Courses for Young Adults
SPARK THE STORYTELLER INSIDE
In May, The Reader Berlin offers two workshops for young writers and storytellers.
Dates: Saturday May 4th (12 to 14 year olds)
Sunday May 5th (15 to 17 year olds)
Times: 10:30 – 14:30 (with a half hour break)
Venue: Klak Verlag, Paul-Linke Ufer, Kreuzberg
Price: 60 euros
Max. participants: 10
This workshop is specifically tailored for young adults with an enthusiasm for creating stories. It is designed to spark the imagination of the storyteller inside all of us.
We’ll kick off this journey by talking about our favourite books, movies and video games – why they appeal to us, what they share, and how they differ. Next, we’ll explore how to create a narrative using playful, dynamic games to generate ideas. Via short writing exercises, we will explore the fundamental building blocks of storytelling, elements such as setting, plot and character.
Along the way we’ll seek out answers to questions like, How do writers start a story? How do they work? And most importantly, how do they harness their imagination to create other worlds?
Participants will leave with a better understanding of their own power to transform their imaginative ideas into stories and the importance of both craft and playfulness in creating a story.
To sign up, please email Sharon@thereaderberlin.com. Participants should bring a small snack for the break. Water and juice will be available on site and all other materials will be provided.
Dan Ayres is a British writer born in Uganda, reared in England’s Westcountry and now merrily based in Berlin. A lover of all things surreal and fantastical, Dan is increasingly drawn to writing stories and poetry that wrestle with the momentous impact social media and technology is having upon our day to day lives. He also likes stories with cats in them. He has recently embarked upon a new a career path writing the storylines for video games.
Erin O’Loughlin is the associate editor and fiction editor of The Wild Word magazine. She is a writer, translator and editor. Her fiction work has been published by the Huffington Post, Leopardskin & Limes, Brilliant Flash Fiction, Literally Stories, Visual Verse, Fantasia Divinity and FTB Press. She is one (other) third of Story Strumpets, a Podcast focused on workshopping short stories, dissecting them and talking about how to make them work better. She has taught children of all ages, but particularly enjoyed teaching junior high school and working with teenagers.
Sharon Mertins is a short story writer, podcaster and improv comedy enthusiast based in Berlin. Her work received an honorable mention from the Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers and has appeared in Jersey Devil Press, Café Irreal, Leopardskin and Limes and The Wild Word Anthology. She is one third of Story Strumpets, a Podcast focused on workshopping short stories, dissecting them and talking about how to make them work better.