Edgar Rai was born in 1967. After being expelled from several schools he spent a year in the US. He studied musicology and English in Marburg and Berlin. He earned money as a scriptwriter, basketball coach, choirmaster, craftsman and online editor. Ever since resigning from the only permanent position he ever had in 2001, he works as a freelance author.
Sonia Rossi was born in Italy in 1983. She lives in Berlin, graduated from college in math and has a son. Her first two books, Fucking Berlin and Dating Berlin, were published at Ullstein and were important bestsellers.
Werner Rohner was born 1975 in Zurich. After studying philosophy, German literature and film science in Zurich and Vienna he worked as a secretary, a sports journalist and a movie critic. In 2012 he graduated in literary writing at the Swiss Institute for Literature in Biel. He was a scholar at the Literaturhaus München, the 10th Klagenfurter Literaturkurs, the Autorenwerkstatt Prosa at Literarisches Colloquium Berlin and at Istituto Svizzero di Roma. In 2012 he received a grant from the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia. Rohner writes plays and was published in several magazines and anthologies. In 2014 Rohner published his first novel Das Ende der Schonzeit at Lenos for which he won the Werkjahr der Stadt Zürich and was nominated for the Rauriser Literaturpreis.
Roger Repplinger was born in Stuttgart in 1958, studied in Tübingen and wrote a PhD in Sociology on the notion of crisis in Auguste Comte's oeuvre. Since 1982 he writes about sports for diverse daily papers in Stuttgart, nowadays also for magazines and newspapers throughout Germany. He was awarded numerous prizes.
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Bianca Schaalburg was born and raised in Berlin, where she studied Visual Communication at the UDK. Since finishing her studies, she has been illustrating children's books, wrote some of those, created comic strips, and cartoons, designed young adult book covers, games, as well as illustrations for school books and magazines. In 2021 her first graphic novel came out (at Avant Verlag), which tells the story of her family in Nazi Germany and after, until the end of the 1960s: Der Duft der Kiefern (The Scent of Pine Trees). It won her the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis Sachbuch 2022 (German young people's literature Award non-fiction). In 2023 and 2024, The Scent of Pine Trees will also be published in French and Norwegian (L'Agrume and Minuskel).
The film rights of The Scent of Pine Trees are represented by Agentur Simon.
Jürgen Seidler was born in 1958 in Konstanz. He studied political science in Freiburg as well as in Berlin and trained as a theatre director at the acting academy in Zürich. In Zürich and Berlin he worked as an assistant director as well as directing his own productions. He produced several prize-winning documentaries, which have been shown in cinemas and at festivals worldwide. In 1999 he became manager of the development agency Script House, where he supervised scripts and series dramaturgically. From 2013 he worked as a series producer for the Novafilm television production in Berlin. In 2014 his script Pizza Kabul was awarded the Deutscher Drehbuchpreis as best script not yet filmed. His script Reise nach Algier was funded by BKM in 2016. Since 2014 he has written scripts especially for series, television and cinema. Since 2009 he teaches script writing at the dffb.
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Katja Schönherr – born in 1982 – grew up in Dresden. She studied journalism and cultural studies in Leipzig as well as creative writing in Bern.
In 2008 her guide 18! Was du darfst, was du musst, was du kannst was published by Eichborn; in 2016, the third, completely updated edition appeared.
For some years now Katja Schönherr has been living in Zürich. She organizes and moderates literary events and works as a free-lance writer for Die Zeit, NZZ am Sonntag and NZZ-Folio. Her debut novel will be published in autumn 2019 by Arche.
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Marie-Alice Schultz was born in 1980 in Hamburg. She studied theatre arts and German literature in Berlin as well as visual arts in Hildesheim. She is co-editor of the Hamburg-based literary magazine tau and has herself published in various magazines and anthologies. In 2016 she participated in the writing class of the Jürgen Ponto foundation and that of the Festival of German-Language Literature in Klagenfurt. For the manuscript of Mikadowälder she received the Hamburg advancement award for literature.
Christian Schiffer was born in 1979 and grew up in Munich where later studied economic and social geography at the Ludwig Maximilian University as well as political science at the Bavarian School of Public Policy. After working for different media he joined the scene magazine “Zündfunk” of Bayerischer Rundfunk where he worked as a an editor and columnist. He has moreover written features for different ARD-broadcasters and presented the show “Netzfilter” on PULS, the young program of Bayerischer Rundfunk. For his radio feature “Under the screen of night – An expedition into the Darknet” he received the Prix Marulić. His interests include politics, pop culture and digital media. In 2016 he explored the debate on violent video games in a number of TV-documentaries for ZDF, which later received a nomination for the Grimme award.