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WRITING RETREATS – IN GREECE, 2015

DATES:

APRIL 30-MAY 15 ( FULLY SUBSCRIBED)

SEPTEMBER 5–20 – ACCEPTING BOOKINGS UNTIL MAY 5)

WHAT YOU’LL GET FROM IT:

A UNIQUE COURSE- A WRITER’S TAKE  ON NEW RESEARCH ON THE  NEUROSCIECNE OF CREATIVE THINKING.

Teaching like mine is  done by Stantford University to greatly enhance the creativity of its design students (they call it a “creativity gym” and run annual “booster” courses!) and recent research from Denmark and Canada shows that on average, the honed teaching of short courses there to engineers of the neuroscience of creativity enhances the creativity of students by a whopping 29.5 %.

I’ve honed the teaching of neuroscience and creativity at Sydney University over 9 years and now at NIDA over 3 years. It’s my experience that once you hear these very simple, universally agreed-upon techniques, the story you know you were born to write will come bubbling up onto the page or screen.

Long ago I stumbled on these techniques in my own writing but I wasn’t able to put them into words before, but neuroscience has given me those words and helped me with explanations. For instance, always in my own writing I went into a stillness before I wrote, and sometimes I had to wait for ages before the words would come but I didn’t whole-heartedly teach you to do this because wasn’t it merely my personal dumbness that required it? – after all, if I was a proper writer, shouldn’t my mind be buzzing?

Now I know that I’d stumbled on a technique commonly practiced by most if not all creative people, and I will teach this and many other techniques to you.

Our guide on this trip will be an Australian born-Kytherian, Kiriaki Orfanos, a writer herself, who knows and loves her island so well that she knows all its wild grasses, trees, birds, caves and people – she’s related to nearly everyone! – and she can take the staunchest scoffer to the very bay where, it’s said, Aphrodite rose out of the quiet green sea, and suddenly you become a believer.

PROGRAMME: 

  • 15 days stay, breakfast included,  in a very comfortable hotel near the sea, each room with a kitchenette and wifi.
  • Transportation to and from the hotel and Kythera airport
  • Eight writing sessions with a small group of  writers, with inspiring instruction
  • A own one-to-one discussion of your writing issues with me
  • A three-day rest and bus tour of the island, with tour guide and lunches included
  • A welcome cocktail party, and some dinners included
  • Option of  reading from your new work on  beautiful two evenings, dinners included, to a sympathetic audience
  • The companionship of like-minded writers

COST: AUD $5500, plus your airfares from wherever you are to the Island.

BOOKINGS: kiriaki0@yahoo.com.au

 

“Of course I teach students writerly skills – not just the practising of those old chestnuts such as character development – but also the basic skills of creative thinking, such as learning to trust and follow one’s own intuitions, learning to seek and tolerate ambiguity, learning to be provisional, playful and experimental, learning to resist closure, and losing self-consciousness.”

Below: an extract from Brainwaves, an episode of BBC Radio Four’s Between the Ears, from February 2004