agent: Thérèse Coen
Christine Lehnen has three great passions: books, the theatre, and Europe. Oh, and food. She has been writing fiction her entire life and teaching creative writing at the University of Bonn since 2014. Her directorial debut at the FEATS Festival in Antwerp 2018 received two nominations; her short stories have been awarded the prizes of the Young Academies of Europe and the Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen. She likes her stories European, with a side of feminism and a pinch (or two) of queer. (Have we mentioned she also likes food?)
Christine has lived in Canada, the United States, Australia, and Paris, and is now based in Bonn where she writes, teaches, researches fiction and spends her free time directing plays as well as promoting a federal, social and united Europe: sometimes on public squares right under the nose of Ludwig van Beethoven, sometimes on twitter, sometimes in newspapers. While finishing up two postgraduate degrees, one in Political Sciences and one in English Literatures and Cultures, she advocates for a European prize for literature and helps young writers without industry connections, for example by providing a platform for young writers at the University of Bonn to meet agents or by serving as judge of the Young Literature Award of her hometown Recklinghausen (going strong since 2015!). She has written for German and French newspapers and outlets such as Le Taurillon and the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger. Her novels, written in English, are published all over; for a taste of the fantastic, go find her under her pen name C. E. Bernard (honouring her grandmothers), who has most recently written the PALACE saga (Blanvalet, 2018); for a taste of suspense, stay tuned to discover C. K. Williams (honouring her grandfathers), who will be out with her thriller début FLOWERS FOR THE DEAD with Avon Books in 2019. Her research has been published in the Journal of Literary Theory. More often than not, you will be able to find her on a train flitting to and fro in Western and Central Europe or the United Kingdom, realising once again that she has forgotten to bring lunch, and proceeding to buy all the croissants that live in Bruxelles Midi.
DEAR MRS WOOLF, a monologue adapted from the letters of Virginia Woolf to Vita Sackville-West by Christine Lehnen, premiered at the Brotfabrik Theatre in Bonn on Wednesday 28th May 2019. Lisa Pohlers starred as Virginia Woolf. The show, featuring two more monologues written by Eva Fürst (“Witch Hunt”) and Marian Blok (“meinführer”), was sold out. …
Come and join us for a night of celebrating the arts at Bonn University! On Monday 24th June 2019, a few select students of the Bonn Novel Writing Workshop will be presenting parts of their manuscripts at the annual KulturCampus, organised by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, most notably Dr. Stefan Plasa. Four to …
I am proud to announce that my first thriller will be published by Avon Books in the United Kingdom and Ireland! The book will publish on 10th October 2019 under the pen name of C K Williams. I am incredibly excited to be working with the great team at Avon, and cannot wait to make …
The Novel Writing Workshop at the University of Bonn, first taught in 2014, is open to students from all disciplines. After a special application process, students may spend several semesters working on their novels, cover every stage from the first idea over outlining, writing the first draft, editing and polishing to submitting. The workshop focuses especially on a combination of theory and application, with particular emphasis on the craft of storytelling and the latest findings of narratology, a functional approach to fiction proposed by researchers such as Keith Oatley, Raymond A. Mar, or Melanie Greene. The students work on projects that represent all the variety of young contemporary fiction in the region, from genre fiction over accessible literary to innovative language experiments. Every semester, students’ work is showcased to editors and agents, e. g. from DuMont, Kiepenheuer & Witsch and Bastei Lübbe.
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