WriteCon is a weekend of workshops and activities for writers.
This year in Zürich, the theme is “Roadmaps for Writers”. As part of Saturday’s program, you will be able to attend one of two exciting workshops. On Sunday, take part in a half-day panel discussion, allowing you to meet experts from the publishing world.
Saturday, March 21 (pick one workshop)
Nail Your Novel (9 AM – 5 PM, 20 slots)
Roz Morris is a bestselling ghostwriter who teaches classes for The Guardian, and is an author of both fiction and non fiction, including her hugely successful Nail Your Novel books.
Take charge of your ideas and research materials. Shape them into a plan to see you through a successful draft, and keep it creative all the way. Add the human factor – discover the most captivating voice for your book and the hidden depths in your characters. Summon inspiration when your muse is flagging. Polish like a pro. (max. 20 slots)
Routes to Publication (9 AM – 5 PM, 20 slots)
Four different speakers on publishing houses large and small, indie authorship, assisted self-publishing and the portfolio, freelance career.
JJ Marsh is an author and the Swiss ambassador for ALLi. She will give an overview of choices, outlines the pros and cons of going indie, and explores writers’ expectations.
Sophie Schmidt (epubli Berlin) explains assisted publishing, helps you hone your pitch and shares some tips on how to succeed in the German market.
Andrew Rushton, the associate publisher with Nord Süd Verlag, talks about the current state of the children’s book markets in Switzerland, Germany and the USA. Including trends and gaps in the market. He will also share tips on the best way to find a publisher and routes to publication.
Richard Harvell, author and director of Bergli Books, explores publishing houses large and small, non-fiction and pinpoints publishing opportunites for writers in Switzerland.
Sunday, March 22 (9 AM – 12:30 PM): Roadmaps for Writers
Meet experts in the fields of fiction, non-fiction, children’s books, games and the cultural landscape. Ask questions and make the most of individual advisory slots (sign up on the day).
Speakers: Roz Morris (Nail Your Novel), Sophie Schmidt (epubli Berlin), Richard Harvell (Bergli Books, Switzerland), JJ Marsh (Alliance of Independent Authors), Hadi Barkat (CEO Helvetiq), Andrew Rushton (NordSüd Publishing).
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