From Ian McEwan’s ‘Amsterdam’ to Camus’ ‘The Fall’, the city has provided inspiration to many novelists over the years. Also it was an important setting for Green’s bestseller The Fault in Our Stars. The city continues to draw writers today, who appreciate the special atmosphere, the space and the community that Amsterdam offers. Here are a few opportunities for writers…
The Amsterdam Writer’s Residency
If you have had work translated and published in Dutch, and would benefit from time in Amsterdam for your latest project, you can apply to the Amsterdam Writer’s Residency. This well-established programme has attracted big names from all over the world, including David Vann and DBC Pierre. Writers are given use of a beautiful living space in the heart of the old city, with access to the university library and the Athenaeum Bookshop. The writers-in-residence have up to 3 months to do research and write work set in Amsterdam, and often combine their residency with events or literary festivals.
This writing community, Amsterdam Writers, is a lively mix of beginners and experienced writers, of all ages, backgrounds, and includes both native and non-native English speakers. It hosts various workshops throughout the year, with the main event being its annual (and wonderfully named) ‘Writers’ Stretch and Tone’ course, run by Matthew Curlewis.
Amsterdam Writing Workshops
Meeting monthly from September to June, the Amsterdam Writing Workshops hold various meet-ups covering all aspects of writing.
The American Book Centre
The American Book Centre hosts a number of events throughout the year for writers and readers alike, from book signings and talks, to workshops with industry professionals for those seeking tips on getting published.
Bar Bukowski often hosts literary evenings with both published and unpublished authors reading their work, alongside jazz and of course all the Bukowski touches the bar is famous for. Look out for the typewriter light fixture!
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