Dimitra_Didangelou_I_By Tilman VoglerJoin us for a a special half day workshop exploring expressive writing with psychologist and writer Dimitra Didangelou.

Combining the joys of writing, nature and personal growth, the workshop will explore and employ the techniques of expressive writing with the aim of enabling you to write freely and without fear of criticism.

The workshop will take place on Saturday October 31st. To book please email More details here.

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Streets of Berlin Out Now!

coverstreetsOur new collection of short stories is available now. The book anthologises the award-winning stories from our recent competition. In it you will find tales of Berlin spanning  1930’s propaganda, the contemporary club scene, dystopian futures, animals on adventures and so much more besides.  Available as an e-book and in print, details are here.

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launch bannerAJoin us at Another Country on Saturday 26th September, where we’ll be celebrating the launch of an anthology of award-winning short stories. Compiled from the winning entries of the Reader Berlin’s 2015 Short Story Competition, these are ten tales of our city you won’t want to miss…

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Autumn 2015 Courses

keepwritingOur daytime and evening courses are now online! Beginning September, you can choose from Scriptwriting, Poetry, Memoir and Creative Writing. You’ll find daytime course details  here and evening course details here.

We’d like to say welcome to award-winning memoirist Kenny Fries who will be leading a 7-week workshop on Tuesday evenings, and welcome back to Faber author Clare Wigfall who is returning to The Reader to host not one but two daytime courses.

Email us now to secure your spot!

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2-day Intensive Workshop: August 15th -16th

tumblr_molqytHeAQ1rnw5qjo5_1280In Berlin this August? Then join the marvellous Jane Flett for a weekend of intensive creative writing fun.

From tips on how to establish a writing routine, to a lively discussion of plot and structure, this two-dayer is guaranteed to kickstart your writing.

All the details here.

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Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th July – Ryan’s Reading, Workshops & Open Mic

We are very sad to be missing the Fort this year but are very exciting to be welcoming Ryan Van Winkle back to Berlin. On Saturday 25th there will be a launch of Ryan’s new book, The Good Dark, at Shakespeare and Sons on Warschauerstraße, in Freidrichshain. He will read to us and so will some surprise guests, I’m sure. Here he is in the trailer to his poetry show Red Like Our Room Used to Feel:

On Sunday 26th we will be holding a workshops at Another Country in Kreuzberg, followed by readings in the evening. Details and sign ups to follow.

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Quick Sand

QuickSand_d4-03Words in a hurry. Our friends SAND Journal are running a flash fiction and non-fiction competition. Prizes include money, beer, prestige, and time spent with the ever charming and informative Finn Ballard Tours. Word limit 300. Deadline July 15. Entry €5. You can submit your entries here.

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Fort Gorgast Festival 2015…BOOM!

Fort GorgastWe’re going back in! Bigger, better, longer and with more friends on board…and there’s so much to tell you we’ve decided the festival needs its own website.

So, put the dates 23-26 July in your diaries, dig out your camping gear, dust off your dancing shoes and then scoot over to for the low-down.

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Jane’s Return

Jane FlettWe are pleased to announce the return of the ever popular Jane Flett, a BBC Radio short story author and one of Salt’s Best British poets. Over the summer she will be leading not one, not two, but three new courses! These will focus on getting your fiction up and running, and most importantly keeping it running. Starting June 17th and 18th. To reserve places on these courses please email

More information on the morning course here and the evening courses here

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Win a ticket to The Contemporary Journalist Workshop – May 30th!

KimBradleyFinally, we’ve pinned her down! Culture journalist, tutor and international woman of mystery, the fabulous Kimberly Bradley (ever wondered how Kim Bar got its name?) will be in town on May 30th and dishing all the journalistic dirt in a very special one-day workshop. If you’re a journalist or ever aspired to being one, this day is for you. More details here.

And on May 8th at 12pm, we’ll be giving one ticket worth 45 euros away! To enter, simply email with KIMBERLY BRADLEY in the subject line. The winner will be notified the same day.

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