Writers´ Retreat May 4 to 8

Robert CravenIrish author Robert Craven will lead a new Writers´ Retreat at El Geco Verde in May (2018)

Rob discovered El Geco last summer when he brought his family here for an activity holiday. He was taking a break from penning the latest in his series of novels featuring sexy spy Eva Molenaar and was struck by the hotel´s  dramatic secluded rural setting. After reading and enjoying his most recent novel “Hollow Point” we suggested the idea of a writer’s retreat and, happily, he agreed to lead it.

The course will cater to all levels of ability and experience. Location, historical setting and characterisation are among the specific themes Rob will tackle in the workshop, using a variety of writing tasks designed to get ideas flowing and improve technique.

Rob will also address the challenges of getting published and the opportunities offered by self publishing and social media.

Writing sessions will take place in the dining hall or an outdoor terrace, the better to draw inspiration from El Geco Verde’s spectacular rural setting.

One evening will be dedicated to a guided tour of the super dark night sky, courtesy of professional astronomer Javier and his powerful telescopes. 

In addition participants will enjoy a guided hike through incredible countryside to a small local village where some of the gastronomic specialities of the region can be sampled.

Ilaria’s home cooked meals will provide plenty of fuel for busy brains, with breakfast, coffee breaks, lunch and dinner all included in the price.

All of this plus accommodation for four nights and three full days of writing workshops costs just €800 euros per person, taxes included. Guests should be prepared to share a room with one other person of the same sex. Flights, transfers and car hire are not included in the price.

Places are limited. For  more information about the EGV Writers’ Retreat, including availability, contact us directly at elgecoverde@hotmail.com

Robert Craven is currently working on the fifth instalment of his Eva Molenaar series; tense historical thrillers about covert operations before, during and after WW2. Provisionally titled “Eagles Hunt Wolves” it follows “Get Lenin” (2011), “Zinnman” (2012), “A Finger of Night” (2013) and “Hollow Point” (2016).
In 1992 Rob had a short horror story accepted and published in Speculative fiction magazine FTL. From that moment, he got the bug. He has since published short stories in a variety of anthologies.
A seasoned bass guitarist, Robs´s 2003 debut novel ‘Vocals preferred/own transport essential” mined two decades of gigging with bands around Dublin.
Robert Craven publishes independently on Amazon and Kobo platforms.

Writers´Workshop Itinerary May 4 (Day 1) to May 8 (Day 5) 2018

Day 1: Arrival day; Guests welcome to check in from 14.00. Participants may tavel to the hotel either independently or via the hotel´s airport transfer service (by prior arrangement only). 19.30; Welcome speech and course outline, 20.00; evening meal.
Day 2: Sense of Time and Place: personal experience, atmosphere, historical setting 09.00 Breakfast, 09:30: Introduction and first writing exercise, 11:00 Break, 11:30 Second writing exercise, 13.00 Lunch, 15.00 Writing time, 16.30 Break, 17.00 Feedback, 20.00 Dinner, 22.00 Evening discussion
Day 3: Characterisation: creation, dialogue, conflict. 09.00 Breakfast, 09:30 Introduction and first writing exercise, 11:00 Break, 11:30 Second writing exercise, 13.00 Lunch, 15.00 Writing time, 16.30 Break, 17.00 Feedback, 20.00 Dinner, 22.00 Evening discussion
Day 4: Publication Tips and Tricks: 0.900 Breakfast, 09:30: Advice and discussion around publishing, self-publishing, promotion, social networks etc. 12.00 Hike to local village for lunch, 16.00 Writing time, 17.30 Feedback, 20.00 Dinner, 22.00 Evening discussion
Day 5: Departure day. 0.900 Breakfast, 10.00 Q&A session on any aspect of the course. Guests are required to vacate rooms by midday but may remain at the hotel until 2pm.

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