Lit7-444 Creative Writing Workshop
ECTS Code: G-LSUD4 AmLit444E
Creative Writing Workshop
The workshop is open to a small group of students who will be assessed on the basis of their written work (primarily in English) they produce during the course of the lessons as well as on their attendance and participation. Given the nature of the course, it should be understood that attendance is essential.
Students will also be expected to attend all guest writers/performers presentations, readings and/or seminars. Since the beginning of 2009, all these activities have been part of the Problematics Seminar Series. Between 2006-2008 the seminar accompanying the Creative Writing Workshop was entitled Writers and their Work ( for more information see relevant section below).
Students who have attended the course in the past have had work published in leading literary magazines, such as Εντευκτήριο and Mετάφραση. For more information regarding the public reading of students' work please press here.
The skills learnt in this course also open up a range of other professional avenues in related fields, such as advertising, script writing, editing and the publishing world in general.
Current seminar series co-ordinator:
Writers and their Work series of seminars
Natalie Bakopoulos's first novel, The Green Shore, was published in 2012 by Simon & Schuster (and the Greek translation by Patakis). Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Granta, Tin House, Salon, Kathimerini, Five Chapters, The Millions, and other publications, as well as in the 2010 O. Henry Award anthology. She regularly writes book reviews for the San Francisco Chronicle and is a contributing editor for the online journal Fiction Writers Review. She is currently a Fulbright Scholar in Athens, working on her second novel.
Guest writer interviews:
MICHAEL ARDITTI is the author of seven highly praised novels, The Celibate, Pagan and her Parents, Easter, Unity, A Sea Change, The Enemy of the Good and Jubilate. His latest novel, The Breath of Night, will be published in July. He has written plays for the stage and radio and a collection of short stories, Good Clean Fun. He has been shortlisted for several major awards, with Easter winning the first Waterstone’s Mardi Gras award in 2000. He was a Harold Hyam Wingate scholar in 2000, a Royal Literary Fund fellow in 2001, the Leverhulme Artist in Residence at the Freud museum in 2008 and, in March 2013, was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Chester.
JONATHAN COE was born in Birmingham in
ANDREW CRUMEY has a PhD in theoretical physics and is former literary editor of Scotland on Sunday. He is senior lecturer in creative writing at Northumbria University and has been a visiting fellow at Durham Institute of Advanced Study. His seventh novel The Secret Knowledge will be published by Dedalus (UK) in July 2013. He won the £60,000 Northern Rock Foundation Writers Award for his previous novel Sputnik Caledonia. It was also shortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and Scottish Book of the Year, and longlisted for the Arthur C Clarke Award. His 1994 debut novel Music, in a Foreign Language won the Saltire First Book Award and was longlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize. Mr Mee was longlisted for the Booker Prize and won a Scottish Arts Council book award. Mobius Dick was a finalist for the Commonwealth Writers Prize. All his novels are available in Greek translation.
RACHEL CUSK is a memoirist and novelist. She was born in Canada in 1967 and spent much of her childhood in Los Angeles. She read English at New College, Oxford. Her first novel, Saving Agnes (1993), won the Whitbread First Novel Award. A Life's Work: On Becoming a Mother (2001), is a critically acclaimed personal exploration of motherhood. In The Lucky Ones (2003), she uses a series of five narratives, loosely linked by the experience of parenthood, to write of life's transformations; of what separates us from those we love and what binds us to those we no longer understand. In 2003 Rachel Cusk was nominated by Granta magazine as one of 20 'Best of Young British Novelists'. Her novel, Arlington Park (2006), was shortlisted for the 2007 Orange Prize for Fiction. Her latest books are the memoir of a 3-month family stay in Italy, The Last Supper: A Summer in Italy (2009); The Bradshaw Variations (2009), a novel; and the controversial memoir Aftermath: On Marriage and Separation (2012).
DAVID HARSENT has published ten collections of poetry. The most recent, Night — published in January 2011 — was Poetry Book Society Choice for Spring 2011 and won the Griffin International Poetry Prize, as well as being shortlisted for the Forward Prize (Best Collection), the T.S. Eliot Prize, and the Costa Poetry Prize. He is Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. His work in music theatre has involved collaborations with a number of composers, but most often with Harrison Birtwistle, and has been performed at the Royal Opera House, Carnegie Hall, the Proms and on Channel 4 TV.
VICTORIA HISLOP was born in the UK. She
read English Literature at Oxford University and afterwards worked
in book publishing, public relations and journalism. In 2001, she
began to write fiction.
SUZANNE JOINSON is a writer. Her novel 'A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar' was published by Bloomsbury in 2012. It was reviewed in the New York Times, was an LA Times Bestseller, a Guardian/Observer Book of the Year 2012 and translated into 12 languages. She is also a travel and non-fiction writer, having written for Vogue, Lonely Planet and lots of other places. In 2011 she was writer in residence at the 1930s Art Deco Shoreham Airport in Sussex. Her short story LAILA AHMED won a New Writing Ventures prize in 2008. For the past ten years she worked part-time in the literature department of the British Council travelling regularly in the Middle East, China, Russia and Western and Eastern Europe. She has worked in and explored Yemen, Egypt, Syria, Greece and many other countries. She is currently working on her second novel which is set in the British Mandate era Palestine.
DAVID NICHOLLS was born in 1966 in Eastleigh, Hampshire. David attended Toynbee Comprehensive school, and attended Barton Peveril Sixth Form College, before going to the University of Bristol in 1985 to study English Literature and Drama. Having graduated, and keen to pursue a career as an actor, he won a scholarship to study at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York, before returning to London in 1991 He worked sporadically as an actor for the next eight years, appearing in plays at Battersea Arts Centre, the Finborough, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Birmingham Rep. During this period, he began to write, developing an adaptation of Sam Shepard’s stage-play Simpatico with the director Matthew Warchus, an old friend from University. He also wrote his first original script, a situation comedy about frustrated waiters, Waiting, which was later optioned by the BBC. Simpatico was turned into a feature film in 1999, starring Sharon Stone, Catherine Keener, Jeff Bridges, Nick Nolte and Albert Finney. This allowed David to start writing full-time, and his first TV production followed soon afterwards; I Saw You, a one-off romantic-comedy starring Paul Rhys and Fay Ripley, which won best single play at the annual BANFF television festival. Four episodes of Cold Feet followed, and since then David has written for film and TV as well as fiction. He has been twice nominated for BAFTA awards and his first novel, Starter for 10 was featured on the first Richard and Judy Book Club. David's TV credits include an updated version of Much Ado About Nothing, with Damian Lewis and Sarah Parrish (BAFTA nominated - Best Single Play) and the one-off play After Sun, starring Peter Capaldi and Sarah Parrish. An acclaimed adaptation of Tess of the D'Urbervilles followed, starring Gemma Arterton, Eddie Redmayne, Hans Matheson and Jodie Whittaker. In fiction, he has written three novels, Starter for Ten, The Understudy and One Day. In film, Simpatico was followed by the movie version of Starter for Ten, directed by Tom Vaughan, with James MacAvoy and Rebecca Hall, and an adaptation of Blake Morrison's memoir And When Did You Last See Your Father? directed by Anand Tucker, and starring Colin Firth, Jim Broadbent and Julie Stevenson. The feature film version of One Day, directed by Lone Scherfig, began production in July 2010, with Anne Hathaway, Jim Sturgess, Romola Garai, Rafe Spall, Jodie Whittaker, Ken Stott and Patricia Clarkson. At present, David is writing his fourth novel, having just finalised his work on a feature-film version of Dickens' Great Expectations. David lives in North London with his partner Hannah and two children.
CELIA REES has written over twenty books for teenagers, and has become a leading writer for Young Adults with an international reputation. Her books have been translated into 28 languages and she has been short listed for the Guardian, Whitbread and W.H. Smith Children’s Book Awards. Her books Witch Child, Sorceress and Pirates! have won awards in the UK, USA, France and Italy. Her latest book, This is Not Forgiveness, a dark, contemporary thriller, has been nominated for several UK national awards and was one of Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Books of 2012 in the U.S. Celia lives in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire and divides her time between writing, talking to readers in schools and libraries, reviewing and teaching creative writing.
Tino Villanueva is the author of six books of poetry, among them Shaking Off the Dark (1984); Crónica de mis años peores (1987) / Chronicle of My Worst Years (1994); Scene from the Movie GIANT (1993), which won a 1994 American Book Award; and Primera causa / First Cause (1999), a chapbook on memory and writing. Villanueva is fully bilingual and has been anthologized in An Ear to the Ground: An Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry (University of Georgia Press, 1989), and Poetas sin fronteras (Madrid: Editorial Verbum, 2000). He has taught creative writing at the University of Texas at Austin, The College of William & Mary, and most recently at Bowdoin College. His art work has appeared on the covers and pages of national and international journals, such as Nexos, Green Mountains Review, TriQuarterly, and Parnassus. Six of his poems have been anthologized in The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature (2011). He teaches in the Department of Romance Studies at Boston University.
Adam Baron was born in the 1970s and leaves in London. He is an actor and writer. He has worked as an editor and script writer for TV and radio. He now teaches creative writing at Kingston University (London). His work has been published in various online writing magazines. He has also published the following crime fiction novels - Shut Eye (2000), Hold Back the Night (2001) and It was You (2004) - all of them featuring the detective Billy Rucker. In 2006 he published Kingdom of Bones. His novel Super Jack has also been published in Greek by Indiktos Publications.
Fiona Sampson studied at the Universities of Oxford, where she won the Newdigate Prize, and Nijmegen, where she received a PhD in the philosophy of language. Her seventeen books include Rough Music, short-listed for the Forward and T.S. Eliot Prizes 2010, and A Century of Poetry Review (PBS Special Commendation, 2009). She has eleven books in translation including Patuvachki Dnevnik, awarded the Zlaten Prsten (Macedonia, 2004). In 2009, she received a Cholmondeley Award and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society for Literature. She has received Writer’s Awards from the Arts Councils of England and of Wales, and the Society of Authors, as well as the US Literary Review’s Charles Angoff Award and a Hawthornden Fellowship; and has been shortlisted for the Forward single-poem prize and twice for the T.S. Eliot Prize. Fiona Sampson is the Editor of Poetry Review, the UK’s oldest and most influential poetry journal, and contributes regularly to The Guardian, The Irish Times, The Independent and the TLS. A past judge of the Irish Times IMPAC and Independent Foreign Fiction Prizes, this year she is a judge for the Forward Prizes and Eric Gregory Awards. Music Lessons: the Newcastle Poetry Lectures and Percy Bysshe Shelley (in the Faber Poet-to-poet series) are both published in May. Forthcoming from Chatto are Beyond the Lyric, (autumn 2012) a critical survey of contemporary British poetry, and her next collection, Coleshill (Jan 2013).
Christos Chryssopoulos (novelist, essayist, translator) has authored five novels, most recently "The London Day of Laura Jackson," (Academy of Athens Award, 2008), two volumes of essays ("The Language Box" in 2006 and "The Double Dream of Writing" co-authored with Haris Vlavianos in 2009), one collection of short stories ("Napolean Delastos' Recipes," 1997), one novella ("The Parthenon Bomber," 1996-2010), the photo book "Encounters" (2003) as well as the artist book "The Black Dress" (2002) in collaboration with the American artist Diane Neumaier. He is featured in many anthologies and his work is available in five languages. He writes regularly for the Athenian press and he holds a column in the journal "Nea Hestia"/"Nea Estia".In 2008 he founded the Dasein International Literature Festival in Athens (http://www.daseinfest.blogspot.com) and has been directing it ever since.Christos Chrissopouloshas been awarded grants in Europe and the US, and he was an Iowa Writing Fellow in 2007, where he lectured in Creative Writing.His website is http://www.chrissopoulos.blogspot.com.
Gina Loring’s music is reminiscent of classics like Nina Simone and Billie Holiday, with the innovation and talent of a Lauryn Hill or a Jill Scott. She is one of very few artists who seamlessly balance music and poetry. However, both of Gina Loring’s talents are equally strong enough to stand on their own. Among her other accolades, Gina Loring was recently honored to win Queen Latifah’s CoverGirl Persona Contest for female hip hop artists. The top ranking female poet at the 2002 National Poetry Slam, she was featured on two seasons of HBO’s Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry and BET’s Lyric Cafe. As a writer/performer on legendary TV and film producer Norman Lear’s nationwide “Declare Yourself” tour, she helped register thousands of voters. She is featured on De La Soul’s album “Are You In?,” the Brand New Heavies album “We Won’t Stop,” and has been mentored by such artists as Suzan-Lori Parks, Saul Williams, Mos Def, Pharoahe Monch, and Marla Gibbs. (http://www.ginaloring.com)
Tryfon Tolides was born in Korifi Voiou, Greece. He completed a BFA in Creative Writing at the University of Maine, and an MFA at Syracuse University. He has received a Reynolds Scholarship, the 2004 Foley Poetry Prize. His manuscript, An Almost Pure Empty Walking, a 2005 National Poetry Series selection, was published by Penguin in 2006. His work has appeared in America, Atlanta Review, Mondo Greco, Poetry Daily, Worcester Review, and elsewhere. He lives in Farmington, Connecticut.
Maggie Gee was born in Poole, Dorset, and educated at state schools and Somerville College, Oxford. After working in publishing as an editor, she took a research job at Wolverhampton Polytechnic where she completed a PhD. Her first published novel was Dying, in Other Words (1981), an experimental black comedy in which a supposedly dead woman triumphantly rewrites the story of her own death. In 1982 Maggie Gee was selected as one of the original 20 'Best of Young British Novelists'. She is a Fellow and Vice-President of the Royal Society of Literature. She has been a member of the Society of Authors' Committee of Management and the government Public Lending Right committee, and was from 2004-2008 the first female Chair of Council of the Royal Society of Literature. She is Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at Sheffield Hallam University and lives in London with her husband, the writer and broadcaster, Nicholas Rankin.
Tom Chivers is a writer, editor and live literature producer. Born 1983 in South London and educated at Oxford University, he currently lives in the East End. In Spring 2008 he was the first ever Poet in Residence at The Bishopsgate Institute. He published his first collection How To Build A City (Salt Publishing) and a limited edition pamphlet The Terrors (Nine Arches Press) last year. He also edited the anthologies Generation Txt and City State: New London Poetry (Penned in the Margins, 2006 & 2009). In September 2009 Radio 4 broadcast his documentary about the poet Barry MacSweeney. He is Director of the live literature producer and small press Penned in the Margins, and co-Director of London Word Festival. Tom has performed his work across London and at festivals in Berlin, Newcastle and Dublin.
Catherine Rogers lives and works in New York City as a playwright and actor. Her most recent piece, THE SUDDEN DEATH OF EVERYONE, premiered in 2005 and has been seen at Dixon Place and Emerging Artists Theatre in New York, the Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, and the Shubin Theatre in Philadelphia. As an actor she performed with Faction of Fools, New York, with Sharon Fogarty in several premieres at Manhattan Theatre Source, in workshops with Pantheatre Paris, and in Robert Wilson’s Four Saints in Three Acts. Her full-length play Einstein’s Daughter was seen at the Public Domain Theatre, Texas, and at Cleveland Public Theater. Her short plays Cowpoker: About Love, Historia Calamitatum: The Story of His Misfortunes, and La Notte di San Lorenzo were presented in such venues as Salvage Vanguard Texas, Nat Horne NYC, the Women Playwrights Festival in Galway, Ireland, and in colleges and universities throughout the U.S. Another solo piece Georgia O’Keeffe x Catherine Rogers is published in Voices Made Flesh: Performing Women’s Autobiography (U of Wisconsin Press). Catherine has taught writing as a guest artist and as assistant professor of humanities at NYU. Co-author of the creative writing curriculum for Theatre for a New Audience, New York, she was an artist-in-the-schools for several years and is an advocate of creative writing as a tool for learning across the curriculum. She is the editor of Mary Cassatt: A New Catalogue Raisonne soon to be published online by Adelson Galleries, New York. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild. Catherine received her BA in English and Theatre from the College of St. Rose, Albany, New York, and her MFA in Playwriting from the University of Texas, Austin, where she was a James A. Michener Fellow at the Texas Center for Writers. She studied Greek for one semester at Columbia University and continues intensive study at the School of Modern Greek, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki.
2006 - 2008
Writers and their Work series of seminars
As part of the Course in Creative Writing offered by the Department of Translation and Intercultural Studies in the School of English, AUTΗ, a series of talks by visiting authors has been organised for the Winter Semester 2007. Authors will talk about their work and, above all, offer insights into the writing process. The series of talks is intended for students registered on the Creative Writing Course, for students who would like to find out more about the course and for anyone with a genuine interest in Creative Writing.
As part of the Course in Creative Writing offered by the Department of Translation and Intercultural Studies in the School of English, AUTΗ, a series of talks by visiting authors has been organised for the Spring Semester 2007. Authors will talk about their work and, above all, offer insights into the writing process. The series of talks is intended for students registered on the Creative Writing Course, for students who would like to find out more about the course and for anyone with a genuine interest in Creative Writing.
As part of the Course in Creative Writing offered by the Department of Translation and Intercultural Studies in the School of English, AUTΗ, a series of talks by visiting authors has been organised for the Winter Semester 2006. Authors will talk about their work and, above all, offer insights into the writing process. The series of talks is intended for students registered on the Creative Writing Course, for students who would like to find out more about the course and for anyone with a genuine interest in Creative Writing.
As part of the Course in Creative Writing offered by the Department of Translation and Intercultural Studies in the School of English, AUTΗ, a series of talks by Greek authors who live and write in Thessaloniki has been organised for the Spring Semester 2006. Authors will talk about their work and, above all, offer insights into the writing process. The series of talks are intended for students registered on the Creative Writing Course, for students who would like to find out more about the course and for anyone with a genuine interest in Creative Writing.