Ex-commissioner Cedric Bresson enjoys his good fortune as a newly married winemaker in Lezy-le-Sec in Champagne, his wife’s homeland. But his reputation as the best sleuth in the Paris criminal police is catching up with him: When Sylvain Clouet, president of the influential Vigne d’Or winegrowers’ association, is found murdered in the middle of the vineyards, the Ministry of the Interior forces Cedric to take over the investigation.
by Carlo Feber
12.09.2022 -11.06.2023 Writing Academy at Nordkolleg
An intensive year for professionalization as a writer / author six seminars at Nordkolleg Rendsburg – coaching and support between the seminars – 5 online workshops on text work – playful writing exercises – guided expose creation – final presentation.
by Carlo Feber
27.01.-30.01. 2022 Writing days at Nordkolleg – time for your own book
With this three-day writing seminar, Nordkolleg, together with Carlo Feber and Lisa Kuppler, offers an extended writing weekend.
by Carlo Feber
23.05.-28.05. 2022 Novel Coaching – Time for your own book
A five-day intensive writing seminar
Writers and authors write all kinds of things we like to read: Newspaper articles, internet content or cooking recipes and many interesting texts more, sometimes even books. Writers write literature.
For me, literature is the art form of the written word, just as music is the art form of man-made sound.
Being able to entertain people while reading is an (often underestimated) part of this word art. To be able to simply give readers a few carefree hours with a suspense novel – I experience that as a great artistic challenge with every book.
When writing, I wish that I can also seduce the readers with a novel to think about the negotiated topics on the side their thoughts. I try this with popular genres such as crime and historical novels, there have been a few short stories as well. Until now. For me, being creative means trying out different literary forms every now and then. At the moment I am therefore developing a cheerful lifestyle novel.
Even if Karl Valentin is unfortunately right: "Art is beautiful, but it takes a lot of work", what Michelangelo said is also true: "From suffering, art draws the most sublime inspirations"."
Carlo Feber comes from the Palatinate and studied political science in Paris and Berlin, where he still lives today. Initially, he worked as a work scientist and project manager in the media sector. He has been writing crime and historical novels since 1995. He also works as a novel coach and teaches creative writing at various cultural institutions.
"I usually find my inspiration during long walks in the park of Charlottenburg Palace, which is also the source of the background images on this website. In the hidden corners of the baroque garden I edit my texts. The wide view over the Spree and the flower parterre in front of the castle opens the mind for new ideas. And last but not least, Prussian pomp or the grave of Queen Luise – after whom my grandmother and mother were named – always create a connection to the history of Europe."
The dead champagne president
Ex-commissioner Cedric Bresson enjoys his happiness as a newly married winemaker in Lezy-le-Sec in the Champagne region, his wife’s homeland. But his reputation as the best sleuth in the Paris criminal police catches up with him: When Sylvain Clouet, president of the influential Vigne d’Or winegrowers’ association, is found murdered in the middle of the vineyards, the Ministry of the Interior forces Cedric to take over the investigation. How he is supposed to solve a crime in addition to working in the vineyard and preparing for his soon-to-be fatherhood is a mystery to him. Sylvain Clouet’s corpse lies under a wooden sculpture from which hangs a sabered champagne bottle with the victim’s face on the label. And it gets worse: four more works of art are marked with clues that herald a series of murders in the highest circles of Champagne. In an attempt to stop the culprit, Cedric, together with the local inspector and a former film diva, fathoms the complicated relationships of the champagne business.
1946 In the Ruins of Babylon
A historical crime novel about a crime that was only possible in the immediate post-war period. Berlin is about to hold its first free elections in 1946 when the body of politician Doring is found. Surprisingly, the tricky case is assigned to the wet-researching Curt Lanke and the front-experienced Hajo Steinert. Only gradually do the two commissioner candidates realize what a highly dangerous game of revenge, betrayal and old scores they have become involved in.
The last days of Tsingtau
Tsingtau 1911, the German colony in China – far from emperor and empire. It is a fascinating world with old temples and new villas, with holy mountains and disreputable dives.
Here the naval doctor Heinrich Renau wants to make a career to become equal to his rich fiancee in far away Berlin. But first the plague breaks out, then revolution is declared in Beijing. And in the midst of the turmoil, Renau falls in love with Chou-Li, the fascinating daughter of the Chinese governor. Across racial and cultural boundaries, both must conceal their forbidden love at all costs. Chou-Li’s cleverness and Renau’s courage must prove themselves in the dangerous game of intrigue, betrayal and greed for power as they disrupt the smuggling of opium into the highest Berlin circles. When Japan declares war on the Chinese Empire, Tsingtau’s last days are numbered.
The game of the others
Malu, Sanctus, Habibi and Leon have great ideals, which they follow up with hard deeds. With the help of blackmailed insider confessions, the four political activists aim to expose the dirty dealings of an internationally active bank and thus bring about a change of heart in society.
The abduction of board member Harald Lengsfeld goes off without a hitch. But at the same time the body of his colleague Fokker is found. He was next on the list of the four friends – obviously someone has used their plans to get to the banker. As a result, they not only have the police on their heels much sooner than anticipated – but also another enemy. Moreover, the bank’s in-house security has been given the task of finding and eliminating the kidnappers, no matter what the cost.
The dead man in the winter harbor
Ludwigshafen in 1911: The workers go on strike, and a doctor of chemistry is found in the poison-orange foaming water of the Jubilee Fountain.
Young, ambitious Sergeant Cresper knows all too well the black side of the City of Color, but his investigations are not welcome everywhere: In the Great Factory, secrets are kept secret, and Cresper’s superiors want to believe in an accident at all costs. But Cresper sets out to find the godfather of Ludwigshafen, who no one seems to know.
The linen white bride
Osnabruck in the year 1447. The town famous for fine linen is in trouble: Complaints about inferior and incorrectly stamped linen are piling up.
The Hanseatic League threatens consequences and sends an inspector. But a short time later he is dead – in his neck are the sharp metal pins of a flax hackle. Suspicion falls on the fun-loving Reimer Knuf, who had an argument with the victim on the evening of the murder. Only Margit, the pretty daughter of Osnabruck’s richest merchant, believes in his innocence. Can she save Knuf from the gallows and unmask the real murderer and flax forger?? An impressive historical crime novel: full of authentic details from everyday life in the Middle Ages, immensely grippingly narrated.
Also for ghost-writers. There is no need for spiritualism or incantations, you can book the good spirits. It is in the nature of things (and contracts) that I am not allowed to name here for whom (or better than whom) I have written. Anyway, there are some (auto)biographies and suspense novels where I shaped a (large) part of the text.
Unfortunately, the word magic of the spirits is not cheap, that’s something to keep in mind. But it is effective.
Carlo Feber c/o Editio Dialog Literary Agency
51 rue Marcel Henaux
(0033)3 20 18 03 75
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by Carlo Feber
27.01.-30.01. 2022 Writing Days at Nordkolleg – Time for your own book
With this three-day writing seminar, the Nordkolleg, together with Carlo Feber and Lisa Kuppler, offers an extended writing weekend.
Over the years I have developed various formats together with the editor Lisa Kuppler. So there is from us:
- Writing Academy – an intensive year for professionalization as a writer / author
- Time for writing – novel coaching
- Time for Writing – Impulses for Free Writing
- "How to write a crime novel" I and II
- and of course "Creative Writing" basic and advanced course.
Variants of these courses adapted to the conditions of e-learning are available.
Because I’m often asked what this means in novel writing : individual coaching is a creative process that both parties engage in so that the person being coached can shape the best text possible.
The type and scope of coaching depends on many things: How much manuscript text already exists? If the plot stands, it is exciting enough ? Is the ensemble of characters interesting and complete? Is the coaching more about the language or more about the structure of the novel? A writer’s block must be overcome? Or is someone simply looking for a critical, but constructive test reader for a fine-tuning.
That’s why I arrange terms for novel coaching on an individual basis, after I have a synopsis and ca. read ten pages of text. Orientation for the pricing are the guidelines of Ver.di and the Authors’ Association Syndicate.
How it came about.
In no other art form is it questioned that one should also learn the associated artistic techniques, i.e., the "craft". Only in the case of the art of the word is it often said that there is no "craft" at all, but only pure art, which shows itself in the "individual language". One can write "well" (by nature) or not.
For me, the genius cult of Romanticism still shines through in this attitude. Goethe and Thomas Mann, who is almost always quoted, may have been geniuses. I, at least, am not one – and most writers I know personally tend not to be either.
From my own writing and reading experience, a different point of view has developed:
Without talent it does not work, but without knowledge of a how-do-I-think-concretely? there are no readable texts. And certainly none that can simply entertain readers well.
The Anglo-American tradition of creative writing is pragmatic in this respect. Writing can be learned to a certain extent. We all know what a good, exciting story is – intuitively. Because we constantly hear, see or read stories.
Whoever wants to write should therefore deal with what exactly these reader expectations are and which genre rules follow from this. He or she should ask himself or herself with what linguistic means many hundreds of good books (before his or her own) have fulfilled these reader expectations.
Painters, for example, study the old paintings and classical modernism in museums while creating their own images. Anyone who plays an instrument professionally would like to continue perfecting their own skills in a master class.
Anyone who writes should know that there is also "craft" in the art of the word: Plots, suspense arcs, narrative perspective, dialogue design, levels of language, all the way to the innumerable stylistic devices and text structuring with punctuation marks. Everything has an effect. Using them consciously, that’s what Creative Writing is all about.
What kind of story should be told with the "craft" in the first place and the inspiration for it. To find that is actually the art.