Archive for the ‘Writing’ Category

Script Frenzy 2012: Write it, print it!

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Dear Fellow Writers,

It’s that time of the year again: Script Frenzy 2012 starts on April 1st.

Script Frenzy is just like NaNoWriMo, an international writing event, but for scripted material. Screenplays, stage plays, web series, TV shows, short films, and even graphic novels are accepted for the challenge of writing 100 pages in 30 days.

There are some rules to keep in mind, but the most important one is having fun and getting that ‘best piece ever written’ that you know you have in you, down on digital paper.

And then one month and a lot of sweat, tears and pride later, should you decide digital paper isn’t enough for your masterpiece, you can have it printed and published on our Espresso Book Machines.

This Just In: Books On Writing

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Five Newly-Arrived Titles from the Reference Section:


Writers on Demand: Amsterdam Quarterly Publication Party

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Amsterdam Quarterly (AQ), a new, literary magazine, will hold a party to celebrate the publication of its 2011 yearbook on Friday, 27 January, at 6 PM at the American Book Center in Amsterdam.

Novelist Philibert Schogt, poet and essayist Iclal Akcay, and publisher Bryan Monte will be present to mingle with well-wishers and sign books hot off the Espresso Book Machine press.

Drinks and refreshments will be provided. Copies of the Amsterdam Quarterly 2011 Yearbook will be printed during the party to demonstrate the ABC’s Espresso Book Machine (EBM). An ABC staffperson will also be on hand to answer questions about using the EBM for printing your own books. Come to the party and meet Amsterdam Quarterly’s writers, editors and publisher.

  • Date: Friday, 27 January
  • Time: 6pm
  • Place: 2nd floor, American Book Center, Spui 12, Amsterdam.
  • More information:

About Amsterdam Quarterly

Amsterdam Quarterly is an online tri-quarterly with an annual, print-on-demand yearbook.

AQ publishes poetry, short stories, memoirs, photography and interviews with writers and artists living in Amsterdam, and the rest of the world.

AQ1 featured poetry by Ron Linder and Edward Mycue, short stories by Alison Brown and Philibert Schogt and an interview with Philibert Schogt. AQ2 featured poetry by Iclal Akcay, Daniel Bachhuber, Megan Garr and Eleonore Schönmaier, memoirs by Dan Gustafson and Joan Shore, and an interview with Moira Egan.

Submissions for the next edition of Amsterdam Quarterly

AQ3 is scheduled for publication in April 2012. Its general themes are psychology, parapsychology, and the paranormal, and it will feature poetry by Charles Jensen, fiction by Ron Linder, and non-fiction by Iclal Akcay. The reading period for AQ3 closes on 31 January 2012. Poems should be more no more than two, A4 pages in length, short stories/memoirs, no longer than 7,500 words. Enquiries about publishing photographs or other artwork are also welcome. Email submissions or enquiries to:

Free writing workshop: “Embracing the Difficult: Writing Beyond What’s Comfortable.”

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

On Thursday February 9th, Fred Leebron will give a workshop for writers on “Embracing the Difficult: Writing Beyond What’s Comfortable.”

At this workshop writers will learn to transcend their unique writing voice via strategies that facilitate the accessing of new content, styles, and techniques.

First, the workshop will focus on creative writing foundations  of meaning, content and  technique, and then we will examine various constructs that expand and define a writer’s range of technique and the spectrum of his or her voice.

Participation in the workshop is free but places are limited. You can register for a place by contacting Claudia Clemente at Registration closes on Friday January 23rd.

About Fred Leebron

Fred Leebron is program director of the low-residency Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing at Queens University of Charlotte. He is also the director of the first European-based low-residency MFA Program in Creative Writing, (associatedwith Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pennsylvania).

Leebron himself has published three novels, a textbook, and two anthologies. Awards for his writing include a Pushcart Prize, an O.Henry Award, a Fulbright Scholarship, and numerous state and other grants. The film adaptation of one of his novels was a finalist for a Canadian “Oscar” in best adapted screenplay.

Leebron will be speaking in Amsterdam as part of a European tour in which he will give workshops and discuss the new European  MFA program. The program will be organized around rotating annual two-week residencies in Dublin, Barcelona, Vienna and Bratislava.  Faculty attached to the program include Jayne Anne Phillips, Aleksandar Hemon, Dinaw Mengestu, Robert Antoni, Jeffrey Greene, David St. John, Gwyneth Lewis, David Bezmozgis, and Kathryn Rhett.

What: Free workshop for writers on “Embracing the Difficult: Writing Beyond What’s Comfortable.”
Date: Thursday, February 9th
Time: 6pm
Place: The ABC Treehouse, Voetboogstraat 11, Amsterdam
More information and registration: Claudia Clemente at

In Their Own Write: Authors on the Espresso Book Machine

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Over the last year, our two ABC Espresso Book Machines have printed and bound more than 150 self-published titles, plus countless books from the On Demand Books & Google Books database. That’s hundreds of works – and heaven knows how many actual books –  that would only have existed in bits and bytes, or in the hearts and minds of their authors before the easy and affordable EBM came along.

We’ve been endlessly amazed by the number of different uses people have come up with for our book machines – from school assignments and dissertations, to history books and travelogues, and even art books! We’ve been talking to some of the very first people to use the continent’s first Espresso Book Machines, to find out about their experiences of writing and printing their own book.

We talked to Jeroen Nan about his unusual route to the Espresso Book Machine.
Tell us about your book: what is it? How did you come to write it?
My book, ‘Verzameld Werk’,  is a collection of things I’ve written over the years. Short stories, poetry and blogs. It contains some things that I have posted on my blog, and ‘new’ stuff. I’d never thought of publishing them as a book before, but now that I have, I am very proud of it.

What was the writing process like?
You could say it took me several years to write. Since it’s a collection of previous work, I did not have a routine. I do try to write as much as possible. When I see, read or hear things that I find interesting or funny, I try to write about it. When it comes to short stories, ideas pop up in my head and evolve into a story. Making the book was not a matter of writing it, but more of reading through the things I already had and picking those that I was most proud of or found the funniest. It was a nice stroll down memory lane. A friend of mine who is a designer, made the cover for me.

You were one of the very first people to use our Espresso Book Machine. How did you find out about it?
I read about it in a newspaper. I thought it was an interesting machine, but I was not thinking of making use of it. Until MTV contacted me. They filmed me for one of their shows, during a writing masterclass. They also wanted to pay attention to the Espresso Book Machine. All of a sudden I had to create a book.

They wanted to make an item about writing. They contacted Nightwriters Agency for ideas, and ended up filming at a masterclass that was given by bestselling Dutch writer Kluun, author of Love Life (Komt een vrouw bij de dokter). They also wanted to follow someone taking the class who had ambitions in writing. Since I also write for them , Nightwriters’ website knew me and my ambitions and mentioned me. I’m working on my first novel, and MTV actually wanted to print that, but it’s not finished yet so they couldn’t. That’s when the idea came up to make a selection of things I’ve written over the years and print that instead.

How did you find the process of making your text into a book – making sure the format was right for the machine and so on?
The information on the website about the format is comprehensive. That made it quite easy to prepare my book for the machine.

The actual proces of printing the book was amazing. In the interview with MTV I compared it with witnessing birth while looking into the womb. Except of course it was painless and much faster. Holding the first copy was a good feeling.

What’s next?
I’ve made 30 copies of my book, and I gave most of them away, to my family and friends. An interesting option is to get an ISBN-number for your book and having the ability to sell it through the ABC. But for my book the price would be too high.

At this point I don’t have plans to make another book. I’m working on a novel, and hope to find a official publisher for it.

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