Literary Guide to Amsterdam

From writing groups to bookstores, workshops to meetups. This is your comprehensive guide to the international literary life in Amsterdam.

★ = Free          ✓ = Donations          € =  Normal          € € = Moderate           € € € = Expensive

Writing groups & meetups

Informal critiquing groups
Amsterdam is home to scores of groups that meet regularly to share their work. From poetry to science fiction, there's something for everyone. Contact us for the current list. Note that many groups first vet interested writers to see if there's a good fit.

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Amsterdam Writers Guild
Student-run exercise and critique sessions, but open to all. Also organizes events and free writing workshops.

Pub Scrawlers
Share a drink, a tip, a new idea. Genre writers particularly welcome. 

Impact Storytelling
For storytellers, with a professional bent.  ✓

Amsterdam Writers
Monthly gathering to share work and ideas. 

Shut Up & Write                                                                                      Monthly hour-long gathering of a young group of writers who write together in silence.  

Writing workshops & classes

Amsterdam Writers
Based on the Amherst workshop method, run by local writer Matthew Curlewis.  

The Writers Studio
Beginning to advanced fiction and poetry workshops following The Writers Studio method.  

Amsterdam Writing Workshops
Beginner, non-critical workshops, led by a former book publishing professional.  €

Mulholland Academy
NEW! Screenwriting and playwriting courses led by professionals. € € €


The best magazine selection this side of the Mississippi. (And they have books too!)  €

The Dutch poetry center of Amsterdam, including bookstore and monthly program.  €

American Book Center
Extensive bookstore in the middle of town. Often holds big-name literary events.  €

Boekie Woekie
Tiny, floor-to-ceiling packed, small press and zine bookstore, including valuable second hand books.  €

San Serriffe
Art books and zines, as well as an exhibition space.  €

Waterstones                                                                                  Traditionally British bookstore with a great selection of children's books.  €

Other venues, groups & events

Cultural center with a full monthly program, including storytelling nights.

Orange Tea Theatre Company
Performs modern plays in the English language. Also runs courses.   

Amsterdam Quarterly
Local online lit mag of local talent with an annual print yearbook. 

John Adams Institute        
High-profile reading and lecture series.  € 

Poetry International Festival 
Poets from around the globe, every June in Rotterdam.  

Amsterdam Writers Group
A Facebook group to connect local writers virtually. 

Project MUTE
Spoken word and activist group.

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