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Bureau Schrijfkracht

Bureau Schrijfkracht

Welcome to the website of Bureau Schrijfkracht. BS was founded by Paulien Bakker (Amsterdam, Netherlands).


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 (again). 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.


As a psychologist, I like to write about what makes people tick. About dreams, motivations and everything that keeps us from achieving them. I write about people in far flung places who’re otherwise not being heard - Sunni militias in Iraq, a Syrian suicide bomber, or an African journalist struggling under dictatorship. But of course also about people right here, that conquer breast cancer or on children forced to leave the country.


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


Have a look at my latest project here.

Or see me at work here.

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