Making Tracks

Goings-on this Spring in the city of Zurich and beyond.

The ZWW Spring Writers’ Workshop!


The 5th Annual Zurich Writers Workshop will take place May 23-25, 2014. Two different workshops will be offered.

The first, taught by Anne Korkeakivi, will focus on both short and long fiction.

The second workshop, taught by Chantal Panozzo, will discuss ways to make a living as a writer abroad.

On May 23, Orell Füssli The Bookshop will host a reading featuring the two authors. This reading is free and open to the public. Find out more at


Lots of exciting authors are coming to Kaufleuten this spring:

Ray Cokes                 11 March

Francesca Segal      13 March

Dennis Lehane        20 March

John Niven               21 March

And Jill is wildly excited about this one …

Elif Shafak                8 April (check out her TED talk here)

life after lifeBookclub at The Bookshop

Mark the date! Wednesday 2 April.

This time, we’re discussing Life After Life, by Kate Atkinson.

The book, which won the Costa Prize for Novel of the Year, tells the story of Ursula Todd, who is born in England in 1910, only to die, and be born again, multiple times.

Come and join us for a discussion on the book and a glass of wine.

Solothurn Literaturtage

The 36th Solothurn Literary Days will take place from 30 May – 1 June 2014. Programme to be announced soon.

English Arts Magazine

Subscribe free to Passages, the Swiss Arts Council’s free magazine in English. Full of fascinating insights and perspectives on what’s happening in Swiss contemporary culture.


4 March, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm, Scrivener for Beginners-Intermediate Users (an Advanced Webinar will be offered at another time). Cost: 25 Euro (SCBWI members cost: 20 Euro). Email: [email protected] to enroll.

Writing Retreats in May

May 10, Five days of instruction, relaxation and inspiration in Bernese Oberland with Jason Donals.

May 9-11, Writing for middle grade and older with Beverley Birch in Germany. Information here:

Further Afield…

Creative Writing in Amsterdam

Amal Chatterjee and Jane Draycott will once again host a creative writing weekend in Amsterdam, March 14-16. Two and a half days of sessions led by experienced writers and teachers of writing will help you get your writing on track in the inspiring setting of central Amsterdam, surrounded by bookshops, the canals and history of the city. More information can be found at

Short Story Conference, Vienna

Looking ahead, short story writers should put this event in their diaries – 16-19 July. Not only a chance to ‘Unbraid the Short Story’, but you get to go to Vienna! Mmm … pastries!

Newsspilt milk

Amanda Hodgkinson, author of 22 Britannia Road and our fiction tutor for Nuance Words October 2011 workshop, has just published her second novel, to rave reviews.

One to savour …

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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