Fort Gorgast Festival – 25 to 27th July!

Now our Summer Intensive Courses are nothing but happy memories, it’s all about For Gorgast. For those of you who haven’t heard, The Reader Berlin has managed to get it’s ink-stained paws on a ruined Fort surrounded by a moat full of spikes which looms a little over an hour from Berlin.

Join us for a weekend (or just a day) of camping in meadows, roaming spooky rooms and sunny woodlands. There will be barbecues, writing workshops, live music, open mic readings, dancing, a literary themed treasure hunt, film screenings and much, much more.

Our programme (which is constantly being added to) is now online. Check it out here where you will also find links to tickets and lots of practical information.

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Scriptwriting Lab 2014

The Reader’s 2014 summer courses are led by award-winning authors and professionally acclaimed tutors, these 5-day intensive courses offer a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, one-on-one mentoring, and evening events with special guest authors.

Following the success of The Reader’s Travel Writing and Memoir workshop with Rory MacLean, Kimberly Bradley and Tim Butcher comes The Reader’s Scriptwriting Lab 2014:

 SCRIPTWRITING LAB, a scriptwriting workshop with Donna Sharpe, CJ Hopkins and special guest director Marten Persiel (This Ain’t California) (Jul 7–11)

Click here for more information.

Places are extremely limited, so email to reserve your spot.

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Following the success of our first GET INSPIRED WORKSHOP, we’d like to invite you to another day of creativity, inspiration, conviviality and fine dining on Saturday July 5th. Our GET INSPIRED series of workshops are designed to surprise-ambush your creative-brain and get you fired up and writing before your inner-critic gets to say, ‘whoa, hang on, just wait a minute there…’

The last of our one-day workshops until the autumn, we really hope you can join us. Read all about it here.

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Fort Gorgast









WIN two tickets for The Reader’s Fort Gorgast Festival – a magical, merry summer retreat in a historic fort and beautiful natural surrounds of the German countryside, close to the Polish border. Featuring writing workshops, campfire storytelling, live music and much, much more! (Fri Jul 27-Sun Jul 27) Tickets on sale now!

Simply fill in this survey to score a pair of tix (value 80 euros). Winners will be notified in the beginning of July.

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Jane Flett, BBC Radio short story author and one of Salt’s Best British poets, will be hosting two new ‘Introduction to Creative Writing’ evening courses!

Starting in two weeks (Wed June 18 and Thu 19) and continuing for nine weeks, places are extremely limited – both courses are already more than half full with returning students – so email to reserve your spot.

Full details here.

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TRAVEL WRITING…MEMOIR…JOURNALISM…CREATIVE NON-FICTION & MORE…Beginning Monday June 9th, our first summer intensive 2014 writing course kicks off at The Alte Kantine, Wedding. Every day for 5 days, our participating writers will focus on the art of telling tales, crafting narratives from real life experiences and shaping them into compelling stories.

Tutorials, One-to-One meetings, writing exercises, insider tips on the business from our two experienced tutors, mentoring, advice and 2 fantastic evening events will make this a very special week. Join best-selling author Rory Maclean (Stalin’s Nose, Magic Bus, Berlin: Imagine a City), journalist extraordinaire Kimberly Bradley (NYT, Vogue, Spiegel Online, Art Review, COnde Nast Traveller) and guest author Tim Butcher (Blood River, Chasing the Devil, The Trigger) for a week of insight and inspiration.

Venue: The Alte Kantine, Wedding

Programme: Monday 10-4pm, Tuesday 10-1pm, Wednesday 10-1pm, Thursday 10-1pm, Friday 10-4pm

One-to-Ones: Each participant will get the chance to meet with both Rory and Kimberly to discuss their work and their questions about the business, receiving in return expert guidance and insight. These meetings will be scheduled in the afternoons around participants’ schedules.

Evening Events: Monday evening, Tim Butcher reads from his acclaimed new book THE TRIGGER and answers your questions (Another Country, Kreuzberg). Wednesday evening, Rory Maclean reads from BERLIN: IMAGINE A CITY and takes part in a Q&A with Sharmaine Lovegrove (Soho House, Mitte).

Cost: 399 euros

To reserve your place, please contact us at



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The Reader’s Fort Gorgast Festival!

Finally, a dream comes true!

The Reader has rented our very own castle for a magical summer weekend, huzzah! Join us Fri July 25-Sun July 27 for a festival experience like no other as we run away to Fort Gorgast, a beautiful, historic ruin in the German countryside, close to the Polish border.

For those seeking inspiration in this incredible location, the Reader’s Fort Gorgast Festival will include opportunities to participate in writing workshops, readings and campfire storytelling (no bookings necessary).

Others can simply relax and enjoy the gorgeous natural surrounds, woodland wanderings, live music, morning yoga, film screenings, dancing and so much more, in an intimate camping experience not to be missed.


Fri July 25, 4pm – Sun July 27, 4pm

Verein “Fort Gorgast” e.V.
Fort Gorgast Haus 3
15328 Küstriner Vorland, Germany

Getting There: Fort Gorgast is roughly an hour by car or by S and RE-bahn from Berlin (10 euros one way, not included in ticket price).

The site comes fully equipped with camping and parking spaces, toilets, showers, a barbecue, kitchen facilities, plenty of creepy, deserted rooms to explore, a dancing amphitheater in the woods, a moat full of spikes (swimming is sadly forbidden because of…well, the spikes), and wonderful company!

Cost: Admission to the site and all events for the weekend is 40 euros per person. Please book through Eventbrite, here. (Due to site restrictions, spaces are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.)

BYO tents, sleeping bags, food and drink. (Additional delicious food and drink will be available on site, but as this is still being confirmed, please do not rely on these services.)

The more the merrier! All welcome.

Any questions? Contact us at


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*NEW DAYTIME COURSE* by popular demand…

Due to overwhelming demand, Faber author, Arvon tutor, and BBC National Short Story Award winner Clare Wigfall will be hosting a second daytime workshop! Starting this Thursday (May 15th) and continuing for 9 weeks, places are extremely limited so email to reserve your spot…

Full details here.

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GET INSPIRED on Saturday May 17th

On Saturday the 17th May from 2pm, join Reader founder Victoria Gosling for a day of art, writing and delicious food. Meeting at a secret location in Mitte, we’ll visit one of Berlin’s temples of inspiration where you’ll be given secret instructions in order to kick-start a journey of inspiration. After some quiet writing time surrounded by books, a feast of delicious food and wine will be served while the conversation flows. Before the night is over, you’ll be invited to share your work with the group and find out the different ways inspiration has struck. An ideal way to overcome writer’s block, discover ways of generating ideas and meet fellow writers, you can find out more here: and buy your ticket here:




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