Do join us for a Creative Writing Week in Kalkan!

One of the best things I’ve ever done in my writing life is to go on creative writing courses. Why have they been so beneficial? Well, I’ve learnt invaluable stuff from the tutors, been given time away from the hurly-burly of everyday life to spend time with my writing, visited interesting places and met many lovely writers who I am now honoured to call friends.

And so, what I’d like to say is please do join me and the very lovely Annabelle Thorpe at Writers @ The White House in Kalkan in May 2018!

We are especially lucky that Marion & Halil have made The White House available to us.



Tucked away in the heart of Kalkan Old Town, one of the most beautiful villages on the Lycian Coast, The White House sits among a lattice of winding cobbled streets and whitewashed houses with shuttered windows and balconies draped in bright bougainvillea blooms. The colourful local shops, cafés, roof terrace and harbour-side bars and restaurants all offer warm and traditional Turkish hospitality. For more images click HERE.




Your week will start with your arrival on Saturday 26th May 2018 and end with your departure on Saturday 2nd June 2018 and will include:

  • 7 nights bed & breakfast
  • 6 morning workshops
  • A one-to-one critique on a maximum of 5,000 words
  • A designated Writers’ Hub overlooking Kalkan Bay with tea and coffee available all day
  • Excursions
  • Final night dinner

The course is designed for 12 aspiring and/or established writers.

Your tutors will be:

Claire - Jan 2016 (1)Claire Dyer’s poetry collections, Eleven Rooms and Interference Effects are published by Two Rivers Press. Her novels, The Moment and The Perfect Affair and her short story Falling for Gatsby are published by Quercus. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway, teaches creative writing at literary and writers’ festivals and for Bracknell & Wokingham College and runs Fresh Eyes, an editorial and critiquing service. Her website is
Annaannabellebelle Thorpe’s debut novel The People We Were Before was published by Quercus in April 2016.  Her follow-up, The City of Untold Stories, will be published in March 2018.  She is an award-winning travel and features writer, writing mostly for The Times, Sunday Times Travel Magazine, Elle, Daily Express and various websites and magazines.  She is an alumni of Curtis Brown Creative. Her website is and HERE is what she has to say about the course.


Flights to Dalaman are available from:

and Marion will be happy to help with any questions to do with your journey, e-visas and/or transfers. The transfer from Dalaman airport takes approximately 1 hour 40 minutes and you can apply for your e-visa here:

Course Prices:

Accommodation is offered in the the simple but comfortable White House, or more luxurious Courtyard:

White House Writer – £595 (Single)

Courtyard Writer – £745 (Single)

However, you are most welcome to bring a friend or partner to join in all the non-writing activities as follows:

White House Writer Plus One Supplement – £295

Courtyard Writer Plus One Supplement – £395

A non-refundable £100 deposit per person is required on booking to reserve your place with the balance payable by 1st March 2018.

The White House has 10 rooms and The Courtyard Hotel has 6 rooms and all rooms are air conditioned and with ensuite bathrooms. There is free WiFi and all linen is provided. Evening meals can be taken in any of the restaurants in the town and Marion, Halil, Annabelle and Claire would be happy to make the appropriate reservations for you.

For more information please email me on or to book, or to view the accommodation please email

or visit The White House  and The Courtyard to find out more about the place and its people.

Do join us! We’d love you to x

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