Creative Writing Course of the UNESCO City of Literature

In July, we recruited participants for the first course in creative writing under the brand of UNESCO City of Literature. Based on submitted work samples of more than a hundred volunteers, we selected fifteen participants, who will learn the secrets of the writer’s workshop in September and October under the guidance of the best Polish authors and experts from the publishing industry, including writer Marek Krajewski, Anna Janko, Wit Szostak, Filip Modrzejewski – editor in the FOKSAL Publishing Group, or Magdalena Dębowska – editor and a publishing law specialist from the KARAKTER Publishing House.

Especially for those who failed to enrol on a stationary version of the course, we present the Guide, written by Artur Wiśniewski, academic lecturer and editor, working for years with the publishing house Znak. The course comprises a total of seven units, each of which touches on the next stage of creating a book. The guide will point you to where to look for inspiration and to improve your workshop. It will allow you to learn the secret to creating a captivating plot, as well as features of the main character, which would evoke strong emotions in the reader. You will read how to edit a text, where to look for the best publisher for your book, and how to effectively negotiate with him. Apart from a relevant substantive part, each chapter of the Guide is filled with interesting examples and invaluable guidance. It also contains a set of exercises and an inspiring reading list, so that you will be able to expand your knowledge on the matter.

Most importantly, further literature stimuli await you in subsequent chapters. Short films, in which famous writers talk about what helps them in writing, where where they turn to for inspiration, and what advice they share with novice authors can be found here.

The course, the substantive concept of which was developed by Karolina Macios and Magdalena Zielinska, editors with years of experience, is part of the programme to support literary débuts in Krakow, UNESCO City of Literature. A part of it are also: a contest for début authors to help them release their first book, called Debut Promoters, organised by the Book Institute and Tygodnik Powszechny Foundation in partnership with Conrad Festival, Krakow Festival Office and Tygodnik Powszechny, as well as the Conrad Award, designed to distinguish the best débutantes and pave their future career path. This year, the prize will be awarded for the first time. Perhaps in the future the winner will be a graduate of the Creative Writing Course by the UNESCO City of Literature? We really count on it – and in the meantime, you can expect more updated from us soon!

The course is organized by Krakow Festival Office. The project is implemented under the programme of UNESCO City of Literature. The course is an author’s concept of Karolina Macios (editor, ghostwriter, writer, literary project specialist) and Magdalena Zielińska (translator, editor, culture manager). The project was financed by the National Culture Centre under the programme Culture – Interventions in 2015.