Walt Whitman’s 200th Birthday!

Writers! Readers!

Who among you is interested in reading some of Walt Whitman’s poetry (out loud) for an event commemorating the poet’s 200th birthday in the Carl-Schurz-Haus Library?

The event will take place over the lunch hour on 28 May 2019.

Please write me ASAP, if you’re interested!




Sci-Fi Workshop!

Friends! Have a gander at this upcoming workshop with the writer Holly-Jane Rahlens:

Di, 12.03.2019, 15-17 UHR

Creative Writing & Science Fiction
Holly-Jane Rahlens, Berlin

Konferenzraum des Carl-Schurz-Hauses, Eisenbahnstr. 62, 3. Etage

 The importance of creative writing in teaching English to school students is currently expanding vastly. Our workshop shows how science fiction, often still regarded as a niche genre in literature, is actually a perfect medium for developing your students’ writing potential: World-building, critical to the effectiveness of stories about imagined tomorrows, is an essential tool in mastering creative writing as a practical art form. Holly-Jane Rahlens, a born New Yorker, has been working in radio, television, and film and also writing fiction for readers of all ages. In 2003, her first novel for teens, Prince William, Maximilian Minsky and Me, earned the prestigious Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis as the best young adult novel published in Germany.
Eintritt: € 10 / 8 (CSH-Mitglieder)
Anmeldung bis 5. März: schroeder@carl-schurz-haus.de
Veranstaltungssprache: Englisch

Don’t forget our next meeting! 12 February 2019!

Hey Freiburg Writers,

Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday, 12 February 2019 at 19:00 in the Carl-Schurz-Haus library! We will spend some time writing, talking about the problems that arise from that writing, and discussing other writerly issues. This time, I may or may not make disparaging comments about an entire generation!

As always, we look forward to seeing you there!

Last Night’s Meeting

It would seem that I forgot to post a reminder about last night’s meeting on this blog. My apologies.

We had a very nice first meeting of the year! Here’s is a brief overview of what happened:

  • We spent nearly 20 minutes writing. In the first seven minutes, we we each worked on a scene of some nature. Then the timer buzzed. During the next 10 minutes, we wrote a second scene with the same characters. There was supposed to be a large gap of some nature between the scenes. The author didn’t even necessarily need to know what happened in the unwritten part.
  • We then spent several minutes discussing gaps, elisions, and lacunae in writing and how they work or don’t.
  • Then we did something a little different. One of our regular memebers had emailed Shawn a short text earlier in the week. Usually, if a member would like the group to comment on a text, we prefer to receive that text well in advance, so as to be able to spend time with it and formulate our commentary on it. This time, however, because the text was short, the members of the group felt as though they could digest and comment on the text off the cuff. Most everyone, especially the author, felt that this off-the-cuff commentary worked really well. I imagine we’ll try it again.

Our next meeting will take place on 12 February at 19:00 in the Carl-Schurz-Haus Library!

Reminders are better late than not late

Don’t forget our annual Winter Reading tomorrow (04 December 2018 @19:00) evening in the Carl-Schurz-Haus Library!

We’ll provide the drinks (Glühwein and non-alcoholic cider); please feel free to bring some sort of holiday snack to share and something to read.

We anticipate yet another gemütlichen Abend as in years past.

See you there!