Charlotte Wührer

Writer and translator

During my time at the Saari Residence, I will be working on my flash fiction novella. The project is a fictive exploration of desire lines: shortcuts that pay little heed to established paths, trodden over time by animal and human feet. Desire Lines is made up of short stories that can be read either together or as individual pieces. Collectively, they explore attraction to (and repulsion by) place and people. The strands of narrative undermine expectations of temporal linearity and are informed by queerness.

Whilst at the Saari Residence, I aim to complete the first draft, taking inspiration from my surroundings. I would like to incorporate photographs and will be searching for visual representations of desire lines. I anticipate a lot of walking!

My time at Saari Residence is also an experiment: an initiation into working full-time as a writer, and an exercise in (near) solitude.

Charlotte Wührer (b. 1990) is a Berlin-based writer and freelance translator from Newcastle-under-Lyme, England. Her writing appears in numerous online and print publications, including SAND Journal, Ellipsis Zine and Daddy Magazine. She has been shortlisted for several prizes, including the Bristol Short Story Prize, the Cambridge Short Story Prize and Mslexia. In 2018, she wrote columns for the Berlin Studierendenwerk as the city’s first student city writer. She is currently working on a flash fiction novella about place and desire.