If William Shakespeare Got Feedback from Some Guy at a Creative Writing Workshop

  A few weeks ago I came across a great Buzzfeed post from Shannon Reed called “If Jane Austen got feedback from some guy in a writing workshop”, which I genuinely loved. So in honour of the 400th anniversary of his death, I decided to write my own version featuring the paragon of English literature,Continue reading “If William Shakespeare Got Feedback from Some Guy at a Creative Writing Workshop”

Das Mag vs. Bol.com

The Love-Hate Relationship between Publishers and Online Book Sales On March 31st, the Dutch book world was shocked when online sales giant Bol.com removed all of publishing house Das Mag’s books from its website. The reason, according to Das Mag, is that the publisher refused Bol.com’s new “collaboration contract”, which states that the popular webshopContinue reading “Das Mag vs. Bol.com”

Passionately Curious: Let There Be Light! And He Saw That It Was Weird.

  Wait, what’s this? This strange science-y series that was going on last year is back? Well… not quite, just a one-shot for now! Still, there’s so much awesome stuff left to talk about! Take, for example, the weirdness that is light. Now, I’ve already gone into far too much detail on some of theContinue reading “Passionately Curious: Let There Be Light! And He Saw That It Was Weird.”

City Living – Shout-out to Boredom

  How can we appreciate the gift horse? If you are somewhat like me, large empty slots in your schedule often make you feel restless and guilty. The argument is as follows. This is Amsterdam, and there are opportunities left and right. There are extra courses to take, debate clubs to join, sports to thriveContinue reading “City Living – Shout-out to Boredom”

Experiencing That Dragon, Cancer

I put off writing this for a long time, which is unusual for a text about a video game. Then again, I put off playing that videogame for an even longer time, because I was afraid of playing it. Now I’m putting off actually introducing it… I’m writing to you today about That Dragon, Cancer,Continue reading “Experiencing That Dragon, Cancer”

Writer’s Block #27

We are proud to present to you our 27th issue, full of poetry, fiction and artwork by our talented contributors. In addition, the editorial board hopes to broaden your literary horizon and add to your list of must-reads. So what are you waiting for? Sit back, grab your beverage of choice, and enjoy! Click the cover to seeContinue reading “Writer’s Block #27”

Behind the Classic: Charles Dickens and the Politics of Christmas

In the new ‘Behind the Classic’ series, editor-in-chief Roselinde takes you on a trip to well-known novels and their less well-known backstories. In this first, seasonally appropriate instalment, she explores the political backdrop of the most famous Christmas story of all: Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

Writer’s Block is recruiting!

That’s right, we are looking for someone to complete our editorial board. If you haven’t heard from us before: we are an English students’ magazine for creative writing, film and literature at the University of Amsterdam. We publish a magazine multiple times a year and write a wide variety of website articles. We are currentlyContinue reading “Writer’s Block is recruiting!”