Courses and Workshops

One-Day & Longer Workshops

One-day & Longer Workshops


Upcoming workshops…


KICKSTART YOUR WRITING… a weekend with Jane Flett and Victoria Gosling

ex1Dates: March 18th/19th

Time: 10:30 – 16:30

Price: €90

Location: To be confirmed… we may have somewhere new and exciting up our sleeves!

It’s back! A whole weekend to write and focus on moving your writing forward in the company of fellow scribblers. 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 a two-day bootcamp that promises to get you back on track.

On the weekend of March 18th and 19th, Jane and Victoria will be running their 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 (Saturday), followed by a class on plot and structure, guidance on editing, and a brief overview of how to begin finding publishers for your work (Sunday).

To sign up, please 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.

Victoria Gosling is the founder of The Reader Berlin. Offering manuscript assessments, mentoring, expert feedback and guidance, she has consulted on a wide range of publications currently available in print and online. Alongside directing The Reader’s day-to-day activities, she works as a freelance editor, writer and consultant and is a former editor of Berlin Stories for NPR. A novelist and short story writer, she is represented by Zoe Waldie of Rogers Coleridge & White. In 2012, her novel LETTERS TO G. was selected as one of the winners of the Mslexia Novel Prize. 

Testimonials from the last KICKSTART YOUR WRITING workshop:

“Whatever stage you are at in your writing, whatever your fear, whatever your block, something will happen over this weekend. Something good that will move you forward (in the way you expected it to- or not).” – Helena
“The course with Jane and Victoria was a great experience. It was also great to meet Victoria in person. She did an amazing manuscript assessment for my novel, on which I am still working. I am now thinking about plot!” – Jacinta
“Inspiring and informative! The workshop is led by a lovely pair of skilled writers with a real knack for teaching. You will leave with a notebook full of tips and ideas, and the seed for a story or two.” – Mariya L.

Recent Workshops have included…


PORTRAIT OF A DEAR ONE – with Clare Wigfall & Harriet Poole

A brand new two-day creative writing, art, and book-making workshop

Dates: Day 1, Thursday 29th September 10am to 3pm

             Day 2, Friday 30th September 10am to 3pm

Price: €120  for the two days + €15 euro materials fee, EARLY BIRD SPECIAL – 110 euro + 15 euro materials fee for bookings made before September 16th

Location: juggleHUB Coworking, Christburger Str 23, 10405, Berlin (Prenzlauer Berg)

Maximum participants: 16 (minimum of 8 to run) – numbers must be confirmed at least seven days prior to the course’s commence

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Portrait of a Dear One promises to be a very special two-day workshop which will embrace creative writing, art, and simple book-making.  The first day, led by Faber and Faber author Clare Wigfall, invites you to spend time reflecting upon somebody who is dear to you.  This might be a lover, a parent, a grandparent, a child, or even a best friend.  With Clare’s gentle guidance, you will create a body of written work in which you explore your relationship with that person and consider precisely what makes them special to you.

Before day one’s close, Artist Educator Harriet Poole will introduce various techniques with which you can begin illustrating your words, such as mixed media, mono printing and hand-made stamps.  Day two will give you the opportunity to continue with your experiments before drawing these together with your work from the previous day to create a simple but beautiful artist’s book. Materials such as repurposed vintage book covers and a selection of old and textured papers will be provided.  This workshop guarantees to be inspiring, thoughtful, and enriching, and at its close you will go home with an exquisite handmade book which you could give to your loved one or simply treasure for yourself.

This workshop is open to people with all levels of experience in writing and art, for example you may be experienced in one field but totally new to the other, or maybe it is all new to you: all you need is a desire to exercise your natural creativity.  Both tutors will be present for the full duration of the course to assist you at any point.  The workshops will be conducted in English but all nationalities are warmly welcome.  Childcare is available through juggleHUB (at additional cost) to make this workshop accessible to parents.

CLARE WIGFALL – A graduate of the prestigious UEA Masters Programme, Clare has been teaching creative writing for over a decade and has taught workshops all over Europe, including for the Arvon Foundation and the BBC.  In addition, she has long held a passion for art, having studied at the Camberwell College of Art as well as running a successful life class in Prague, and has been crafting handmade books since she was a youngster.  This workshop offers an unbeatable opportunity to work closely with an author described as “an assured literary conjuror” (The Guardian) and the author of tales “sorrowful, disturbing and darkly beautiful” (London Review of Books).  Her debut story collection The Loudest Sound and Nothing was published by Faber and Faber to critical acclaim in 2007 and the following year its opening story was given the BBC National Short Award.  She is currently working on a new collection of stories and is under commission following that to write a novel set in early 20th century British Malaya based on incidents in the lives of her grandmother and great-grandmother.
https://www.faber.co.uk/tutors/clare-wigfall/

HARRIET POOLE – Harriet has a BA in Fine Art and MA in Theatre (Visual Language of Performance, Wimbledon College of Art, London).  She has made many performative events exploring storytelling, including in London at The Nunnery, Camden People’s Theatre, Duckie @ The Royal Vauxhall Tavern, and durational performances in Alte Saline, Hallein, Austria.  She especially loves beautifully illustrated books, intimate stories that explore the commonality of human experience, vintage and homemade craft, and creating artworks across live art, photography, video, illustration and craft.  Harriet is a qualified teacher of 17 years across adult education, colleges, schools, kindergartens  and the wider community.  Harriet is a diverse Arts Educator, and was Director of Visual Arts and Design at The BRIT School, London for 12 years.
In April 2014 she began b r e a t h e with art, Adult printmaking workshops and is well known for her innovative person-centred Family Arts Lab, little art, in Prenzlauer Berg.  She has taught at Berlin Bilingual School, Cosmopolitan School, and Kindergartens across Berlin.
www.thelittleartlab.com
www.harrietpoole.com


STEPS INTO NATURE….expressive writing with Dimitra Didangelou

Date: September 24th (Saturday)

Time: 12-4pm

Price: 39 euros

Location: Berlin’s Viktoria Park, Kreuzberg (wet weather alternative nearby)

Greek psychologist and author Dimitra Didangelou will be flying in to Berlin to host a very special one-day expressive writing workshop.

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.

Over the course of the afternoon in Viktoria Park Dimitra will lead you through a series of writing exercises and prompts that use nature’s symbols to help you find your authentic voice and gain new perspectives.  This workshop is ideal for new writers, if you’re struggling with writers’ block, or if you’re simply fascinated by what lies beneath the surface of the mind. The style of the workshop is experiential.

On the day all you will need will be a pen, paper, and comfortable shoes. No previous writing experience necessary. The group will be limited to 10 participants, so please email dimitra@empowerpsyche.org to reserve your spot.

What is expressive writing?

Expressive writing is a powerful tool which uses specific techniques to access buried thoughts, feelings and images. By allowing emotions and life experiences to flow out onto paper, we bring balance back into our lives and promote mental wellbeing.

Please note

DIMITRA DIDANGELOU is a psychologist, science journalist and author who aims to help people gain insight and bring balance into their lives through expressive writing. Alongside campaigning to raise public awareness about mental health issues, she is the founder of “Psyche”, an institute which offers online workshops promoting conscious living (www.empowerpsyche.org). 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. https://about.me/DimitraDidangelou

Testimonials

“Through expressive writing I gained breath and power. I learned to see situations and myself from a whole different perspective, more intrinsically and hopefully.”
N.K., Luxembourg

“An outstanding experience which helps you to discover a new part of yourself.”
R.N., Switzerland

“Freedom, revelation, catharsis! On the paper, I saw myself in my most authentic form.”
Th. K., Cyprus

“A very inspirational workshop with great exercises. The group had just the right size and the participants created a very nice atmosphere of respect and support”.
A.W., Berlin

(Photo by Tilman Vogler)


CHARACTER MASTERCLASS – with Clare Wigfall – Photo Stories

womencoffeeDate: Sunday 4th September

Time: 11:00-16:00 (Including one-hour lunch break)

Price: €50 or early bird special of €45 for bookings made before the end of July

Location: KLAK Verlag
Paul-Lincke-Ufer 44a, Berlin

Maximum participants: 16 (minimum of 8 to run) – as places are strictly limited, we recommend applying early for a spot

Have you wanted to develop a character so vivid and rich with life that they leap off the page?  Well, then this one-day masterclass is for you!  Join Faber author Clare Wigfall for a specially devised workshop in which she will give you the inspiration to come up with a fully-formed new character, mine their history meticulously, and discover their story. It is a writing workshop to stimulate your imagination, for people who’ve wondered what it’s like to be someone else, to live in another place, or to have been born into a different time.

This is why Clare Wigfall loves to write, as is evident in the diverse characters who appear in her award-winning short stories; from a lonely islander in the Scottish Hebrides, to an ocularist struggling to maintain his business in Franco-Prussian war-era Paris, to a bereaved father living in New Delhi, or a street kid sniffing glue in a nameless Eastern European city.  Clare has run this in-depth, challenging, and very satisfying masterclass in cities throughout Europe and a number of her students have gone on to publish work that resulted (you’ll find an example here).  Suitable for advanced writers to total beginners, the day will be intense and thought-provoking, but guarantees to be a lot of fun.

A graduate of the prestigious UEA Masters Programme, Clare has been teaching creative writing for over a decade and has taught workshops all over Europe, including for the Arvon Foundation and the BBC.  She is approachable, generous with her experience, and her teaching has an energy that never fails to inspire her students. This masterclass also offers an unbeatable opportunity to work with an author described as “an assured literary conjuror” (The Guardian) and the author of tales “sorrowful, disturbing and darkly beautiful” (London Review of Books).  Her debut story collection The Loudest Sound and Nothing was published by Faber and Faber to critical acclaim in 2007 and the following year its opening story was given the BBC National Short Award.  She has written for BBC Radio 3 and 4 and NPR Berlin, reviews for the Guardian/Observer, and has published widely in journals and magazines in the UK and worldwide.  Clare is currently working on a new collection of stories and is under commission following that to write a novel set in early 20th century British Malaya.


STEPS INTO NATURE – An expressive writing workshop with Dimitra Didangelou

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Date: May 28th

Time: 12-4pm

Price: 39 euros

Location: Berlin’s Viktoria Park, Kreuzberg (wet weather alternative nearby)

On Saturday May 28th, Greek psychologist and author Dimitra Didangelou will be flying in to Berlin to host a very special one-day expressive writing workshop.

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.

We’ll meet at Berlin’s Viktoria Park and, over the course of the afternoon, Dimitra will lead you through a series of writing exercises and prompts that use nature’s spring symbols to help you find your authentic voice and gain new perspectives.

This workshop is ideal for new writers, if you’re struggling with writers’ block, or if you’re simply fascinated by what lies beneath the surface of the mind. On the day all you will need will be a pen, paper, and comfortable shoes. No previous writing experience necessary. The group will be limited to 10 participants, so please email dimitra@empowerpsyche.org to reserve your spot.

Participants from the autumn’s workshop are welcome, the subject will be different.

What is expressive writing?

Expressive writing is a powerful tool which uses specific techniques to access buried thoughts, feelings and images. By allowing emotions and life experiences to flow out onto paper, we bring balance back into our lives and promote mental wellbeing.

Please note

DIMITRA DIDANGELOU is a psychologist, science journalist and author who aims to help people gain insight and bring balance into their lives through expressive writing. Alongside campaigning to raise public awareness about mental health issues, she is the founder of “Psyche”, an institute which offers online workshops promoting conscious living (www.empowerpsyche.org). 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. https://about.me/DimitraDidangelou

Testimonials

“Through expressive writing I gained breath and power. I learned to see situations and myself from a whole different perspective, more intrinsically and hopefully.”
N.K., Luxembourg

“An outstanding experience which helps you to discover a new part of yourself.”
R.N., Switzerland

“Freedom, revelation, catharsis! On the paper, I saw myself in my most authentic form.”
Th. K., Cyprus

(Photo by Tilman Vogler)


INTRODUCTION TO CREATIVE WRITING….a weekend with Jane Flett and Victoria Gosling

darklandinspringtonigarrnralphmecke26tristangodefroymarkusebnerachtungmode23182Csummer20118Dates: April 23rd/24th

Time: 10:30 – 16:30

Price: €80

Location: KLAK Verlag
Paul-Lincke-Ufer 44a, Berlin

It’s back! A whole weekend to write and focus on moving your writing forward in the company of fellow scribblers. 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 a two-day bootcamp that promises to get you back on track.

On the weekend of April 23rd and 24th, Jane and Victoria will be running their 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 (Saturday), followed by a class on plot and structure, guidance on editing, and a brief overview of how to begin finding publishers for your work (Sunday).

To sign up, please 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.

Victoria Gosling is the founder of The Reader Berlin. Offering manuscript assessments, mentoring, expert feedback and guidance, she has consulted on a wide range of publications currently available in print and online. Alongside directing The Reader’s day-to-day activities, she works as a freelance editor, writer and consultant and is a former editor of Berlin Stories for NPR. A novelist and short story writer, she is represented by Zoe Waldie of Rogers Coleridge & White. In 2012, her novel LETTERS TO G. was selected as one of the winners of the Mslexia Novel Prize. 

“Victoria Gosling is my best and first choice reader. I have huge respect for her judgement and I couldn’t have finished my novel without her.” – Kenneth Macleod, novelist, author of THE INCIDENT, Weidenfeld & Nicolson
“The Reader provides not only encouragement but a critical eye which is crucial when developing any work – whether it be a novel, non-fiction or short stories – for publication. Victoria’s able the see the ‘big picture’ or what you are trying to do in your work when you are too close to see it for yourself.” – Brigid Delaney, journalist (MSN, CNN, The Telegraph, Sydney Morning Herald) and author of THIS RESTLESS LIFE, Melbourne University Press and WILD THINGS, Harper Collins
“The Introduction to Creative Writing course with Jane has been the best decision I could’ve taken to kickstart my writing.” — Sharon Mertins
“Jane’s class was a great motivation for me to shut the F up about writing fiction and just do it….Basically taking the high drama and sense of ordeal out of the art form.” — Claire Monica Burgess
“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

WRITING THE PAST – a one-day workshop with Kate Brown

WEIMAR_FRONT-520x350 (1)Date: April 9th

Time: 10:30 – 16:30

Price: €45

Location: KLAK Verlag
Paul-Lincke-Ufer 44a, Berlin

Do you have a story that you want to tell that is set in the past? Do you ask yourself so many questions about how to do this, that you can’t start?

How much research do you need to do? Can you let your characters speak the way we speak now, or do you have to give them a different voice? How can you use historical details to help you create a vivid world without constantly worrying about whether you are ‘right’?

This one day taster, made up of writing exercises and discussion of short passages from favourite novels and short stories, will allow us to play with possibilities, finding our paths as writers through days gone by. Whether you are working on a novel, or have the beginning of an idea for a historical short story, the workshop will provide guidance, food for thought and a supportive environment in which to meet other writers and share your fascination with story-telling.

To sign-up please email hello@thereaderberlin.com

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. The novel is the story of a teenage girl’s attempt to take control of her own sexual identity in a world that will, one day, crumble around her. As a writer who also makes films, Kate loves visual storytelling. Her short fiction has been published widely and short-listed for the Bristol Short Story Prize, the Fish Short Story Prize and the Asham Award among others. A graduate of the UK’s National Film and Television School, her films have been shown at festivals and on television worldwide.


WRITING FOR TV: SCREENWRITING WORKSHOP with Joy C. Mitchell

tvWhere:  Another Country Bookshop

Date: November 14

Times: 11am – 5pm

Maximum Participants: 16

Cost: 45 euros

 Want to be part of the Golden Age of Television? With the scramble for viewers and the rise of Netflix, AmazonPrime and Apple TV, the odds have never been better for getting your idea onto the small screen. Join Joy C. Mitchell for a one-day workshop exploring the basics of writing for television…

TV pilots make or break the success of a show. The pilot must establish the world, the story, and most importantly, the characters of a series that the audience will follow season after season. What goes into formulating a pilot? What makes a TV pilot different from writing a feature screenplay? And how do you go from show idea to putting words on a Final Draft page? Joy C. Mitchell, MFA, will lead you through the beginning stages of writing a pilot script that captures a reader’s attention. Discuss all the elements of a pilot and gain insight on how to write one. Review the opening acts of hit shows like Breaking Bad and the show bibles of cult classics like Freaks & Geeks. Learn ways to see inspirational characters and situations in your daily life to use as storylines. Come with a TV show idea and get help molding the story you want to tell into a page-turning pilot episode and get to pick the brain of an industry insider.

JOY MITCHELLJoy C. Mitchell, MFA, is a screenwriter, journalist, and story consultant who studied creative writing & screenwriting at Emerson College and journalism and screenwriting at USC.  She’s worked in TV development and production at NBCUniversal’s Syfy and Universal Cable Productions, the USA Network’s studio, where she provided story notes on shows like Paranormal Witness and coverage on script submissions. She was a semi-finalist in the Warner Bros’ TV Writer’s Workshop in 2012 for her spec episode of Showtime’s “Shameless,” and a quarter-finalist in ColorCreative TV’s drama pilot competition for her music drama pilot “Rocked.” Additionally, she’s worked as a researcher and on-set for other Los Angeles-based production companies and shows. Her writing has been published in Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter, and Berlin Beat among others. She works in Berlin as a full-time freelance writer.


 

BEGINNINGS…

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…a workshop for Memoir Writers with Kenny Fries

We’re thrilled to announce that on May 16th visiting tutor Kenny Fries will be hosting a very special one-day workshop. Originally hailing from the US/Canada, Kenny has been living in Germany while working on his fourth book and, after some to-ing and fro-ing, the Reader has persuaded him to come in and show us what’s he got. With over twenty years’ experience in the creative writing field and the recipient of much acclaim for his work as a memoirist and poet, his biography speaks for itself. We’re going to be there. You should be there. It’s going to be a blast. (more…)