Literary Guide to Amsterdam

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. You can download the current list here. Note that many groups first vet interested writers. If you run a group and would like to be included in our list, please fill out this form.

Impact Storytelling
For storytellers, with a professional bent. They also run the "Myths & Music" events.  €

Amsterdam Writers
Monthly gathering to share work and ideas. ★


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

Boekhandel van Rossum
Long-running bookstore in Amsterdam Zuid with an extensive collection of books in English. 

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

American Book Center
Extensive bookstore in the middle of town. Often holds big(ger)-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.  € €

Writing workshops & classes

International Writers Collective
Beginning to advanced fiction and poetry workshops and masterclasses at Boekhandel van Rossum in Amsterdam Zuid, as well as online courses and a very active local community. € €  

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

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

Other venues, groups & events

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

Amsterdam Writers Community
A Facebook group to connect local writers virtually. ★

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. € € €

Word Up
Spoken word poetry and music nights. ★

Multimedia platform and events. €

Are we missing something? Contact us with details.