Workshop Descriptions


2 Day Fiction/Memoir Workshop: Writing from your life: 

Often writers chose to explore their own life experiences and memories. To draw on themes, characters, and details from one’s own life can result in a rich array of material from which to work and create. Award winning writer, Ardashir Vakil will lead this two day workshop which is suitable for writers of all levels from beginner to published. The workshop itself will consist of three main strands:

* Writing exercises in which all the participants, including Ardu, will write for anything from 5 to 20 minutes, then read out their work to the group for short feedback;

* One or two short texts designed to be analysed for what they can teach us in terms of creative writing skills;

* Pre-prepared extracts of the participants’ own writing (c. 1,000 to 1,500 words) brought to the workshops, which participants will get a chance to read to the group and receive feedback both from Ardu and their peers.

Questions on issues such as plot, character, narrative technique and voice will be discussed throughout the workshop, but Ardu will also make room to address any outstanding questions that participants might want to discuss during the intervals in each session.

Saturday May 6 and Sunday May 7th, 2017

10:00 – 16:00

Location: Cafe Korb (downstairs)

€175 Early Bird registration deadline March 31st

After March 31st fee is €195

Please register early as these seats will sell out fast! Class is limited to 12 participants. Places are only guaranteed after payment has been received.

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Manuscript Assessment 

Do you have a draft of a short story, memoir, or personal essay that you would like constructively critiqued? These one:one sessions are designed for those who wish to learn more about the craft of writing, re-writing and the process of getting published.

Topics covered: developing story ideas, strong beginnings, point of view, tension, character development, and finding the emotional truth of the story.

Instructor: Kirsten Donaghey is a published writer, editor, and story coach. She is the co-founder of Write Now.

Fee: €40 per hour.

For more information send Kirsten an email at


DATE CHANGE! Workshop will now start on February 17th. Early bird discount extended to February 12th.

This is the bridge where at dusk they hear voices

Poetry and Story

Fridays, 17th, February – 10th, March, 2017,

18:30 – 20:30

What are you doing on Friday nights in February? We know the perfect way to ease out of your week and into your weekend!

A cozy room at the School of Poetry (with a very enticing balcony that overlooks Mariahilferstrasse), a glass of wine, some tasty snacks, and the company of an International group … are you getting the picture?

Poetry with award winning Poet, Alice Miller.

This workshop is all about the interplay between poetry and story. Are you curious how to weave story into your work with narrative devices, line, voice and rhythm? This workshop is the place you need to be! Within a small group (around 10 people) of like minds, the classes will be divided into two — the first hour being an informal lecture and discussion, and the second hour dedicated to the students poems.

The workshop is for all levels from curious to dedicated. Alice Miller never fails to dazzle and inspire. She is a master of the craft.

Alice Miller’s enthusiasm for the beauty and intricacies of poetry was infectious and her skill at explaining how it all works made me want to come back for more. Roxanne Powell

Now, to fill those last seats, Write Now also has a last-minute offer you just can’t refuse: 20% off for anyone booking by 12th February! A perfect Valentine’s Day gift… So if you enjoy poetry and special offers (in that order), then visit the Write Now website to register.

Fee: €185 (less 20% if you register by February 12th)

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in cooperation with the vienna poetry school