The Sixth Gathering of the Literary Industry lies already behind us! The weekend from May the 6th to May the 8th passed very quickly! We had three days full of informative lectures and acitvating workshops which could take place in presence for the first time after two years of pandemic. This year‘s motto “Team Spirit. Networks, Collectives, Groups” was not only talked about theoretically, but practiced actively in the form of spirited discussions, networking and mutual exchange.
It was about collaboration in funded projects, personal networking, literary collectives, collaborative writing, joint learning and a lot more. For the first time, several events were provided in English as well as in German Sign Language.
Now it’s time to express our gratitude: to all speakers for their inspiring and enriching contributions and to all participants who enlivened the programme with their perspectives and questions. Moreover, we thank Frieder Unselt who captured the following impressions of the Gathering with his camera.
All pictures: (c) Frieder Unselt
Please join us in the 6th Annual Gathering of the Literary Industry! Attendance free of charge, please reserve a ticket via link provided in the programme. The programme overview is to be found here.
Team Spirit. Networks, Collectives, Groups: So-called solo self-employment is neither guaranteed to be a sure-fire success nor is it a solo to be danced all by yourself. Without discussions and networking, it comes up against its limits very quickly. And, in doing so, there is often a very thin line between cooperation and competition. What is the best way, then, to keep things in balance and maintain an overview of the situation? During this year’s Annual Gathering of the Literary Industry, we would like to explore all of the possibilities that working together within the literary industry have to offer. What forms exist? What situations are networks, collectives or groups suitable for? And when is perhaps the best strategy nevertheless to make your own individual way? As the title Team Spirit suggests, we will look at all of these questions from an international perspective. And, of course, there will also be a great deal of practical topics. How to initiate and maintain a dialogue with your own readers is as much an aspect of networking as the question of whether and to what extent working collectively can provide an added value in the field of editing, or how you can systematically organize updates for your professional qualifications via networks.
The Annual Gathering of the Literary Industry is part of the project schreiben & leben of the literature house Lettrétage e. V. and is funded by Berlin’s Senate Department for Culture and Europe as well as the European Fund for Regional Development (EFRE). In cooperation with SAND, PROSA, Kulturraum GmbH, Kreativ Kultur Berlin, Touring Artists.
The last Annual Gathering took place digitally and was broadcast live from the Theater Aufbau Kreuzberg on June 18-20 2021. The programme can be viewed here
Do I like what I’m doing and am I doing what I like? Up to 10,000 freelance writers, editors and translators would wholeheartedly say yes – they have the luxury of spending their professional lives doing what they love, spending their time on something they view as satisfying and relevant – literature.
Nevertheless, they have to buy groceries, pay their rent and save up for old age. For freelancers in the literary sector this is harder than in other professions.
It is time to come together, to exchange experiences, to form alliances, to make new ideas come true, to learn from others and to let others learn from your own experience! For all these reasons, we founded the Annual Gathering of the Literary Industry. Here, literary creators can meet, cooperate and get inspired by a hugely varied programme.
This yearly taking place event is organised by Lettrétage e.V. as part of the project “schreiben & leben”. It is supported by the Senate Department of Culture and Europe as well as the European Regional Development Fund.