Berlin writes many stories. Anyone who lives and studies here knows that. That's why we invite student authors from Berlin to read their texts on our reading platform Lies los! It will take place every two weeks in the Coffeebar c.t. during the winter semester 2019/2020. Some of the texts will also be published on our blog after each reading.
The first student writer-in-residence project Berlin Stories is also entering its third round after two years of success. 

Further information on current events can be found in our Event Calendar.

Read it! 

This winter semester the reading platform Lies los! opens its doors once again and welcomes Berlin's student literature scene in the cosy Coffeebar c.t. at the Humboldt-University. In large armchairs we listen to the stories of others and talk about the texts that make us forget about the wintery grey of the big city for a moment. With snacks and drinks at hand, Lies los! offers student authors as well as the audience a room for exchange, inspiration and a literary get-together.

If you would like to read your texts, please register for the wished Lies los! event, otherwise, just drop by.

Whether you've already read in public, your texts have been published or you're going to have your premiere at Lies los! everybody is welcome.

Lies los! offers authors and listeners a "safe space" in which a fair and respectful framework for exchange, feedback and networking is created.

There are no formal or substantive requirements. But ostensibly political or religious contents, as well as discriminating language are excluded from the reading. In addition, the reading time should not exceed 10-15 minutes.

The authors also have the opportunity to publish their texts on our literature blog.

FU students also have the opportunity to publish their texts in the Campus Magazine Furios.

Terms of participation and FAQ (in German) (244.03 KB)

Literature Blog

Literature Blog

Berlin Stories

With the first student writer-in-residence project Berlin Stories we want to capture the specific perspective of Berlin students on their city over a longer period of time. Each year, a new city writer is selected by an independent jury. Their texts can be found on our Berlin Stories Blog.

The new writer-in-residence for 2020 is Dana Vowinckel. She writes prose and poems about Berlin and was born in Kreuzberg herself. You can find more information about her here. 

The jury also selected the following authors for the shortlist of Berlin Stories:

Julia Dorsch (Student of Social Work at the Alice Salomon University)
Sarah Kilter (student of scenic writing at the University of the Arts)
Florian Lehmuth (Student of Computer Science/Computer Sciences at the TU Berlin)
Elisabeth Pape (student of scenic writing at the University of the Arts) 
Vinzenz Thuine (student of AVL at the FU Berlin)

The writer-in-residence 2019 was Josephine Bätz.

At regular intervals she wrote short stories or poems about Berlin and student life in the capital.

The first city writer in 2018 was Charlotte Wührer. She writes short stories, poems, Young Adult and Flash Fiction.

Press reviews

campus.leben, 19.04.2019

werkBlatt des studierendenWerks, 12.04.2019

Morgenpost, 20.05.2018

DLF, 16.05.2018

WELT, 14.05.2018

RBB 24, 15.05.2018

Campus Magazin Furios, 11.06.2018

DLF Kultur, Magazin Lesart, 01.06.2018

campus.leben, 05.06.2018

DLF, Campus & Karriere, 31.01.2020


Starting in the summer semester, there will be a writing group "TextTransit" for creative literary writing at studierendenWERK BERLIN.

The writing group is intercultural or multilingual, i.e. it is aimed at authors or students who are interested in writing and who speak and write other languages or who, as non-native speakers, want to write their literary texts in German. Students who write in German are of course equally welcome!

The course language will be German. The group will be led by an author, who will be announced here shortly. We also plan to invite recognized individuals from the literary world to join the group on occasions (festival organisers / poetry slammers).

The aim of the group is to improve one's own literary writing through continuous work on the texts over a semester. Equally important is the critical exchange between the group participants and the cooperation: a small literary festival is to be developed from the group. The participants of the group will perform their texts in public space. The festival will take place on three days in early July.

You can apply for the group until 22 March 2020 using the application form in the event calendar!

A small jury will select the texts at the beginning of April and then inform the selected participants.


Impressions of our readings