Explore your creativity through fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.
November 23rd to November 24th, 2019
A personal essay is 3,000 percent easier to write than a short story, claims writer Carol Bly.
The essay is indeed a scalable form. In fact, this is our starting point for Writing Memoir: the personal essay. During this weekend, you’ll get the coaching to create a complete personal essay—from idea to first draft.
January 25th to January 26th, 2020
Do you only write when you have an assignment? What obstacles do you experience to writing? How can you structure your life in order to keep writing? How, exactly, do you finish a piece of writing?
February 29th to March 1st, 2020
Nonfiction is now more abundant than ever—we read it in magazines, newspapers, books, and on the Internet. Nonfiction writing is also wonderfully varied: memoir and travel writing, book reviews and scientific writing—all this “counts” as nonfiction.
The Short Story
March 21st to March 22nd, 2020
Writing a short story is a wonderfully intricate process; we make countless creative decisions in the course of telling a single tale. During these two days, we’ll explore the most vital creative decisions and find what works for you as a storyteller.
Most writing happens when we're alone.
That’s why the Amsterdam Writing Workshops exists. To form a community around people who write. To secure a safe place for receiving writing feedback. To cultivate writing skill, and enhance power of expression.
Each month, from September to June, we offer a workshop or two. And while many of the topics may change, one thing remains constant: the Amsterdam Writing Workshops help writers write.