Have you always believed you had a novel in you but never found the courage to put it to the test? How about a week of expert tutoring in the inspirational setting of beautiful Skyros to get you going? THE FIRST NOVEL (17 – 24 July 2016) could be just the kick-start you’re looking for. It combines practical advice on the tools of fiction with discussion, exercises, and sympathetic feedback. Shelley will encourage you by demystifying the process of novel writing and offering you a firm understanding of aspects such as character, narrative structure, setting and point of view. You will leave the Skyros Writers’ Lab inspired with new motivation, the support of fellow writers, and the firm conviction that you have the right to write. For more information about the course and its wonderful setting (a traditional Greek village, gorgeous beach, plentiful tavernas …) see https://www.skyros.com.