Write Now! Creative Writing in Portugal • Course 109
25 - 27 October 2013 @ Holiday Inn Algarve, Portugal
Holiday Inn Algarve
Armação de Pêra
Date: Friday, 25 October - Sunday, 27 October 2013
Time: 10.30AM - 5.00PM (Saturday - Sunday only)
Length of course: 2.5 days
Cost: €235 (double room, 2 sharing). €260 (single room). Non-resident: €185
WHAT sort of writer are you? What sort of writer do you dream of becoming? Have you found your writing voice? If you have not written before, do you want to find out what that voice might be?
This exciting workshop in the heart of the Algarve will help you develop your creative skills and explore your unique powers of expression. The course incorporates exercises that enable you to free your imagination and develop the voice that is uniquely your own. This weekend course will include:
• four 2.5 hour workshops
• techniques to start writing or develop work-in-progress
• a chance to initiate pieces that lead to more extended works of prose or poetry
• the opportunity to have writing done in the workshop read and discussed
• Open Mic evening session for those who wish to share work already written (voluntary)
The workshop is open to anyone with a desire to write, from beginners to experienced writers. Sessions will be conducted in a friendly, constructive atmosphere.
Holiday Inn Algarve is situated in southern Portugal in a prime beachfront location with stunning panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean.
VIDEOS, PHOTOS AND A REVIEW OF PREVIOUS ALGARVE WORKSHOPS
If you'd like to see the venue and get a feel for the course, we compiled a 4-minute video of 2012's workshop and another video of the 2011 course. There are also some photos of the town and the hotel. Writer Trevor Baker produced an appreciative and detailed description (PDF) of this course for Writing Magazine in 2013.
Guest room prices are all landview. Interconnecting rooms are available on request. Shared rooms are 2 people to a room. Seaview room: If you would like a room that faces the ocean, you can upgrade directly with the Holiday Inn at least a week prior to your arrival. The seaview supplement is 20 Euros per night per room.
You may request a shared room, however if there is no one to share with you, you will have to pay the single room rate. You will need to pay the difference between the shared room rate and the single room rate directly to the Holiday Inn on your arrival.
The Holiday Inn Algarve can cater for vegetarian and vegans. Please provide information on any special dietary requirements when booking.
You'll be kept busy writing during the workshop itself, but you may choose to extend your stay in Portugal either before, or after, the course. Tennis and horse riding facilities are nearby, as well as Zoomarine where visitors can interact with dolphins.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED
Bound notebook, pen & a spare. Clipboard (optional)
HOW TO GET THERE
Air: Ryanair, easyJet, Monarch and British Airways all fly to Faro International Airport. Road: The Holiday Inn Algarve is 262 kilometres from Lisbon (approximately 2 hours driving time) and 244 kilometres from Seville, Spain (driving time approximately 2 hours).
DO I NEED A VISA?
If you are a passport holder from a country outside the EU, you will need to check if a visa is necessary to enter Portugal. Students are responsible for obtaining any visas, or other travel documents, necessary to enter the country. You are advised to travel with a passport which has a minimum of 6 month left before its expiry.
TRANSPORT FROM FARO AIRPORT
The Holiday Inn have a transfer service (approx €60 each way for up to 4 people). Taxi: You will need to establish the price once you are there. In 2012 the price was approximately €60 each way for up to 4 people. Car hire: Students travelling from Faro Airport to the Holiday Inn Algarve are eligible for preferential rates. Click here to send an email to the Holiday Inn for more information. Bus: You can book a shuttle bus from Faro International Airport to Armação de Pêra by clicking here.
FACT SHEET | HOLIDAY INN ALGARVE
If you'd like more information on the Holiday Inn, click here to download a 2-page PDF.
Residential course members can check in after 2.00PM on Friday. Our first dinner together will be at 7.30PM. There won't be any tuition on Friday night, just the chance to get to know each other a little before the course kicks off on Saturday morning. I would encourage all non-residential members to join us for this meal as it's a relaxed way to be introduced to the course, myself and the other participants.
OPEN MIC NIGHT
After dinner on Saturday there will be the opportunity to share prepared work. If you wish to participate, you will need to bring photocopies which will be returned to you. Word limit: 1300
WHAT IS INCLUDED
• 2 nights' full board at the Holiday Inn for course residents
• Course fee for workshops
• Tuition, two lunches and two evening meals for non-residents
• Flights to/from Faro
• Ground transportation to/from Holiday Inn Algarve
• Seaview room supplement
• Personal travel insurance
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BOOKING & PAYMENT METHODS
By post or bank transfer: Download a postal booking form to complete and be returned with your cheque. Payment in full is due by 27 September. Please contact us if you would prefer to pay in pounds. Online: You can use your credit or debit card to pay below. Course fee: €235 per person (shared accommodation, 2 sharing), €260 (single room), €185 (non-residential). To view Terms & Conditions, click here.
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HOLIDAY INN CONTACT DETAILS
T: 0871 423 4878 (from UK)
+351 282 320 260 (Front Desk)