Workshop on the Art of Prose for advanced learners

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

Workshop Dates: April 21 – 22 and May 12 – 13, 2018


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, poetry). Through discussion and writing exercises samples, participants become familiar with views of writing such as critical reading, narrative voice, use of language, character development, theme options, style, etc. In addition, there is a general overview of genres of literature such as poetry, essay, children's literature, history, police, futuristic or science fiction novel.

Participation in the workshop, as in all the activities organized by CHS GR, is free of charge. 

Important Information


The application deadline was Saturday, March 10, 2018. Along with a brief resume, interested parties were invited to submit electronically a sample of writing, preferably a complete section (beginning, middle, end) of up to 1,200 words, entitled "A LITTLE PERSONAL ADVENTURE" written in first person. This topic will give the opportunity to discuss during the workshop how a real event can be turned through fiction into a perfect novel. Since these are advanced level workshops, it is required that participants: (1) have the ability to write (composition of real life events and fiction), and/or have attended workshops for beginners, and (2) have already written some short stories or have begun larger projects.

Interested applicants are invited to commit themselves to attending all of the workshop meetings and be consistent at the predetermined time schedule.

During the workshop, participants will:

  • Actively contribute to classroom discussions.
  • Complete required exercises in time if prompted by the coordinators.
  • Work out in the construction of the project that they wish to write, trying narrative voices and characters throughout the course of the workshop.
  • Compose catalogues of readings depending on the subject of the work they are willing 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).

How to apply

The interested parties were invited to send an email to matina.goga(at) until March 10, with the subject: "Participation in the series of meetings of the workshop on the art of prose for advanced learners". After submitting the request, they receive a receipt notification.

** If the interested applicants do not receive a confirmation of receipt within two days from the date of their submission, they are kindly asked to contact the Center for Hellenic Studies (tel. +30 27520 47040).

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

Sessions: The workshop will be intensive. The sessions will take place in a total of four days, two weekends: April 21 – 22 and May 12 – 13, 2018.

*Please note that these weekends are not contiguous, as there are intermediate days to allow preparation. Each session will last five 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 interested applicants are notified by the CHS GR via email. Successful candidates are also notified via telephone in late March.

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

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

Check past sessions of workshops here.

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, and The heroic age, written in English, have been released in the English-speaking world and translated into many European languages. His novel Purple and black thread, written in English, has for the time being been published solely in Greek. 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)