• Master Class with award-winning Irish writer Caoilinn Hughes

    Join us for an inspiring evening with award-winning Irish poet & novelist Caoilinn Hughes. The class is aimed at writers but can be enjoyed by anyone with an interest in literature. It will be conducted in English. ADVANCED REGISTRATION REQUIRED: internationalwriterscollective.com/course/master-class-with-caoilinn-hughes Hughes' debut poetry collection, Gathering Evidence, won the 2015 Irish Times Shine/Strong Award and the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award. Her debut novel, Orchid and the Wasp, was published last year by Oneworld. Anthony Doerr described Orchid and the Wasp as a “gorgeous novel told in an onrush of wit and ferocity” while the Irish Times places Hughes in the vanguard of new Irish fiction. She holds a PhD in English Literature from Victoria University, New Zealand and a masters in 20th Century Irish Theatre and Culture from Queens University in Belfast. We hope you can join us for the class and stay afterwards to get your book(s) signed and mingle with other writers over drinks & bites. The cost of this class is €15 – so that we can pay the bookstore for the use of their space and for drinks and bites. Any profit goes to the author or a charity of their choosing. You must register and pay in advance via our website: https://internationalwriterscollective.com/course/master-class-with-caoilinn-hughes.

  • Outdoor write-together (free)

    The Birdhouse Cafe

    Join us on the beautiful Artisplein for an afternoon writing session. Maybe it’s just the motivation you need to jump-start progress on your story/poem/novel or get going on something new. (You can see pics from previous write-togethers in our album: https://tiwc.eu/photos.) Not sure what you’d like to write? No problem. We’re happy to provide you with an exercise selected just for you to get your imagination revving. So charge up your laptop or grab your pen and paper and come on over. We’ll be keeping a close eye on the forecast, and if it's too cold or wet, our plan B is to meet at The Birdhouse (Plantage Middenlaan 46) just across the road from the Artisplein. We’ll provide a few snacks and a cash bar with wine, beer and juice (small change appreciated :). The last hour is for socialising, but if you're on a roll, you can just keep on writing. Upcoming courses: If you're interested in improving your skills, exercising your creativity and building a writing community, consider one of our spring 8-week courses. You can join in Amsterdam, The Hague or online: https://tiwc.eu/courses • More about us: We've been teaching fiction and poetry workshops in Amsterdam since 2011 and formed the International Writers’ Collective in early 2017. Our teachers are not just great writers, they're great teachers. They've been selected for their exceptional insight, warmth, and ability to inspire and engage writers in learning. Our curriculum goes beyond the traditional workshop model to offer a structured education in writing. We're the only international programme in the Netherlands to offer four levels of workshops, and we use methods and cover material similar to what you would find in a 2-year MFA programme. If you already have a degree in creative writing or have taken numerous technique-focused workshops, contact us and we’ll help you find the right level. Private coaching also available.

  • Reading for an Audience Workshop

    Van Rossum bookstore

    Learn how to read your writing for an audience with confidence and verve. This workshop is also helpful for public speaking and presenting. Advanced registration via our website is required: https://tiwc.eu/reading4. Coffee, tea, and drinks & bites after the class are included. In this workshop you’ll learn how to: - overcome your fears and limiting beliefs through a series of fun interactive exercises - animate the words on the page and connect to your audience The workshop is taught by actor, comedian and professional trainer Cené Hale. You may have seen her on stage at Boom Chicago in Amsterdam or in one of our writing courses. Cené normally charges €1000 for her corporate workshops on public speaking so at €39 this is an incredible bargain! Note: If you'd like to join one of our spring 8-week writing courses, register for the course first. You'll receive a members’ discount code via email that you can use to receive 25% off this workshop. Learn more about our 8-week courses here: https://tiwc.eu/core1. More about us: We've been teaching fiction and poetry workshops in Amsterdam since 2011 and formed the International Writers’ Collective in early 2017. Our teachers are not just great writers, they're great teachers. They've been selected for their exceptional insight, warmth, and ability to inspire and engage writers in learning. Our curriculum goes beyond the traditional workshop model to offer a structured education in writing. We're the only international writing programme in the Netherlands to offer four levels of workshops, and we use methods and cover material similar to what you would find in a 2-year MFA programme. If you already have a degree in creative writing or have taken numerous technique-focused workshops, contact us and we’ll help you find the right level. Private coaching also available. https://tiwc.eu/write

  • Write-together (it's a get-together + writing)

    The Birdhouse Cafe

    Join us for some camaraderie and inspiration. We’ll provide an exercise picked just for you (if you're not already working on something). The last hour is for socialising. If you're on a roll, you can skip the social part of the evening and keep writing. Please RSVP ASAP so we know how much space to reserve and so we can let you know if something changes. We'll be there from 4:45 so come early to settle in. It's an inspiring atmosphere with several large tables and plenty of cosy nooks so you can spread out. Grab a cup of tea or coffee or maybe a glass of wine or beer. Then at 5:00 it's ready, set, write! • Winter workshop info: If you're interested in creative nonfiction, consider joining us this Sunday for our 1-day memoir course (great for bloggers and personal essayists too). You can find more info & register here: https://internationalwriterscollective.com/course/memoir-writing-course-sunday-25-november. If you want to become a stronger writer, establish a writing routine or even just get started, an 8-week workshop is ideal. This winter we're offering Level I workshops on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, Tuesday mornings and online. Workshops kick off in mid-January. For more information and to register, see https://internationalwriterscollective.com/core1. Register by 11 Dec and use the coupon code WINTER_MEETUP19 to receive €40 off (cannot be combined with any other offer). • More about us: We've been teaching fiction and poetry workshops in Amsterdam since 2011 and formed the International Writers’ Collective in early 2017. Our teachers are not just great writers, they're great teachers. They've been selected for their exceptional insight, warmth, and ability to inspire and engage writers in learning. Our curriculum goes beyond the traditional workshop model to offer a structured education in writing. We're the only international programme in the Netherlands to offer four levels of workshops, and we use methods and cover material similar to what you would find in a 2-year MFA programme. If you already have a degree in creative writing or have taken numerous technique-focused workshops, contact us and we’ll help you find the right level. Private coaching also available.

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  • Writers' Borrel

    Stuy Ve Sant

    Come mix and mingle with other writers and poets. The borrel follows the talk by award-winning American novelist Richard Powers (15:00 - 17:00 at the West Indische Huis). We'll head on over to the Stuyvesant next door as soon as the talk is over. (You can look for our mascot Clementine, the smallish orange dog in the event photo.) Powers is the author of a dozen novels including some of our favourites (The Gold Bug Variations, The Echo Maker, Gain). He’ll be discussing his latest novel The Overstory, which was short-listed for the 2018 Man Booker prize. We hope you’ll come to the talk, hosted by the John Adams Institute, and join us afterwards for a drink. You can get your tickets to the talk here: www.john-adams.nl/richard-powers-2. Oh and if you're new to The Netherlands and are still scratching your head over the term "borrel" - it's the Dutch word for a cosy get-together where people consume alcoholic beverages and small (usually deep fried) snacks. English should have such a word.

  • Write-together - it's a get-together + writing (free)

    • What we'll do Yes, we're probably crazy for scheduling an outdoor write-together at the end of September, but we enjoy writing on the Artisplein so much! You can see the pics from our last two outdoor write-togethers in our album (https://internationalwriterscollective.com/photo-gallery). If it's too cold or wet, our plan B is to meet at The Birdhouse (Plantage Middenlaan 46) just across the road from the Artisplein. As always, we're happy to help you get going with an exercise selected just for you. So charge up your laptop and come on over. We'll be there from 15:45 so feel free to come early to admire the flamingos and spoonbills, grab a drink and settle in. If you’re on a roll, you can skip the social hour and keep writing. If we are able to meet on the Artisplein, we’ll provide a few snacks and a cash bar with wine, beer and juice (small change appreciated :). • Upcoming workshops: There are only a few spots left in our 8-week workshops, which kick off the first week in October with Level 1 options on Tuesday morning, Tuesday evening, Thursday evening (starts October 11) and online. You can find out more at: https://internationalwriterscollective.com/core1. • More about us: We've been teaching fiction and poetry workshops in Amsterdam since 2011 and formed the International Writers’ Collective in early 2017. Our teachers are not just great writers, they're great teachers. They've been selected for their exceptional insight, warmth, and ability to inspire and engage writers in learning. Our curriculum goes beyond the traditional workshop model to offer a structured education in writing. We're the only international programme in the Netherlands to offer four levels of workshops, and we use methods and cover material similar to what you would find in a 2-year MFA programme. If you already have a degree in creative writing or have taken numerous technique-focused workshops, contact us and we’ll help you find the right level. Private coaching also available.

  • Outdoor write-together (free)

    Artisplein

    • What we'll do Our last write-together on the Artisplein was so lovely, we decided to try and squeeze in another before it gets too cold (you can check out the photos from the one back in May here: https://www.meetup.com/InternationalWritersCollective/photos/28921807/). We're hoping the weather will be good, but should it turn cold or wet, our fallback is The Birdhouse at Plantage Middenlaan 46 - just across the road from the Artisplein. All you have to do is show up with your preferred writing implements and write. Maybe it’s just the motivation you need to jump-start progress on your story/poem/novel or get going on something new. Not sure what you’d like to write? No problem. We’re happy to provide you with an exercise to get your imagination revving and your fingers tapping. So charge up your laptop (extra important this time since no plugs!) and come on over. We’ll provide a few snacks and a cash bar with wine, beer, juice and soda. If you’re on a roll, you can skip the social portion of the evening and keep writing till 19:00…or until it gets too dark to see. Come early to settle in (we'll be there from 15:30, admire the flamingos and spoonbills. Then at 16:00 it’s ready, set, write! • Upcoming workshops: Our autumn 8-week workshops kick off the first week in October with Level 1 options on Tuesday morning, Tuesday evening, Thursday evening (starts October 11) and online. Register by September 9 to save 10%. Just enter the early-bird coupon code: GEZELLIGMEETUP • More about us: We've been teaching fiction and poetry workshops in Amsterdam since 2011 and formed the International Writers’ Collective in early 2017. Our teachers are not just great writers, they're great teachers. They've been selected for their exceptional insight, warmth, and ability to inspire and engage writers in learning. Our curriculum goes beyond the traditional workshop model to offer a structured education in writing. We're the only international programme in the Netherlands to offer four levels of workshops, and we use methods and cover material similar to what you would find in a 2-year MFA programme. If you already have a degree in creative writing or have taken numerous technique-focused workshops, contact us and we’ll help you find the right level. Private coaching also available.

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  • Master Class with poet Joost Baars

    Boekhandel van Rossum

    Join us for an inspiring evening with award-winning poet Joost Baars. The class is aimed at writers but can be enjoyed by anyone with an interest in literature. It will be conducted in English. ADVANCED REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED: https://internationalwriterscollective.com/joost-baars. Baars’s debut collection Binnenplaats (Enclosure) was awarded the 2018 VSB Poetry Prize, the world’s largest Dutch-language poetry prize. The jury praised his depth, mastery and unique sound. It was only the second time in the Prize’s 24-year history that a debut collection won. Baars was also a finalist for this year’s C. Buddingh’ Prize and the Herman de Coninck Prize. His poetry has been described as hallucinatory and mystical. We’ll be looking at five of his poems that have been beautifully translated into English by Astrid Albens: In Spite of What I Tell; Theology of the Chair; Anti-Bird, Mechanical American; The Rustling in the Trees Is; and What We Started We Start. And several additional poems from English-language poets that inspired him. We’ll be discussing poetic craft, including the mysterious art of line breaks, process, translation and more. There will be plenty of room for your questions and we’ll send you an exercise based on one of the poems to keep the inspiration going. To get the most out of the class we recommend you read the translated poems, which are available online, in advance: https://www.poetryinternationalweb.net/pi/site/poet/item/28819/Joost-Baars. You can also purchase the collection Binnenplaats (in Dutch) at Boekhandel van Rossum or a bookstore near you. The cost of this class is €15 – so that we can pay the bookstore for the use of their space and for drinks and bites. Any profit goes to the author or a charity of their choosing. You must register and pay in advance via our website: https://internationalwriterscollective.com/joost-baars. If something comes up and you're unable to attend, let us know at least the day before and we'll give you a credit voucher that you can apply towards another workshop, event or manuscript review.

  • Master Class with novelist Manu Joseph

    Boekhandel van Rossum

    Join us for an inspiring evening with Indian novelist Manu Joseph. The class is aimed at writers but can be enjoyed by anyone with an interest in literature. It will be conducted in English. ADVANCED REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED: internationalwriterscollective.com/course/master-class-with-novelist-manu-joseph. Manu Joseph was born in Kerala, grew up in Chennai and currently lives in Delhi. His debut novel Serious Men (2010) won the PEN Open Book Award and the Hindu Literary Prize and was shortlisted for the Man Asian Prize. The PEN jury described him as “…that rare bird who can wildly entertain the reader as forcefully as he moves them.” Since then, he has written two more novels, both well-received: The Illicit Happiness of Other People (2012) and Miss Laila, Armed & Dangerous (2017). He is in Amsterdam courtesy of the Dutch Foundation for Literature as their summer Writer in Residence. We will be discussing novel writing in general and will look at specific techniques in his latest book Miss Laila, Armed & Dangerous. There will be plenty of room for your questions. We hope you can stay afterwards to get your book signed and mingle with other writers over wine and cheese in Boekhandel van Rossum’s lovely garden. To get the most out of the class we recommend you read the novel in advance but it is not required. You can purchase your copy at Boekhandel van Rossum or online from most major booksellers. The cost of this class is €15 – so that we can pay the bookstore for the use of their space and for drinks and bites. Any profit goes to the author or a charity of their choosing. You must register and pay in advance via our website: internationalwriterscollective.com/course/master-class-with-novelist-manu-joseph. If something comes up and you're unable to attend, let us know at least the day before and we'll give you a credit voucher that you can apply towards another workshop, event or manuscript review.

  • Master Class with novelist Karen Kao

    Boekhandel van Rossum

    Karen Kao will be giving a special master class on technique (we'll be looking at passages from her novel 'The Dancing Girl and the Turtle') and writing and publishing more generally. Reception with wine and cheese to follow. ADVANCED REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED: https://internationalwriterscollective.com/karen-kao. 'The Dancing Girl and the Turtle' is the first in a quartet of novels set in Shanghai, spanning the tumultuous period from 1929 to 1954. You can learn more about Kao and her work at http://inkstonepress.com/about-karen-kao. To hear her reading the opening pages of the novel, check out this video from our Spring Reading: https://youtu.be/tfxx2XAmzZc. Some of the topics we’ll cover in the class: research and the challenges of writing historical fiction, how to tackle violent material, deciding who gets a voice in your story and combining multiple points of view in a single work, creating a multi-book arc, and what it’s like to quit your job to write. There will be plenty of room for your questions. And to keep the inspiration going, we’ll send you home with an exercise based on the novel. Stay afterwards to get your book signed and mingle with other writers over wine and cheese in Boekhandel van Rossum’s lovely garden. You can purchase a copy of 'The Dancing Girl and the Turtle' at Boekhandel van Rossum or online from most major booksellers (available in print and ebook formats)

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