What Is the Geneva Writers’ Group?
Started in 1993, the Geneva Writers’ Group brings together over 200 English-language writers from 25 countries. Its objective is to encourage all forms of creative writing in English.
The GWG is a non-profit group with links to International PEN, the International Writers’ Residence at the Château de Lavigny, the Paris Writers’ Workshop and the International Women’s Writing Guild. Membership is open to all who wish to develop their creative writing skills. Encouragement and support are given to both beginning and published writers. Meetings are held monthly, from September to June at the Geneva Press Club, with a program of writing workshops, critiquing sessions, and master classes.
“I still miss the group more than I can say. It is the place where I first thought of myself as a writer, and that makes it a kind of home.” – Bob Byrd
Since 1998 the group has held the biennial Geneva Writers’ Conferences, at Webster University, Bellevue/Geneva, welcoming 200 writers from around the world, with a teaching staff, editors, and agents.
Alternating with the Conferences, is “Meet the Agents”, a weekend of presentations, readings, and consultations. The GWG publishes Offshoots, Writing from Geneva, a biennial collection of prose & poetry. Volume 11 was published in September 2011. Other activities include a mentoring service for GWG members with instructors in Europe and the USA, a network of small writing groups, public readings and literary salons.