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Bureau Schrijfkracht

Bureau Schrijfkracht

Founded by Paulien Bakker (Amsterdam, Netherlands), storytelling journalist.


I believe in engaged journalism. I believe in the power of a well-written story to connect lives and worlds. And I believe it is my job as a writer to make you, reader, hooked on what's happening in the world. To achieve that, I use all the techniques of Storytelling.


After finishing my studies in both Journalism and Psychology, I started working at a magazine on personnel management (IntermediairPW) in early 2001. At the end of 2005 I became a freelance journalist, writing for leading Dutch newspapers and magazines, such as De Volkskrant, Vrij Nederland and Flow.


In 2008, feeling I couldn't make people back home relate to the people I wrote about on my travels, I moved on to narrative journalism. As a psychologist, I like to write about what makes people tick. About dreams, motivations and everything that keeps us from achieving them, both far away and close to home.


Apart from writing in depth stories, I also work as a freelance editor-in-chief (


Video: Hello Baghdad

Longform: Al Qaeda is back



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 Adventurous group travel to Baghdad
 Always on the run (Rwanda)
 The last oasis Baghdad