Evening Courses – Spring 2017

SCRIPTWRITING WORKSHOP with CJ Hopkins

When: Thursday Evenings, 18:30-20:30

Where: CJ’s Writing Room, Kottbusser Damm, Kreuzberg

Course Length: 7 weeks

Dates: Thursday 9th March – Thursday 27th April (April 13th off)

Course Length: 7 weeks

Cost: €140 (€130 for returning scriptwriters)

Maximum Participants: 10

Multi-award winning, internationally produced playwright CJ Hopkins (cjhopkins.com) will once again be offering a 7-week scriptwriting workshop for screenwriters and playwrights. Participants meet weekly, submit excerpts of their stage- or screenplays on a rotating schedule, and receive constructive feedback and personalized mentoring from CJ in a supportive and professional setting. The workshops are focussed on developing and strengthening the individual writer’s voice and craft and are thus appropriate for writers at every level of experience, from beginners to working professionals.

If you wish to reserve a spot please email hello@thereaderberlin.com as soon as possible as places are limited and very popular.


 CREATIVE NON FICTION I with Susanna Forrest

Dates: 6 March – 24 April (April 17th off)

When: Mondays, 7-9pm

Where: Prenzlauer Berg.

Maximum participants: 11

Cost: 140 euros plus VAT at 19% (fee payable 1 January 2017)

Does your blog need a boost? Would you like to complete a memoir or pitch an essay? Creative nonfiction has become a dynamic, wide-ranging form that demands its own space at the literary table. Essays and long-form pieces blur memoir, travel, reportage and commentary. Food writing gets mixed up in social history. Nature writing combines science, descriptive lyricism and cultural studies. This seven-week workshop provides a supportive space for writers of all levels to get a sense of the tremendous possibilities of nonfiction, whether they’re working on existing texts or looking for fresh ideas. We’ll give close feedback, explore texts from a wide range of writers and try out creative exercises. We’ll discuss the ethics and intricacies of wrestling fact into narrative while crafting descriptions that are vivid but accurate.

To book your place email hello@thereaderberlin.com

SUSANNA FORREST’s first book, If Wishes Were Horses, tackled the phenomenon of horse-crazy girls. It was acclaimed as “richly evocative” (The Guardian), “Delicious” (Melanie Reid, The Times), “lyrical” (Sunday Telegraph) and “delightful and exhaustively researched” (TLS). Her second, The Age of the Horse, is a “five star” (Sunday Telegraph) “powerful, passionate book” (Sunday Times) that’s “original, cerebral and from the heart” (Times). She’s written for the New York Times, Guardian, Telegraph, Times and others, and got her first break editing and commissioning writers like Michel Faber, DBC Pierre and Sarah Hall at the Erotic Review magazine. She won the Sophie Coe prize for writing on food history in 2016 and will be a Hawthornden Fellow in 2017.


INTRODUCTION TO CREATIVE WRITING 1 with Jane Flett

When: Wednesday evenings, 19:00–21:00

Where: Another Country, Riemann Staße, Kreuzberg

Date: March 22nd – May 17th

Course Length: 9 weeks

Maximum Participants: 10

Cost: 170 euros

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 nine-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 is a short story writer whose work has been commissioned for BBC Radio, read at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, awarded the Scottish Book Trust New Writer Award, and published in numerous literary journals. She features in the Best British Poetry 2012 and has toured Europe extensively performing her work. She has also taught this course in Prague and Copenhagen with Reader founder Victoria Gosling.


Introduction to Creative Writing with Jane Flett – The Morning Sessions

When: Wednesday mornings, 10:30 – 12:30

Where: Selkestraße, Neukölln

Date: March 22nd – May 17th

Course Length: 9 weeks

Maximum Participants: 10

Cost: 170 euros

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 nine-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


CREATIVE WRITING 2 with Jane Flett

When: Thursday evenings, 19:00–21:00

Where: Another Country, Riemann Staße, Kreuzberg

Date: March 23rd – May 18th Course Length: 9 weeks

Maximum Participants: 10

Cost: 170 euros (160 euros, non-returning students)

A class for students who have previously taken Jane’s ‘Introduction to Creative Writing’ course or Victoria’s ‘Creative Writing 1’ course. We’ll focus on honing your craft, editing, and advice on seeking publication. This course will feature a heavy workshopping element.

To book your place email hello@thereaderberlin.com


PAST WORKSHOPS 


POETRY with Donna Stonecipher

When: Monday evenings, 19:00–21:00

Where: To be confirmed

Date: January 16–February 27

Course length: 7 weeks

Maximum participants: 10

Cost: 130 euros

A 7-week poetry workshop with award-winning poet Donna Stonecipher, PhD, author of four books of poetry. This class will consist of two components: an exploration of successful poems, 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, and as such 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 please email hello@thereaderberlin.com.

DONNA STONECIPHER is the author of four books of poetry, most recently ‘Model City’, which was published by Shearsman Books, and recently returned from teaching at the prestigious Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She lives in Berlin.


The Surgery – Workshop with Kate Brown

When: Monday evening 7-9pm.

Date: 13th and 20th February, 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th March, 3rd April.

Where: Charlottenburg/Wilmersdorf

Course Length: 7 weeks

Maximum Participants: 12

Cost: 150 euro

The Surgery is a workshopping group for anyone tackling a novel or short stories. Do you want feedback from an experienced tutor and other writers on a particular aspect of your work? Perhaps you’re struggling with character or structure? Or maybe you have a short story you’re passionate about, but it gets rejected every time you submit. Would you like to look at the different ways you might fix it with a group of others facing similar challenges?

KATE BROWN is a writer and film-maker. Her first novel ‘The Women of Versailles’, set during the reign of Louis XV, will be published by Seren Books in 2017. Her story ‘Making Fists’ won third prize in the Bristol Short Story Prize 2016. Other short fiction has been published widely and short-listed for the Fish Short Story Prize and the Asham Award among others. Kate has good eye for a story, she was fiction editor at UK literary magazine The View From Here. Stories she selected for publication there went on the be published in Salt’s 2013 and 2014 Best British Short Stories anthologies. She is also a mentor for the Womentoring Project. Kate is a graduate of the UK’s National Film and Television School, her films have been shown at festivals and on television worldwide.

If you wish to reserve a spot please email hello@thereaderberlin.com as soon as possible as places are limited and very popular.


The Novel 1 with Kate Brown

When: Tuesday 7-9pm.

Date: 14th and 21st February, 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, March, 4th April.

Where: Charlottenburg/Wilmersdorf

Course Length: 7 weeks

Maximum Participants: 12

Cost: 150 euro

Are you writing a novel and finding it’s turning into a lonely marathon? Do you have an idea, but don’t know where to start? If so, this workshop is just what you need.

Using writing exercises and the discussion of passages from favourite novels, we will look at voice and point of view, how to create believable, interesting characters, and story and plot. We will also explore possibilities for creating a writing habit and finding our paths as writers on the long journey we take when writing a novel.

The latter part of the course will be used to workshop participants’ work in progress, sharing each other’s writing, and giving and receiving feedback. We will also discuss what to do once you have a manuscript you want to send out into the world. How do you go about trying to find a publisher for your novel? And how do you decide whether your work is ready?

Above all, the course provides guidance, food for thought and a supportive environment in which to meet other writers and share your fascination with the storytelling.

KATE BROWN is a writer and film-maker. Her first novel ‘The Women of Versailles’, set during the reign of Louis XV, will be published by Seren Books in 2017. Her story ‘Making Fists’ won third prize in the Bristol Short Story Prize 2016. Other short fiction has been published widely and short-listed for the Fish Short Story Prize and the Asham Award among others. Kate has good eye for a story, she was fiction editor at UK literary magazine The View From Here. Stories she selected for publication there went on the be published in Salt’s 2013 and 2014 Best British Short Stories anthologies. She is also a mentor for the Womentoring Project. Kate is a graduate of the UK’s National Film and Television School, her films have been shown at festivals and on television worldwide.

If you wish to reserve a spot please email hello@thereaderberlin.com as soon as possible as places are limited and very popular.

 

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New January Courses

januarycoursesOur January evening and daytime courses are now up! Beginning the first week of January and running for seven or nine sessions, courses include POETRY, INTRODUCTION TO CREATIVE WRITING 1 & 2, KICKSTART YOUR IMAGINATION 1 & 2, CREATIVE NON FICTION 1 & 2, and SCRIPTWRITING.

Sign up by emailing hello@thereaderberlin.com

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*New* November Courses

keepwritingAll our late-autumn evening and daytime courses are now online. Beginning the first week of November and each running for seven sessions, courses include SCRIPTWRITING, INTRODUCTION TO CREATIVE WRITING 1 & 2, KICKSTART YOUR IMAGINATION 1 & 2, and THE NOVEL.

Sign up by emailing hello@thereaderberlin.com

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Forthcoming Evening Courses

Forthcoming Evening Courses

FLASH FICTION * EXPATRIATE WRITERS IN WEIMAR BERLIN * SHORT FORM FICTION AND NON-FICTION * POETRY WORKSHOP

Below are our forthcoming evening courses. We also have a daytime course and a seminar coming up soon, so take a look.

Place on all courses are limited, so email hello@thereaderberlin.com to secure your spot!


*NEW* FLASH FICTION with Kate Brown

When: Tuesday Evenings, 7-9pm

Where: St. George’s Bookshop, Wörther Straße

Dates: Tuesday, 4th November – 16th December

Course Length: 7 sessions

Maximum Participants: 10

Cost: 130 euro

Do you want to tell stories where every word counts? Flash fiction is a concentrated form, focused on extreme brevity, usually under 1000 words. Yet, flash fiction tells stories with a beginning, middle and end. It is often a highly visual form and it connects with a reader’s emotions no less strongly because the stories are made up of few words.

We will explore the form of flash by looking at published stories (writers such as Lydia Davis and Tania Hershman), we will write flash in class, often using prompts as a source of inspiration, and we look at the market for publishing flash.

Kate Brown is Fiction Editor at The View From Here magazine, is a published author of flash fiction and short stories, has been shortlisted for a number of major UK short story awards and works as a screenwriter and director.


*NEW* EXPATRIATE WRITERS IN WEIMAR BERLIN with Ben Robbins

When: Wednesday Evenings, 6.30-8.30pm

Where: Another Country Bookshop, Riemannstrasse

Dates: Wednesday 5th November – 17th December (no session on 12th November)

Course Length: 6 sessions

Maximum Participants: 10

Cost: 100 euro

This 6-week course will explore Weimar Berlin through the literature American and British writers produced about this turbulent and extravagant period in the city’s history. We will read prose, poetry, and memoir by Christopher Isherwood, W.H. Auden, Stephen Spender, and Robert McAlmon. The literature these writers produced about their time in Weimar Berlin expressed conflicting feelings of liberation and foreboding. We will particularly look at how all these authors explored their queer identities, as they reflected on life in the permissive communities of Weimar Berlin and how this contrasted with their experiences in inter-war Britain and the US. We will additionally discuss how these writers used diverse literary techniques and approaches to portray the thrills and fears of life in a foreign culture. You can also use this course as an opportunity to stimulate your own writing about Berlin and as a space to discuss and get feedback on that work. This course is suitable for readers with a general interest in the literature of this period and for writers of all experience levels.

Ben Robbins is a researcher and lecturer specializing in 20th-century Anglophone literature who has taught at universities in the UK and Germany. He received his Masters from Oxford University and his PhD from the Graduate School of North American Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin. He has worked as an editor for arts and fiction publishers based in both London and Berlin.


*NEW* SHORT FORM FICTION AND NON-FICTION with Adrian Duncan

When: Thursday Evenings, 7-9pm

Where: Shakespeare & Sons, Prenzlauerberg

Dates: Thursday 6th November – 18th December

Course Length: 7 sessions

Maximum Participants: 10

Cost: 130 euro

This is a seven week course where, for the first four weeks we look at a series of great short stories, we will discuss what is great about them, and the many ways in which they work. The second half of the course will be spent looking at a series of personal essays, Woolf, Orwell, Didion, among others.

In addition to writing weekly exercises given by Adrian, participants will submit their own work (fiction and non-fiction) on a rotating schedule and receive constructive feedback from everyone in an informal and supportive workshop setting. The workshop is appropriate for writers at all levels of experience, from beginners to professionals.

Adrian Duncan is an Irish writer based in Berlin. His short form fiction and non-fiction has been published in The Dublin Review, The Irish Times, and The South Circular. He writes art criticism for Sculpture (U.S.), Enclave Review (IRL) among others. He has co-edited Paper Visual Art Journal since 2009, and will work on the editorial of the upcoming Texte zur Kunst. He has guest lectured and guest tutored at National College of Art and Design, Dublin, and University College Dublin School of Architecture. He has tutored on Greg Baxter’s Someblindalleys creative writing classes, Dublin. Adrian also works as a visual artist; his most recent project took place in July of this year at the Irish Museum of Modern Art. He studied and worked as a structural engineer in the U.K. and Ireland before returning to study, in 2009, for an MA in contemporary art theory.


POETRY WORKSHOP with Donna Stonecipher

When: Monday Evenings, 7-9pm

Where: Saint George’s Bookshop, Prenzlauerberg

Course Length: 7 weeks

Dates: November 3rd – December 15th

Cost: €120

Maximum Participants: 10

A 7-week poetry workshop with award-winning poet Donna Stonecipher, PhD, author of four books of poetry. This class will consist of two components: an exploration of poetic form, 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.


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