STEPS INTO NATURE….Two independent workshops with Dimitra Didangelou

Dimitra_Didangelou_I_By Tilman VoglerGreek psychologist and author Dimitra Didangelou will be flying in to Berlin to host two very special one-day expressive writing workshops.

Combining the joys of writing, nature and personal growth, the workshops will explore and employ the techniques of expressive writing with the aim of enabling you to write freely and without fear of criticism. Find out more here, and to book your place e-mail

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clareWe are pleased to announced not one, but TWO short courses happening over the summer, led by the very talented Clare Wigfall!

The first, a CHARACTER MASTERCLASS will take place on Sunday 4th September and will show you how to develop a character so vivid and rich with life that they will leap off the page!

The second, PORTRAIT OF A DEAR ONE, takes place on the 1st&2nd September and promises to be a very special two-day workshop which will embrace creative writing, art, and simple book-making.  Clare Wigfall will teach this course with Harriet Poole.

Find out more here, and to book your place e-mail

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zackrock2Do you always find yourself drawn to the picture book section? Have fond memories of Winnie the Pooh? Or did telling stories to your kids always make you long to create your own children’s book? If you have an idea for a picture book brewing, join author and illustrator Zack Rock for this intensive weekend. Hosted by Sterling Books, Brussels, this workshop will teach you everything you need to know about the art of picture book writing. And since you’ll be focussing on the writing side of things, no artistic skills are necessary.

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FREEMAN’S #2 “Family” : Saturday July 30th 8pm

freemans family cover layoutFreeman’s #2 : Family

Readings and Conversations with Joanna Kavenna, Michael Salu, Garnette Cadogan and John Freeman

July 30th, 2016, 8pm

SAVVY Contemporary | Kuppelhalle at Silent GreenGerichtstraße 35 | 13347 Berlin-Wedding

“The world has certainly arrived in the pages of Freeman’s.” – New York Observer

SAVVY Contemporary and The Reader Berliner cordially invite you to the launch of Freeman’s #2 on Family, the second issue in the journal reviewers are calling “bold” (Minneapolis Star-Tribune) and “refreshing” (Chicago Literati). In this second edition of Freeman’s, the new biannual of unpublished writing, former Granta editor and National Book Critics Circle President John Freeman brings together the best new fiction, nonfiction, and poetry on the ties that bind.

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…And the winner is….

Competition winnerThe results of this year’s competition are now available on our Competition page! Thanks again to our sponsors at The Circus Hotel, Jamesons Whisky and Papier Tigre!

You can read the winning text in the July/August edition of ExBerliner Magazine, while the runners up’s stories will be appearing on the ExBerliner website and here in our showcase. Thank you to everyone who entered. We hope to see you at our next Sunday Salon on September 4th where we will be celebrating the winners of the competition with readings, live music and cocktails!

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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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