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Start Your Novel with Claire McGowan

All the tools you need to get started on a novel, including honing your story idea, understanding your genre, establishing characters, structure, and viewpoints, and more.


It will also help you with something more difficult, which is to keep going after the start, and stay motivated until you finish the book, by looking at common blocks and barriers to the writing process and helping you smash through them. Claire published her first novel in 2012, and has followed it up with many others in the crime fiction genre and also in women’s fiction (writing as Eva Woods). She has had four radio plays for the BBC, and her thrillers What You Did and The Other Wife were both number-one bestsellers. She ran the UK’s first MA in crime writing for five years, and teaches & talks about writing. Claire McGowan is an extremely experienced teacher with a strong track record of helping Skryos Writers' Lab students to get inspired and get published.

Eco Practices

Skyros provides holistic holidays which emphasize being rather than having, doing rather than consuming and cooperating rather than competing. We are committed to an eco-friendly future and support solar heating and recycling, including our shower water. Guests are encouraged to bring their own water bottle and use refill stations throughout the site. Skyros encourages responsible integration with the local communities including the teaching of local history, culture and language and sponsorship of local events and organisations. Skyros uses locally owned and maintained facilities with policies in place that favour local produce and services and locals are employed wherever possible.

Directions and Travel

Fly to Athens then take the Aegean Air domestic flight to Skyros. If the domestic flight is sold out overland transfers will be offered.

Retreat Features and Activities

Writing Retreats


Jun 30 2024 - Jul 07 2024



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