The Writer’s Workshop at Komitof

October 7-12, 2024

Join our EXPERT AUTHORS & COACHES as you hone your writing skills at Villa Komito for the 2024 creative and travel WRITER’S WORKSHOP, designed for anyone interested in enhancing their creative competence in this most inspirational environment.

EXPERIENCED OR NOVICE, YOU’RE WELCOME.

Whether you’re NEW to writing, are starting a long-considered PROJECT, or are already well into your process and want GUIDANCE or ideas to move it ahead and improve it, you’ll find a wealth of guidance experts at hand. And please, do bring along a partner or friend if you like.

YOUR WRITING, YOUR FORM

Whether your project is fiction, biography, non-fiction, journalism, memoir, or whatever form your writing goals take, these experienced EXPERTS will enhance your ideas and improve your TECHNIQUE through both joint workshops and study sessions.

For example, on Friday we’ll hold a 10-minute-per-person session for experts and guests both when we can each, if we wish to, present a book or writer and say why we like it.

Meet Your Expert Writing Coaches​y

Sara Wheeler

Sara Wheeler

Author, Coach

A highly-experienced writing coach,  Sara is also a multi award-winning travel writer and bestselling biographer, whose eleven books include Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica, Cherry: A Life of Apsley Cherry-Garrard and Glowing Still: A Woman’s Life on the Road. Sara is currently writing the authorised biography of Jan Morris for Faber.

Sara is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a contributing editor of the Literary Review.

Bruce Clark

Bruce Clark

Author, journalist

Bruce is a writer, lecturer and broadcaster of many years experience with  The Economist, Reuters and The Times.  He is author of very highly regarded titles including Athens, City of Wisdom, Twice a Stranger, winner of the Runciman Award 2007.

As a tutor, Bruce advises and shares with us his long and distinguished experience and learning both as journalist and as non-fiction author.

Also joining us are…

Cindy Blake

Cindy Blake

NOVELIST

An expert at the tortuous, but important art of devising and developing plot lines. She has been published by Harper Collins, Random House, Transworld as Cindy Blake and under other names as well. Cindy will be joining us virtually.

Clare Conville

Clare Conville

Literary Agent

Clare Conville is the founder and CEO of the very successful literary agency C&W– Conville and Walsh–which is now part of Curtis Brown Ltd., one of the world’s leading literary agencies.

A Week of Exploration, Inspiration and Expertise y

Daily Workshops & Writing Advice a

You’ll meet with our experts each morning to learn how to implement solutions that every writer faces, from the CREATIVE PROCESS, to PLOT SOLUTIONS, to refining your PERSONAL STYLE, to options for getting your work published.

The WORKSHOP SESSIONS are designed so that we can IDENTIFY the areas where you’d like  support and ideas. There are TASKS, for both individuals and the group, which enable all of us to explore our strengths and weaknesses.

THE EXPERTS will be with us all week, so much of the EXCHANGE of ideas and learning arises from INFORMAL DISCUSSIONS. Participants may want to send in some notes or questions in advance as an introduction before they arrive, which will also help in the preparation of the workshops.

After the Writing’s Done y

We keep workshop sessions to the mornings. One-to-one sessions can be in the afternoons. But the afternoons and evenings are reserved to explore the luscious Komito estate and Syros itself.

Also included:

Pergola Terrace
Pergola Terrace

Additional possibilities:

  • Yoga on the hilltop terrace with Anna Vardoxaglou
  • “Five Greek Dishes” cooking class with Nella, Komito’s chef supreme
  • Visit by boat to the extraordinary, ancient island of Delos

About Komito, Your Workshop Home

Villa Komito was built in the 1960’s and 70’s by Anglo-Irish Baronet Sir Richard Musgrave and his wife Maria, who still lives there much of the time. Today the villa is run by his son Christopher, who has turned this renowned retreat in its glorious location into a much-admired destination in the Cyclades.

Weather

Early October is simply the very best time to be in Syros. The sea is at its warmest after the summer; the crowds have gone and the lovely island is at its most endearing. You will see why Syros has attracted so many long stay international residents.

Pergola Terrace

Program & Pricing y

Pergola Terrace

Included in your payment:

  • All transfers to and from Komito from airport or the port
  • Board and lodging at Villa Komito
  • All writer’s sessions with Sarah, Bruce and Cindy
  • An evening talk on Greek and Cyclades history
  • ‘Five Great Greek Dishes’ cooking class with Nella
  • Discussion with and advice from Clare Conville
  • All programmed excursions
  • One dinner in a favorite Ermoupoli restaurant
  • Lunch and tour of the OuSyra organic vineyard with the owner/producer Edward Maitland
  • A variety of afternoon activities in the villa and around the island (hiking, petanque, backgammon, padel and more)

What’s not included:

  • Flights, ferries to Syros
  • Meals and transport costs on optional excursions to other islands such as Delos
  • Tips for our expertly attentive Greek/Albanian Komito staff
  • Yoga with the Anna is €20 per person

Pricing:

Prices vary somewhat by room choice and number of guests sharing the room.

  • A single person is € 2440
  • Two people sharing a room is € 1800 per person.

Review and download the Workshop programme.

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