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The Reader Berlin (http://thereaderberlin.com/) is a platform for writers of all nationalities, offering community, networking and author services.

Since 2011, we’ve been hosting creative writing workshops, seminars, literary events, and author get-togethers. Our tutors are award-winning authors and publishing professionals who offer expert insight, advice and encouragement to emerging writers. In the past few years, we’ve worked with hundreds of participants from all over the world, many of whom have gone on to publish work of their own. If you’ve never written a story before, come and have a go. If writing is everything to you, then we’d very much like to meet you too. We take it – but not ourselves – seriously.

Don't forget - to reserve a place on one of our workshops, you need to email hello@thereaderberlin.com, RSVPing on Meet Up is not enough!

Berlin is our home and we’re very much part of the international community of writers here. Writing can be joyous but it is solitary; we aim to bring writers together, to share contacts and build bridges to the publishing industry. Alongside readings and our programme of courses, we offer one-to-one mentoring, manuscript assessment, and editing services. Our tutors have taught in MFA programmes, publish books, write for international publications, and contribute to journals and magazines; their guidance and experience is invaluable.

We work with all kinds of writers – from those just starting out to published authors. Our alumni have won awards, started their own magazines, been published in print and online, gone on to undertake Creative Writing MAs and MFAs, and won publishing deals with major publishing houses.

What started life as a single workshop in the cellar of a Kreuzberg bookshop has evolved to encompass The Berlin Writing Prize, Writing Retreats on the Pelion peninsula in Greece, a series of print anthologies and a writers’ festival. At the heart of what we do is the belief that writers can and should help one another, and that with one another’s support we can become better writers.

Check out the testimonials from our participants here. (http://thereaderberlin.com/testimonials/)

Bevorstehende Events (4)

Autumn Writing Retreats - Week #1

Vericoco Retreat

***RSVP-ing to this event does not secure your spot. Please email [masked] for all booking inquiries *** Join award-winning authors Victoria Gosling and Jane Flett for one - or even both - of The Reader Berlin's week-long summer writing holidays at the gorgeous Vericoco Retreat (poolside, with sea-view included!) on the stunning Ionian island of Kefalonia. All the detailed info here: https://www.thereaderberlin.com/category/autumn-2020-writing-retreats/ * - WEEK 1 - Friday October 2nd - Friday October 9th 2020 Award-winning authors Jane Flett and Victoria Gosling will take you on a writing bootcamp with six brand new workshops, one-to-one mentoring, and group writing sessions. From generating new stories, to working with craft elements such as plot, the workshops are suitable for beginner and experienced writers alike. To find out more about the retreat programme, please visit the website: thereaderberlin.com/programme-information/ Pricing for Week 1 starts at €695 per person for a shared double-room. Private apartment room with ensuite bathroom costs €900, with a luxury ensuite at €950. All prices are for seven nights and include breakfast. To reserve your place or ask any questions, contact [masked] * WEEK 2 Friday October 9th - Friday October 16th 2020 If you'd rather set your own writing timetable, Week 2's more flexible schedule could be for you - check out the event on Meetup: meetup.com/Writing-Workshops/events/[masked]/

7-Week Fiction Writing Evening Course with Rebecca Rukeyser

***RSVP-ing to an event doesn't secure you a spot, to sign up please contact [masked]*** Course Tutor: Rebecca Rukeyser When: Tuesday evenings, 19:00-21:00 Start date: October 6 (no class on October 20th) Where: TBA Number of Sessions: 7 Maximum Participants: 10 Cost: €150 *One-week break at the end of October (19-23). The aim of this course is to build and hone your fiction, whatever form or genre you're working within. We'll address the craft elements that build excellent fiction, from character, voice and tone to plot and structure. We'll write to prompts and discuss fiction writing methodology. And the brunt of the class will be devoted to workshop: through reading each other's work with keen editorial eyes, we learn to better understand our own writing. This class is open to all writers. But because of the nature of the course, it's best to enroll when you have 1,000-5,000 words of fiction—whether that's multiple pieces of flash fiction, a chapter of a novel, a short story, half a novella, or similar—ready to workshop. Rebecca Rukeyser is the recipient of a 2018 Grant for Non-German Literature, awarded by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe. She holds an MFA (Fiction) from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and has taught creative writing at the University of Iowa and Heinrich-Heine-Universität, Düsseldorf. She's a member of the guest faculty at Bard College Berlin, where she teaches fiction writing. Her stories have appeared in such publications as ZYZZYVA, The Massachusetts Review, and Best American NonRequired Reading. Her debut novel The Seaplane on Final Approach is forthcoming from Granta Books in Summer 2021.

Autumn Writing Retreats - Week #2

Vericoco Retreat

***RSVP-ing to this event does not secure your spot. Please email [masked] for all booking inquiries *** Join award-winning authors Victoria Gosling and Jane Flett for one - or even both - of The Reader Berlin's week-long summer writing holidays at the gorgeous Vericoco Retreat (poolside, with sea-view included!) on the stunning Ionian island of Kefalonia. To reserve your place or ask any questions, contact [masked] All the detailed info here: https://www.thereaderberlin.com/category/autumn-2020-writing-retreats/ * - WEEK 2 - Friday October 9th to Friday October 16th 2020 This is the week where you set your own timetable. Breakfast and one-to-ones (two per student, one with Victoria and one with Jane) will be happening at set times, but otherwise, you’ll be free to work on your project, swim in the sea or sit sipping coffee and writing to your own rhythm. Pricing for Week 2 starts at €595 per person for a shared double-room. Private apartment room with ensuite bathroom costs €810, with a luxury ensuite at €890. All prices are for seven nights and include breakfast. * WEEK 1 Friday October 2nd to Friday October 9th 2020 If you would rather have a more structured retreat, complete with daily creative writing workshops, check out the Week 1 programme on Meetup: meetup.com/Writing-Workshops/events/[masked]/ * The retreats will both take place at the beautiful Vericoco (vericoco-retreat.com), complete with a swimming pool and yoga hall, plus communal spaces for workshops. It has three luxury bedrooms, all ensuite, and three apartments. The beach, tavernas and shops are a short walk away and there are cooking facilities throughout. For more information about costs and booking, please visit the website: https://www.thereaderberlin.com/category/autumn-2020-writing-retreats/ To reserve your place or ask any questions, contact [masked]

Poetry Workshop with Donna Stonecipher

Online-Event

***RSVP-ing to this event does not secure your spot, to sign up please email [masked]*** Course Tutor: Donna Stonecipher When: Monday evenings,[masked] Start date: 19 October 2020 End Date: 30 November 2020 Where: Zoom, with the possibility of live meetings TBA Number of Sessions: 7 Maximum Participants: 10 Cost: €140 A 7-week poetry workshop with award-winning poet Donna Stonecipher, PhD, author of five books of poetry. This class will consist of two components: an exploration of successful poems, and a workshop. In addition to writing weekly exercises given by Donna, participants will submit their own poems on a rotating schedule and receive constructive feedback from everyone in an informal and supportive workshop setting. Writing comes from reading, and as such we will also spend time reading others’ poems together and articulating why and how they work. The workshop is appropriate for writers at all levels of experience, from beginners to professionals. To book your place email [masked] DONNA STONECIPHER is the author of five books of poetry, including Transaction Histories, which The New York Times cited as one of the 10 best poetry books of 2018. Her work has been published in The Paris Review, amongst others. She has taught at the prestigious Iowa Writers’ Workshop and lives in Berlin. “Donna’s poetry course was brilliant. She’s so knowledgeable about poetry and a hugely inspiring and encouraging tutor. I found her feedback invaluable and it helped a great deal as I prepared my first chapbook for publication. If you love poetry, then you’ll love her course.” – Melanie Sevcenko, author of We Slept in Bodybags, Just in Case (Finishing Line Press)

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