Kickstart Your Writing #2 – December 8th & 9th

Are you ready for the next level? Following on from Victoria Gosling and Jane Flett’s acclaimed Kickstart Your Writing course, this 2-day writers’ bootcamp will focus on the building blocks of creative writing in a supportive, fun and inspiring environment. The course will feature all new writing exercises based on developing your writing practice and craft-based sessions that explore crucial elements to writing compelling fiction. On Saturday, alongside exploring the role setting plays in your work, we’ll also be digging deeper into characterisation. Sunday morning will be devoted to the engines of story: conflict, antagonists, tension, and foreshadowing. In the afternoon, we’ll look at finding the deeper themes in your work. Finally, we’ll share the secrets to some opportunities beyond the world of literary journals: residencies, grants, chapbooks and more! You’ll discover fabulous authors and revisit the greats, scribble till your arm hurts and finally leave energised with new tools, new perspectives and new comrades.

Book this course in conjunction with KICKSTART YOUR WRITING #1 and receive a 10% discount (so both courses for 171 euros)

To sign up, please email

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 contributing editor of Berlin Stories for NPR. In 2012, her novel LETTERS TO G. was selected as one of the winners of the Mslexia Novel Prize.

Jane Flett’s writing has been published in over 70 literary journals and translated into Polish, Croatian and Japanese. Her poetry features in the Best British Poetry anthology and her fiction has been commissioned for BBC Radio 4. Jane is a recipient of the Scottish Book Trust New Writer Award and was voted Berlin’s best English-language writer in 2015 by Indieberlin 

Testimonials from previous KICKSTART YOUR WRITING workshops:

“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.

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