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Funding programme for writers and literature in NRW

With the "Werkproben" (Work samples), the NRW KULTURsekretariat, together with the Kultursekretariat NRW Gütersloh, runs a comprehensive promotion programme for the mediation of literature.

In 2022, a new team of authors was launched who can be selected for events until the end of 2023 and represent all traditional literary genres. Willi Achten and Karosh Taha have been selected for the prose section, while Lina Atfah and Sabine Schiffner represent the poetry section. Anne Becker and Andrea Karimé have been won for the children's book segment, and Brigitte Jünger and Sarah Jäger represent the youth book segment.

In addition, unusual formats are again supported and other - also digital - forms of presentation beyond the classic reading are offered: For example, Jörg Hilbert gives children of pre-school and primary school age online insights into his "Book Workshop Word and Image" and Özlem Özgül Dündar offers readings with radio play recordings and subsequent discussions for young people from 14 and adults. Video clips with short readings by all participating authors offer an insight.

In parallel, two musical-literary programmes on "Traces of Iran" are offered in connection with the "Music Cultures": one with the poet Nahid A. Musawi and the musician Kioomars Musayyebi, another with the narrator Mitra Gaast and the duo Sanaz Zaresani/Benjamin Stein.

Thanks to the royalty funding, public literature organisers and schools can offer a broad audience the opportunity to experience high-ranking authors from NRW "live" in readings and writing workshops - to the benefit of organisers, authors and readers of all ages.

Special attention is traditionally paid to teaching writing skills. Almost all authors offer creative writing workshops in addition to readings. Both formats can be booked individually, but also in combination on the same day. Appointments as well as detailed arrangements regarding the course of the event, arrival and departure, number of participants, choice of works and workshop topics are made directly with the authors.

The new "Werkproben" programme was selected together with the NRW Literature Office, the NRW South Literature Office, the OWL Literature Office, the Ruhr Literature Office, the Westphalian Literature Office, Burg Hülshoff - Center for Literature and the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of NRW.