Character, Conflict and the Creative Process with author David Layton

24 June-1 July

Character, Conflict and the Creative Process: Creative writing workshop

Presenter: David Layton

Molyvos, Lesvos, Greece

David Layton


Join a community from around the globe to deepen your writing skills. Whether you’re writing for personal satisfaction or publication, this course is designed to hone your storytelling voice, style and point of view.

Perfect for our setting, we’ll begin the course with a discussion of Aristotle’s Poetics, considered to be the very first creative writing guide and which to this day is followed even by the most commercial of Hollywood writers.

This will be followed each day by focussing on a critical aspect of creative writing such as the role of the protagonist, the importance of the antagonist, the use and abuse of dialogue, the narrative arc, tone and voice.

 Through course readings, thought-provoking discussions and assignments that will be workshopped and discussed in class each day, you will emerge with a comprehensive understanding of your writing process and the confidence to fulfil your writing ambitions.

David Layton

Award-wining Canadian writer David Layton has had short fiction and articles published and anthologized in various literary journals, newspapers and magazines including Penguin, Exile, The Daily Telegraph, Literary Review of Canada, and Conde Nast Traveler. He is the editor of Best Canadian Essays 2016. His first book, Motion Sickness, was a memoir, which was followed by the best-selling novel The Bird Factory. His latest novel, The Dictator, was published by HarperCollins in May 2017. David Layton teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto, and is course director for the Toronto International Festival of Authors, one of the largest literary events in the world.


Tariffs include accommodation for one week, two meals per day and course fee; travel excluded.

Single: €1 200

Sharing pp: €1 040

To book: email info@thetalkingtable.com