Making Tracks

What’s occurring this Autumn, in and around Zürich?

Zürich Expats Expo (Free entry)

Sunday, 8 September, 11.00-17.00

Find Nuance Words and Zürich Writers Workshop at their own stall at Zürich’s Expat Expo. The place to get all the info on what’s happening in Zürich’s writing community, bag signed books and get a bookish surprise. FREE!

Writers’ Brunch (Free entry)

Sunday, 21 September, 10.00-12.00 

SIGN UP and more information HERE.

Come on over to the Viadukt Market for coffee, croissants and writers. Nuance Words and Zurich Writers Workshop are hosting a morning of local and seasoned advice about: kick-starting critique groups, indie publishing, workshops, The Woolf, and all sorts of wordy stuff. Come along, grab some caffeine, meet writers, ask questions, take away ideas and enthusiasm … FREE!

STOE Writing Group

Launching in September

Seen through other eyes: STOE Writing Group (STOE-rhymes with Chloe)

Are you serious about your writing? And your novel?
Then you need to know what readers expect and how they will respond.

Critique groups form an invaluable function, for those who are willing to invest the time. An ideal group provides emotional support, fair critiques, and an opportunity for networking.

Meeting once a month in Zürich on Friday evenings, we will engage in discussion of novels in progress. We’ll have serious, respectful conversation about character development, story arc, and pacing, as well as genre. Submissions will be read before meetings, so there will be time for each participant to receive feedback. Meetings are FREE.

The format will be sequential reading of chapters, when possible, but serious writers whose manuscripts are still in progress are welcome. (This group is not geared towards the needs of poets and authors of children’s books.)

Please send an email introducing yourself, and a short writing sample, to: gabriellefive [at]  gmail [.] com


September 29th: Sandra Ondraschek-Norris, whose paintings are featured in this issue of The Woolf (Gallery here), will open her latest solo exhibition Uncoding Landscapes at the International Lyceum Club’s Haus Zum Ehrenberg in Zürich. More information on Sandra’s website:

Readings at Kaufleuten

12 Sept: Jhumpa Lahiri, author of The Lowland

16 Sept: Tao Lin, author of Taipei

9 Oct: Sofi Oksanen, author of Purge

10 Oct: Arnon Grünberg, author of The Jewish Messiah

20 Oct: David Nicholls, author of One Day and Us

29 Oct: Wolf Haas, author of Come, Sweet Death

15th Birthday Celebration, The English Bookshop!

Watch The English Bookshop website or the Orell Füssli facebook page for exciting details of birthday celebrations – music, food, events for all ages, and lots and lots of books!

You can read more about the history of The English Bookshop in Jill’s interview with Sabine Haarmann and Nick Schorp.

ZuriLiest 2014

From 23-26 October, the international literary festival Zürich liest’14 (Reading Zurich) will take place in and around the cities of Zürich and Winterthur. With 150 literary events and more than 200 writers from Switzerland, Germany, Europe and overseas, Zürich liest is a well-known literary festival in the German-speaking world. Programme out in September.

Kate Tempest

Perfomance poet and word wizard at exil on 2 December. “Kate Tempest started out when she was 16, rapping at strangers on night buses and pestering MCs to let her on the mic at raves. Ten years later, she is a published playwright, novelist, poet and respected recording artist. Brand New Ancients, her self-performed epic poem to a live score, won the Ted Hughes prize in 2013 and the Herald Angel at Edinburgh Fringe.” Unmissable.

SCBWI Fall Workshop

The Society for Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators Fall Workshop will be held in Mont-sur-Lausanne on Saturday, 25. October, 2014. There will be two tracks: Picture Books (for writers and illustrators) and Middle Grade/Young Adult (for writers). Each track consists of two sessions. (You may register for only one track.) More information and sign-up form on the SCBWI site.


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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