Workshop on the Art of Prose

For Advanced Learners

"If it has not already happened, it will never happen; unless you write it."–S. Haviaras, Coordinator of the Workshop


The workshop on the Art of Prose for Advanced Learners is open to young writers who have already successfully completed work on short form and wish to improve their technique with a view to publication in magazines and the Internet, and a view to publication of 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 (bonsai, short story or novel). Through discussion and writing exercises samples, participants will become familiar with views of writing such as critical reading, narrative voice, use of language, character development, theme options, style, etc. In addition, there will be a general overview of genres of literature such as poetry, essay, children's literature, history, police, futuristic or science fiction novel.



Along with a brief resume, interested parties are invited to submit electronically a writing sample, preferably a complete section (beginning, middle, end) up to 1200 words. Since this is an advanced level series of workshops, participants are required to: (1) be fluent in writing (fiction composition and factual material), and/or have attended workshops for beginners, and (2) have already written some short stories or have started projects larger in length.

We invite interested parties to commit that you will attend all meetings of the workshop and will be consistent to the hours of its operation.

During the workshop:

  • You will actively contribute to classroom discussions.
  • You will complete the required exercises timely if you are prompted by the coordinators.
  • You will work out in the construction of the project that you wish to write, trying narrative voices and characters throughout the course of the workshop.
  • You will compose lists of readings depending on the subject of the work you are about to write; during the workshop titles for the text will be proposed by the coordinator. 

Workshop Objectives

Participants in the workshop will:

  • Show a significant advance in the art of writing.
  • Receive constructive feedback from other members of the workshop and writers for their efforts.
  • Broaden their knowledge in prose and especially in the narrative voice and the visual angle of narration.
  • Continue to exercise the art of writing with persistent adaptation of their original writing.
  • Cultivate the formation of their own personal genre (style).


Important Information

The application is now closed.

Further information on next iterations will be announced in due time.

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

Sessions: The workshop is intensive. The sessions take place in a total of four days, two weekends. Please note that weekends are not contiguous, there are intermediate days to allow preparation. Each day will include five-hour sessions, with breaks in between.

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

Announcement of results: Successful candidates are notified by the CHS GR via email and telephone.

Certificate of participation: At the end of the workshop participants receive a certificate of participation by the CHS GR.

What else is required for participation in the workshop?

Time! Commit to spend the hours required for the workshop or for the preparation of the sessions. Try to have time to prepare the work whenever it is needed. For participants who work: an absence related to your work will not be justified. If you believe in advance that you will not have the time to attend this workshop, it is preferable not to register. You are depriving the position from someone else who has the mood and time to work as intended.

Check past sessions of workshops here.

Click here to download a detailed list of the workshop modules (in Greek).


Brief Resume of the Coordinator

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

In 1967 he migrated to the USA, where he studied history and literature, creative writing and translation at Goddard College. He occupied several staff posts in Harvard’s libraries up until 1975, when he was appointed at the same university Curator of the Woodberry Poetry Room and the Farnsworth Room. From 1985 since 2008 he taught novel writing at Harvard’s summer program.

He has published four poetry collections in Greek and two in English. His novels When the tree sings, The heroic age, and Purple and black thread, 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 Stratis Haviaras founded and curated the publication of the poetry magazine Arion's Dolphin and the literary magazine Harvard Review. From 2002 since 2006 he taught creative writing (novel) at the European Center for the Translation of Literature and the Human Sciences (EKEMEL) and from 2006 since 2009 he taught and coordinated the workshops on the art of discourse at the National Book Center 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 Communications Coordinator and Programs Development, through telephone (+30 27520 47040 and/or 27520 47030, Nafplio, Greece) and/or email matina.goga(at)