Read Like a Writer

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  • “While I always read a lot to inspire my own writing, I learned even more about how to read closely, for specific purposes. This is definitely a skill I can use.”

    Solveig, May 31, 2020

  • The material was explained well, and I loved how every opinion was valued, even that of the youngest, least experienced participant. I found it valuable to read the works of established authors, but even more inspiring to read the works of the other people in the workshop. I learned how to prime myself and get inspired from literature, how to better interpret texts, the meaning behind them, and how to look for specific elements that I can use in my own writing. I will definitely keep using the things we talked about this weekend.”

    Sharon, May 31, 2020

  • “I felt safe and supported. As a beginning writer—whose story was read in front of others for the first time—I felt immensely encouraged and motivated. The ‘Read Like a Writer’ workshop taught me to experience my own writing through the eyes of the reader.”

    Laura B, May 31, 2020

  • “I am stunned by how easily I was persuaded to unleash myself in writing; it freed me. The second day is where the magic happens: people share—and really give something of themselves when they do.”

    Lamprini, May 31, 2020

  • “This was my fourth or fifth course with the Amsterdam Writing Workshops, and I always enjoy them so much. The quality of the material, teaching and discussion is so high. It was interesting to explore texts in this workshop that I wouldn’t normally read, and to hear other people’s interpretations. A pleasant surprise was feeling that my writing skills are developing, and that I was able to spot the areas where I could develop more connection to the reader; I was happy to push myself in my writing and dig deeper into the parts that were uncomfortable for me.”

    Karina, May 31, 2020

  • “I learned how reading different kinds of literature—different styles and approaches—can inspire you in a way you wouldn’t expect. I hadn’t realized how much something that seemed so distant in terms of style or subject could stir something deep in me until I sat down to write my piece.”

    E.C., May 31, 2020