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Victoria Gosling on her book ‘Before the Ruins’

Shana Shabazz asks Victoria all her burning questions about writing a book, how long it takes, how she found an agent, and what it's like to have a book published!

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Find Out More on Divya Ghelani’s Summer Reading Series!

“Divya’s deep reading series is fun, inclusive, and carefully moderated. It’s particularly suited to those interested in the craft of writing as we’ll be discussing language, PoV, characterization, as well as the politics and possibility of “de-canonizing.” 

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Susanna Forrest’s Insight on Research, Resources and Rabbit Holes

Focus is hard to come by these days. I remember reading that the best way to fix procrastination was not to berate yourself or think about will power but to find bigger incentives to do the work... In other words, don't bury your head in the sand when you could instead be getting lost in rabbit holes like Alice in Wonderland.

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Our Favourite Berlin Bookshops

by Salwa Benaissa Christmas is as good a time of a year as any to present a roundup of our favourite bookshops in Berlin but the truth is, indie bookshops are the lifeblood of our writing community no matter the season. Not only do they supply us with endless amounts of amazing reads and host wonderful events in their spaces throughout the year, they are also the hubs around which our local literary scene revolves.

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Books on Writing

Author and Reader Berlin founder Victoria Gosling talks creative writing text books. Whether you're blocked, searching of prompts, in need to craft-based insights or just looking for wise words from a fellow writer, there's a book for you.

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“Berlin is a real hot spot of international literary life…”

The final judge of the 2019 Berlin Writing Prize we want you to meet is Martin Jankowski. Martin is editor-in-chief of stadtsprachen.de and directs its international reading series PARATAXE. We talked to him about the Berlin literary scene, bringing together German and non-German writers, and what to discover in Berlin.

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“…a place where unusual qualities are valued, protected, celebrated.”

Meet more judges for the #2019BerlinWritingPrize. Today we talked to writer May-Lan Tan about Berlin, writing to a theme, and community.

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“The city is a tremendous place to live and work”

Elnathan John is a lawyer, novelist and satirist. He is one of the judges of our 2019 Berlin Writing Prize. We talked to him about Berlin, Writing, and more.

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“Fantastical, colourful, unexpected”

Writer Sophie Mackintosh grew up in Wales and now lives in London. Her debut novel, The Water Cure, was longlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize. We talked to her about her successful debut novel, Berlin, and what she expects from The Berlin Writing Prize.

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