The writing group TextTransit is inherently intercultural.
The group is aimed towards writers or students interested in writing who speak or write in languages other than German or students with a different first language who want to write literary texts in German. Writers who write entirely in German are, of course, also welcome. The group sessions are held in German. Each semester a new author heads the group.
The goal of TextTransit is the improvement of one's own writing abilities through continued work and practice throughout the semester. Ideally a literary action evolves out of the group.
More information about the current edition of TextTransit can be found in our event calender.
Heads of TextTransit
All heads of TextTransit are Berlin authors and have an intercultural background. The list is in alphabetical order.
María Cecilia Barbetta
María Cecilia Barbetta was born in Buenos Aires in 1972, grew up in the immigrant neighborhood of Ballester, where her novel "Nachtleuchten" is set, and attended a German school there. In 1996, she moved to Berlin and decided to stay. Her first novel, "Änderungsschneiderei Los Milagros" (2008), was awarded the aspekte literature prize, among others. María Cecilia Barbetta writes in German. Her second novel about the eve of a political upheaval, "Nachtleuchten" (2018), was honored with the Alfred Döblin Prize, the Chamisso Prize/Hellerau, and was shortlisted for the
German Book Prize.
Franziska Hauser, born 1975 in Berlin, is an author and photographer. She has two children.
She studied stage design and fine arts at the KHS Berlin Weißensee and photography at the Ostkreuzschule. In 2015 her novel "Sommerdreieck" was published by Rowohlt Verlag and received the debut prize of lit.Cologne. The photo book "Sieben Jahre Luxus" was published by Kehrer Verlag and in 2018 her second novel "Die Gewitterschwimmerin" was published by Eichborn Verlag and nominated for the German Book Prize. She writes and photographs for Das Magazin, Berliner Zeitung, FAZ, Brigitte, Maxi, Die Welt, Separé and others. In 2016 she participated in the novel workshop of the Bavarian Academy of Writing.
Her third novel "Die Glasschwestern" was published in Feb. 2020 by Eichborn Verlag.
Foto: Dirk Skiba
Yael Inokai (*1989) studied philosophy in Basel and Vienna and screenwriting at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin. She is a member of the editorial board of the magazine PS: Anmerkungen zum Literaturbetrieb / Politisch Schreiben. She lives and works as a freelance author in Berlin. For her second novel "Mahlstrom" she was awarded the Swiss Literature Prize.
Elnathan John is a Nigerian lawyer, novelist and satirist. His short stories have been shortlisted twice for the Caine Prize for African Writing, in 2013 and 2015. His novel, Born on a Tuesday won a Betty Trask Award and was shortlisted for the Nigeria Prize for Literature. It has been translated into German and French. His satire collection Be(com)ing Nigerian, A Guide was published by Cassava Republic Press in 2019. His most recent book, On Ajayi Crowther Street, a graphic novel, was also published 2019. It was published in German in 2021 under the title Lagos: Leben in Suburbia. Elnathan was on the jury of the 2019 Man Booker International Prize. He lives in Berlin.