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The Skyros Centre

The Writers' Lab Masterclasses

An adult-only creative retreat in the heart of Greek village life

Return home with all the skills and encouragement necessary to pursue your creative vision


Creating Laughter with Arthur Smith 

Sun 12 - Sun 19 Jul 2020 (7 nts) £745

This Masterclass with Arthur Smith is for anyone who wants to write or perform comedy or for those who just want to gaze at the Aegean Sea and chuckle along with the waves. Arthur will provide advice, exercises, insights and showbiz gossip but, most importantly, will give all students a certificate.

At the end of our week we will present a comedy night to the other students which will demonstrate that 'laughter is the one true metaphysical consolation'.  See you in Greece.

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Life, Dreams & Fiction with Steve Attridge

Sun 19 Jul - Sat 1 Aug 2020 (13 nts) £1,395

Rediscover yourself. Imaginative ways to tap into the events and experiences, memories and people in your life. Discover new ways of writing about your life and strategies, tips and techniques for turning these into powerful fiction.

This Masterclass, with BAFTA nominated author Steve Attridge, teaches you ways of finding routes through your life and writing about them convincingly and entertainingly. It also encourages practical ways of looking at dreams that will provide ideas for writing. Very useful for writers of prose, drama and poetry.  

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Writing Your Story with Julia Bell

Sun 2 - Sun 9 Aug 2020 (7 nts) £795

Whether it’s a novel or a memoir or just a daily journal, this course will give you the tools to start (or kickstart) your writing practise to help you develop the story you’ve always wanted to write. Woking from life and from the imagination, this course will improve your ways with words, your storytelling skills, and give you the confidence and enthusiasm to keep on writing once the course is over. 

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Just do it: Write Your Novel! with Mez Packer

Sun 9 - Sat 22 Aug 2020 (13 nts) £1,395

Do you have a story you are itching to tell? Have you got a novel or short story in the drawer that you started but have not been able to finish? Now is the time to turn your ideas and half-finished projects into distinctive and exciting fiction.

Through a series of informative, fun-filled workshops and plenty of feedback on your work in progress, this two week course will give you the tools to get on with your writing and the confidence to carry on when the course is over. Bring your notebooks and writing tools and let your facilitator inspire you to just do it - write your novel!

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Life Writing with Nick Barlay

Sun 23 - Sun 30 Aug 2020 (7 nts) £795

During the course, we will explore approaches to life writing through a combination of examples, discussions and practical exercises to discover forms most appropriate to unique and individual stories. Autobiography? Memoir? Reportage? Family history? Life writing can provide a singular perspective on dramatic events, as well as insight into history, society and the human relationships that underpin them. The writer's intimate connection to the material can add a new and resonant dimension to a reader's experience.

Topics will include: finding the universal in the particular; the "I" of autobiographical writing and what it means to be true to someone's story; creating characters and places; descriptive techniques; using voices and dialogue to create scenes; developing acts, arcs and narrative potential through the dynamics of structure and plot; how to use contextual research to add depth and understanding.

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Your Writer's Voice with Crysse Morrison

Sun 30 Aug - Sun 6 Sep 2020 (7 nts) £775

This masterclass is for any writer, beginner or more experienced, wanting to develop their authentic personal ‘voice’.

We’ll look at finding ideas through memory and imagination and use a range of shared exercises to explore techniques such as characterisation, dialogue, description, style and pace which can be adapted for any genre. The focus will be on enjoyment – and finding ways to overcome the writer’s inevitable internal critic too.

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Adventures in Comedy Writing with Logan Murray

Sun 6 - Sun 13 Sep 2020 (7 nts) £745

Comedy, like any other art, is a craft. There are tips and techniques to be learnt. Simply put, if you can understand comedy grammar then unlocking the funny ideas becomes easier. From finding your creative inspiration to learning the building blocks of humour, this workshop will help you discover your unique comic voice.

Although a writing course, there would be some non-writing exercises designed to encourage the participant’s creativity. There would also be writing games with group feedback and tutor led suggestions to help you hone your comedy writing skills. By the end of the course you will know how to write comedy and will have the confidence to stand up on your own and make a group of total strangers laugh.

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Your Story on the Page with DJ Connell

Sun 13 - Sun 20 Sep 2020 (7 nts) £675

This course is not about learning the right or wrong way of writing. It’s about getting into the flow and getting your story down because no one – no one – gets it right the first time. During the week, we will explore techniques for breaking through the obstacles that hold you back from writing the story you carry inside you. Through energetic discussion and exercises, you will become familiar with the writing process, learn practical skills and gain the confidence you need to give your ideas written form. Throughout, you will be guided and encouraged within a positive and supportive group environment. 

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