Courses and Workshops

Poetry Workshop

 

A 7-week poetry workshop with award-winning poet Donna Stonecipher, PhD, author of four books of poetry and one of prose. This class will consist of two components: a discussion-based exploration of poetry, and a workshop. In addition to writing weekly exercises given by Donna, participants will submit their own poems on a rotating schedule and receive constructive feedback from everyone in an informal and supportive workshop setting. Writing comes from reading, so we will also spend time reading others’ poems together and articulating why and how they work. The workshop is appropriate for writers at all levels of experience, from beginners to professionals.

To book your place email hello@thereaderberlin.com

Find Your Muse – An Expressive Writing Workshop

Dimitra Didangelou is a novelist and psychologist who works with writers to free their creativity. Procrastination and avoidance affect beginners and published authors alike; second-guessing and self-criticism can sabotage all of us. Join Dimitra for a workshop that focuses on overcoming the blocks that inhibit writing freely, connecting with inspiration and expressing your voice without fear of criticism. Over four hours in a friendly and supportive environment, Dimitra will guide you through exercises, lead discussion and impart valuable tools that will make your writing practice more productive.

To sign up to this workshop, please email Dimitra directly at dimitra@expressingmyself.org

DIMITRA DIDANGELOU is a psychologist, science journalist and author who aims to help people gain insight and enhance their creativity through expressive writing.

Alongside with campaigning to raise public awareness about mental health issues, she is the founder of “Expressing MySelf”, an Institute which offers online workshops promoting creative living. Her training includes Advanced Study in Therapeutic Writing (The Center for Journal Writing in Denver, CO, USA), an MSc in Psychology and the Mass Media, a BA in Psychology and a Certificate in Philosophical Counseling and Psychotherapy.

Dimitra is a published novelist and author of many short stories.

Photograph: Tilman Vogler

 

Advanced Fiction with Ben Fergusson

Led by award-winning novelist Ben Fergusson, this exclusive weekend seminar is designed
for writers who are ready to take their fiction to the next level. Covering both long- and short-
fiction, this session will focus on discussions, practical exercises and prompts to help you
hone your sentences, develop character and iron out the bumps in your writing. (more…)

Kickstart Your Writing 25th/26th November

On the weekend of November 25th and 26th, Jane will be running The Reader’s acclaimed two-day introductory course, covering the basics of fiction writing. Suitable for new writers or offering a shot in the arm for those who want to reinvigorate their writing practise, the course will cover establishing a writing routine, with exercises to kickstart the imagination and tuition on characterisation and dialogue (more…)

Eat Your Words: A Workshop of Food & Writing

Eat Me. Drink Me. and Counter Service present:

Eat Your Words: A Workshop of Food & Writing

Don’t be fooled into thinking this is a “food writing” workshop. It’s a writing workshop that
uses food as a tool and looks at it as a place of access and entry into writing about memory,
experience, shame, desire, nostalgia, etc. All the good stuff. (more…)

Introduction to Creative Writing

Jane Flett

Is there a story inside you that’s waiting to be told? Jane Flett, a BBC Radio short story author and one of Salt’s Best British poets, will be running a seven-week course for writers who would like to explore their ideas in fiction. Whether you’re writing prose for the first time or just need the motivation of a deadline to finish that story, the workshop will provide a supportive environment to share your writing and discover how to improve it. As well as receiving detailed feedback on your own work, you’ll also gain experience critiquing and editing your fellow writers. The course will include classes on narrative technique, characterisation, dialogue and voice, and writing exercises to get your inspiration flowing.

To book your place email hello@thereaderberlin.com

Jane Flett’s writing has been published in over 70 literary journals and translated into Polish, Croatian and Japanese. Her poetry features in the Best British Poetry anthology and her fiction has been commissioned for BBC Radio 4. Jane is a recipient of the Scottish Book Trust New Writer Award and was voted Berlin’s best English-language writer in 2015 by Indieberlin.

http://janeflett.com/

 

“I highly recommend Jane Flett’s writing course. She creates a friendly, open, and engaging atmosphere that makes one feel safe, and even inspired, to take chances and be creative. That’s really the highest compliment I can give: before I took Jane’s class, I wanted to write. Now I am writing.” – Sam Loewenberg

 

“Jane creates an open atmosphere in her courses that is at the same time very accessible to newcomers and very stimulating to experienced writers or returning students. There is a good balance between feedback sessions and exercise-based classes that have both made me a better and more aware writer. Most importantly, I always look forward to spending my Thursday nights writing and talking with Jane and the great group of people in her class.” – Sophie Buchel

 

“Doing the course with Jane has really helped me with my story crafting. Her lessons are relaxed and enjoyable, where everyone is encouraged to give their opinion and really explore what makes a good piece of fiction. She sends out nuggets of gold in her worksheets between classes, and all of her exercises have been really useful. I just need to make sure I keep up my side of the bargain by doing the homework!”  – Miranda Roszkowski

Starting to Write, Finding Your Voice

STARTING TO WRITE, FINDING YOUR VOICE

Voice is a mysterious subject. As writers, sometimes the struggle is not with what we have to say, but in finding the right way to say it. Join award winning-author Irenosen Okojie for a workshop in which the subject of voice will be thoroughly investigated. Over the course of the day, via discussion, exercises and prompts, Irenosen will help you build the core skills to develop your own voice as a writer. 

Perfect for writers who want to overcome writers’ block or strengthen their existing practice, the workshop is suitable for writers of all levels.

We also have a Salon evening with Irenosen on the 11th September in which she will discuss her writing, give a reading, and hold a Q&A, to have a look check out our Facebook event

To sign up we are asking for a deposit of €15. Email hello@thereaderberlin.com to reserve your space now!

Irenosen Okojie is a writer and Arts Project Manager and author of Speak Gigantular and Butterfly Fish, which won a Betty Trask award. Her work has been featured in The Observer, The Guardian, the BBC, and the Huffington Post. Hailed by Ben Okri as a dynamic writing talent to watch and featured in the Evening Standard Magazine, she is one of London’s most exciting new authors. Find her at www.irenosenokojie.com and @IrenosenOkojie.

Telling Tales: The Art of Creating Stories

Stories can entrance, engage, even possess us.  Every one of us has a story to tell; factual or fictional, cool documentary or heartfelt family journey, practical travelogue or sparkling flight of the imagination.  But to become an accomplished storyteller one needs time, a conducive environment, and a sensitive guide to direct and refine individual talent.

In June best-selling author Rory MacLean will lead an exclusive, two day, weekend creative writing workshop in Berlin.  Participants – to a maximum of sixteen – will be guided and supported on their creative journey.  Both amateur and professional writers are invited to apply.  No experience is necessary.  The only requirement is the passion to tell a story.

The course will include morning talks on the craft of narration and introductory workshops on gathering material, note-taking, voice and structure. Rory will underline the importance of writing from the heart, using honesty and personal experience to fill one’s creative work with feeling and excitement.  Afternoons will be dedicated to exercises and — if possible — one-to-one discussions or project pitches, helping to draw out individual skills.  Together Rory and the participants will unpick the transformation of our ordinary encounters, epic journeys, family histories and imaginative quests into prose. Whether you aspire to writing journalism, a blog, memoir, personal essay or documentary, take this rare opportunity to work with one of the Reader’s favourite writers.

To sign up we are asking for a deposit of €30 to reserve your spot. Email hello@thereaderberlin.com to book your place.

Rory MacLean is the author of more than a dozen books including the UK top tens Stalin’s Nose and Under the Dragon as well as Berlin: Imagine a City, a book of the year and ‘the most extraordinary work of history I’ve ever read’ according to the Washington Post.

He has won awards from the Canada Council and Arts Council of England and written about the missing civilians of the Yugoslav Wars for the ICRC, on divided Cyprus for the UN’s Committee on Missing Persons and on North Korea for the British Council.

His works – wrote the late John Fowles – are among those that ‘marvellously explain why literature still lives’. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he divides his time between the UK, Canada and Berlin.www.rorymaclean.com