The Three Seas Writers’ Retreat in Rhodes


The Three Seas Writers’ and Translators’ Council in conjunction with Harvard Square Editions hosted a residency program at the International Writers’ and Translators’ Centre of Rhodes for novelists. Under the auspices of UNESCO, The International Writers’ and Translators’ Centre of Rhodes is is devoted to strengthening the contacts among the creative forces of the countries of the three seas – the Baltic Sea, the Black Sea and the Aegean Sea – and broadening exchange between them with the assistance of its partner – the Three Seas Cultural Board consisting of the representatives from Writers’ Unions of the mentioned countries. Situated on a hillside overlooking the Aegean Sea, near the middle of Rhodes town, it is divided into two parts – the main, traditional building which houses the offices, meeting room, library and other functions, and the newer wing which was opened in April 1997 as a Guest House. This wing constitutes a hostel facility and contains 10 single rooms, each with its own shower and WC. There is also a communal dining room and kitchen which can be used by guests who wish to prepare their own meals. The administrative office is situated on the first floor of the building.


Grant winners for the 2018 retreat:

Louisa Ermelino is the author of the story collection Malafemmena (Sarabande) and the novels Joey Dee Gets Wise (St. Martin’s Press); The Black Madonna; and The Sister Mallone; (Simon and Schuster), a trilogy celebrating the power of women and set in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City where she grew up and still lives. She has worked at People, Time International and Instyle magazines. Her work has been translated into German, Spanish and Dutch and her articles and stories appear in anthologies, newspapers and magazines. Currently at Publishers Weekly, the leading international trade magazine for the book publishing industry, she writes a column, Open Book, highlighting upcoming books and the behind the scenes of their publication.

Mauricio Ruiz lives between Mexico City and Brussels. In 2017, he was selected to participate in the Tin House Summer Workshop and worked with American Short Fiction’s Editor Nate Brown during the Masters Review Workshop. He’s been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize and the Myriad Editions Competition in the UK, as well as the Fish Short Story Prize in Ireland. His work has appeared in publications such as Clover, Flash Fiction, Red Fez, Literal Magazine, Flanders Today, The Bulletin, Chilango, among others. Silencios al sur, his second collection of stories, came out in early 2017. Y sin querer te olvido (2015) was the first one. His stories and poems have been anthologized in Circle of Words (Harvard Square Editions, 2016), All The Ways Home (Grimbold, 2014), and North of The Sun, South of The Moon (Grimbold, 2013).


With Special Guest Writer and Editor, Fintan O’Higgins


Fintan is a writer for the UK’s oldest TV series, Coronation Street, and has led workshops in drama, poetry and prose fiction and developed playscripts, and feature films. Fintan’s television drama writing experience also includes popular TV series such as ‘Emmerdale’ and ‘Hollyoaks’.



Participants include award-winning and debut writers arriving from various countries of the world.

Whether your novel is nearly finished or you are still on your first draft, apply to find your story at the Three Seas Writers Retreat. Write in the inspiring town of Rhodes, Greece.



Participants will take part in workshops and receive personal tuition in developing your character and story, ironing out story problems, and finding their voice to tell their story, in a house for poets and writers with a view of the Homeric seascape.



Harvard Square Editions in conjunction with the International Writers’ and Translators’ Center of the Municipality of Rhodes presents an

Evening with International Writers

Sunday October 28 at Auvergne Cafe in the Medieval Town of Rhodes, Greece at Alexander the Great square near Gate Navarhiou, award-winning and new authors including Argyrios Koskoros, Louisa Ermelino, Mauricio Ruiz, Jennie L. Rook, Fintan O’Higgins, JL Morin, Nikolaos Kontoudios, Kalliope Christou, and Carrie Tuhy read from their original works. The event was run within the context of the Three Seas Writers’ Retreat (Oct 20 – Nov 1, 2018) on the occasion of Greece’s national holiday, which Harvard Square Editions author Mauricio Ruiz wrote about in Brussels Express.


“LITERARY READING EVENING. The event takes place within the framework of the closed creative writing workshop, from October 21 to October 27, at the premises of the ICSDM. The theme of the workshop was the writing techniques of the novel and was conducted in English. The participants dealt with the types of subject matter of the particular literary genre, the investigation of the basic character of the novel, their individual psychological characteristics and their dramatic dynamics within the plot of the novel. Also discussed were the ways in which a story unfolds, how the secondary characters fit, and how the plot methods are described by analyzing its links and how the various aspects of a story can be developed.”

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