Shortlist Announcement!

This year’s competition shortlist is now available on our competition page! We received the most submissions out of any year we have run the competition. Whittling it down to just ten was an agonising process.

We have contacted the winner to ensure that edits were done in time to meet the ExBerliner print deadline. Their name and the names of the 3 runners-up will be announced on July 1st. You’ll be able to read the winning story in the July/August edition of ExBerliner. The pieces by the  3 runners up will be available to read online over the summer on their website. Here at The Reader, we’ll be publishing the other 6 shortlisted stories in our showcase from August … more news on the September party coming soon!

Thanks again to our sponsors at The Circus Hotel, Jamesons Whisky and Papier Tigre!

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summer writing kickstartAfter a successful European tour we are bringing our KICKSTART YOUR WRITING workshop home! If you’re struggling with getting words down onto the page, stuck with a project, or just can’t seem to make the time for writing, come along for this two-day bootcamp that promises to get you back on track.

Join tutors Victoria Gosling and Jane Flett on the 30th and 31st July at KLAK Verlag to revitilise your writing!
Further information can be found here, to sign up email

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Sunday Salon #4: ‘Rabbit’s Bad Habits/Connect’ with Julian Gough

Julian GoughJoin us for our last Sunday Salon before September, when we’ll be in the company of award-winning author and pig thief, Julian Gough. From 7:30pm at Galander Bar, Kreuzberg, we’ll be talking about the weird differences, and similarities, in writing for five-year-olds (Rabbit’s Bad Habits), and thriller fans (Connect, coming out early 2017).

Not only this, Julian will also be sharing his thoughts on the writing life and offering some, shall we say, less than standard advice to aspiring authors. Oh, and there will be live music from pianist Fabien Leseure who will be debuting an original composition specially created to inspire the live-writing competition. As usual, there is a bottle of Jameson’s for the winner! Reserve your ticket here, entry is three euros on the door.

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STEPS INTO NATURE with Dimitra Didangelou

Dimitra_Didangelou_I_By Tilman VoglerThis May 28th psychologist and author, Dimitra Didangelou, returns to Berlin to teach her expressive writing workshop, ‘Steps into Nature’ in Viktoria Park, Kreuzberg. The workshop will explore how expressive writing can aid you to write freely and without fear of criticism, using nature’s spring symbols to help you locate your voice and discover new perspectives.

The group will be limited to 10 participants, so please email to reserve your spot, further information on the course available here.

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2016 Summer Competition with EXBERLINER!

berlinsummer1The Reader Berlin and EXBERLINER are delighted to announce our 2016 short story contest. This year, were looking for fiction on the theme A Summer Night. As the days grow longer and we slough off the last grey cells of another Berlin winter, its time to let your imagination run riot and tell us your tales of summer nights…

Deadline is May 31st, and all submissions should be sent to

All the info (and prizes! and rules!) on our competition page.


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brusselsposterThe Reader is travelling to Belgium! This May we’ll be landing in beautiful Brussels to host a Kickstart Your Writing workshop with Sterling Books. Perfect for struggling writers and complete beginners, this workshop will get your creative juices flowing and help you to generate a body of new work! Further information here, to sign-up or if you have any questions please email

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SCRIBBLE Writers’ Co-Working Day April 22nd!

janeklak (1)Are you feeling a bit demotivated writing all on your lonesome? Sick of the view of your neighbour’s wall from your desk? This Friday the 22nd of April join us at KLAK for a Scribble Day! Between 9am and 6pm come and co-work amongst fellow writers. No wifi. Writing exercises on request. Silence – except from 10:30-11am, 1-2pm and 4-4:30pm, when there will be tea/coffee/biscuits/a light vegan lunch and plenty of writers’ gossip. All for just 9 euros. Any profits (after we cover costs) will go to the refugee café at Tempelhof. Sign up to the usual address:

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New Poetry Workshop with Donna Stonecipher!

1303057928_Stonecipher3We are excited to announce the return of Donna Stonecipher and her wonderful poetry workshop which will take place from April 25th. ‘Poetry in Berlin – Berlin in Poetry’ approaches Berlin from a poetical, wandering perspective, looking at how public space can inspire creative moments. A unique way to enjoy Berlin! More information here, and as usual to sign-up please email

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