Master Class with fiction writer Laura van den Berg8 June 2023€15.00
Teen Creative Writing Workshop - Summer 202310 June 2023€95.00
New Course Coming Soon31 December 2023PRIVATE
Manuscript Review31 December 2023€35.00
Private Coaching - single session31 December 2023€195.00
"I would wholeheartedly recommend this course - either the in person workshop or the online. I've put off taking these for years because there was always something more important...which, in my mind, already prevented me from justifying the time and expense. Putting aside that thought and actually doing something which I love to do, something which will help me achieve what I actually enjoy doing has been the best gift I could give myself. I don't even think of it as a gift anymore - this is just what I need."
I'd say that the best part about the workshops is a) quality of the teachers (ability to explain, give examples, motivate), b) way of teaching - clear explanation, assignments discussed in a (diverse) group of people that all have the same objective - improve their skills, learn from each other and from constructive feedback of teachers, c) the quality of the exercises, and last but not least, it's interesting to meet all these "different" people that have at least one thing in common.
"I have been writing since I was seven years old. In a very real way it is my oldest companion, yet though I have tried at different periods of my life, I’ve never managed to give it a steady and credible role in my daily life and for the last decade or more I simply did not write. The workshops have changed all that. I am writing all the time now, and am more and more at ease in feeding my daily experience through the internal wordmill and into my notebook for later."
"The International Writers Collective is more than just a workshop. It's a community. A group of people of all ages, from all over the world, with different backgrounds and various professional occupations who have one thing in common: we want to write. The course teaches us the craft of writing, techniques that objectively help us improve our writing."
"I thought the assignments were very well chosen, as they were so fun and interesting I didn't get a chance to doubt my ideas too much. For me it was very useful to have a couple of elements of craft to use as scaffolding for creative ideas. I liked experimenting with different narrators, and differentiating between tone and mood was quite illuminating, it suddenly made sense how some writers are so compelling."
"The workshops really encouraged me to write – something I’ve been talking about for years but never had the time or confidence to pursue. I’ve absolutely loved it and plan to continue with it, I really think if I am going to make a go of writing these workshops will be what helps me to do that."
"If you like reading you should absolutely take a workshop. They are insightful into the craft of writing and hugely stimulating. It changed my life in so many good ways..."
“Being part of a community of writers has enriched my life beyond the actual workshops—I've made some great friends.”
"I found the quality of the instruction excellent, inspiring, and generally what I needed to get myself writing again. The other participants were also quite good, and I really enjoyed reading and critiquing the pieces each week."
As a repeat student I just LOVE this course. The variety of material to study, the exercises to try and the feedback given by both students and teacher alike has been invaluable in giving me a much broader toolset for my writing and the confidence to try new techniques and angles. I've recommended the course to many friends and those who've taken it up have been similarly impressed.
"I would (and I have already) recommended the workshop to anyone interested in writing, may it be someone too shy to have even dared to try or someone who's already quite far into writing a longer piece. The teaching has always been very satisfactory. I like the fact that the groups are always small, and everybody, both students and teachers, takes the class and the work in it very seriously, while doing it out of sheer pleasure. This gives a very solid ground to the classes, where people go quite far and deep into their own writing and into sharing critiques and...Read more
"I loved having the weekly chats to discuss each exercise. Even though we couldn't meet in person, I felt that the class was very engaged. As in previous classes, I learned many new skills. And I really feel like with the International Writers' Collective, there is a sense of community, and being part of a writing community that is supportive and constructive really helps one develop as a writer."
"It makes you write and keeps you writing and editing and writing and improving. The feedback is very helpful clear and worthwhile. I would recommend the course to any blocked writers."
"I would say that if you aspire to be a writer, and an MFA is both financially and time-wise not for you, this is a gentler, but still well-targeted program. You will surround yourself with keen writers, willing to help you get to where to aspire."
"Besides the constant push to write, what I find most useful about the workshop is writing very different assignments week by week, because it allows you to pick up on your writing strengths and style, really notice where you struggle and receive unbiased opinions/criticism."
"I had a great time. It was a wonderful experience, something that I always wanted to do but never found “time” (= balls haha) to do. I personally liked the exercises very much, the fact that they give you tools and techniques to find your own way and they were very diverse, covering different genres, etc. Because even if you need to “follow” a certain subject or style, the exercises are flexible enough to let you express your own ideas. I thought it was a great way to “find your own voice”, your writing style. It also made me more aware of writing...Read more
"First of all it helped me pick up a pen! And secondly, it provides a huge learning potential to be critiqued by others. There are always blind spots/ ego when you are reviewing your own writing. And also, the structured way of critiquing really helps you to look at someone's texts beyond nice or not nice, or, this is my taste, and this isn't. It can make you a better reader and writer."
"Very positive experience, it was great to get me started again, learn more about the techniques/theories behind it, and to surprise myself (and be surprised by others) by the wonderful stories that we produced each week. Real treat!"
"It was a great start to serious writing for me. I learnt a lot about tone, mood and narrators and discovered new writers en poems. The deadline of delivering a piece once a week is a great one. Getting feedback on your piece and reading it together with the group was a great way of critiquing."
"Interaction between fellow writers was a huge support. Teacher was supportive and promoted the right atmosphere. I learnt that writing is “only” 10% inspiration; the rest can be learnt!"
Budding novelist learns the value of outliningMay 11,2023 / Student profile / 2 Comments
Tineke Broer found the International Writers' Collective at the beginning of the pandemic and was most recently a student in the online Level IV workshop. During the week she works as a researcher and assistant...
Contests & Calls with May and June DeadlinesMay 11,2023 / Contests Publishing / 0 Comments
A number of editors and contest organisers have contacted us recently for help getting the word out to our community about their contests and calls with upcoming deadlines. We've added a few more we thought would be of...
Why teens need creative writing
Many of us writers begin as children scribbling our stories in an unsteady hand. Others discover the joy of writing in adolescence or young adulthood as an outlet for the jumble of new thoughts, emotions, and ideas. We...
Spring student and faculty reading announcementApril 07,2023 / Local news / 0 Comments
NOTE: DUE TO SPACE CONSTRAINTS THIS EVENT HAS CHANGED VENUE AND TIME Seat reservations have now closed as even the new venue is at full capacity. You can join the waiting list here. We're delighted to be hosting...
6 Spring Writing ContestsApril 06,2023 / Contests / 2 Comments
Do you have a piece of writing you’re especially proud of? Try submitting it to a contest! All of the contests on this month’s list are currently open to submissions, welcome international writers, and offer cash...
Magazines open for spring submissionsMarch 09,2023 / Publishing / 1 Comments
The surest sign of spring? Lit magazines are opening up again for their spring and summer issues! This month’s list includes many fledgling magazines looking for fresh takes from up-and-coming writers just like...
Lit Mag Grab BagFebruary 16,2023 / Publishing / 1 Comments
A quick behind-the-scenes: sometimes, I stroll down the rows of publishers like I’m at the cereal aisle at the supermarket and simply drop the presses that catch my eye into my cart. This is one of those lists....
Where to submit: Magazines with a fresh perspectiveJanuary 07,2023 / Publishing / 1 Comments
The new year is all about change, and the journals on this month’s list seek to explore the world in unusual ways. Some are fledgling presses with big dreams, some are established journals trying to change the way you...
Meet new teacher Sussu LaaksonenJanuary 07,2023 / Teacher profile / 0 Comments
Sussu Laaksonen’s writing career began in her home country, Finland. She has worked in Finnish television and film and translated for companies like Google and Netflix. In 2020, just before the Pandemic hit, Sussu...
Where to submit in December 2022December 06,2022 / Publishing / 5 Comments
Looking for a home for your off-beat or obscure literary stories? Look no further. The journals in this month’s list have a mix of tone, from progressive to quirky to downright strange, and all welcome...
The Faculty and Student Reading is Back in 2023!December 06,2022 / Contests / 2 Comments
Remember the good old days when once or twice a year the International Writers’ Collective would organize a student reading? It was a beloved tradition when students and faculty would come together as a community to...
End-of-2022 literary events in Amsterdam and beyondDecember 06,2022 / Other / 0 Comments
2022 is coming to a close so we thought we’d give you a head’s up for literary happenings into 2023. Events are in English unless otherwise noted. Most ask that you register; some require tickets. If you’d like to...
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Events & Podcast Highlights
At the moment we’re covering very few events but feel free to check the Events Page
In this master class, award-winning poet Megin Jiménez and Sarah Carriger discuss stocking the well of inspiration, finding the right place to submit your work, keeping writing fun and much more. read more
In this master class with Rebecca O’Connor, novelist, poet and editor of the literary magazine ‘The Moth’, we talked about her novel ‘He Is Mine and I Have No Other’ and the importance of setting, the challenges of capturing a teenage voice, the charms of the epistolary novel, the value of a good beta reader, some tips for those who’d like to see their work published in ‘The Moth’, and much more. read more
In this master class with Kristen Roupenian, we discussed her viral short story ‘Cat Person’ and a few others from her debut collection ‘You Know You Want This’. Some of the specific topics covered included using horror and fantastical elements in your writing, learning when to stop revising, and dealing with the negative voice in your head. read more
American author A.M. Homes gave a special Craft Talk for the students of the International Writers’ Collective.Homes is the author of seven novels, two short story collections and a memoir and she was a writer and producer on the Showtime series The L Word. read more
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