Poetry Writing I
May
22
to Jul 10

Poetry Writing I

Poetry Writing I is open to all writers wishing to deepen their understanding of the art of writing poems. Through a combination of craft lessons and weekly discussions, students will gain insight into the possibilities of the genre while also writing and receiving feedback on original poems. Inspired by the readings examined in the workshop, we’ll also explore what it means to develop a poetic ‘voice’ and learn strategies for the revision and editing of our poetry.

This class is taught in English.

Instructor: Kathleen Heil.

Eight weeks. €275.

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Creative Writing I
Jun
3
to Jul 22

Creative Writing I

The core of the Berlin Writers' Workshop, Creative Writing I is open to all writers regardless of experience or background. Through a combination of craft lessons and weekly discussions, we'll cover the basic elements of fiction and nonfiction: point of view, characterization, setting, scene and summary, and style. We'll share and discuss our favorite books and learn generative exercises to help inspire new work. We'll also workshop each other’s manuscripts and discuss strategies for revision and editing.

This class is taught in English.

Location: Neukölln.

Instructor: Mathew Nelson-Teutsch

Eight weeks. €275.

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Fiction Writing I
Jun
20
to Aug 8

Fiction Writing I

In Fiction Writing I, we'll study the art of the short story, novella, and novel. Workshops of your own stories and novel excerpts will be supplemented by craft exercises and discussions. Students should have some prior workshop experience, either through Berlin Writers' Workshop (Creative Writing I) or a similar organization.

This class is taught in English.
Instructor: Rebecca Rukeyser
Meets Thursdays, 19:00-21:30
Location: Neukölln
Cost: €275.


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Reading: Strange Attractors
Jun
28
7:30 PM19:30

Reading: Strange Attractors

The term “strange attractor” derives from a scientific theory describing an inevitable occurrence that arises out of chaos. Edie Meidav’s introduction and the thirty-five pieces collected in this new anthology offer imaginative, arresting, and memorable replies to this query, including guidance from a yellow fish, a typewriter repairman, a cat, a moose, a bicycle, and a stranger on a train. Absorbing and provocative, this is nonfiction to be read in batches and bursts and returned to again and again.

Authors Andrea Scrima and Heather Sheehan will meet with Edie Meidav, co-editor of “Strange Attractors: Lives Changed by Chance” (University of Massachusetts Press), and moderator Madeleine LaRue for a reading and discussion at the Hopscotch Reading Room.  Followed by: musical guest Ben Richter on accordion.

“Each essay reckons with contradictions, consequences, and risks. The moving, muscular collection holds an unexpected sort of magic, a sparkling nudge to stay open to change.” —Nina MacLaughlin, The Boston Globe

About the readers:

Edie Meidav, co-editoris the author of Kingdom of the Young (Sarabande), short fiction with a nonfiction coda, and three award-winning novels, Lola, California (FSG), and Crawl Space (FSG) the most recent. She is on the permanent faculty of the MFA for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Andrea Scrima is the author of the novel A Lesser Day (Spuyten Duyvil), which has also been published in German (Wie viele Tage, Literaturverlag Droschl) to great acclaim. She received a writer’s fellowship from the Berlin Senate for Cultural Affairs and is currently completing a second novel. Scrima writes literary criticism for the Brooklyn Rail, Music & Literature, Schreibheft, Manuskripte, Quarterly Conversation, and other publications; she is contributing editor to the online literary magazine Statorec and writes a monthly column for 3QuarksDaily. The work in the anthology is excerpted from a piece that appeared on her blog Stories I tell myself when I can’t get to sleep at night.

Heather Sheehan, a MacDowell Colony Fellow, thrives on a visual arts practice that informs her written works. Together with sculpture, performance, and photography, Sheehan reaches audiences within and beyond the boundaries of her adopted homeland in Germany, where her works are to be seen in contemporary art museums. When not in her atelier manifesting experience into form, Heather Sheehan inspires others with her boundless curiosity and belief in the healing powers of human nature. Visit her at www.heathersheehan.com.

Moderator: Madeleine LaRue is a writer and translator, and senior editor and director of publicity for Music & Literature. She lives in Berlin.



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May
25
to May 26

How to Submit to Literary Journals

  • Neukölln, Berlin Germany (map)
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In this master class, we'll demystify the process of submitting to literary journals. Participants will learn how to approach the submission process and discover new journals, write cover letters and capsule biographies, keep track of submissions, follow up on rejection letters, and more.

This is a two-day master class for writers of all genres (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and literary translation) who wish to be more strategic and effective in their approach to literary publication. Sample literary journals and other resources will be provided.

This class is taught in English.

Weekend seminar. €100.

Instructor: Kathleen Heil

Location: Neukölln.



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May
25
to May 26

Academic Writing in English

  • Neukölln, Berlin Germany (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Academic writing can be daunting even to fluent non-native English speakers. This course makes clear the expectations for good English academic prose and offers concrete strategies for producing lucid and compelling articles, dissertations, and monographs.

We’ll learn general principles of argumentation and structure before turning our attention to the nuances of style. Special attention will be paid to the difference between German and English academic conventions, but this course is applicable to students from all linguistic and academic backgrounds.

Students are encouraged to submit a writing sample but it is not required. The course includes a one-on-one consultation and individualized feedback of participants' academic writing. This class is taught in English.

Two day workshop + private consultation €160

Instructor: Madeleine LaRue

Location: Neukölln.



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May
20
7:30 PM19:30

Reading: Berlin Writers' Workshop(pers)

Mehringdamm 61
10961 Berlin

The Berlin Writers' Workshop is proud to partner with Lettrétage to present our first workshop reading, featuring fiction, poetry, and essays produced in our classes by members of the Berlin Writers' Workshop community.

Free entry. Limited seating.

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About the readers:

Sara Anwar can only write wearing earplugs – which she uses to deaden the din of humanity. She is still not sure if she considers herself a part of humanity, or if she is content as the cat life companion of her cat. She is currently working on a piece of autofiction which considers the ideas of belief and mental illness, and how they are entwined with the experiences of her protagonist. Her novel is set between the cities of Karachi (her hometown) and Berlin (her home).

Rebekah Coenen is an American writer living a brief sint in Berlin before moving back to Des Moines, Iowa. She's a graduate of the University of Iowa with a bachelors in English and a writing concentration. She is the founder of TheOpenGateBlog.com and was a freelance writer for Volunteer Local. 

B Duncan is a writer, performer and co founder of the queer collective Slanted House. 

Matt Gammie’s writing has appeared in the Sunday Telegraph, Banner Magazine and The Drum, amongst other publications. He studied English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, and will be reading from his novel in progress. 

Emma Lo is a writer and music maker in Berlin. She is currently working on an interview-based project about uprooted "traditional" music played in non-traditional spaces, or music preservation in global, transitory storage units.  

Jennifer Neal is a journalist, writer, standup comedian, and artist. As a comic and storyteller, she has walked stages in Australia, the US, Singapore, and across Europe. Her writing has appeared in CNN, The Root, The Establishment, Playboy, NPR, Handelsblatt Global and more. She was the runner up for the 2018 Octavia E Butler fellowship for the Jack Jones Literary retreat, and was nominated for the 2019 Pushcart Prize by a contributing editor. She is currently writing her first novel in Berlin. Follow her on Instagram @chocolatejenn Twitter @LadyGodiva83 or her blog (orijennofspecies.com)

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Apr
9
8:00 PM20:00

Reading: Mark Mayer and May-Lan Tan

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The Berlin Writers' Workshop and Lettrétage present a reading with Mark Mayer and May-Lan Tan to celebrate the release of AERIALISTS, Mayer’s debut short-story collection.

Free entry. Limited seating. This reading is in English.

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About the authors:

Mark Mayer has an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. From 2012 to 2014, he lived at Cornell College’s Center for the Literary Arts as the Robert P. Dana Emerging Writer. His first book, AERIALISTS, won the Michener-Copernicus Prize and is now out from Bloomsbury USA.  

May-Lan Tan’s story collection THINGS TO MAKE AND BREAK is published by Sceptre in the UK and by Emily Books/Coffee House Press in the US. Her stories have appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, The Atlas Review, Arete and The Reader. She lives in Berlin.

About the book:

"Mark Mayer writes with a humorous, wistful elegance. His stories are singular, as detached and intimate as dreaming." --Marilynne Robinson

Welcome to the sublime circus of Mark Mayer's Michener-Copernicus-winning debut, Aerialists, a fiercely inventive collection of nine stories in which classic carnival characters become ordinary misfits seeking grandeur in a lonely world.

Under the luminous tent of Mayer's prose, we see P.T. Barnum's caravan remade: A young misogynist finds a confidante in a cable-TV strongwoman. A realtor for the one percent invokes his inner murder clown. A skin-and-bones mathematician and his bearded wife plot revolution. A friendless peach farmer holds a funeral for a beloved elephant. And a model-train hobbyist prepares to throw his miniature world in the trash.

The circus has always been a collection of American exaggerations-the bold, the beautiful, the freakish, the big. Aerialists finds these myths living in the everyday. Mayer's deftly drawn characters illuminate these small-scale spectaculars, and their attempted acts of daring and feats of strength are rendered with humor, generosity, and uncommon grace.

Praise for AERIALISTS:

“Mayer's skill is unquestionable, and his range is astounding . . . An ambitious collection of short stories that heralds the coming of a new voice in American fiction.” –  Kirkus Reviews

“Mayer's high-wire debut exposes the weirdness of everyday life . . . Wittily subverts reader expectations with stories told in a realistic manner about characters or situations that all share a slightly surreal bent, resulting in a clever collection.” –  Publishers Weekly

“Poignant . . . Genuine . . . Expertly probes the tenuous connections between friends and families.” –  Shelf Awareness, starred review

“One of the best collections I've read in years. These stories are bright and muscular, luminous and generous, nimble and funny, tender and surprising at every turn.” –  Carmen Maria Machado, author of HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES

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Apr
6
to Apr 7

How to Pitch Editors Master Class

  • Neukölln, Berlin Germany (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

In the How to Pitch Editors Master Class we'll be opening up our folders of story pitches, email correspondences, and expensively framed acceptance letters. We'll talk about generating pitch ideas, building a portfolio, talking to editors, sending cold pitches, developing editorial relationships, and networking. This is a two-day jump start for new and mid-career freelancers.

This class is taught in English.

Weekend seminar. €100.

Instructor: Ben Mauk

Location: Neukölln.



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Mar
5
to Apr 23

Creative Writing I

The core of the Berlin Writers' Workshop, Creative Writing I is open to all writers regardless of experience or background. Through a combination of craft lessons and weekly discussions, we'll cover the basic elements of fiction and nonfiction: point of view, characterization, setting, scene and summary, and style. We'll share and discuss our favorite books and learn generative exercises to help inspire new work. We'll also workshop each other’s manuscripts and discuss strategies for revision and editing.

This class is taught in English.

Location: Neukölln.

Instructor: Mathew Nelson-Teutsch

Eight weeks. €275.

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Feb
18
to Apr 8

Fiction Writing I

In Fiction Writing I, we'll study the art of the short story, novella, and novel. Workshops of your own stories and novel excerpts will be supplemented by craft exercises and discussions. Students should have some prior workshop experience, either through Berlin Writers' Workshop (Creative Writing I) or a similar organization. A writing sample is required.

This class is taught in English.
Instructor: Matthew Nelson-Teutsch
Meets Mondays, 19:00-21:30
Location: Neukölln
Cost: €275.


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Jan
16
to Mar 6

Poetry Writing I

Poetry Writing I is open to all writers wishing to deepen their understanding of the art of writing poems. Through a combination of craft lessons and weekly discussions, students will gain insight into the possibilities of the genre while also writing and receiving feedback on original poems. Inspired by the readings examined in the workshop, we’ll also explore what it means to develop a poetic ‘voice’ and learn strategies for the revision and editing of our poetry.

This class is taught in English.

Location: Neukolln

Instructor: Kathleen Heil.

Eight weeks. €275.

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Jan
16
to Mar 6

Novel Writing I

Novel Writing is an advanced class for writers who wish to work on a book-length project: a novel, memoir, or collection of linked essays or short stories, either fiction or nonfiction. Lectures and readings will focus on character, dialogue, originality, and long-form narrative writing. Writers should be prepared to workshop excerpts and chapters from their work. This class is primarily designed for writers who have taken one or more workshops from the Berlin Writers' Workshop or have equivalent experience, but we will consider any writer who submits a letter of interest and writing sample.

This class is taught in English.

Location: Neukölln / Kreuzberg.

Instructor: Rebecca Rukeyser.

Eight weeks. €275.

Enroll here.

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Jan
8
to Feb 26

Creative Writing I

The core of the Berlin Writers' Workshop, Creative Writing I is open to all writers regardless of experience or background. Through a combination of craft lessons and weekly discussions, we'll cover the basic elements of fiction and nonfiction: point of view, characterization, setting, scene and summary, and style. We'll share and discuss our favorite books and learn generative exercises to help inspire new work. We'll also workshop each other’s manuscripts and discuss strategies for revision and editing.

This class is taught in English.

Location: Neukölln.

Instructor: Anne Posten.

Eight weeks. €275.

Enroll here.

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Dec
13
7:30 PM19:30

Reading: Kathleen Heil and Abdulkadir Musa

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The Berlin Writers' Workshop and Lettrétage present a reading celebrating the work of Kathleen Heil and Abdulkadir Musa.

Free entry. Limited seating.

Readings will be presented in English (Heil) and Kurdish with German translation (Musa). Lesungen werden auf Englisch (Heil) und Kurdisch mit deutscher Übersetzung (Musa) sein.

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About the authors:

Kathleen Heil is a writer, translator, and dancer. Her poetry appears in The New Yorker, The Cincinnati Review, and Beloit Poetry Journal, her fiction in Fence, The Barcelona Review, and Five Points, her essays in Make, The Collagist, and Michigan Quarterly Review, and her literary translations in The Threepenny Review, The Brooklyn Rail, and Two Lines, among others. A recipient of fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, she lives in Berlin.

Abdulkadir Musa (b,1969, Kurdistan) is a poet and translator, studied French Language and Literature in Aleppo and Social Pedagogy at ASH Berlin, works as a social worker, a translator and cultural advisor. Scholarship for authors of non-German literature 2018 / Senate Department for Culture and Europe Department of Culture, Berlin.

Works: 
- His lyrics, Your Wings Have Taught Me to Fly (Semakurd, Dubai, 2007 and 2013 AR - Istanbul ), were published in the Kurdish language, and have been translated into German, Spanish, French, English and Polish and Arabic. 
- Kurdish Voices from Rojava. A Kurdisch- English Poetry Anthology, Inner Child Press, ltd. USA, 2017

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Nov
20
8:00 PM20:00

Reading: Rebecca Rukeyser

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The U.S. Embassy Literature Series presents an evening with Berlin Writers’ Workshop co-founder Rebecca Rukeyser. Rukeyser will read from The Homestead, a novel in progress.

English Theater Berlin
Tickets available for purchase here from €8.80.

About the book

From 1862 to 1986 the Homestead Act allotted 160 acres of land free of charge to any American man who could work the land for five years. The last decades of this Act populated Alaska, a state that still bears the nickname “The Last Frontier.”

Set in the early years of the 21st century, The Homestead looks into the final days of one of these Alaskan homesteads. Having lived on an unpopulated island in the Kodiak archipelago for decades, Lew and Megan Jenkins face economic strain and open their property to tourism. Their “remote lodge” aims to give vacationers a sense of the real West and the real Alaska—a pristine landscape molded by hard work. But Jenkins’ lodge is failing as a tourist destination and their marriage is dissolving.

About the reader

Rebecca Rukeyser is a fiction writer, co-founder of the Berlin Writers’ Workshop, and the recipient of a 2018 “Arbeitsstipendium nichtdeutschsprachige Literatur” – Grant for Non-German Literature, awarded by the Berlin Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa. Her work has appeared in such publications as Best American NonRequired Reading, The Massachusetts Review, and ZYZZYVA. She holds an MFA in Fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and teaches creative writing at Heinrich Heine Universität.

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Nov
17
to Nov 18

How to Pitch Editors Master Class

  • Neukölln, Berlin Germany (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

In the How to Pitch Editors Master Class we'll be opening up our folders of story pitches, email correspondences, and expensively framed acceptance letters. We'll talk about generating pitch ideas, building a portfolio, talking to editors, sending cold pitches, developing editorial relationships, and networking. This is a two-day jump start for new and mid-career freelancers.

Ben Mauk is a full-time freelance writer. He writes feature articles, essays, and reportage for The New York Times Magazine, Harper's Magazine, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Guardian, The London Review of Books, The New Yorker online, Granta, and elsewhere. He is a grantee of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and the Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award. He has received awards, honors, or citations from the American Society of Magazine Editors, the Western Writers of America, and the Overseas Press Club of America.

This class is in English.

Two-day seminar.
Saturday, November 17 & Sunday, November 18. 10:00 - 15:00.


Cost: €100.

Location: Neukölln.

 

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Nov
2
7:30 PM19:30

Reading: Sarnath Banerjee and Dave Besseling

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The Berlin Writers' Workshop and Lettrétage present an evening with Sarnath Banerjee and Dave Besseling.

Free entry. Limited seating.

About the authors

Sarnath Banerjee has written four books of graphic fiction. Corridor (Penguin, 2004), The Barn Owl’s Wonderous Capers (Penguin, 2007), The Harappa Files (Harper Collin, 2011) and All Quiet in Vikaspuri ( Harper Collins, 2015). Through these books he has explored the nature of the Indian middle-class and its transformation from Nehruvian socialism to full-fledged neoliberalism. The themes in these books included power, masculinity, bureaucracy, rumour, scandal, trade, class-system, urban sprawl, meritocracy, religion and the uncanny.

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Dave Besseling is a journalist, editor and author, currently based in Berlin. He was formerly Deputy Editor of GQ India, was shortlisted for the Kurt Schork Award for International Journalism, and has published two non-fiction books – The Liquid Refuses to Ignite (Hachette), a memoir, and Laid In India (Penguin), a sociological reportage. His next book, Have You Seen This Man, is his first novel.

Location:
Lettrétage e.V.
Mehringdamm 61
10961 Berlin

 

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Oct
31
to Dec 19

Creative Writing I

The core of the Berlin Writers' Workshop, Creative Writing I is open to all writers regardless of experience or background. Through a combination of craft lessons and weekly discussions, we'll cover the basic elements of fiction and nonfiction: point of view, characterization, setting, scene and summary, and style. We'll share and discuss our favorite books and learn generative exercises to help inspire new work. We'll also workshop each other’s manuscripts and discuss strategies for revision and editing.

This class is taught in English.

Location: Prenzlauer Berg / Wedding

Eight weeks. €275.

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Oct
27
7:30 PM19:30

Reading: David Hermann Fox and Alistair Noon

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The Berlin Writers' Workshop and Lettrétage present an evening with David Hermann Fox and Alistair Noon.

Free entry. Limited seating.

About the authors

Alistair Noon's publications include two poetry collections from Nine Arches Press (Earth Records and The Kerosene Singing), a recent pamphlet from Longbarrow Press (QUAD), a collaboration with poet Giles Goodland (Surveyors' Riddles, Sidekick Books), and translations of poetry from German and Russian, most recently Concert at a Railway Station, selected poems of Osip Mandelstam (Shearsman, September 2018). Born in 1970 near London, he has lived in Berlin since the early nineties, appeared at international sound poetry festivals in the late nineties, and founded and ran Berlin's Poetry Hearings festival from 2005 to 2008. He has published essays on the fall of the Berlin Wall, poetry and translocality, and Wuhan punk.

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David Hermann Fox was born in Germany and grew up in England before moving to Berlin in 2013. He studied philosophy, theatre, and comparative literature, graduating from UCL with an MA in Comparative Literature. He has written and co-directed a number of documentaries about social issues such as fair trade and domestic violence, including, most recently, Es Soll Aufhören for Kinderschutz Schweiz, the Swiss Foundation for Child Protection. Hermann Fox is a co-creator and head writer of a TV drama that was recently sold to a production company and is currently completing THE UNDOING OF JOHNNY PENGUIN, his debut novel.

(Photo cred: Nikolaus Kim)

Location:
Lettrétage e.V.
Mehringdamm 61
10961 Berlin

 

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Oct
9
to Nov 27

Nonfiction Writing I

In Nonfiction Writing I, we'll study the art of the essay, the nonfiction novel, the memoir, the magazine story, and the unclassifiable. Workshops of your own work will be supplemented by craft exercises and discussions. Students should have some prior workshop experience, either through Berlin Writers' Workshop (Creative Writing I) or a similar organization. A writing sample may be required. This class is taught in English.

Instructor: Ben Mauk. Full details here

Meets Tuesdays @ 19:00 in Neukölln. Eight weeks. €275.

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Sep
17
to Sep 20

Write Every Day: A Generative Workshop

Whether you’re an experienced writer mired in the middle of a project or an absoulute beginner trying to get your first words onto paper, Write Every Day will help unleash your creative mind. This class is 10 class hours and takes place in both 4- and 5-day versions.

Each day we’ll touch on different aspects of craft: point of view and narrative distance, character, tension and plot, detail and setting, and the possibilities of form and structure. We’ll look to writers who do these things exceptionally well, examining their secrets for inspiration. Fired up by what we’ve learned, we’ll turn to in-class writing exercises, generating new material that is fresher and stranger than we thought possible.

This class is open to writers of all levels of experience, English and ESL speakers.

Instructor: Mia Bailey. Details here.

Meets M-Th @18:30 in Neukölln. 12 class hours. €150.

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Sep
14
8:00 PM20:00

Reading: Amanda DeMarco and Tony Tulathimutte

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The Berlin Writers' Workshop and DAS KAPiTAL present an evening with writer and translator Amanda DeMarco and novelist Tony Tulathimutte

Free entry. Limited seating.

About the authors:

Tony Tulathimutte’s novel Private Citizens was called “the first great millennial novel” by New York Magazine. A graduate of Stanford University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he has written for The New York Times, VICE, WIRED, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Republic, N+1, and others. He has received a 2017 Whiting Award and an O. Henry Award, and appeared as a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers.

Amanda DeMarco is a writer and translator based in Berlin. In 2018, she received a fiction-writing grant from the city of Berlin. Her criticism appears regularly in venues such as the Wall Street Journal and the Times Literary Supplement.

About the space:

DAS KAPiTAL is: Künstlerkneipe // Imbiss // Salon // Public Space // Epicenter // Bar // Workshop // Meetingpoint // Yours

Karl-Marx-Platz 18
September 14, 20:00-22:00
 

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Sep
3
to Nov 19

Novel Writing

Novel Writing is an advanced class for writers who wish to work on a book-length project: a novel, memoir, or collection of linked essays or short stories, either fiction or nonfiction. Lectures and readings will focus on character, dialogue, originality, and long-form narrative writing. Writers should be prepared to workshop excerpts and chapters from their work. This class is primarily designed for writers who have taken one or more workshops from the Berlin Writers' Workshop or have equivalent experience, but we will consider any writer who submits a letter of interest and writing sample.

Instructors: Amy Benfer and Tom Drury. Details here.

Meets Mondays @ 19:00 in Neukölln/Kreuzberg. Eight weeks €275 (with additional four weeks €400).

 

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Aug
31
7:00 PM19:00

Reading: Ben Mauk, Anne Posten, Ryan Ruby

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The Berlin Writers' Workshop and TOP present an evening with Ben Mauk, Anne Posten, and Ryan Ruby. The Workshop is excited to host three of our Berlin-based faculty members for a night of poetry, translation, and prose.

Free entry. Limited seating.

About the authors:

Ben Mauk writes for The New York Times Magazine, Harper's Magazine, The Guardian, The London Review of Books, Granta, and many other publications. In 2018 he was a finalist in feature writing for the National Magazine Award, the runner-up for the Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award, and the citation winner for the Ed Cunningham Award from the Overseas Press Club.

Anne Posten translates prose, poetry, and drama from German. The recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, she has translated such authors as Carl Seelig, Thomas Brasch, Tankred Dorst, Anna Katharina Hahn, Monika Held, and Paul Scheerbart for New Directions, Christine Burgin/The University of Chicago, n+1, VICE, The Buenos Aires Review, FIELD, Stonecutter, and Hanging Loose, among others. She has taught writing and literature at Queens College, SUNY’s Fashion Institute of Technology, and the Humboldt University in Berlin. She holds a BA in German Language and Literature from Oberlin College and an MFA in Creative Writing and Literary Translation from Queens College, CUNY. She is based in Berlin.

Ryan Ruby is the author of The Zero and the One (Twelve Books, 2017). His fiction and criticism have appeared in The Baffler, Conjunctions, Dissent, Lapham’s Quarterly, n+1, and The Paris Review Daily, among other venues. He has translated novellas by Roger Caillois and Grégoire Bouillier from the French for Readux Books. He is the recipient of the 2019 Albert Einstein Fellowship and is currently an Affiliated Fellow of the Institute for Cultural Inquiry in Berlin.

About the space:

TOP is is a project space and a new home for the >top e.V. association. It was founded in 2002 by Schillerpalais e.V. as an initiative of artists and residents of the "Schillerkiez Neighborhood“ affiliated with the arts. >top e.V. started collaboration with Schillerpalais in 2015, offering content and a program packed with contemporary discourses around interdisciplinary art, (h)activism, and art education. TOP also includes a biolab.

Location:
Schillerpromenade 4
12049 Berlin

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Aug
7
to Oct 2

Creative Writing I

The core of the Berlin Writers' Workshop, Creative Writing I is open to all writers regardless of experience or background. Through a combination of craft lessons and weekly discussions, we'll cover the basic elements of fiction and nonfiction: point of view, characterization, setting, scene and summary, and style. We'll share and discuss our favorite books and learn generative exercises to help inspire new work. We'll also workshop each other’s manuscripts and discuss strategies for revision and editing.

This class is taught in English.

Location: Neukölln.

Eight weeks. €225.

 

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Jul
2
to Jul 6

Write Every Day: A Generative Workshop

Whether you’re an experienced writer mired in the middle of a project or an absoulute beginner trying to get your first words onto paper, Write Every Day will help unleash your creative mind.

Each day the week we’ll touch on different aspects of craft: point of view and narrative distance, character, tension and plot, detail and setting, and the possibilities of form and structure. We’ll look to writers who do these things exceptionally well, examining their secrets for inspiration. Fired up by what we’ve learned, we’ll turn to in-class writing exercises, generating new material that is fresher and stranger than we thought possible.

This class is open to writers of all levels of experience, English and ESL speakers.

Cost: €125.

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Jul
1
to Jul 8

Writing for Visual Artists

“I intend to paint large moveable pictures which will function between the easel and the mural.” Jackson Pollock, Guggenheim Application (1947)

As visual artists, our work is tied to the written word whether we like it or not. (Even "Untitled" is a title.) We write artists' statements, catalogue texts, project proposals, and grant applications. Surviving and thriving as an artist often depends on how well we can write about our work.

In Writing for Visual Artists, students will learn how to write about what they do as artists and why they do it. We’ll review key elements of art writing, including clarity in form and syntax, concrete detail, narrative, and structure. We’ll focus on the artists’ statement in all its variations, whether as project proposal or manifesto. Inspired by modern and contemporary examples, we’ll do in-class and take-home exercises, sound out new ideas and give feedback. Students will leave with the tools to write concisely and authentically about their visual art practice, and with ideas for further art-writing experiments.

This class is open to artists and writers of all levels of experience.

Cost: €90.

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Jun
18
6:00 PM18:00

Reading: Lan Samantha Chang

  • John F. Kennedy-Institut für Nordamerikastudien (map)
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The Berlin Writers' Workshop, together with the John F. Kennedy-Institut für Nordamerikastudien and the U.S. Embassy Literature Series, present an evening with Lan Samantha Chang.

Free entry. Limited Seating.

About the author:

Lan Samantha Chang is the author of a collection of short fiction, Hunger, and two novels, Inheritance and All Is Forgotten, Nothing Is Lost.  Her work has been translated into nine languages and has been chosen twice for The Best American Short Stories. She has received creative writing fellowships from Stanford University, Princeton University, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She is the program director of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and May Brodbeck Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Iowa.

Date and time:
Monday, June 18, 2018
6:00 PM

Location
John F. Kennedy-Institut für Nordamerikastudien, Lansstr. 5-9
Freie Universität Berlin 14195 Berlin, Room 340

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