We founded the Berlin Writers' Workshop to build an open international writing community in the cultural capital of Europe. We believe great writers come from everywhere, and that literature doesn't begin or end in the university or private school.
The heart of our community is the writing workshop, where students read and critique one another's work under the guidance of a professional writer. We also offer seminars, readings, and one-on-one mentoring.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Which class should I take?
A: If you're not sure, Creative Writing I is probably the place to start: it's designed so that both novice and experienced writers can get plenty out of it, especially if you're new to the workshop model. If you're stuck on your novel (we've been there) and have some workshop experience you should check out Fiction Writing I. A full list of our course offerings is available here. We're always adding courses to our calendar, so keep checking back or subscribe to our newsletter to the right.
Q: How large are the workshops?
A: We cap our workshops at 10 participants. We do this so that each writer receives the maximum amount of individual attention from our instructors, and so that the class cultivates a group dynamic rooted in trust, intimacy, and creativity.
Q: What if I want to sit in on a class?
A: Our workshops are limited to enrolled students for reasons of privacy. We continue to offer monthly free readings and events where you can meet and mingle with our students and faculty.
Q: Where are the classes?
A: Our classes take place at co-working spaces or in large private apartments Berlin, mostly in Kreuzberg and Neukölln. We'll send the address when you enroll, or you can write us an email if you're curious. (We don't always list the location for reasons of privacy.)
Q: How much does it cost?
A: As of August 1, 2018, enrollment in one of our eight-week workshops costs €275. This reflects our classroom rental costs, instructor fee, administration and web costs, and all taxes and accountant fees. Our weekend seminars and editing services are priced according to instructor requirements and assorted costs like classroom rental. Value-added tax (VAT) is generally not collected, as our freelancers are all individual small businesses in accordance with §19 (1) UStG.
Q: When do I pay?
A: Full payment is normally required by the first class, but the earlier you pay, the more likely you'll be to secure a seat. Once a class is full, you can no longer pay to enroll. Payment is accepted through direct deposit only. Contact us for details.
Q: What if I can't afford the tuition?
A: We offer need-based scholarships to cover the full tuition for up to one student per workshop class if that student can demonstrate need. Preference is given to those with irregular legal status in Berlin (such as asylum seekers or undocumented residents) but anyone may apply. If you would like to be considered for this scholarship, sign up for the class and send a short cover letter explaining your financial situation and your reason for enrolling in the class to email@example.com. Include "Scholarship" in the subject line.
Q: What if I decide to drop a course?
A: For workshops, if you choose to withdraw before the start of the second class meeting, you'll receive a full refund minus a non-refundable €70 enrollment fee. After the second class, no refunds are possible. For policies regarding intensives and short classes, please email the instructor.
Q: What if my class is cancelled?
A: We normally will not run workshops with fewer than seven students. If your class doesn't fill up by the start date, you'll receive a full refund, including enrollment fees. We'll do our best to ensure that cancellations are extremely rare.
Q: How old do I have to be to take a class?
A: All of our classes are 18+.
Q: I want you to read my novel/find me a publisher/work with me one-on-one/answer a question about your editing and mentoring services.
A: We're happy to talk about our personalized and business services. Please fill out the form here.
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