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Write on St Helena

18th – 25th May 2019

Join us on the remote and unique island of St Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean for a week of creative writing. Meet two best-selling authors Louis de Bernières and Helen Carey, for an exciting programme of author-led sessions, incorporating tips and insights to inspire and help you hone your writing skills. Learn through their stories and experiences from the world of writing, and benefit from the opportunity of discussing your work individually with each of them.

Louis de Bernières

Louis de Bernieres

Louis de Bernières is the author of 10 published novels including the fourth and best known Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, which has been translated into more than 11 languages and is an international bestseller.
His published work also includes short story collections, short fiction, poetry and non-fiction. Louis is also a keen musician and enjoys playing guitar, mandolin and the flute.

Helen Carey

As well as the writer of eight published novels, Helen Carey has also taught on the MA creative writing programmes in several UK universities, specialising in story structure.

Helen’s well known Lavender Road series of novels are entertaining and compelling, invoking memorable, yet realistic characters and have been reviewed as sparkling storytelling and unputdownable!

Course details:

What is included:
  • 7 nights on the unique and remote island of St Helena
  • Return Saturday flights with Airlink from / to Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • Airport tax and transfers on St Helena
  • Daily group writing workshops led by Louis or Helen.
  • Individual tutorials
  • Limited group size
  • 4* accommodation at Mantis St Helena
  • All main meals included, morning coffee and afternoon tea.
  • 5 excursions including Napoleon’s house and tomb, Plantation House, a boat trip to see whale sharks and dolphins, a historical walking tour of Jamestown and an island tour.
  • An evening of musical entertainment and poetry reading


Cost: £2,900 per person.

Deposit payable on booking 50%. Balance payable no later than 31st March 2019

Payment by International bank transfer: Account: Creative Saint Helena. 24072002. Bank of Saint Helena. Swift Code: BHELSHJJ

Personal travel insurance is mandatory for St Helena

A visa may be necessary depending on country of origin


Terms and conditions:

On booking, participants will receive detailed information about the island of St Helena and biographies of the two authors, as well as full hotel and excursion details.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations of bookings will be accepted up to six weeks before the course takes place and your deposit (or full fee if paid) will be returned less a £100 cancellation charge. If you cancel your booking after this time, we will retain the full deposit. In this case, we will do our best to find someone else to take your place and, if we succeed, the balance of your fee (less the full deposit) will be returned to you. If we cannot re-fill your place, we will retain any payments you have made.

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About St Helena

Comprising only 47 square miles and situated more than 1,000 miles away from the coasts of Namibia and Angola in Africa and Brazil in South America, St Helena is one of the world’s most isolated islands, and is the place to which Napoleon Bonaparte was exiled in 1815. It has a rich history beginning with its discovery in 1502 by the Portuguese. From dry volcanic cliffs to lush 800 metre peaks, the equable sub tropical climate hosts hugely diverse landscapes.
St Helena has an impressive number of endemic species of both flora and fauna and a pristine ocean environment with whales, whale sharks, dolphins and rays prominent amongst its prolific life.
The island is volcanic in origin with spectacular topographical features and possesses a great range of heritage based attractions, from Napoleon’s house and tomb to the Georgian streets of Jamestown.
St Helena certainly couldn’t be further from the beaten path.