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Activities at The Skyros Centre, Greece

Start Your Novel with Claire McGowan

Sun 30 - Sun 7 Jul 2024

This course will give you all the tools you need to get started on a novel, including honing your story idea, understanding your genre, establishing characters, structure, and viewpoints, and more.

However it will also help you with something more difficult, which is to keep going after the start, and stay motivated until you finish the book, by looking at common blocks and barriers to the writing process and helping you smash through them.' 

About Claire McGowan

Claire published her first novel in 2012, and has followed it up with many others in the crime fiction genre and also in women’s fiction (writing as Eva Woods). She has had four radio plays broadcast on the BBC, and her thrillers What You Did and The Other Wife were both number-one bestsellers. She ran the UK’s first MA in crime writing for five years, and regularly teaches and talks about writing. Her first non-fiction project, the true-crime book The Vanishing Triangle, was released in 2021 and her first literary novel will be out in 2023. She also writes scripts and has several projects in development for TV. 

Claire McGowan is an extremely experienced teacher with a strong track record of helping Skryos Writers' Lab students to get inspired and get published.

What people say about Claire and her courses:

Excellent. Really invested huge energy and enthusiasm and skill into teaching us.
Novel writing was especially great.
Claire very good. Approachable, friendly, knowledgeable and enthusiastic.
I loved writing with Claire) so much to take home. Really generous with her time. Brilliant! 
Wonderful and inspiring.
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