Writing on the Edge of the Sea

Free the Writer, Look for Trouble: a
 five-day writing workshop in Crete
7 – 12th October 2018

To live — Do you know what that means? To undo your belt and look for trouble!
~Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek


We often write as we live: bound by conscious and unconscious ideas of who we are and how we should behave. Sometimes we need to break free, to look for trouble – to help us actually live as we hope to. We believe the same is true for writing.

In this workshop we will use a variety of craft exercises and approaches to explore and dismantle the barriers to writing in ways we most aspire to—in ways perhaps we cannot even imagine possible. We will be subversive, seeking to find a “little madness” and “trouble”, and through group discussion and private meetings with the instructors, we will help you shape the new work emerging, whatever style or genre that may be.

This will be a generative and boundary-busting workshop limited to 12 participants, and our goal will be to produce new work, new pages, new lines.

We will set ourselves at the edge between land and sea in the ancient, historical, mythical landscape of Crete to allow the power of place to work on us.

Workshop details:

During a typical day participants will meet together for three hours at our workshop space in the centre of Chania. Outside of the workshops, participants will have time for their own writing and also to explore Chania for inspiration. We will also gather together for readings at a local café, and some days we will have group meals and relaxed evening sessions in one of the many excellent restaurants or in the workshop space courtyard under the stars. The workshop space is a multi-use art space loft which also has a handicrafts workshop area and a piano in case you need a break from writing!

We begin on Sunday evening, the 7th of October and have a final dinner together on Friday the 12th.

The workshop is open to all levels of writing experience.

Tuition cost:

350 Euros. To hold a space, a deposit of 100 euros is required, and full payment must be received four weeks prior to the workshop start, and at this point the deposit is non-refundable. For more information, or to book your spot, contact us.

Not Included:

Accommodation, airfares (the closest airport is Chania); transfers from airport to Chania town (if several of you are arriving at a similar time we can arrange for a shared taxi); meals, with the exception of welcome wine and Greek ‘mezes’ at our workshop space on the first evening.


There are a number of affordable hotels, apartments, rooms and Bed and Breakfast accommodations throughout Chania within walking distance of the workshop space. We suggest you use Airbnb. We can share contact information of registered participants should anyone like to find an apartment together.

Chania, Crete:

The Venetian town of Chania is the spiritual capital of Crete, set on an extraordinarily beautiful harbour. The old-town city walls enclose Ottoman, Byzantine and Minoan ruins and a maze of cobbled streets, cafes, tavernas, lazy squares and busy markets. There is a city beach for dozing in the sun or swimming (the Mediterranean can be quite warm in October). We recommend you extend your stay by at least a few days, in particular to explore some of the highlights of Crete including the Palace of Knossos, famous for the legend of the Minotaur in the labyrinth, the monasteries and caves of the nearby Akrotiri peninsula and the Samaria Gorge, a biosphere reserve and 16 km hike.

The Phaistos Disk