Making Tracks

Compiled by Liam Klenk



Zürich | Bürkliplatz boat station
17 September, 22 October, 19 November, 17 December | 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

Zürich | Zümikon
12, 19, 26 September, 3 October | 09:00-11:30
Creative Writing Workshops run by Amy Aves Challenger
More information about pricing and contact details are on Amy’s website:

Zürich | Kaufleuten and the Literaturhaus 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 | 1 September-1 December
The Woolf Short Story Competition open for submissions
Entry rules and submission:

Zürich | 17 August-3 September 2017
Zürcher Theater Spektakel annual performing arts festival at the Landiwiese

Zürich | Literaturhaus
6 September 2017 | 19:30
Reading by Taiye Selasi, from her book Ghana Must Go

Zürich | Kaufleuten
11 September 2017 | 20:00
Reading by Yaa Gyasi, from her book Homegoing

12 September 2017 | 9:00
Place in Fiction with Anindita Basu-Sempere, organized by SCBWI Switzerland.
How does place reveal character and provide sources of conflict? How can experience of place add resonance to stories, in particular to endings?

16 September 2017 | 10:00
Geneva Writers Group: Workshop Finding Your Gold: Journaling and Essays, with Susan Tiberghien,
followed by the launch of Offshoots 14


17 September 2017 | Midnight
Retreat West Short Story Competition
Write a short story for adults of no more than 1,000 words.

Zuerich | Literaturhaus
19 September | 19:30
Reading by Ottessa Moshfegh, from her book Eileen

Zürich | Kaufleuten
27 September 2017 | 20:00
David Sedaris and Frank Goosen read from Sedaris’ diaries.

Zürich | Various locations
28 September-8 October 2017
13th Zurich Film Festival with premieres, screenings and master classes (program released on 14 September 2017)



Zürich | Kaufleuten
1 October 2017 | 20:00
Reading by Manal Al-Sharif, from her book Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman’s Awakening

Zürich | Literaturhaus
3 October 2017 | 19:30
Reading by Xiaolu Guo, from her book Once Upon A Time in the East: A Story of Growing Up

Zürich | Schauspielhaus
5 October 2017 | 20:00
Reading by Zadie Smith, from her book Swing Time (tickets unavailable for purchase; enter to win) (limited tickets still available)

Zürich & Winterthur | Various locations
25-29 October 2017
‘Zürich liest’ International Literary Festival

Zürich | Thalwil
26 October 2017
Storytelling evening in collaboration with SINGA Switzerland
Supporting immigrant and refugee entrepreneurs
For more details contact Marisa König-Beatty




Zürich | Kaufleuten
6 November 2017 | 20:00
Reading by Lize Spit, from her book The Melting

Zürich | Volkshaus
11 November 2017


Author: Susan Platt

Swissbizchick, multilingual communications professional and business executive. Part of the original launch and editorial team behind Swiss movie magazine close-up! Has written, ghostwritten and edited for several publications and in-house magazines in English, German, French and Italian. Co-founder of Swisspaleo, a board member of The Powerhouse Network for Professional Women in Zürich and blogs yonder at and SwissSmallBizBootcamp.

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