Summer is a laid-back season for events and competitions in writing and the arts, but there are always a few tasty morsels out there in the wilds of Zürich and beyond … especially for those who like a writing retreat.
Kaufleuten has a selection of cultural events and readings planned for the coming months, including an evening with Donna Leon on 13 June www.kaufleuten.ch/event/donna-leon
Openair Literatur Festival Zürich, 11-17 July: Readings and other lively lit events, mostly in German but also with David Mitchell and Nell Zink www.literaturopenair.ch/hauptprogramm
Geneva Writers’ Group, 11 June: End-of-year panel discussion in Geneva on “What’s New in Publishing and Marketing” www.genevawritersgroup.org/Programs-Workshops
Webinar, 9 June: The Germany/Austria chapter of the SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators), with literary agent Stephanie Fretwell-Hill, on “Creating Memorable Middle Grade Characters” germanyaustria.scbwi.org/events/creating-memorable-middle-grade-characters-webinar-with-agent-stephanie-fretwell-hill/
Writing, music and yoga retreat, 19-26 June: Writing in a wellness context, with Deborah Moffitt, in the Italian part of Switzerland. www.awakeintheworld.com
Paris Writers’ Workshop, 26 June – 1 July: this year with workshops for novels, short stories and novellas, poetry and creative non fiction, as well as expert panels, author readings and social events. pariswritersworkshop.org
Writing retreat, 29 August to 4 September: gain writing confidence in a French Château, with teacher Clay Tennis.
Paris Writers’ Retreat, 5-9 September: www.pariswritersretreat.com
Video interview series: As part of the Zürich-meets-London festival, art and performance collective Neue Dringlichkeit and ImpactHUB Zürich are releasing weekly video instalments of interviews with Zürich creators and entrepreneurs around entrepreneurial futurism, including the future of work and the creative economy. Watch this space: how-dare-you.org