It’s that time of year again. Time for everyone in Switzerland to shut their windows, put down their shades, and sit in their apartment buildings that masquerade as ovens. In the land of cheese and chocolate, summer breezes are as shunned as flushing the toilet after 10 p.m. But if you live here, this is not news. Below, however, are hopefully a few things that are:
Looking for an inspiring book on writing fiction? Sam North, an eight-time UK-based novelist (and excellent fiction instructor, based on his rave reviews at the last Zurich Writers Workshop), has just published a new book entitled, Five Analogies for Fiction Writing. While still only available in the UK, one can order it with free shipping to anywhere in the world from the Book Depository.
Speaking of Zurich Writers Workshop instructors with new books, Diccon Bewes, author of Swiss Watching, has a new book on Switzerland out this month. It’s called Swisscellany. This book will teach you how to play Hornussen, how to sing along with the Swiss National Anthem, and what the heck the Geneva Conventions stand for. In other words, this book will teach you to become the ultimate Swiss nerd.
New Writing Workshops
Noyers sur Serein
Tokyo-based American author Ann Tashi Slater will be giving a flash fiction writing workshop from August 6th-10th at La Porte Peinte Centre Pour les Arts in the lovely medieval village of Noyers sur Serein, only an hour and a half from Paris. Fee: 750 EUR.
Nuance Words is organizing another writing workshop in Zurich, Switzerland this fall. The event will be held October 27-28 and feature fiction author Emma Darwin and literary agent Andrew Lownie. More details to come.
New Radio Network
The Overseas Radio Network covers a diverse set of topics relating to expat life. Writer Abroad is honored to debut on the network this week as a guest on The Stateless Man discussing if there really is a place in the world that women can have it all. The show is hosted by New Zealander Fergus Hodgson, who works as an economist and liberty advocate in the United States.
Any new books, workshops, or radio shows you can recommend?