“Become inspired and so inspire others through compelling stories”

Fiction Writing Skills
Fiction Writing is available on the following dates in 2018

12th August / 19th August

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eCALA Fiction Writing Icon CreatePátmos island has long been a retreat for artists, and you too will find here an inspirational setting in which to develop your fiction writing skills and stimulate your creativity.

Experiential exercises in this stunning physical environment feature throughout the week, which is suitable both for those who want to begin and those who want to improve their writing.

The week will cover fundamental skills of fiction writing, essential to both novels and short stories:

  • Setting and scene shaping – imagery, detail and atmosphere
  • Perspective and point of view
  • Pace, tension and contrast
  • Character
  • Dialogue
  • Plot
  • Structure

You will consider what it is to read and behave as a writer, as well as learn approaches for getting inspired – and for turning this inspiration into compelling stories.

There will be sharing and discussion within the small group, including a chance to give and receive feedback on your work towards the end of the week.

You will also have at least two 1-1s with your teacher, where you can focus on areas of your writing that need attention and receive tuition on how to address them.

Led by a qualified teacher, who has spent her career delighting in facilitating appreciation of literature and helping students to become stronger, better writers. She has created and developed numerous successful language, literacy and literary courses for all ages and abilities. She qualified with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and a PGCE, and later gained a Master of Arts in Creative Writing from Queen’s University in Belfast.

Also an awarded author and poet, in 2017 she read her prize winning story ‘Skylight’ at the Bridport Literary Festival in Dorset, UK. She has had monologues performed by the Menagerie Theatre Company in Cambridge and by the Northcott Theatre, in collaboration with the Show of Strength Theatre Company at Exeter’s Royal Albert Museum. In 2016 her novel ‘Pier Terrace’ was long listed for the Exeter Novel Prize. Recently, she has been writing poetry, and is absorbed by the interface between poetry and short fiction, and by the interplay of language and story, where all human experience finds expression.

Take advantage of the whole eCALA experience to further stimulate your creativity – massage, meditation, kayaking, snorkelling, boat trips, ‘Ted’ type talks and relaxation therapies!

Fiction Writing Skills
Fiction Writing Skills
eCALA Learning Programme Booking

Learning programmes are booked separately to accommodation. They can be booked at the same time as your accommodation or at a later date if you prefer. However, it is important you book and secure your accommodation first. If you are interested in a specific programme, make a note of the date and click here to check accommodation availability. Please refer to the ‘Booking Notes’ below for more booking details.

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Booking Notes:

  • Learning programmes are 1 week unless otherwise stated.
  • If staying for just a single week, choose N/A for the week 2 options.
  • If you are travelling with others and you want to attend the same learning programme/s, indicate how many people in the numbers box.
  • If you are travelling with others and they want to book different learning programme/s to you, repeat the programme booking process for each person and add to cart. All learning programmes will be listed separately when you check out.
  • Programmes listed in the cart will appear as €0.00 as they are included in the cost of your accommodation booking.

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