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Writing retreat pre-treat

  • Arkadia International Bookshop Nervanderinkatu 11 Helsinki Finland (map)

An academic writing expert,
a video game author,
and an editor walk into a bookshop...

No joke, these three experts will share their knowledge of writing from different perspectives, in the intimate setting of Arkadia International Bookshop in Helsinki.

Rowena Murray introduces her research into the process of academic writing — essential for everyone labouring over their thesis, research article or journal chapter.

Gregory Pellechi explores the essentials of script-writing and structure in creative writing for comic books, podcasts, novels and video games.

Virve Juhola takes a step back and looks at the editing and refinement process of written work across topics and mediums.

There will be opportunities for questions and discussion.

The presenters…


PROFESSOR ROWENA MURRAY is an expert on academic writing. She has published numerous articles and books, including How to Write a Thesis, Writing for Academic Journals and Writing in Social Spaces, and co-authored The Handbook of Academic Writing.

She is Professor of Education and Director of Research at the University of the West of Scotland; Visiting Professor at Swinburne University, Melbourne; and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the UK.

Rowena is visiting Helsinki for the first time to lead her structured writing retreat, a popular training resource for writers and students.

Learn more about Rowena's Helsinki writing retreat 15–17 August.


GREGORY PELLECHI is a writer, podcaster, rugby player and third culture kid. He has worked as a journalist and a humanitarian aid worker in Asia and the Middle East, and started podcasting upon arriving in Finland in 2015. His current podcast is The Writing Game, examining different approaches to storytelling to see how they fit into the narrative design of video games.

Gregory is currently writing a number of video games, while working on a novel and a comic book. He lives in Helsinki with his wife, Nora Lindström, daughter, and a cat whom he is very allergic to.

Learn more about Gregory's projects.


VIRVE JUHOLA is a language and communications specialist, writer, editor and translator in Finnish and English. She specializes in art, design, architecture, building and construction, information technology, fiction, and most recently audiobooks. She has a master's degree in translation studies in English from the University of Turku.

Virve currently works through her own company Cape Context Oy, and is a founding member and Chair of NEaT ry, a registered association for English language professionals in the Nordic countries.

Learn more about Virve's projects.

Later Event: August 15
Writing Retreat