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The project „schreiben & leben“ aims at a sustainable strengthening of the economic situation of freelancing authors, translators, editors and event managers in Berlin by providing information on various topics as well as networking events.

Besides the extensive one-on-one consultation programme, its components are the organisation of the Annual Gathering of the Literary Industry, a mentorship programme for literary curators as well as the support of the foundation of a literary producers’ cooperative. Furthermore, we provide an online ticketing solution for literary event managers and publish the Berlin Literature Calendar.

„schreiben & leben“ is a project of Literaturhaus Lettrétage e. V. in Berlin-Schöneberg. It is funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe and the European Regional Development Fund.


We periodically offer consultation days on various topics by different consultants. You can find the upcoming events on our website. Subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on Facebook to get regular updates on our newest consultation days.

To participate in a consultation day please fill in this online form. We will then propose an appointment for your one-on-one consultation as soon as possible. Once you have confirmed your appointment you will receive a link for a Zoom call or a telephone number.

The schreiben & leben consultations are targeted to freelance authors, translators, editors and literary event organisers based in Berlin. There are no specific requirements or necessary qualifications to take part in the consultations. Still, what we offer appeals to person who work professionally in the literary world – and who therefore see literature as more than a hobby.

Our consultation days deal with a wide range of economic concerns relevant to freelancers in the literary scene. Among the recurring topics are:

  • How to find an agency or publisher as an author
  • How to find customers as an editor or translator
  • How to apply for grants and scholarships
  • How to register for Artists Social Insurance Fund (Künstlersozialkasse)
  • How to solve problems and organise your work

Generally, 45 minutes.

The one-on-one consultations are currently not taking place on our premises. On your registration, you can choose whether you would like a phone consultation or a Zoom video call (no Zoom account needed).

No. We regularly offer consultations in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian and further languages. Please contact us to schedule a one-on-one consultation in your language.

Yes, participation in all consultations and events is free of charge. The project “schreiben & leben“ is supported by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe and the European Regional Development Fund.

The consultations are held by freelance authors, editors, translators and event organisers who have been working in Berlin’s literary scene for years. This overview provides further information about our staff of consultants. If you are interested in a one-on-one consultation with someone who is currently not scheduled, please contact us via Email (info[at]


Since 2016, the Annual Gathering of the Literary Industry has brought together literary freelancer once a year to discuss current issues and political developments in the literary scene. The focus of the workshops, panels, talks and lectures at the past meetings were alternative forms of work organisation and cooperative models as well as the visibility of literature.

The next Annual Gathering will be held from May 6 to May 8 2022, its motto is “Team Spirit. Networks, Collectives, Groups”.

For current information on the next Annual Gathering of the Literary Industry (date, registration procedure, programme, etc.), please visit the menu item Annual Gathering of the Literary Industry on our website.

Registration for the next Annual Gathering of the Literary Industry is possible on our website from about one month before the start of the event.

We would be pleased if you like to contribute to the programme. About 3-4 months before the event, you will find an Open Call with further information on our website.

For the first time, we will offer English-language events at the next Annual Gathering in 2022. Still, the majority of the programme will continue to be held in German.


The Berlin Literature Calendar is a project of the Literaturhaus Lettrétage e.V. and the Literarisches Colloquium Berlin to raise the profile of literary events in the capital. It is usually published monthly as a printed poster. It can be found all over the city in libraries, bookshops and at literary venues.

If you have the possibility to regularly put up the Literature Calender in a vertical A1-Format in your book store, venue or any other kind of public space, we will gladly add you to our mailing list. Please write an E-Mail to: giulia.silvestri [at]

You can browse our archive for old issues.

Yes! The contact person for event organisers is Giulia Silvestri (giulia.silvestri[at]