambrook

Patrick McCabe

DJ Taylor

Peter Mortimer

Rick Kemp

Richard Zimler

John Schad

Alan Dent

William Palmer

Adam Mars-Jones

David Almond

Christopher Burns