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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