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  • If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn't brood. I'd type a little faster. (Isaac Asimov)     
  • Writers will happen in the best of families. (Rita Mae Brown)     
  • The best way to become acquainted with a subject is to write a book about it. (Benjamin Disraeli)    
  • The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place. (George Bernard Shaw)     
  • Writing well means never having to say, 'I guess you had to be there.' (Jef Mallett)    
  • Arguments over grammar and style are often as fierce as those over IBM versus Mac, and as fruitless as Coke versus Pepsi and boxers versus briefs. (Jack Lynch)    
  • Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee and just as hard to sleep after. (Anne Morrow Lindbergh)     
  • I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again. (Oscar Wilde)    
  • The skill of writing is to create a context in which other people can think. (Edwin Schlossberg)     
  • Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards. (Robert Heinlein)     
  • We tend to look through language and not realize how much power language has. (Deborah Tannen)    
  • Western Europe owes its civilization to translators. (Kelly Louis)    
  • No passion in the world is equal to the passion to alter someone else's draft. (H. G. Wells)    
  • Language is an art, like brewing or baking. (Charles Darwin)    
  • Why do writers write? Because it isn't there. (Thomas Berger)    
  • The process of translating comprises in its essence the whole secret of human understanding of the world and of social communication. (Hans Georg Gadamer)    


As head of communication of international film festival Film by the Sea and International Film Festival Breda, Sonja Barentsen has gained truckloads of experience in cultural communication. Further work experience was acquired through various assignments for a wide range of clients.

Sonja Barentsen is available for long and short term projects. Do you want advice on your communication strategy for the years to come or are you just looking for someone to take care of a few things to lighten the workload (print coordination, maintenance of website etcetera)? SBText can help you out with excellent service, great dedication and smooth and creative communication. Because Sonja Barentsen is used to working on projects, she finds her way fast within a new organisation which has a high productivity as a result.


Sonja Barentsen has an extensive creative network of writers, communication specialists, photographers, designers, filmmakers, website builders, translators, printers and more. Communication is something that you do together. If you hire Sonja Barentsen, you have, if you want to, access to a large network of great talents. Sonja Barentsen brings creative input, a concept and great texts to your organisation. Together with her creative team she delivers an end product that will blow your mind.

Would you like advice or support in the field of communication?
Then please send an e-mail to for more information or a quotation.


Arbo Unie
CBK Zeeland
Deel& Ulrum
Film by the Sea
Gemeente Middelburg
International Film Festival Breda