Creative Writing: The Novel

Coordinator of the Workshop: Stratis Haviaras

The application for this workshop is now closed.

Workshop Dates:
Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12, 2019
Saturday June 1 and Sunday June 2, 2019
Saturday, September 14 and Sunday September 15, 2019
Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29, 2019


The creative writing workshop: ‘the Novel’ is open to young writers who wish to improve their writing technique, with the goal of ultimately publishing a book. During the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to discuss with author Stratis Haviaras and other guests from the literary world, elaborating on the art of writing a novel. Through discussion and writing assignments, participants will become familiar with aspects of novel-writing such as theme options, narrative voice, character and plot development, structure, use of language, economy of words and emotion, and style.

*The workshop does not include critical reading of participants’ entire manuscripts.

Participation in the workshop, as in all creative and academic activities, is organized by CHS GR, and is offered pro bono.

Important Information


The application deadline was Sunday, March 3, 2019. Interested parties were invited to submit electronically along with their communication details, a brief description – which must not exceed 200 words – of their aspirations and motive to apply.

They were also invited to attach the following files to their electronic application form:

  1. a brief resume,
  2. the summary of the plot of the novel they have began or intend to begin soon.
  3. a representative sample of their novel writing up to 1,200 words.
    (*Text formatting instructions: use Cambria or Garamond fonts with font size 14 and 1,5 line spacing between the sentences. At the beginning of each attached document it is necessary to include the title - e.g. summary.. and sample of writing ..- and your name.)

Since this is an advanced level workshop, it is required that participants:

  • have fluency in writing (real life and fiction), and/or have attended other writing workshops, and
  • have already written short fiction and begun larger projects.

Applicants are invited to commit themselves to attending all of the workshop meetings and be consistent at the schedule involved.

During the workshop, participants will:

  • Actively contribute to classroom discussions.
  • Complete writing assignments in time.
  • Pursue the development of the project that they wish to complete, trying out diverse approaches throughout the workshop.

Workshop Objectives

Participants in the workshop will:

  • Show significant advance in the art of novel writing.
  • Receive constructive feedback from other members of the workshop.
  • Concentrate in listening and exercise their critical faculty.
  • Experiment in new techniques suggested by other workshop participants and coordinators.
  • Broaden their knowledge in novel writing.
  • Continue to advance their experience in novel writing with the improvement of their original manuscript (in particular, practice on plot development, narrative voice, narrative point of view, tone, character, internal monologue and dialogue and ultimately elements of style).

How to apply

Interested parties were invited to submit their electronic application until Sunday, March 3, 2019.

After submitting the electronic form, they receive an automatic receipt notification. If the interested applicants do not receive a confirmation of receipt at their e-mail accounts right after their submission, they are kindly requested to contact the Center for Hellenic Studies (tel. +30 27520 47040).

Venue: The workshop will be held at the Center for Hellenic Studies in Nafplio, Greece.

Sessions: The workshop will be intensive. The sessions will take place in a total of eight days, four weekends: May 11-12 and 25-26, and September 14-15 and 28-29, 2019.

*Please note that each session will last four hours in total, with breaks in between.

Selection of participants: The selection of participants is made by the workshop coordinator, author Stratis Haviaras.

Announcement of results: All applicants will be notified by the CHS GR via email. Successful candidates will also be notified via telephone.

Brief Resume of the Coordinator

Stratis Haviaras was born in 1935 in Nea Kios, Argolid where he attended primary school. Since he was twelve and for the next twenty years he worked in the construction trades in Athens and the country side, in projects such as the restoration of the Stoa of Attalus, the irrigation dam, the diversion tunnel and the hydroelectric dam of Acheloos. During this time, four collections of his poems were published in Greek.

In 1967 he emigrated to the USA, where he studied history and literature, creative writing and the translation of literature at Goddard College, Vermont. He occupied several staff posts in Harvard’s libraries up until 1974, when he was appointed at the same university Curator of the Woodberry Poetry Room and the H. W. Farnsworth Room. From 1985 since 2008 he taught creative writing at Harvard’s summer program.

He has published four poetry collections in Greek and two in English. His novels When the tree sings, and The heroic age, written in English, have been released in the English-speaking world and translated into many European languages. His new novel in Greek, AHNA (in Greek: Άχνα), was published in 2014 (Kedros). In the United States Haviaras founded and edited the poetry magazine Arion's Dolphin and the literary journal Harvard Review. From 2002 since 2006 he taught creative writing (novel) at the European Center for the Translation of Literature and the Humanities (EKEMEL) and from 2006 since 2009 he taught and coordinated the writing workshops of the National Book Center of Greece, in Athens. He is an active member of the American Authors League and the Hellenic Authors Society.


For additional information please contact Ms. Matina Goga, CHS GR Curricular Development Manager, through telephone (+30 27520 47030 ext. 1, Nafplio, Greece) and/or email matina.goga(at)