Intensive Creative Writing summer courses on the island of Curaçao, organised by the best writing schools from Spain, the Netherlands and the Caribbean. Apply for selection now!

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Intensive Creative Writing summer courses on the island of Curaçao, organised by the best writing schools from Spain, the Netherlands and the Caribbean. Apply for selection now!


These intensive courses offered by Creative Writing Curaçao offer high-level tuition in writing in different genres. You will be taught by teachers who all have extensive experience as writers, journalists, editors or publishers.

Two separate courses

This January we will be offering two courses. If you are a beginner, we have the Introduction to Creative Writing for you. For somewhat more experienced writers we have a course Short Stories.

The Introduction to Creative Writing introduces a number of basic concepts in writing (including ‘show, don’t tell’, suspense, how to craft character, narrative tense and plot structure). This course includes two  masterclasses on Non Fiction Writing.

The Short Stories course teaches the techniques you need to write a high-quality short story. This course includes two masterclasses on How to use emotions in writing.

Alongside the writing courses, we offer Capita Selecta masterclasses that focus on Caribbean literature and culture.


The Introduction to Creative Writing course will be taught in English, the Short Stories course will be taught in Spanish. All courses allow you to write in your own language (Dutch, Papiamentu, Spanish or English). Multilingual tutors will be in attendance to assist with the discussion of the texts.




Individual support

Each class will have a maximum of 15 students to allow for personal support and feedback. Lessons take place in the evenings (18.00-21.00), with the afternoons reserved for writing. Teachers hold office hours twice a week for individual supervision.




Extra activities

The final Friday is concluded with a joint presentation. For this you will be coached in presentation skills. And during the two writing weeks we organise excursions and communal activities, such as a BBQ on the beach.

Introduction to Creative Writing

language of instruction: English (work can be written in Spanish, English, Dutch or Papiamentu) | duration: 10 days | contact hours: 24 | level: beginner| teacher: Frank Tazelaar

The Introduction to Creative Writing will introduce you to a few basic techniques that will help you tell a story and craft a…

Short Stories course

language of instruction: Spanish (stories can be written in English, Spanish, Papiamentu or Dutch) | duration: 10 days | contact hours: 24 | level: beginner and intermediate | teacher: Javier Sagarna

Three steps to a short story – Gaze, structure and magic. A journey through the creative process of writing a…

Masterclass: Non Fiction Writing

language of instruction: English (work can be written in English, Spanish, Dutch or Papiamentu) | duration: 2 days | contact hours: 6 | level: beginner and intermediate | teacher: Kees Broere

The module Writing from the Real focuses on non-fiction. You will work on the combination of narrative prose and reportage…

Masterclass: How to use emotions in writing

language of instruction: English (work can be written in English, Spanish, Dutch or Papiamentu) | duration: 2 days | contact hours: 8 | teacher: Mariana Torres

How to use emotions in writing – From the body, to the mind, through the heart. Gordon Lish, a famous literary editor—he championed many American…

Additional course: Caribbean literature and culture

Lectures: Caribbean literature and identity (Embracing Multiple Identities) Lectures | language of instruction: English | duration: 2 days | contact hours: 6 | lecturer: Dr Liesbeth Echteld

Embracing Multiple Identities – Caribbean Literature and identity. The Capita Selecta lectures are presented by lecturers and researchers from the University of Curaçao. They…


Javier Sagarna

Javier Sagarna (Madrid, 1964) is a Spanish writer and creative writing teacher. As well as the director of Escuela de Escritores, a creative writing school based in Madrid (Spain), he is also the current president of the European Association of Creative Writing Programmes (EACWP). He has eighteen years of experience as a teacher and has collaborated with institutions and universities all around Europe and Latin America. As a writer he has published the novel Mudanzas (Gens, 2006), the short-story collections Ahora tan Lejos (Menoscuarto, 2012) and Nuevas aventuras de Olsson y Laplace (Menoscuarto 2015) and the children’s book Rafa y la jirafa (Dylar, 2013).

Kees Broere

Kees Broere (1958) was born and raised in The Netherlands, where he graduated in 1982 as a student of international literature. Ever since, he has been working as a journalist, mainly abroad. He has covered many stories, in print as well as for TV and radio, and has lived and worked in Latin America, Europe, Asia and, for nearly twenty years, Africa. In 2015 he won 'De Tegel', the most prestigious prize in Dutch journalism, for his coverage of the ebola epidemic in West Africa. He has also published four books: two novels and two non-fiction works.

Presently, he lives on Curaçao, from where he covers the Caribbean islands within the Dutch kingdom and Surinam for Dutch newspaper 'De Volkskrant', the country’s biggest quality paper.

Frank Tazelaar

Frank Tazelaar is the head of Creative Writing ArtEZ as well as the creator of the programme’s curriculum. He is also the director of De Nieuwe Oost | Wintertuin, a production company that supports budding writers. He teaches at ArtEZ Institute o the Arts, Radboud University Nijmegen and Escuela des Ecritores in Madrid. He also serves on the board of the EACWP, the European Association of Creative Writing Programmes.

Mariana Torres

Mariana Torres (Brazil, 1981) is the author of the book El cuerpo secreto (Páginas de Espuma, 2015) and the short film Rascacielos (2009). She has taught creative writing at Escuela de Escritores in Madrid since its founding in 2003. She is also a member of the EACWP (European Association of Creative Writing Programs). Mariana's work has been anthologized in Segunda parábola de los talentos (Gens Ediciones, 2011) and Sólo Cuento IX (UNAM, 2017). She was recently selected as part of CELA (Connecting Emerging Literary Artists). She was also included in the 2017 Bogotá39, selected by the Hay Festival in Cartagena de Indias, which represents the 39 best fiction writers under the age of 40 born in Latin America.

Dr. Liesbeth Echteld

Dr. Liesbeth Echteld is teaching at the University of Curaçao and coördinates the Capita Selecta Course.

Joeri Oltheten (tutor)

Joeri Oltheten is the director and project leader of Wintertuin Curaçao. After graduating as a business economist at the University of Amsterdam he developed into a dynamic, multi-talented social entrepreneur. For the past 10 years Oltheten has been managing, coordinating and implementing projects that contribute to sustainable human development and well being. In 2015 Oltheten received the Dutch Caribbean Pearls Award in the entrepreneurship category. These days, Oltheten draws on his extensive experience as a public speaker, rapper and copywriter to boost the development of creative entrepreneurship on Curaçao.

Nifa Ansano (tutor)

Nifa Ansano is a stage performer, writer, poet, actress, TV & radio host, events and debate moderator. She loved reading even before she could read and started writing at the age of 7. Combining her background in socio-legal services and her passion for literature, she aspires to create and stimulate an infrastructure for writers on Curacao to develop their talent and publish their work. As a poet she has performed at various cultural and literary events and has also represented Curaçao in Cuba. She has co-authored various pieces and is currently working on her first solo work, which is due to be published by uitgeverij Wintertuin in November.


The Creative Writing summer and winter courses are taught by the best teachers from several leading programmes. The courses are put together and hosted by professionals from these same top-level institutions.

ArtEZ Creative Writing Arnhem, the Netherlands

Creative Writing is a four-year bachelor degree offered by ArtEZ Institute for the Arts in Arnhem. We prepare you for a hybrid professional career, helping you develop and apply both your creative and practical skills. The degree programme focuses on the creation of autonomous literary work, as well as the…

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University of Curaçao

The University of Curaçao was founded in 1979, and consists of five faculties: Law, Engineering and Electrical Systems, Social Sciences and Economics, General Arts, and Social and Behavioural Sciences.

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Wintertuin Curaçao

Wintertuin Curaçao connects people through literature and storytelling. Wintertuin Curaçao seeks to promote Curaçao art and culture in a socially relevant way. One of our projects, Kurá di Kuenta, is a literary skills development programme for peopled aged eighty and over. As part of this programme, young Curaçao writers and…

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Escuela de Escritores Madrid, Spain

Escuela de Escritores is a highly rated centre of Creative Writing teaching in the Spanish-speaking world. In the last 15 years, more than ten thousand students have attended our classes in Madrid, Burgos and Zaragoza and our online courses. A wide variety of courses, from beginners to advanced levels, provide…

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Dates & Prices

Winter Courses

14 January - 25 January 2019

Summer Courses

9 September till 20 September 2019 - enlisting starts 1 April


The fee for the introduction to Creative Writing Course is 250 euro/ 280 USD / 500 ANG. Students - 150 euro / 165 USD / 300 ANG.

The fee for the Short Stories Course is 500 euro / 600 USD / 1,000 ANG. Students - 300 euro / 350 USD / 600 ANG.

The fee covers 10 days of tuition and mentoring and the course will be concluded with a joint presentation and the award of a certificate. If you enlist for the Introduction to Creative Writing course you get  free masterclass on Non Fiction Writing. If you enlist for the Short Stories course you get a free masterclass on How to use emotions in writing. All students get two free lectures on Caribbean literature.

The course is also an opportunity for expanding your network. During joint activities you will get to know both the other course participants and the teachers and representatives of the various organisations involved.

Students with a valid student ID are eligible for a discount. We also offer the option of a staged payment plan. If needed, you can indicate this on the enrolment form.


There is a scholarship available for one participant. This scholarship covers the course fees, meaning that you will only be responsible for your accommodation and travel expenses.
To be eligible, we ask you to submit a brief text of between 500 and 1,000 words. The 500-euro scholarship will be awarded on the merit of both this text and your motivation letter.


You need to make your own travel and accommodation arrangements. We have 20 rooms available at the University Campus for 60,00 NAF/$33,00/28 euro per night (private room, shared bathroom, meals included!).

Talk to (English/Dutch) or (Spanish/Papiamentu) if you are interested in one of these rooms.

If you want suggestions about other accomodation mail us. We can help you find a nice place to stay and help with transportation. We can also help you connect with other students, to share accommodation and transport.

Apply for selection


How does it work?

1. Fill in the form on the right to enrol on one of the two courses:

  • Introduction to Creative Writing (beginners)
  • Short Stories (beginners and intermediate)

The maximum number of students per course is 15! So enrol in time! (15 students Introduction to Creative Writing and 15 students Short Stories). If you enlist for the Introduction to Creative Writing course you get two free masterclasses on Non Fiction Writing. If you enlist for the Short Stories course you get two free masterclasses on How to use emotions in writing.

The Capita Selecta lectures are complementary sessions and are open to all course participants.

2. Write a brief motivation, in which you explain why you would like to attend the course and outline your learning objectives.

3. The acknowledgement of receipt of your email includes information on how to make the initial payment of 50%. This sum is to be paid within a week.

4. The deadline for enrolment is January 1st. After January 1st you will be informed whether your application has been successful and asked to pay the rest of the fee.

5. Afterwards you will hear whether or not you have won the scholarship. If so, your payment will be refunded.

DEADLINE enrolment: January 1st

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For more information email:

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ArtEZ Creative Writing
Onderlangs 9, 6812 CE Arnhem

Wintertuin Curaçao
Steenkoolweg 16, Willemstad Curaçao

Escuela des Ecritores
Covarrubias, 1 (Bajo Dcha), Madrid