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PLOT PART 2: PLOT IN ACTION
Aug
2
5:00 PM17:00

PLOT PART 2: PLOT IN ACTION

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We're taking Story Craft on the road this summer for two special workshops at WriterHouse in Charlottesville, Virginia. If you're in our neck of the woods in August, drop by. If not, look for a new run of Story Craft courses in Nicosia at our new digs in Old Pallouriotissa starting Spring 2019.


WORKSHOP

PLOT PART 2: PLOT IN ACTION

Just like good music in a movie, when plots are done right, you might not even notice them. In this second four-hour workshop, we’ll be looking at actual plots from stories that work and then taking them apart to see why. After that, we’ll see how the missing piece in this puzzle—character—interacts with plot to turn a concept into a relatable, gripping story. Participation in the first workshop isn’t mandatory, but the two do work as a useful progression.


ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Max Sheridan lives and writes in Nicosia, Cyprus. His short fiction and articles have been published widely in the US, UK and elsewhere. His novel Dillo was released in 2017 by Shotgun Honey. When he isn’t writing, Max is the director of Write CY, a Nicosia-based platform for creative writing and community storytelling. At Write CY, Max teaches Story Craft, a course on short story writing, and Creative Blogging, a course in creative web content writing.

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PLOT PART 1: FROM CONCEPTION TO STORY
Aug
1
5:00 PM17:00

PLOT PART 1: FROM CONCEPTION TO STORY

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We're taking Story Craft on the road this summer for two special workshops at WriterHouse in Charlottesville, Virginia. If you're in our neck of the woods in August, drop by. If not, look for a new run of Story Craft courses in Nicosia at our new digs in Old Pallouriotissa starting Spring 2019.


WORKSHOP

Plot Part 1: From Conception to Story

This four-hour creative writing workshop with author Max Sheridan will show aspiring and more experienced writers how to concept and develop plots for their stories. Using Kurt Vonnegut’s ideas on “story shapes” as a springboard, we’ll see how plots typically evolve according to basic principles. We’ll also look at the ideas of pacing (a story’s rhythm) and conflict (tension), and explore two different techniques for concepting plots from scratch. In class, writers will concept and begin a short story based on a prompt given by the instructor, which they will complete at home. Writers attending the second workshop will have the opportunity to workshop their completed stories in class.


ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Max Sheridan lives and writes in Nicosia, Cyprus. His short fiction and articles have been published widely in the US, UK and elsewhere. His novel Dillo was released in 2017 by Shotgun Honey. When he isn’t writing, Max is the director of Write CY, a Nicosia-based platform for creative writing and community storytelling. At Write CY, Max teaches Story Craft, a course on short story writing, and Creative Blogging, a course in creative web content writing.

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STORY CRAFT JUNIOR
Jun
3
to Jun 24

STORY CRAFT JUNIOR

Learning how stories work makes teens better readers, writers, communicators and empathizers. Plus, it’s just a lot of fun. In this 4-week creative writing workshop teens ages 12-16 will learn how to put together plots, build compelling characters and write engaging descriptions as we explore our literary voices in a number of different styles. We’ll cover in group and solo projects: short stories, flash fiction, creative non-fiction and blog writing. Classes meet once a week on Saturday for 2 hours and are limited to 8 spots. Instruction is in English.

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THE STORY INSIDE YOU: A COLOMBIAN STORYTELLING WORKSHOP
Mar
26
11:00 AM11:00

THE STORY INSIDE YOU: A COLOMBIAN STORYTELLING WORKSHOP

JULIANA ELYSE MARÍN

JULIANA ELYSE MARÍN

Do you struggle to find ideas for stories? Or do you feel you don’t have any stories at all? Then let your creativity flow in this workshop with a Colombian storyteller, where you’ll explore all sorts of ways—writing, telling, drawing and even acting—to get your story out of your head and into the world. Because everyone has a story to tell and it shouldn’t be kept locked up inside! 

The workshop is free, but donations make Juliana's world storytelling tour possible. Space is limited to 10. To register, fill out the form below. For more about Write CY, click here.

If you register and for any reason can't attend the workshop, please let us know at least 3 days before the event.


ABOUT THE STORYTELLER

Juliana is a Storyteller from Colombia who travels the world by using lies to tell the truth. She graduated from Vivapalabra School of Oral Narration in Medellín, and is now on a quest to learn about storytelling in other cultures. She’s written over 50 short stories for magazines in the United States, and given storytelling performances and workshops in Colombia, Mexico, Spain, the US, and now Cyprus. Find Juliana on Facebook @ Achira Stories.

Scroll down to see Juliana perform.


PERFORMANCES


ABOUT WRITE CY

WRITE CY is a Nicosia-based creative space dedicated to creative writing and community storytelling. We cooperate with storytellers around the world like Juliana Elyse Marín to bring you amazing workshops like this.

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EKPHRASIS WORKSHOP
Dec
17
3:00 PM15:00

EKPHRASIS WORKSHOP

INSTRUCTOR: DR. IRINI SAVVIDES
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH
COST: €20

In this 3-hour workshop with award-winning Young Adult author Dr. Irini Savvides, we'll be exploring the idea of "ekphrasis", or responding to images with words. Using the work of Anne Zahalka, who photographs artists’ worktables, and Robyn Stacey’s photographs of hotel rooms from the Constructed Worlds Exhibition (Grace Cossington Smith Gallery, Abbotsleigh, Australia, 2015), we'll practice weaving image to text in simple, practical steps to create short stories. Participants will write their own work in response to a piece of art they choose and then we'll workshop the writing as a group.

This workshop has 10 spots. Please sign up only if you know you'll be able to attend. If you register and for any reason can't attend, we ask that you let us know 3 days before the event so we can give your spot to someone else who wants it.


Irini Savvides is an award winning published Young Adult author. Her first novel WILLOW TREE AND OLIVE, received several awards including a White Raven in Bologona in 2002, and she was named one of the finalists in the Sydney Morning Herald Young Writer of the Year Award. Her second novel, SKY LEGS won the 2004 Peace Award. Other titles include: A MARATHON OF HER OWN, ALIKI SAYS, and a verse novel AGAINST THE TIDE. Her picture book HIDE AND SEEK was translated into Japanese and sent to child tsunami survivors. She was a judge for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards (2014-16) in the Young Adult and Children’s sections.

Irini Savvides was awarded her PhD in 2013 with the Writing and Society Group at the University of Western Sydney. Entitled ‘Harvesting Sophia - Re-Imagining the Cyprus Problem’ the PhD was a hybrid thesis. It involved an exegetical work on six contemporary female Cypriots Poets and a novel that spanned three decades. Currently she is undertaking a mentorship with Dr Kathryn Heyman at The Faber Academy to rework the novel (working title NO MAN'S LAND.)

She works at Abbotsleigh School as an English teacher. She has also recently taught ‘English 1Y’ at UWS to Masters Students - a Methodology Course in teaching Creative Writing to Students. She is a presenter for the AIS, ETA and has presented internationally at various writers’ festivals and academic conferences (Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Tasmania, New Zealand).

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ENTOPIA: SITE-SPECIFIC WRITING
May
21
10:00 AM10:00

ENTOPIA: SITE-SPECIFIC WRITING

INSTRUCTOR: GAIA ZACAGNI
LANGUAGE: GREEK
COST: €30

Being somewhere may be random or intentional. It may be a choice or a circumstance, it may be just for a little while or for a long time. However, what connects us to the spaces we occupy is our ability to observe, listen and describe them. In this 3-hour workshop we will take Nicosia’s Old City as our focus and locus and immerse ourselves in it—absorbing it and interpreting it and picking up the trail that it leaves within us or the traces that our passage leaves there. Through reading and discussion of short texts and actual on-site writing, participants will learn how to observe and describe the spaces they inhabit more fully and meaningfully and how to communicate those experiences to others through different kinds of written texts.


Gaia Zaccagni (Milan 1972) deals with Byzantine, Modern Greek and Italian literature. She has taught Modern Greek Language and Literature at the Universities of Italy (Rome, Venice, Bari, Trieste) and at the University of Cyprus in Nicosia, where she has been permanently living for the past five years. She has worked on the critical edition of Southern Italy hagiographical texts (Rome 1997) and on a part of the omiletic work of Philagatus Kerameus (1999, 2010). She has also published a collection of essays Luoghi, parole e ritmi dalla Grecia moderna (Edizioni Nuova Cultura 2007) and numerous articles in academic journals. She also deals with literary and theatrical translation and the theoretical and practical study of traditional music, her main interest being the world of rebetiko. She writes poems in Italian and Greek. Her poems have been published in the literary magazines Storie (Issue 21, 1996) and Ylandron (2003). Her poetry collections include: Una poesia (Pulcino Elefante, Osnago 1997), Anemoskorpismata-Sparse nel vento (Nuova Cultura, 2007), En plo panta kleisti, ed. Melani (Athens 2014) and Erbario d'aprile- suite cipriota (self-published in 100 copies, typ. Kemanes, Nicosia 2016).


Translation is not a formalistic play with the language of the other, it is the transfer from one type of culture to another. The words, their sound, their touch, their body. Coming from another dimension, outside of the space-time in which we often experience. They gain weight, material. They are nailed down. Until they mutate and get lost in the air.
— Gaia Zacagni (preface to metAMORphrasis)

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LIFE WRITING: OVERCOMING YOUR FEAR OF THE EMPTY WHITE PAGE
Mar
12
10:00 AM10:00

LIFE WRITING: OVERCOMING YOUR FEAR OF THE EMPTY WHITE PAGE

LIFE WRITING WITH ELENI XENOU
LANGUAGE: GREEK
COST: €30


Learning to write means learning to trust your own imagination, observation, memory and experience. In this 3-hour workshop led by journalist and author Eleni Xenou, we will use writing exercises to explore all of these areas so that we can find our own authentic fictional voice and point of view. Most importantly, we will learn to free ourselves from ingrained ways of looking and find our own writer’s gaze. Because writing is a journey of self-discovery, of finding and defining things you didn't know about yourself and the world and your place in the world. Participants should bring a laptop or a pad and pen. If possible, also please bring an old family photo (prefererably black and white.) Instruction is in Greek.


Για να μάθει κανείς να εκφράζεται μέσα από την δημιουργική γραφή πρέπει πρώτα να μάθει να εμπιστεύεται την φαντασία του, τη παρατηρητικότητα του, την μνήμη και τα βιώματα του. Σ’αυτό το τρίωρο εργαστήρι που πραγματοποιεί η δημοσιογράφος και συγγραφέας Ελένη Ξένου, μέσα από μια σειρά ασκήσεων θα εξερευνήσουμε όλες αυτές τις παραμέτρους με στόχο να ανακαλύψει ο καθένας την δική του «συγγραφική» φωνή και οπτική γωνία. Και το πιο σημαντικό θα μάθουμε πώς να απελευθερώνουμε τον εαυτό μας ώστε να κοιτάμε μέσα μας και γύρω μας με ένα λογοτεχνικό βλέμμα. Γιατί πάνω από όλα η δημιουργική γραφή είναι ένα ταξίδι αυτογνωσίας όπου ο καθενας μπορεί να ανακαλύψει τί πραγματικά ξέρει για τον εαυτό του, γα τον κόσμο, και για την θέση του στον κόσμο. Οι συμμετέχοντες θα πρέπει να φέρουν το δικό τους κομπιούτερ ή ipad και στυλό. Παρακαλούμε επίσης τους συμμετέχοντες να φέρουν μαζί τους μια οικογενειακή παλιά φωτογραφία (προτιμότερο μαυρόασπρη) για τους σκοπούς των ασκήσεων.


Eleni Xenou is a journalist and writer from Cyprus. She worked for many years for Greek and Cypriot newspapers and magazines as a columnist and as chief culture editor. As a journalist, she traveled the world to interview literary personalities like Paulo Coelho and Isabel Allende. Currently she writes for the newspaper KATHIMERINI in Cyprus and has her own blog—elenixenou.com—in which she continues her adventure in discovering the different realities of people. In 2012 she published her first book, a collection of short stories called ONCE UPON AN APRIL. She has also written for the theatre. She is currently working with film director Christophoros Roditis on the production of cultural documentaries and short movies.


H Ελένη Ξένου εργάστηκε σαν δημοσιογράφος στα μεγαλύτερα εκδοτικά συγκροτήματα της Κύπρου. Έχει διατελέσει διευθύντρια σύνταξης μηναίων περιοδικών καθώς και του εβδομαδιαίου περιοδικού τέχνης Yστερόγραφο. Εχει ειδικευτεί στο τομέα των συνεντεύξεων με προσωπικότητες του καλλιτεχνικού χώρου και έχει ταξιδέψει σε ολόκληρο τον κόσμο για να συναντήσει σπουδαίους συγγραφείς (Πάολο Κοέλο, Ιζαμπέλ Αλιέντε, Έτγκαρ Κέρετ). Σήμερα εργάζεται σαν freelancer δημοσιογράφος, κειμενογράφος και σεναριογράφος. Διατηρεί δική της στήλη στην εφημερίδα Η Καθημερινή καθώς επίσης και δική της ιστοσελίδα elenixenou.com όπου φιλοξενεί συνεντεύξεις, ημερολόγια από τα ταξίδια της και στήλες. Το 2012 εκδωσε μια συλλογή διηγημάτων με τον τίτλο ΥΓ. ΓΕΝΝΗΘΗΚΑ ΕΝΑΝ ΑΠΡΙΛΗ και το 2014 έγραψε τον θεατρικό μονόλογο Ο ΘΑΝΑΤΟΣ ΤΟΥ ΜΠΑΧ. Σήμερα συνεργάζεται με τον σκηνοθέτη Χριστόφορο Ροδίτη για την παραγωγή ντοκιμαντέρ κοινωνικού και πολιτιστικού περιεχομένου καθώς και ταινιών μικρού και μεγάλου μήκους.

 

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WRITING JOURNEY: PART 1
Jan
23
11:00 AM11:00

WRITING JOURNEY: PART 1

WRITING JOURNEY PART 1 WITH NORA NADJARIAN
ENGLISH | €30

Join award-winning author Nora Nadjarian on this enriching journey and kick-start the creative writing process. We will be concentrating on short fiction (short story and flash fiction). Even if you haven’t written in years, all you need is the desire to tap into your imagination and let the ideas flow. The workshop is suitable for beginners as well as those looking to improve their creative writing skills.


Nora Nadjarian is an award-winning Cypriot poet and short story writer. She has published three collections of poetry: THE VOICE AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS (2001), CLEFT IN TWAIN (2003) and 25 WAYS TO KISS A MAN (2004). In addition to a book of short stories, LEDRA STREET (2006), her work has been published online and in print journals in the UK, USA, Australia and elsewhere. She has also won prizes and commendations in international competitions like the Commonwealth Short Story Competition, the Feile Filiochta International Poetry Competition and the Sean O Faolain Short Story Prize. Her work has been included in two prestigious anthologies: BEST EUROPEAN FICTION 2011 (Dalkey Archive Press) and BEING HUMAN (Bloodaxe Books, 2011). Her second book of short stories GIRL, WOLF, BONES was published by Folded Word (USA) in 2011.

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