"John Murray critiqued a late draft of my first novel, Hide & Seek. Working from John’s criticisms I made radical changes, slashed 8,000 words, re-imagined characters, saw what worked and did more of it. Hide & Seek, published in 2005, translated into a dozen languages, got great reviews, became a New York Times editor‘s choice. John’s fiction surgeries are an education in writing." - www.claresambrook.com
In June 2014 I took part in a week's fiction writing week with John Murray of Writing in Kythnos. This was a wonderful experience. As someone whose writing has mainly been in the genre of poetry I wanted to develop my short stories and get feedback on a novel in progress. John's attention to the work was meticulous. He read my prose with great care and attention, giving me feedback which was both insightful and encouraging. I have come away fired up to complete this work to the best of my ability. The course combines workshops with tutorials and all the activities were meaningful and carefully structured. The course is combined with social activities such as trips to beautiful beaches, that only someone who knows the island intimately would be au fait with. As a resident of the island John knows many local people and therefore you are able to experience Kythnos society in a way you never would as a fleeting tourist
"I've just come back from a week in Greece working with Booker longlisted novelist John Murray, and can thoroughly recommend both the teaching and the beautiful island of Kythnos, about which John is an expert. John's teaching is acute, sensitive and tailored to your needs. The island is one of the most attractive in the Cyclades, making it the perfect working holiday retreat."
“I had such a wonderful time with you on Kythnos, the course and island life were inspiring!”
"Though a journalist for more than 40 years, it took just a few days for John Murray to significantly improve my writing. The improvement had nothing to do with sharing John's somewhat blissful lifestyle on Kythnos but it made the long trip from Australia even more worth it. Lessons are conducted in relaxed fashion but with sharp critical analysis to dent even the biggest ego. Afternoons involved trips to other parts of the island, even more idyllic than the home base at Merihas. Food and drink was of the highest standard at all these places. Thoroughly recommended."
"I want to send you enormous thanks for an incredibly creative, intellectually stimulating course, and delightful afternoons of island magic, with dramatic landscape, clear blue sea and delicious Greek food. Your comments on my work were incisive and very helpful. Now I know where I'm going with my writing, and after your course I feel more confident about it. In the next few days I'll do some editing as you suggested, and send the stories off."