Creative Writing Seminar - “How to Write a Well-Crafted Short Story”

What will I learn?

Through this seminar you will:

  • Become acquainted with the most salient hallmarks of literary prose
  • Develop a better understanding of the creative writing process
  • Sharpen your story telling skills through classroom activities
Who should attend this seminar?

This seminar is ideal for aspiring novelists and short story writers who are native speakers of English or hold the Proficiency or other qualification that shows English language competency at the C2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

How long does it last?

This is a 15-hour seminar lasting 5 weeks (5 three-hour sessions). Each session is broken up into fifty-minute periods, with a ten-minute break on the hour. Each period begins at ten past the hour.

What are the components of the workshop?

The seminar consists of lectures, discussion of short stories, and classroom activities. You can find a detailed presentation of the course components in the Course Description handout given to students by Registration and Student Services upon registration.

Course Description
Week 1: Plotting a Story & Writing the First Draft
Tuesday, November 1st, 2011, 6-9 pm
  • Lecture on plotting and outlining
  • Discussion of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado”
  • Free Writing Techniques: Creation of the ABC story
Week 2: Creating a Character
Tuesday, November 8th, 2011, 6-9 pm
  • Lecture on creating a character
  • Discussion of William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily”
  • Techniques on how to create convincing characters
Week 3: Choosing a Point of View
Tuesday, November 15th, 2011, 6-9 pm
  • Lecture on choosing a point of view for a story
  • Discussion of Adam Haslett’s “Notes to my Biographer”
  • Techniques on how to vary the point of view
Week 4: Constructing Dialogue & Making Descriptions
Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011, 6-9 pm
  • Lecture on making vivid descriptions & constructing realistic dialogue
  • Discussion of John Updike’s “A & P”
  • Techniques on how to make description & dialogue come alive for the reader
Week 5: Choosing the Setting & Varying the Pace
Tuesday, November 29th, 2011, 6-9 pm
  • Lecture on choosing an appropriate setting & varying the pace
  • Discussion of Jhumpa Lahiri’s “The Third and Final Continent”
  • Techniques on how to enliven the setting & vary the pace to keep the reader engaged

For additional information, please call 2103680900, 2103680993, 2103680032.

Workshop Price: 250 €

What coursebooks will I use?

There are no coursebooks required for this workshop. The instructor will provide a workshop booklet to all students at the first session.


We expect that you will:

  • Participate actively in all class activities and discussions and to follow your teacher’s instructions.
  • Submit assignments before or on the deadline set by your teacher. Exceptions to this policy will be considered on an individual basis.
  • Attend every lesson on time. Your status may be affected if you are absent for more than 3 hours.


Course Code cws
Instruction Languages EN
Level C2
Who should attend Adults over 15
Certificate of AttendanceYes
Offered OnlineNo
Course Fees €250.00


Days and Hours Start Date End Date Hours per Week
Tuesdays 18:00-21:00 01/11/2011 29/11/2011 3
Last Update At: 2011/08/02 - 14:50:07

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Where to find us

Didotou 15
10680 Athens
Tel.: 2103680920
Fax: 2122222629

Μassalias 22 (4th floor)
10680 Athens
Tel.: 2103680044, 2103680900
Fax: 2103633174



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