With the »Werkproben« (Work Samples), the two cultural offices have operated a fine sponsorship programme since 2005 from which organisers, authors and readers of all ages benefit alike.
With this special form of literature mediation and thanks to the special conditions offered, public literature organisers and schools can provide their audience with the opportunity to experience high-ranking authors from NRW in readings and writing workshops »live« and to meet them in person.
This current offering has been available since 2017. It was selected together with the NRW Literature Office and is valid until the end of 2018. The traditional literary genres are high calibre again. The field of prose is represented by Horst Eckert, Jan Himmelfarb and Sabrina Janesch, the segment of children and youth books by Arzu Gürz Abay, Gina Mayer and Barbara Zoschke. Anke Glasmacher, Suleman Taufiq and Ralf Thenior cover the field of lyrics.
Furthermore, new literary formats are also supported and other presentation forms are ascertained beyond classical text reading with this “Werkproben” (Work Probes) programme for the first time, which is initially valid until the end of 2018.
Thus, the comic-strip artist and illustrator Ulf K. provides insight into the graphic novel genre, which enjoys growing recognition. The author and artist Matthias Schamp, on the other hand, is also very active in other fields besides literary.
And the current sociopolitical texts, especially on Islam, of the author and journalist Stefan Weidner appear in intensive interaction with the music of the Syrian qanun virtuoso Hesen Kanjo in a proven duo format.
Furthermore, the level of the mediation of writing skills remains significant: Besides readings, many participating authors also offer workshops on creative writing.
Both formats can be booked separately but also in combination on the same day. Dates and details on event schedule, arrival and departure, number of participants, selection of works and workshop topics are arranged with the authors directly.