Beauty & the Beast: Writers Workshops in Crete!
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SEPTEMBER 10th - 16th 2017

If you enjoy discussion, debate, fun and stimulating company, why not join us from September 10th - 16th,  2017 at a writing workshop on the glorious island of Crete?

Be tutored in the dark arts of journalism by JULIE BURCHILL, KATIE GLASS, BEN MARSHALL and DAVID MATTHEWS on a wide variety of topics and experiences in a series of panel discussions and talks. Staying in fabulous beachside accommodation at the Levinthos resort pleasure palace

Then in the afternoon, let's get drunk and swim irresponsibly!

Julie Burchill has been a published writer for forty years, since the age of 17. She has transitioned from enfant terrible to grande dame without ever having to grow up and would recommend the hack life to anyone.

Katie Glass is an award-winning columnist and feature writer for The Sunday Times. 

As a feature writer she specialises in writing long-read, news-led stories, which are tales about people’s lives. Her work has ranged from covering the Egyptian revolution through the story of roller-derby players to making a feminist porn film in the US. She has written in-depth on subjects including child gender dysphoria, child obesity and gone undercover as a female sex addict to explore a rising trend.

A former celebrity journalist on The Daily Mail she is now a regular celebrity interviewer for The Sunday Times magazine. She writes regular opinion columns for The Sun and the Spectator and columns about her own life for The Sunday Times magazine. Her work features in publications from The Observer to Grazia magazine.


Ben Marshall is a journalist and writer. He began writing in his late teens for Melody Maker, interviewing and reviewing bands. He in the mid 1990’s he moved to Loaded magazine first as a feature writer and then as associate editor and author of the award winning Dice Man pieces. 

He left Loaded to join GQ as Hollywood editor interviewing US actors, celebrities and sport personalities. After leaving GQ he briefly worked as a program editor at the digital TV Channel Switch 2.

Following his brief brush with TV he returned to print journalism helping to found , edit and then write for Golf Punk Magazine. Later he was appointed Deputy Editor of Sony Magazine where he specialised in commissioning interviews and began writing about technology. Throughout this time he did ‘The Ben Marshall Meets’ column for Uncut magazine, where he specialised in asking famous people cheeky questions

Ben has also worked for The Guardian, The Evening Standard, Marie Claire, Red, Rolling Stone, Men's Health and Sussex Style, where he does a health and fitness column. 

Last year Ben completed the first official biography of sixties and seventies rock n roll legends, The Who. He is presently working on a social history of training shoes (which will take in  everyone from Japanese sneaker freaks to mods and football hooligans) and is researching a book into the murder of Meredith Kercher.

Ben lives in Brighton with his wife Janine 


David Matthews has been a writer, journalist and documentary-maker for over two decades. Having interviewed war criminals, pop stars, heroes, villains and countless ordinary people with extraordinary stories to tell his aim is simple: 'make the important interesting'.   

David Matthews is a bestselling writer and journalist. For over 20 years he has written for various newspapers and publications, including the OBSERVER, SUNDAY TIMES, GQ and ESQUIRE, and produced award-winning documentaries for the BBC and Channel Four, e.g. THE TROUBLE WITH BLACK MEN, BATTY MAN and GANG LIFE. He has authored four critically-acclaimed books, including LOOKING FOR A FIGHT, which was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year prize; and he has ghosted and edited several other titles. Having lectured in journalism in the UK, US and Denmark, David is now a Fellow of Central Saint Martins, UAL. 


LEVINTHOS RETREAT CENTRE is located at Lentas, just 75 Km away from Heraklion city in South Crete. The distance can be covered by car in 1 hour and 10 minutes approximately. The road is passing through many traditional villages of the inland Crete, the plain of Messara and the fascinating rocky mountain range of Asterousia.

The village of Lentas has many traditional taverns and cafes where you can taste the famous Cretan food and enjoy your coffee or drink exactly next to the Libyan Sea. The region is optimal for an undisturbed stay away from the hectic pace of city life and combines relaxation with physical activity such as swimming in the crystal clear waters of the sea or walking along the verdant trekking routes of the area.

The place has preserved its natural beauty due to the fact that there are many underground antiquities. The climate of Lentas is mildly hot and dry allowing visitors to have a swim most of the time of the year. The bay is well protected against the wind and the waters are always crystal and clear.

Please email for prices and reservations.
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