Day 1


PM: Arrive, settle in, get to meet your fellow writers and tutor. Take a walk around the beautiful, inspiring village of Papigko.

Dinner in one of the local restaurants.

"Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It’s splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world." (L.M. Montgomery) 

Day 2


AM: Welcome and introduction to the course. Creating writerly habits and a series of inspirational exercises to ‘banish the blank page’ and stimulate creativity.

"Excellence is not an act but a habit." (Aristotle)


PM: Experimenting with creating tone and tension through setting.

"Setting not only determines atmosphere, mood, characters, plotline, the nature of the prose, setting is character... apart from your protagonist and antagonist, setting is your most important character." (John Dale) 



AM: Accessing your character's voice.

The employment of authentic and distinctive dialogue can revitalise your novel or short story. We’ll be looking at how dialogue functions on various levels to: develop characterisation, expose motives, create tension, increase pace, establish mood and tone, build setting and background, intensify conflict etc.

"There is a tentative rule that pertains to all fiction dialogue. It must do more than one thing at a time or it is too inert for the purposes of fiction. This may sound harsh, but I consider it an essential discipline." (William Sloane)

PM: We’ll look at ‘rewriting the self’ or ‘writing what we know’. We’ll pull on real life experiences to add depth to characters in our ‘novel-in-progress’ or to create triggers for short stories.

"Much of what I write feels as if it is made up – but that really means it is memory refracted through imagination, often unconsciously, into something new." (Lesley Glaister)



AM: Plot through characterisation. 

How does character inform plot, and how can you bring your characters to life? Learning to create deep characters is one of the hardest skills writers need to develop.

"The power to create and develop character is at the heart of all fiction." (Malcolm Bradbury)


PM: Creating credible, engaging, compelling characters whose actions and motives drive the narrative forward.

"Characters pre-exist. They are found. They reveal themselves slowly – as might fellow travellers seated opposite one in a very dimly lit railway carriage." (Elizabeth Bowen 1948)



AM: Say goodbye to Papigko. Check out and head home with new skills, new insights and, hopefully, new friends. 

"What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from." (TS Eliot)

Daily Agenda

Breakfast 7:00 - 9:15

Each day we'll start work at 9:30 and continue until 12:30.

There's a break for a light lunch and some personal writing time.

We reconvene at 2 and continue workshops & writing until 4:30.

There's always time for one to one discussion afterwards.

We will all meet before dinner at 7pm

Suitable for all abilities

Suitable for novelists, short story writers and total beginners.

If you've lost the muse, or don't know where to start, this is for you.

We'll be doing exercises that inspire you, and cover key aspects of fiction, including plot, characterisation and voice.