In response: Money
Nov29

In response: Money

Zürich-based poet and journalist Claire Doble wrestles with what it means to have money while living in one of the richest countries in the world …

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In Conversation: Juliana Barbassa
Aug28

In Conversation: Juliana Barbassa

Award-winning journalist and author Juliana Barbassa talks about writing to understand displacement, Joan Didion, and the experience of relocating to Rio, Brazil, a city in crisis.

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It’s Much More Important Than That
Aug28

It’s Much More Important Than That

In a short work of fiction, author Paul Knott contemplates the meaning of home through the eyes of an asylum-seeker.

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Glass, Concrete and Stone
Aug28

Glass, Concrete and Stone

JJ Marsh ponders displacement, memory, and the emotional importance of place.

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Writing at the Castle
Aug28

Writing at the Castle

Switzerland-based novelist Louise Mangos relives long, hot summer days in the south of France … and discusses the benefits of being displaced at a writing retreat.

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Bringing Legend to Life
Jun02

Bringing Legend to Life

Historical fiction writer JD Smith on Tristan and Iseult, and the challenges and rewards of adapting myths and legends for the page;

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In Conversation: Andrew Crofts
Feb27

In Conversation: Andrew Crofts

“Is this person interesting enough for me to want to spend several months inside their head?” Andrew Crofts talks about Ghostwriting, and the strange symbiosis of writing someone else’s story.

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Creativity in Tandem: The Husband and Wife Team
Feb27

Creativity in Tandem: The Husband and Wife Team

Alison Ripley Cubitt and Sean Cubitt are a married couple who write as a team, under pseudonym Lambert Nagle.

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Creativity in Tandem: How I Became a Co-author
Feb27

Creativity in Tandem: How I Became a Co-author

Creativity in Tandem: Pete Morin and Susanne O’Leary are co-authors who’ve never met.

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In Conversation: Sarah Wilson
Aug29

In Conversation: Sarah Wilson

“…Some of the big bombastic milestones were achieved during a time in which I felt very much out of alignment and so I almost dismiss them. When I do something and I feel in alignment, then I feel I’ve succeeded.” Bestselling Australian author, journalist, TV presenter, blogger and media consultant Sarah Wilson talks to The Woolf about the online gift economy, independent and partner publishing, and her writerly habits.

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Writing (and Revising) Success
Aug29

Writing (and Revising) Success

What does success mean to a writer? Do any of us write—or pursue other creative endeavours—without some notion of our effort being recognized, rewarded, lauded? And what sort of outcomes ought we to lust after? Kristen Coros investigates.

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7 Tips for Starting a Critique Group
Aug29

7 Tips for Starting a Critique Group

Behind every great writer you’ll find … other writers. Kelly Jarosz provides seven tips for forming a successful critique group and why you should.

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Shamelessly serendipitous
May29

Shamelessly serendipitous

Iida Ruishalme explains how the space between languages is full of serendipity, ripe for a wordsmith’s shameless plundering.

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The literature of exploitation
May29

The literature of exploitation

by Johanna Sargeant Why is it that we love reading about exploitation? Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl and Arthur Golden’s Memoirs of a Geisha sit stoically on my bookshelf next to Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita and Richard Overy’s The Dictators. For most of us, delving into these worlds of both the victim and the perpetrator is like reading any good fiction: It is escapism, it is voyeuristic, it gives us...

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In Conversation: Chantal Panozzo
May29

In Conversation: Chantal Panozzo

“Identity crisis. Check! Laundry lessons in two languages, neither of which I understood. Check! Phone phobia. Check!” Chantal Panozzo on being an American in Switzerland and her new book, Swiss Life.

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A Fiction Workshop Experience
May27

A Fiction Workshop Experience

 Meredith Suter-Wadley gives an overview of the Zurich Writers Workshop, held in May at the Volkshaus in Zurich. Meredith attended the fiction workshop run by Anne Korkeakivi. The weekend kicked off with a Friday evening reading at Orell Füssli’s English Book Store in Zurich. Anne Korkeakivi read from her novel An Unexpected Guest, and Chantal Panozzo, the non-fiction instructor, read from her collection of essays, Swiss Life: 30...

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A Place for Persecuted Writers in Switzerland
Feb28

A Place for Persecuted Writers in Switzerland

Melinda Nadj Abonji, Adi Blum and Ulrike Ulrich are the initiators of a new writers-in-exile programme for Switzerland. The Woolf talked to Adi Blum, of the Swiss German PEN Centre to learn more.

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Emily Bronte is Dead
Feb28

Emily Bronte is Dead

“What is it that makes us love or hate a piece of literature? Do I love Ginsberg because he gives me a window in the zeitgeist of 1960s America: Sex, angst and drugs? Yes. Do I love Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein because she exposes me to a society where the wonder of electricity was something to be feared?” Johanna Sargeant on

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Writing 4 Young People
Feb28

Writing 4 Young People

What happens when 35 writers for young people, a children’s agent, and an editor gather in the centre of Zurich? You get a room that’s buzzing with hope, aspiration and imagination. HS Norup and Sherida Deeprose give a round-up from February’s workshop. On Saturday 25 January, Nuance Words presented Writing 4 Young People, a workshop featuring literary agent Julia Churchill (A. M. Heath) and editor Sara O’Connor (Hot Key Books)....

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Strategic Engagement: Finding the best workshop for you
Nov23

Strategic Engagement: Finding the best workshop for you

Chantal Panozzo and Kelly Jarosz talk about how the Zurich Writers’ Workshop got started, and how to choose a workshop to suit your writing needs.

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Meet An Editor: Alison Lopez-Edge
Nov23

Meet An Editor: Alison Lopez-Edge

“You have to be aware that you only play a secondary role as an editor. I read through the manuscript once first, as an outsider.” Editor Allison Lopez talks to the Woolf about editing.

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In Conversation: Julia Churchill
Oct27

In Conversation: Julia Churchill

Julia joined A.M.Heath in 2013 as Children’s Agent, after four years building up the UK side of the Greenhouse Literary Agency, and six years at the Darley Anderson Agency where she started the children’s book side of the list. She is always on the treasure hunt for new writing talent and considers the slushpile to be the greatest place on earth.

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Skipping the barrier
Sep04

Skipping the barrier

“While I check e-mail for the hundredth time, my friend stares ahead in tight-jawed concentration. She’s had a hard day but is hell-bent on getting not only the front row, but a very specific spot. When I pull out the sensible bag of fruit we’re calling dinner, she waves it away. The grapes are too tart, but I eat them anyway.” D.B. Miller on Stereophonics.

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A sense of place: Charlotte Otter’s lens
Sep04

A sense of place: Charlotte Otter’s lens

“The elements of location have to be sprinkled through the story with a light hand, serving to shine a light on the narrative and not distracting from it. Huge chunks of location, just like huge chunks of ill-disguised research, serve to pull the reader out of the story and that’s the last thing a writer wants.” The Woolf talks to novelist Charlotte Otter.

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Writing for Young People
Sep04

Writing for Young People

“I’m lucky to represent some fabulous writers, but I’m always on the treasure hunt for new writing talent and consider the slushpile to be the greatest place on earth.” Julia Churchill and Sara O’Connor comet to Zürich for a full-day workshop: Writing for Young People. Sat 25 January 2014. 09.00-17.00, Volkshaus.

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Making Tracks
Sep04

Making Tracks

Goings-on in Zürich and beyond Writing for Young People – Zürich Workshop – BOOK NOW! With literary agent Julia Churchill (AM Heath) and Sarah O’Connor (Hot Key Books) Sat Jan 25, Volkshaus Zürich, 09.00-17.00 Earlybird Rate: 150 Fr. (until 1 October) Regular price: 200 Fr. Bookclub at the Bookshop The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman Thurs 14 Nov, 20.15, The English Bookshop Free entry Kaufleuten Events:...

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Context: Crossings
Sep04

Context: Crossings

Distractions A migrant’s tale: Shaun Tan’s graphic novel, The Arrival. A moving outsider’s tale with barely a word in sight. Where to read online: http://flavorwire.com/407418/the-25-best-websites-for-literature-lovers Synaesthesia – crossing senses. Check out the worlds of David Eagleman, expert on the idiosyncrasies of the brain. http://eagleman.com/synesthesia Coney. “The experience starts when you first hear...

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In Conversation: Orna Ross
Sep04

In Conversation: Orna Ross

“I’d been a writer for 22 years when I self-published my first ebook and, from the off, I just loved it. Not just because the books sold more than they had before but mainly for the way it restored to me something I’d lost by working within corporate structures.” The Woolf talks to Orna Ross, writer, poet, and founder and director of the Alliance of Independent Authors.

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A Writer’s Sources: Gabrielle Mathieu
Sep02

A Writer’s Sources: Gabrielle Mathieu

“Out came books about hallucinogenic plants, collected during my debauched youth. Dimly remembered information about neurotransmitters wended its way into the story, along with arcane laboratory details about paper chromatography. Easy. More or less.” The Woolf talks with Gabrielle Mathieu, novelist who lives in St. Gallen.

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Meet the Editors
Aug12

Meet the Editors

“I often find myself making suggestions on word-choice and smoothing sentences off a little, but large scale structure, characterization and narrative arc are not my areas. I’m the guy who polishes what Stephen King would call your little red wagon before you drive it home.” The Woolf talks to the pros of prose: editors.

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