Past Sessions of Workshops on the Art of Prose

The Center for Hellenic Studies in Greece, organizes workshops on the art of prose.

The sessions of workshops launched in the fall of 2015 and take place in the Fellows Room of the Center for Hellenic Studies in Nafplio. They are offered free of charge and are addressed to applicants from throughout Greece who wish to practise the art of writing and cultivate their talent in prose. Their main coordinator is author Stratis Haviaras and distinguished writers and poets participate as guest coordinators of specific modules. The maximum number of participants, selected by the coordinators, is twelve.

Participants have the opportunity to deal with issues of modern prose primarily and secondarily of poetry. Building on the participants’ selected writing samples, perspectives of prose (novel and small form) are examined, such as thematic obsessions, structure, narrative voice, character development and language usage, as well as issues of rhythmic prose and poetry.

The first workshop was held in November 2015 in cooperation with the Municipality of Nafplio and the municipal cultural association (DOPPAT) under the coordination of authors Stratis Haviaras and Marty Lambrou, while participants included young people up to 25 years old from throughout Greece.

The second workshop took place in April 2016, as part of the 1st Panhellenic Symposium for Authors from the Argolid “Argolid, the place of co-writing”, organized by the Postgraduate Program of the Department of Theatre Studies, University of Peloponnese. The Symposium was held under the auspices of CHS GR, which contributed to the overall organization and a multitude of other events. The workshop’s coordinator, author Stratis Haviaras worked intensively with 12 participants selected from a large pool of applicants from throughout Greece.

The third workshop was held in October 2016. Stratis Haviaras worked once again intensively with 12 participants from throughout Greece carrying out close readings of a selection of their writing in order to expand their literary writing skills. Roderick Beaton, the eminent Koraes Professor of Modern Greek and Byzantine History, Language and Literature, King’s College London, was a guest speaker.

In spring 2017 (April and May), the fourth intensive workshop on the Art of Prose for advanced learners this time, conducted by author Stratis Haviaras, took place. Twelve young writers, who have already successfully completed work in short form, participated in order to improve their technique in the hope of publication in journals and the internet, and with a view to eventually publishing a book. Translator and author Cecile Inglessis Margellos joined the group as a special guest to speak with the participants about the joys and difficulties of the art of translation and writing.

In autumn 2017 (September and October) the fifth consecutive workshop, of intermediate level this time, took place. Stratis Haviaras chose twelve aspiring young writers, and worked intensively with them to further cultivate their writing skills. Giannis Baskozos, journalist, editorial manager of the e-journal for the book and the arts o anagnostis, and writer, joined the group as a special guest. After a short lecture, Giannis Baskozos discussed with the coordinator and participants about the publishing activity, the digital copies for a book, the digital publications of original written material, as well as topics or views on the art of prose.