Making Tracks

Goings-on in the city of Zürich and beyond.


Screenplay: Zürich Film Festival Competition

Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen (SRF) and Telepool Zürich collaborate with Zurich Film Festival (ZFF) to present the second Treatment Award. In doing so, these long-term partners highlight the importance of screenwriting in Switzerland. Authors are invited to submit a feature-film treatment with a strong link to Switzerland on the theme of «civil courage». A three-person jury judges the submitted treatments and chooses both the finalists and the overall winner. The winner receives a CHF 5’000 cash prize and a contribution of CHF 25’000 towards screenplay development.

Women’s Memoir: 2014 Mslexia Memoir Competition

Mslexia is looking for memoirs written by previously unpublished women memoirists. Submissions must be in prose, and narrate actual events in your life.

1st Prize: £5,000 Five other finalists will be offered free professional feedback by The Literary Consultancy

Judging Panel: Julie Myerson (memoirist, novelist), Jenny Brown (literary agent), Jane Martinson (Women’s Editor, Guardian)

The six shortlisted authors will be invited to meet literary agents and editors at a special networking event in London. Closing date: 22 September 2014. Please note: A full length memoir must total at least 50,000 words. 


Coming up at Kaufleuten:

5 June: Axel Hacke. Journo-wit reads from his columns – guaranteed laughter.

17/18 June: Michael Mittermeier On the Road to Edinburgh

Book ahead for Jhumpa Lahiri (The Lowland), Tao Lin (Taipei), David Nicholls (Grand Tour), and Wolf Haas (Come, Sweet Death).


Workshop: ‘Creating meaningful writing’
Author Dan Wells will be presenting a one-day workshop in Ludwigsburg (near Stuttgart). Open to writers for all ages (PB, MG, YA and up). For more information contact the Germany/Austria Chapter of SCBWI:

Scrawl Crawl in Luzern
21. June: Starting at 10am, SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) enthusiasts will visit a variety of inspiring locations around the city to do some writing and sketching. Participants can work on an existing project or there will be a variety of prompts for both writers and illustrators looking to draw their inspiration from surroundings. The event is free (participants cover their own transportation and meal costs). Basic details can be found on the SCBWI Swiss Chapter webpage or more specifics are on the event page in the facebook group.

Writing Workshops in Europe


For Font Geeks: Weingart Typography
Wolfgang Weingart is considered the enfant terrible of contemporary Swiss typography. Since joining the School of Design Basel in 1968 to today, he has influenced generations of designers. From now until 28 September.

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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