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Goings-on in Zürich and beyond

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Writing for Young People – Zürich Workshop – BOOK NOW!

With literary agent Julia Churchill (AM Heath) and Sarah O’Connor (Hot Key Books)

Sat Jan 25, Volkshaus Zürich, 09.00-17.00

Earlybird Rate: 150 Fr. (until 1 October)

Regular price: 200 Fr.

Orell Füssli logoBookclub at the Bookshop

The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman

Thurs 14 Nov, 20.15, The English Bookshop

Free entry

Kaufleuten Events:

  • 12 Sept: Mohsin Hamid, author of How To Get Filthy Rich In Rising Asia
  • 21 Sept: David Sedaris, author of Me Talk Pretty One Day
  • 3 Oct: Marisha Pessl, author of Special Topics in Calamity Physics
  • 16 Oct: Tom Rob Smith, author of Child 44 and Agent 6

Zuri Liest

Oct 24-27 (programme available now!)

Zürich Film Festival

Sept 26 – Oct 6 (programme available Sept 12)

Geneva Writers’ Group

Workshops throughout the year and look out for the GWG Conference


Woolf reader and Zürich writer Nicola Hodges has been offered publication in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine for her story The Much Frequented House.

No fewer than three different organisations want to publish short stories by Zürich writer Max Orkis.

The Words with JAM First Page Competition results, judged by Sue Grafton, are out. And in first place … Zürich writer Kristen Coros!

JJ Marsh’s short story collection – Appearances Greeting a Point of View – is out now. You can hear a sample here


Agent Hunter

The smart way to find the right UK agent. Agent Hunter is a database of all UK literary agents, their agencies and publishers. The database is regularly updated, continually fact-checked, and as comprehensive as we can make it. You can sort the entries on our database to develop your own personal shortlist of agents. (I’ve tried this and it really is an excellent way of filtering to suit your preferences. Highly recommended! – Jill)

Bigger Short Story Comp

Words with JAM’s annual competition for Short, Shorter and Shortest Stories – Judges include agent David Haviland, author Polly Courtney and one of Nuance’s favourite writers, Susan Jane Gilman. Juicy prizes plus publication in the anthology.

Harper’s Bazaar

Enter this short-story competition and win a first-edition book from Asprey’s Fine and Rare Books Department, plus a week-long retreat on the private island in Scotland where JM Barrie wrote his screenplay of Peter Pan. The winning story will also be published in the May 2014 issue of Harper’s Bazaar

13th Short Story Conference

Look what’s happening just next door.

The 13th International Conference on the Short Story in English, (15*)16 to 19 July, 2014, Vienna, Austria.

Theme: Unbraiding the Short Story

This conference will bring writers of fiction in English (Irish, British, American, Canadian, Australian, Caribbean, South-African, Indian, Sri Lankan, Indonesian, etc.) and writers who have had (or will have for this event) their work translated into English together with scholars of the short story,  and all will join in reading sessions, roundtable discussions and panels, and translation workshops.

Author: J.J. Marsh

Writer of The Beatrice Stubbs series, founder member of Triskele Books, columnist for Words with JAM magazine, co-curator of The Woolf magazine, Bookmuse reviewer, blogger and Tweeter. @JJMarsh1

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