Making Tracks

A round-up of literary events in Zürich and beyond this Summer.
Compiled by The Woolf Team


Zürich | Bürkliplatz boat station
Next meet-ups: 24 June, 22 July, 19 August, 23 September | 13:15
Writers on Board meets one Sunday a month to take the 13:30 round-trip ferry to Rapperswil (return into Zürich: 17:25).
For more information about the program, contact [email protected]

Zümikon ZH | location TBD
Dates to be announced
Writing from the Soul creative writing workshops are run by Amy Aves Challenger, throughout the year.

Zürich | Kaufleuten, Literaturhaus, Kosmos
All offer a full program of readings and cultural events (see below for a select few).

Mslexia lists literary competitions with closing dates—good luck!



Zürich | various locations
1-24 June 2018
Festspiele Zürich with performances, readings and culture

Zürich | Kaufleuten
26 June 2018 | 20:00
Reading by Julian Barnes, from his forthcoming book

La Pacaudière (Rhône-Alpes region, France) | Château Les Bardons
3-9 June 2018
L’ATELIER writers retreat (waitlist) 



Zürich | The Old Botanical Gardens

2- 8 July 2018

  • Openair Literatur Festival featuring big names from the international literary scene, including (in order of appearance) John Banville, Sofi Oksanen, Rebecca Solnit, Clemens J. Setz, Carolin Emcke, Irvine Welsh and Teju Cole, as well as spoken-word performances and discussions



Zürich | Landiwiese

16 August-2 September 2018
Zürcher Theater Spektakel annual performing arts festival (advance booking) begins on Wednesday, 11 July 2018)

Zürich | Glattbrugg  

22-25 August 2018

Zürich Openair music festival, featuring international and local indie, electronic and rock acts


For a more complete listing of Swiss music festivals, see




Special Woolf note: Registration for WriteCon 2018 opens on 10 September 2018 (see NOVEMBER)

Zürich | Various locations
27 September-7 October 2018
14th Zurich Film Festival with premieres, screenings and master classes (program released on 13 September 2017)



Zürich | Kaufleuten
9 October 2018 | 20:00
Reading by David Sedaris, from his book Calypso

Zürich | Kaufleuten
15 October 2018 | 20:00
Reading by Meg Wolitzer, from her book The Female Persuasion



Zürich | location TBC
10 November 2018 (registration opens 10 September 2018)
WriteCon18 writers’ workshops with Alison Baverstock (publisher, trainer and writer on all aspects of publishing; and Associate Professor of Publishing at Kingston University) and Louise O’Neill (author of Only Ever Yours, 2016 winner of The Bookseller’s YA Prize, as well as bestseller Asking for It, adult novel Almost Love and The Surface Breaks, a retelling of “The Little Mermaid”)


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Author: Libby O'Loghlin

Novelist, social entrepreneur, nutrition and narrative coach. Creative Director of The Woolf Quarterly; Co-Founder of WriteCon and The Powerhouse Zurich. Nature is my jam.

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