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Featured Client: Jens Birk

Jens BirkPlease give a warm welcome to our newest Featured Client, Jens Birk! Jens has the ability to capture his audience’s attention and pull them into his world—a skill that is enviable among writers. After the opening paragraph of any story, the reader can’t help but feel that he or she has known the colorful characters for a long time. Jens also imbues some of his pieces with a subtle uneasiness that adds a truly unique spin to his work. His work has appeared in Prick of the Spindle, Sanskrit, and many others. (Watch his short video.)

In Jens Birk’s Own Words

My writing instructor always told me to submit, and I kept not taking her seriously. Was I really ready to be published, I wondered. I submitted very irregularly for some time, but never seemed to find the time to do it.

I heard about Writer’s Relief through a fellow writer in my workshop and was happily surprised to be accepted as a client.

The best thing about working with Writer’s Relief is becoming a published writer (6 short stories over the past 14 months!), but also having someone to affirm my belief that I AM a writer, and to give me a deadline every two months, which has been incredibly helpful.

Working with the wonderful staff at Writer’s Relief has allowed me to become much more disciplined about my writing and to really feel that I am a writer.

Having a deadline has also forced me to write every day. During the week, when I work, I religiously spend 15 minutes every morning editing my stories. It doesn’t sound like much, but it allows me to progress and to feel that I work on my stories regularly. When I get to the weekend, I work without any interruption and spend additional time writing new stories or adding to existing ones.

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More About Jens Birk

Jens Birk is a Danish writer living in New York City. He has a master’s degree in French and marketing from the University of Southern Denmark, and has also studied French language and culture at the Sorbonne in Paris where he lived for 17 years before moving to New York in 2004.

Jens has always been passionate about writing and has taken fiction writing classes at New York University and studied in a private writing workshop with Susie Mee, a writer and NYU writing instructor. He has also taken writing classes with the Danish writers Lars Rudolf Stadil and Carsten Grolin.

Jens started writing when he published his first magazine as a ten-year-old, forcing his entire family to buy it every other week for over a year…

His short stories have appeared in The Alembic, Crate, Sanskrit, The Lindenwood Review, The Oklahoma Review, and Prick of the Spindle. He is currently working on a short story collection.

To find out more, visit his website!

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