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Dear Readers,

A professor once told me that winter is like a stage: nature recedes, and our own lives come into the foreground. It's a curious point. The question that follows is how to make our lives as colorful as possible against winter's quiet backdrop. My hope is that the features in this issue -- an announcement about winter writing workshops and a blog oozing with Berlin curiosities -- will make the months ahead seem brighter and full of potential. 

I'm also very happy to report that 'Reading for Pleasure' welcomed a bucketload of subscriptions after last week's issue. Thank you to everyone who helped promote! We're on a roll, so please keep encouraging your friends to subscribe at As always, more the merrier. 
Cheers & Prost,

The Reader Berlin Announces Workshop Lineup

Award-Winning Writers Lead January Workshops

The Reader Berlin's workshops are back, meaning an array of celebrated Berlin writers will be teaching once-a-week sessions starting in January. Choose among Scriptwriting with CJ Hopkins, Fiction from Real Life with Donna Sharpe, Introduction to Fiction with Jane Flett, and Creative Writing with Clare Wigfall. Dates, times, locations, and sign-up instructions are all on

American Fiction at SOHO House

Dialogue Bookstore Hosts Literary Lounge
SOHO House, Mitte

Welcoming a true power couple to its literary lounge series, Dialogue Books is concluding its 2013 event season with husband and wife Ben Marcus and Heidi Julavits. On Thursday, Dec 19, at 7:30pm, the two will read from their works and discuss the state of American fiction. Heidi is the co-editor of The Believer, Ben is the Fiction Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin, and both have been showered with accolades for their literary achievements. You'll want to be there. RSVP is required for admission.

Best of Berlin Bloggers

Hilda Hoy's "...then we take Berlin"

Hilda Hoy's blog "...then we take Berlin" is a special find in the increasingly crowded Berlin blogosphere. The blog strikes the substance-voice-design trifecta, and Hilda takes readers on a fun ride as she strives to elevate the city's mundane (see "A wee tour of Berlin's historic public toilets"). If you're looking for street cred, Hilda spent four years as Managing Editor of sugarhigh. You can learn more about her background, her blog, and her take on Berlin's best-kept literary secret in an exclusive interview on

Job Posting: Earn Money Writing

Write About Coworking Spaces and Creativity

Call it the coworking craze: shared workspaces are taking Berlin by storm and attracting freelance designers, writers, and techies alike. Deskmag is all about tracking the coworking phenomenon and its relevance for creative communities. The magazine is seeking a native English speaker to freelance and translate. Payment is per article with the possibility of joining full-time. More info here.
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