Renato Baretić is a journalist and writer, making a living exclusively by writing since 1983.
works periodically as a film and TV scriptwriter (film “Što je muškarac bez brkova”, TV series “Novo doba”), copywriter, author of questions for most popular TV quiz shows (“Kviskoteka”, Croatian version of “Who wants to be a millionaire?”, etc);
working as a journalist, experienced the entire path of development, from the beginner in the section for news around the town, to reporter, TV-critic and political columnist, in most Croatian major newspapers Večernji list, Nedjeljna Dalmacija, Slobodna Dalmacija, Feral Tribune, Globus, Nacional, etc.); since 2012, without full-time engagement
co-founder and, since 2007, art director of the popular story-telling festival “Pričigin” in Split;
member of the Croatian Journalists’ Association (“Hrvatsko novinarsko društvo”), Croatian PEN Centre and Croatian Writers Society (“Hrvatsko društvo pisaca”), and of cultural associations “Pričigin”, “Kurs” and “Bookvica”; used to be a member of the Croatian branch of Mensa (IQ 153), but was excluded due to regular non-payment of the membership subscription; used to be active as a leader of the movement for cultural revival of Croatian islands “Otoče, volim te” until its self-abolishment after the death of Zoran Franičević;
married to Maja, father of two minor children, Katarina and Jakov;
studied first political sciences and afterwards comparative literature and phonetics at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb, where he applied for a graduation thesis from the field of stylistics (entitled “Autopoiesis of Ivan Slamnig”), but never wrote it; got enrolled to the Faculty of Political Sciences, Journalism Studies, but abandoned it soon after the payment of the fee and recognition of several examinations;
used to work as a warehouse assistant, assistant repairman of household appliances, assistant tile-layer, sales agent, street stall seller and worker in a factory of textile machines;
attended one-month literary residency programmes in Belgium (Volezelle, 2007), Austria (Graz, 2009) and Turkey (Istanbul, 2012);
active knowledge of English; rather good knowledge of German; passive knowledge of Italian, French, Slovenian and Macedonian;
hobbies: amateur playing and collecting of percussion instruments, amateur sailing, amateur photography;
born in 1963 in Zagreb, permanently resident in Split since 1996.