Upcoming Events

    • 25 May 2024
    • 19:00 - 20:30
    • Online (via Zoom)




    SATURDAY 25 MAY 2024

    1900 - 20:30 CET / 1 - 2:30 pm EDT (VIA ZOOM)


    In this workshop on secondary worlds, author Ken Liu will lead attendees on a reexamination of the concept of "worldbuilding" to find an alternative to the traditional approach of "objective" worldbuilding. Instead, a character-driven, "subjective" approach can help you find your story in a compelling new world.

    The format of the workshop will consist of a mini-lecture followed by writing exercises (total of 60 minutes). There will be an additional 30 minutes of discussion/Q&A at the end.


    Ken Liu is an American author of speculative fiction. A winner of the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy awards, he wrote the Dandelion Dynasty, a silkpunk epic fantasy series (starting with The Grace of Kings), as well as short story collections The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories and The Hidden Girl and Other Stories. He also penned the Star Wars novel The Legends of Luke Skywalker. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Liu worked as a software engineer, corporate lawyer, and litigation consultant. Liu frequently speaks at conferences and universities on a variety of topics, including futurism, machine-augmented creativity, history of technology, bookmaking, and the mathematics of origami.

    • 08 Jun 2024
    • 10:30 - 16:30
    • Maison Internationale des Associations, rue des Savoises 15, 1205 Geneva

    The GWG Presents:



    SATURDAY 8 JUNE 2024

    Where: Maison Internationale des Associations, rue des Savoises 15, 1205 Geneva. Room Steve Biko

    Time:   10:30-16:30

    10:30 - 13:00 Workshop    |    14:00 - 16:30 Critiquing session

    MORNING SESSION: 10:30 - 13:00

    Workshop: Poetry in Memoir

    In this workshop, we explore the ways to find a memoir in you. Some people seem to be born with an innate ability to come up with innovative and imaginative ideas. They may have a natural inclination towards artistic expression, problem-solving, or thinking outside the box. Others can develop such ability by practicing. The workshop expands on the ways you can become a memoir writer, including finding your authentic voice and using poetic techniques in your writing to help transport the reader.

    Bashir will read from his latest work at the end of the morning session. 

    AFTERNOON SESSION: 14:00 - 16:30

    Critiquing - 8 participants maximum

    The afternoon will be a critiquing session for eight participants. Pieces are limited to 1400 words of prose. They can be sent to Bashir in advance via GWG or they can be presented on the day. Please email us separately (genevawriters@gmail.com) if you would like to have your work critiqued.


    Bashir Sakhawarz is an award-winning Afghan poet and novelist. His first poetry collection was awarded first prize for New Poetry by the Afghan Writers’ Association in 1978. Since then, he has published seven books in Persian and English. His latest novel Maargir The Snake Charmer was long-listed for the 2013 Economist Crossword Book Award. He won the 2015 Geneva Writers Group Literary Prize for Fiction. His memoir Escaping from Kabul was published by Pen and Sword Books in August 2023. A second memoir about an Afghan soldier fighting the Taliban, will be published in 2024. Bashir worked for the BBC, UN, International Red Cross, NGOs and governmental organizations in Africa, Asia, America and Europe for more than 30 years.  

    For any queries, please contact us at:  genevawriters@gmail.com

    • 12 Jun 2024
    • 19:00 - 20:30
    • Online (via Zoom)




    WEDNESDAY 12 JUNE 2024

    1900 CET (VIA ZOOM)

    Manuscript Publishing

    This workshop helps writers learn how to create a polished and industry appropriate submission packet as well as giving them the necessary tools to find and vet publishers and agents. 


    Caitlin Jans is the co-founder of Authors Publish and The Poetry Marathon. As an editor and an instructor she has helped many authors find agents and publishers over the years.  Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and literary journals including: The Adroit Journal, The Penn Review, Rust + Moth, and Killer Verse.  You can learn more about her writing at www.caitlinthomson.com

    • 22 Jun 2024
    • 09:30 - 16:00
    • Webster University, 15 rue de Collex, 1293 Bellevue

    The GWG Presents:

    Annual General Meeting

    Saturday 22 June, 10am

    LLC Commons Room

    Webster University, rue de Collex 15, 1293 Bellevue


    10am Arrival and coffee

    11am Welcome and opening remarks


    The Agenda will be sent out with the Convocation 2 weeks before.

    12:30 pm    (approx) Apéro and buffet lunch (contributions welcome!)


    We will have a book table set up in a corner of the Commons Room. Sales will take place after the AGM. Please bring any books for sale with you to the event.

    The event is free to attend, but please note that you must be a fully paid-up member to vote at the AGM, and to stand for the Steering Committee.


    By train

    The Léman Express runs every 15 minutes from Platform 1 at Genève Cornavin. Go 4 stops to Genthod Bellevue, and it's then a 5-minute walk.

    By car

    The University have installed a barrier to their carpark, admission by typing the code '1982' on the keypad.

    We need to know numbers in advance! Please register online via the website, or by email at: 


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