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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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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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
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. €225.

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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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Nov
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
17
to Nov 18

How to Pitch Editors Master Class

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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
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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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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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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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

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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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Jun
17
to Jul 1

Translation/Creation

Although it is often regarded as a “secondary” form of creative work, translation has a long tradition as the site of exploration, inspiration, and enrichment for writers of all kinds. This intensive course is aimed at both students looking to deepen an established literary translation practice and creative writers and artists looking to explore translation for the first time.  Students will receive instruction and guidance tailored to their levels of experience, from newcomer to seasoned translator. We'll workshop individual projects-in-progress, as well as build a space to consider translation’s creative potential with readings and exercises.

Two Sundays. 160€.

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Jun
5
to Jun 26

Nonfiction Writing II

Nonfiction Writing II is an advanced four-week continuation of the themes and craft lessons from Nonfiction Writing I. Workshops of your own essays and book excerpts will be supplemented by craft exercises and discussions. Students must have prior workshop experience, either through Berlin Writers' Workshop (e.g. Nonfiction Writing I or Creative Writing I) or a similar organization. A writing sample is required.

Cost: €115.

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May
29
to Jul 17

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.

Location: Kreuzberg / Neukölln.

Eight weeks. €225.

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May
24
7:30 PM19:30

Reading: Gregor Guth, Alan Mills, and Rebecca Rukeyser

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The Berlin Writers' Workshop and Lettrétage present a trilingual reading event with Gregor Guth (Austria), Alan Mills (Guatemala) and Rebecca Rukeyser (USA). 

Free entry. Limited seating.

About the authors:

Gregor Guth, geboren 1979 in Wien. Studium der französischen Kulturwissenschaften in Wien und Paris. Studium am Deutschen Literaturinstitut Leipzig. Startstipendium für Literatur des österreichischen Bundeskanzleramtes 2014. Seine Kurzgeschichten und Gedichte wurden in zahlreichen Zeitschriften und Anthologien veröffentlicht (u. a. in LICHTUNGEN, kolik sowie im Sammelband zum MDR-Literaturwettbewerb). Er lebt in Berlin.

Alan Mills is a Guatemalan poet and writer recently selected as one of the 39 best Latin American writers under 39 years of age (List Bogotá 39/ Hay Festival). His poetry has been included in the most important anthologies of contemporary Latin American poetry and some of his work has been translated into French, English, German, Portuguese, among other languages. A translation in French of his micro-novel Sincopes was published in 2010. His poetry collection Pasan poesía en la televisión apagada was published in 2013 in Ecuador. A hybrid collection of his tweets, aphorisms, micro-stories, and micro-poems was published in Germany under the title of Eine Subkultur der Träume in 2015; and his experimental essay Hacking Coyote was published also in Germany in 2016. He resides in Berlin and Vienna while finishing a doctoral thesis on science fiction. 

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. 

About the space:

Die Lettrétage setzt als unabhängiges Literaturhaus in Berlin mit kuratierten Projekten seit 2006 innovative Impulse für die Literaturmetropole Berlin. Die Erprobung neuer Formen der Produktion und Präsentation von Literatur steht dabei im Mittelpunkt. Dazu zählt insbesondere die Suche nach neuen, transdisziplinären Formaten der literarischen Veranstaltung jenseits der konventionellen „Wasserglas-Lesung“.

Als Ankerinstitution der Freien Literaturszene Berlin engagiert sich die Lettrétage für die Solo-Selbständigen der literarischen Berufe sowie die vielfältigen literarischen Initiativen und freien Projektträger in der Stadt. Zweisprachige Literaturzeitschriften, Independent-Verlage, innovative Autorenprojekte, Übersetzerinitiativen, Lesebühnen und Lesereihen bieten eine beeindruckende Bandbreite an literarischen Aktionsräumen und Netzwerken, an Ideen und Akteuren, die eine lebhafte literarische Kultur entfalten und erheblich zur kulturellen Strahlkraft Berlins beitragen. Die Lebendigkeit und Vielfalt dieser Szene in Berlin zu erhalten, ihre Impulse aufzunehmen, ihr ein Podium zu bieten und sie darüber hinaus durch kostenfreie Beratungs-, Vernetzungs- und Weiterbildungsangebote strukturell zu stärken, ist ein zentraler Bestandteil des Lettrétage-Programms.

Die Lettrétage hat als aktives Gründungsmitglied gemeinsam mit Kolleg*innen das Netzwerk Freie Literaturszenen Berlin e.V. (NFLB) aufgebaut, das die kulturpolitischen Interessen der Freien Literaturszene Berlin bündelt und gegenüber Politik und Öffentlichkeit vertritt. Als Koordinatorin des europaweiten Netzwerks CROWD führt die Lettrétage in enger Zusammenarbeit mit zahlreichen internationalen Literaturorganisationen Projekte durch, die der sprach- und länderübergreifenden Vernetzung von Literaturschaffenden und -vermittlern sowie der publikumsnahen, zeitgemäßen Präsentation internationaler zeitgenössischer Literatur dienen.

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Apr
23
7:00 PM19:00

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.

Location: Kreuzberg.

Eight weeks. €225.

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Apr
22
7:00 PM19:00

Reading: YZ Chin and Helen Betya Rubinstein

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The Berlin Writers' Workshop and >top Schillerpalais present an evening with YZ Chin and Helen Betya Rubinstein.

Free entry. Limited seating.

About the authors: 

YZ Chin is the author of Though I Get Home (Feminist Press, 2018), premier winner of the Louise Meriwether First Book Prize. She has also written two poetry chapbooks, out or forthcoming from Anomalous Press and dancing girl press. Born and raised in Taiping, Malaysia, she now lives in New York. She works by day as a software engineer, and writes by night.

Helen Betya Rubinstein’s essays and fiction have appeared in The Kenyon Review, The Rumpus, The Paris Review Daily, Witness, and The Collagist, among others, and her opinions in The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Millions, The Forward, and The New York Times. She lived and taught in Iowa for the past five years, and is currently a nomad.

 

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Apr
12
7:30 PM19:30

Reading: Heike Geißler and Andrea Scrima

 
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The Berlin Writers' Workshop and Lettrétage present a bilingual reading event celebrating the rerelease of Andrea Scrima's novel A Lesser Day and its new German edition, Wie viele Tage. Scrima will be joined by the novelist Heike Geißler (Rosa, Nichts, was tragisch wäre, Saisonarbeit) and appear in conversation with Berlin Writers' Workshop co-founder Rebecca Rukeyser. 

Free entry. Limited seating.

About the authors:

Heike Geißler is a writer. She lives in Leipzig. She is the author of Rosa, Nichts, was tragisch wäre and Saisonarbeit. The latter will be published by SEMIOTEXT(E) in fall 2018 in a translation by Katy Derbyshire.

Andrea Scrima studied fine arts at the School of Visual Arts in New York and the Hochschule der Künste, Berlin, Germany, where she lives and works. Her first book, A Lesser Day, has just been rereleased in a second edition to accompany the publication of a German translation (Wie viele Tage, Literaturverlag Droschl, Graz). Scrima’s criticism appears in journals including The Rumpus, BOMB Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, Music & Literature, The Quarterly Conversation, The Scofield, Schreibkraft, Manuskripte, and Hyperion: On the Future of Aesthetics. She was the recipient of a literature fellowship from the Berlin Council on Science, Research, and the Arts in Berlin, Germany and took part in a writing residency at the Ledig House / Art Omi program in Ghent, New York. Her current novel-in-progress was awarded second prize in the Glimmer Train Fall Fiction Open.

Prior to her decision to focus on literature, Scrima worked as a professional artist for many years, incorporating short fiction pieces into large-scale text installations. She has received numerous awards for her artistic work, including a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation (1989/1990) and the Lingen Art Prize (Kunstverein Lingen, Germany; 1996), and has exhibited internationally. 

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Apr
3
to May 22

Nonfiction Writing I

In Nonfiction Writing I, we'll study the art of the essay, the nonfiction novel, the memoir, and the unclassifiable. Workshops of your own essays and book 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.

Location: Neukölln.

Eight weeks. €225.

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Mar
19
to Mar 23

Magazine Writing

This intensive week-long course considers the long-form nonfiction magazine story as its own specialized genre: a collaboration by writer, editor, and subject. In five daylong classes, we'll walk through the stages of research, reporting, drafting, revision, and editing. We'll look at classics of the genre both conservative and experimental, discuss philosophies and theories of nonfiction writing, conduct workshops designed to help you generate pitches and drafts, and discuss story structure and fact-checking.

225€.

 

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Mar
11
5:00 PM17:00

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.

Location: Kreuzberg

Eight weeks. €225.

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Mar
3
7:00 PM19:00

Reading: John Beer and Tod Wodicka

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The Berlin Writers' Workshop

The Berlin Writers' Workshop and >top Schillerpalais present an evening with John Beer and Tod Wodicka. We're excited to welcome these two Berlin-based American writers for our first reading of the year.

Free entry. Limited seating.

About the authors:

John Beer is the author of the poetry collection The Waste Land and Other Poems (2010), winner of the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the chapbook Lucinda (2013). Beer received his MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He is the former literary assistant to poet Robert Lax, and the editor of Lax’s Poems (1962-1997) (2013). A former theater critic for Time Out Chicago, Beer’s criticism has appeared in Verse, the Denver QuarterlyChicago Review, and other magazines. 

Tod Wodicka is the author of The Household Spirit and All Shall Be Well; and All Shall Be Well; and All Manner of Things Shall Be Well, which was shortlisted for the Believer Book Award and translated into German, Spanish and Dutch. Both novels were published by Jonathan Cape, Pantheon and Vintage. His writing has been published in the GuardianGrantaTank Magazine, South as a State of Mind, Art Papers, the National, the New Statesman, and more. He was born in Glens Falls, New York in 1976 and currently divides his time between Berlin and New York, where he is working in television and on his third novel, Bathhouse. He'll be debuting material from Bathhouse.

>top Schillerpalais is a project space and a new home for the >top e.V. association. Schillerpalais 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 Schillerpalais also includes a biolab.

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Mar
3
to Mar 4

How to Pitch Editors Master Class

In the How to Pitch Editors Master Class, instructor Ben Mauk will open up his folder of pitches and stack of rejections, 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, networking--all the stuff they don't teach you in MFA classes. This is a two-day jump start for new and mid-career freelancers.

Location: Neukölln/Kreuzberg

€90.

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Dec
16
7:00 PM19:00

Reading: Megan Fernandes & Bennett Sims

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The Berlin Writers' Workshop and KN: Raum für Kunst im Kontext present an evening with Megan Fernandes and Bennett Sims. We're excited to welcome Sims for the Berlin launch of White Dialogues, a collection of stories that "moves from slow-burn psychological horror to playful comedy, bringing us into the minds of people who are haunted by their environments, obsessions, and doubts."

Free entry. Limited seating.

About the authors:

Megan Fernandes is an American poet and academic. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Tin House, Guernica, The Boston Review, PANK, Denver Quarterly, Hayden's Ferry Review, Bennington Review, Thrush, The Common, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Electric Literature, among many others. Her first book of poems, The Kingdom and After (Tightrope Books), was published in 2015. She holds a PhD in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an MFA in poetry from Boston University. She currently is an Assistant Professor of English at Lafayette College and lives in NYC. 

Bennett Sims is the author of the novel A Questionable Shape (Two Dollar Radio, 2013), which received the Bard Fiction Prize and was a finalist for The Believer Book Award, and the collection White Dialogues (Two Dollar Radio, 2017). He is a recipient of a Michener-Copernicus Society Fellowship. His fiction has appeared in A Public SpaceConjunctionsElectric LiteratureTin House, and Zoetrope: All-Story, as well as in the Pushcart Prize Anthology. He holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and has taught at Bard College, Grinnell College, and the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

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Dec
11
to Dec 12

Fiction Writing I

Fiction Writing I teaches the art of the short story, novella, and novel. Workshops of your own stories and novel excerpts will be supplemented by craft exercises, readings, 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.

Eight weeks. €225.

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Nov
25
to Nov 26

How to Pitch Editors Master Class

In the How to Pitch Editors Master Class, instructor Ben Mauk will open up his folder of pitches and stack of rejections, 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, networking--all the stuff they don't teach you in MFA classes. This is a two-day jump start for new and mid-career freelancers.

€90.

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Oct
20
6:30 PM18:30

Launch Party!

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Please join us for the Berlin Writers' Workshop's official launch party! Come for food and drink, performances, and readings by Daniel Castro, V.V. Ganeshananthan, and Vauhini Vara. 

Daniel Castro's fiction and journalism have appeared in Tampa ReviewGambit WeeklyMiami Herald, and Salon. He holds an MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a BA from Indiana University-Bloomington. He is the winner of the 2014 Cintas Fellowship in Literature and the 2015 Novel Prize from the Faulkner Society. He is a former Fulbright scholar in Spain and has translated Spanish poetry and drama. He has taught at the University of Iowa and Sackett Street Writers' Workshop, and worked for the University of Iowa's International Writing Program. He has lived and worked in Madrid and Budapest, and currently splits his time between New York and Berlin.

V.V. Ganeshananthan, a fiction writer and journalist, is the author of Love Marriage (Random House, 2008). The novel, which is set in Sri Lanka and some of its diaspora communities, was longlisted for the Orange Prize and named one of Washington Post Book World’s Best of 2008, as well as a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick. Her work has appeared in The New York TimesThe Atlantic MonthlyThe Washington PostColumbia Journalism ReviewThe San Francisco ChronicleHimal Southasian, and The American Prospect, among others. A former vice president of the South Asian Journalists Association, she has also served on the board of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop. She is presently part of the graduate board of The Harvard Crimsonas well as a contributing editor for Copper Nickel. She is a founding member of Lanka Solidarity, and a member of the board of directors of The American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies.

Vauhini Vara is an O. Henry Prize-winning fiction writer whose short stories have been published in McSweeney's, Tin House, and elsewhere; earlier this year, one of her stories was included in Subway Library, a project by the New York MTA and New York Public Library that let people read short stories on their phones, for free, while riding the train. She has received a grant from the Rona Jaffe Foundation and has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony and a guest of the Yaddo Corporation. She is also a journalist, with articles published in The Atlantic, Harper's, Wired, and the website of the New Yorker; previously she worked as an editor at the New Yorker and a reporter at the Wall Street Journal. She's living in Berlin for three months, with her husband and son, on the Burns Fellowship for journalism.

Location: KN: Raum für Kunst im Kontext
68 Skalitzer Str., 10997 Berlin
(2nd courtyard, behind Motto Books)

Doors @18:30
Readings @20:00
Free entry. Limited seating.

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Oct
17
to Oct 31

Creative Writing I

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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.

Eight weeks. €225.

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Oct
16
to Oct 17

The MFA Boot Camp

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In the MFA Boot Camp we'll answer your questions about MFA programs and the application process while you work toward a polished submission in a workshop setting. You'll leave with a finished portfolio (a writing sample, statement of purpose, personal statement, resumé) and all the information you could want about letters of recommendation, program funding, full-time vs. low-residency, etc. It's all the classic Program Era mysteries, de-mystified. 

Eight weeks. €225.

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Sep
24
10:00 AM10:00

The Free MFA Master Class

This free Sunday seminar offers information and advice on creative writing MFA programs: where to go, how to get in, whether you should pay for it (probably not!), and how they help (and don't help) writers' careers. We'll talk about the application process, offer tips for the writing sample, and field questions about full-time vs. low-residency, large vs. small, NYC vs. anywhere else, and other concerns. We'll also teach generative writing exercises, describe our experiences reading hundreds of MFA applications, advise you on personal statements, résumés, and letters of recommendation, and critique sample applications.

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Sep
23
10:00 AM10:00

The Free MFA Master Class

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This free Saturday seminar provides information and advice on creative writing MFA programs: where to go, how to get in, whether you should pay for it (probably not!), and how they help (and don't help) writers' careers. We'll talk about the application process, offer tips for the writing sample, and field questions about full-time vs. low-residency, large vs. small, NYC vs. anywhere else, and other concerns. We'll also teach generative writing exercises, describe our experiences reading hundreds of MFA applications, advise you on personal statements, résumés, and letters of recommendation, and critique sample applications.

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Aug
30
7:00 PM19:00

Reading: Jenny Zhang with Saskia Vogel

The Berlin Writers' Workshop presents a reading by Jenny Zhang and Saskia Vogel.

We're pleased to welcome Jenny Zhang for the Berlin launch of Sour Heart (Penguin Random House, 2017), "a sly debut story collection that conjures the experience of adolescence through the eyes of Chinese American girls growing up in New York City—for readers of Zadie Smith, Helen Oyeyemi, and Junot Díaz." Zhang will read with Berlin-based writer and translator Saskia Vogel.

About the authors:

Jenny Zhang was born in Shanghai and raised in Queens. She is the author of the poetry collection Dear Jenny, We Are All Find, the non-fiction chapbook Hags, the e-book The Selected Jenny Zhang, and the forthcoming short-story collection Sour Heart. Her essay "How It Feels" was nominated for a National Magazine Award in 2015. She holds degrees from Stanford University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

Saskia Vogel is from Los Angeles and lives in Berlin, where she works as a writer and Swedish-to-English literary translator. She has written on the themes of gender, power, and sexuality for publications such as Granta, The Paris Review Daily, The White Review, Sight&Sound, The Offing, and The Quietus. Previously, she worked in London as Granta magazine’s global publicist and in Los Angeles as an editor at the AVN Media Network, where she reported on the business of pornography and adult pleasure products.
 

Advance praise for Sour Heart:

“As I read, I quickly realized that this was something so new and powerful that it would come to shape the world—not just the literary world, but what we know about reality. Zhang’s version of honesty goes way past the familiar, with passages that burst into bold, startling, brilliance. Get ready.”—Miranda July

The reading is in English. Free entry. Cash bar.

Location: 
KN: Raum für Kunst im Kontext
Skalitzer Straße 68, zweites Hinterhaus, zweite Etage
Berlin, Germany 10997

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