Upcoming Workshops

    • 18 Jan 2020
    • 10:00 - 16:30
    • Press Club, rue de Ferney 106, 1202 Geneva

    Saturday January 18, 2020


    with Jon Steele

    In the beginning when God created the heavens and earth...

    The first ten words of the Bible that pretty much say: when considering the concept of World Building, it’s pretty hard to top God. But a writer goes for it each time they attempt to fill a blank page with words--in and of itself a supreme act of creation, second only to building a fully functioning universe in six working days with one day off to rest. And on that sixth day we’ll be talking about opening sentences, closing sentences, creating an entire world in between; structuring dialogue-driven scenes, weaving plots, the sheer magic of creating a character’s voice. So, please, bring along your favorite opening sentences, closing sentences and bits of character dialogue. We’ll have a shootout at the literary corral.

    Jon will read from his writings to underscore his concept of building an imaginary but believable world within the real world. Then a bit of show and tell. Based on photographs shown, you will write an opening sentence. There will be a prize for the best sentence!

    Text Box: Jon Steele was born in the American west and worked as an award-winning cameraman/editor for ITN for more than twenty years. He has travelled and worked through seventy-eight countries across six continents. War Junkie, his autobiography of a life behind the camera in some of the worst places on earth, was published in 2002 by Transworld and has become a cult classic of war reportage. Jon is also the author of The Angelus Trilogy, an epic mystical noir thriller about the last of the good angels hiding out in Lausanne Cathedral. The books were published worldwide by Random House and Penguin. www.facebook.com/JonSteeleAuthor


    10am-12:30pm   Morning Workshop

    12:30-12:45pm   Announcements and Readings

    12:45-2pm          Bring your own picnic lunch to share

    2-4:30 pm           Mini Master Class (please apply to genevawriters@gmail.com)

    Carla Drysdale’s poetry books include All Born Perfect (Kelsay Books, 2019); Inheritance (Finishing Line PSign up at genevawriters@gmail.com  

    Payments can be made online via the GWG website, or in cash on the day

    • 25 Jan 2020
    • 10:00 - 11:15
    • Wall Street English, Rue Michel-Roset 2, 1201 Geneva (near Gare Cornavin)
    • 15

    Date: Saturday January 25, 2020

    Time: 10-11:15am

    Topic: Creating Character

    Tutor: Katie Hayoz

    Teenagers only (13-18 years)

    Limited places, so register in advance online or at:


    using ‘Teen Workshop’ in the subject line.

    • 15 Feb 2020
    • 10:00 - 16:30
    • Press Club, rue de Ferney 106, 1202 Geneva

    The  Five Senses

    Details TBA


    10am - 12:30pm   Morning Workshop


    1pm - 2pm Bring your own picnic lunch to share

    2pm - 4:30pm Afternoon critiquing: session (if reading, 1400 words maximum or 2 poems; bring 20 copies). Fees are 20 if reading, 10 if not.


    Sign up at genevawriters@gmail.com  

    Other participants are welcome!

    Payments can be made online via the GWG website, or in cash on the day

Past Workshops

14 Dec 2019 Non-Fiction Workshop December 14: From Darkness to Light, the Alchemy of Writing with Susan Tiberghien
16 Nov 2019 Poetry Workshop Saturday November 16: "Feeling a Sense of Place" with Carla Drysdale
16 Nov 2019 Teen Workshop Saturday November 16: Pop-Up Prose and Found Poetry, with Katie Hayoz
19 Oct 2019 Workshop, Saturday October 19: Artful Prose with Mary-Jane Holmes
12 Oct 2019 Teen Workshop Saturday October 12: Finding Poems in the Secret Self, with Carla Drysdale
28 Sep 2019 Workshop, Saturday September 28: Drawing out the Essence with Colin Grant
25 May 2019 Teen Workshop May 25:Writing About Place with Carla Drysdale
13 Apr 2019 Workshop April 13:Beauty in Words (all Genres) with Susan Tiberghien
13 Apr 2019 Teen Workshop April 13:Writing Fractured Fairy Tales with Katie Hayoz
23 Mar 2019 Teen Workshop March 23:The Business of Writing with Olivia Wildenstein
23 Feb 2019 Teen Workshop February 23: Writing the Image: Adventures in Poetry with Carla Drysdale
16 Feb 2019 February Workshop: Discovering Character with Juliet Gilkes Romero (playwriting/Webster)
26 Jan 2019 Teen Workshop January 26: Breaking the Rules with Katie Hayoz
08 Dec 2018 Teen Workshop December 8: Worldbuilding with Katie Hayoz
17 Nov 2018 Teen Workshop November 17: Playing With Time with Katie Hayoz
10 Nov 2018 November Workshop: What Can Poetry and Fiction Learn from Each Other? with Yun Wei
27 Oct 2018 October Workshop: Telling a Story a Different Way with Mary-Jane Holmes
27 Oct 2018 Teen Workshop October: How Poetry Can Power Your Fiction with Carla Drysdale
15 Sep 2018 September Workshop: Our Words Matter (all Genres) with Susan Tiberghien
02 Jun 2018 Teen Workshop June 2: Revamping your Prose with Katie Hayoz
28 Apr 2018 Teen Workshop April 28: Raising the Stakes with Katie Hayoz
24 Mar 2018 Teen Workshop March 24: Where's the Conflict? with Carla Drysdale
17 Feb 2018 Teen Workshop February 17: Point of View with Carla Drysdale
10 Feb 2018 Workshop February 10: Maximizing Creativity and Scriptwriting with Guest Instructor Gabriel Gbadamosi
27 Jan 2018 Teen Workshop January 27: A Cast of Characters with Katie Hayoz
20 Jan 2018 Workshop January 20: Finding the Right Structure for the Story You Have To Tell with Guest Instructor Patti Marxsen
16 Dec 2017 Workshop December 16: Writing from the Dark with Susan Tiberghien
16 Dec 2017 Teen Workshop December 16: Your Story World with Jason Donald
25 Nov 2017 Teen Workshop November 25: To Plan Or Not To Plan with Jason Donald
19 Nov 2017 Master Class November 19: Poetry with Guest Instructor Kathleen Jamie (registration now closed)
18 Nov 2017 Workshop November 18: Poetry with Guest Instructor Kathleen Jamie followed by Readings from Offshoots-14
28 Oct 2017 Workshop October 28: Short Fiction with Guest Instructor M-J Holmes
28 Oct 2017 Teen Workshop October 28: Your Writing Project with Nicolas Grey
23 Sep 2017 Teen Workshop September 23: Writing Goals with Nicolas Grey
16 Sep 2017 Workshop September 16: Finding Your Gold with Susan Tiberghien
17 Jun 2017 Teen Workshop June 17: with Katie Hayoz
27 May 2017 Teen Workshop May 27: with Nicolas Grey
20 May 2017 Workshop May 20: Memoir with Guest Instructor Wallis Wilde Menozzi
22 Apr 2017 Teen Workshop April 22: with Nicolas Grey
25 Mar 2017 Teen Workshop March 25: with Katie Hayoz
18 Mar 2017 Workshop March 18: Fiction with Guest Instructor Romesh Gunesekera
25 Feb 2017 Teen Workshop: February 25 with Nicolas Grey
18 Feb 2017 Meet The Agents: Saturday February 18
28 Jan 2017 Teen Workshop: January 28 with Katie Hayoz
17 Dec 2016 Teen Workshop: December 17 with Katie Hayoz
10 Dec 2016 Workshop December 10 Dreamwork: Finding Images for Stories, with Susan Tiberghien
26 Nov 2016 Teen Workshop: November 26
20 Nov 2016 Masterclass November 20: Poetry with Guest Instructor Laura Kasischke (class now full)
19 Nov 2016 Workshop November 19: Poetry with Guest Instructor Laura Kasischke
22 Oct 2016 GWG Teen Workshop: Saturday 22 October
15 Oct 2016 Workshop October 15: Short Story with S Tiberghien & J Donald, with guest readings by Marcus Ferrar & Olivia Abittan
17 Sep 2016 Workshop Sept 17: Witnessing with Words--writing the Effective Essay
11 Jun 2016 Panel: What's New in Publishing and Marketing?
21 May 2016 Journal to Story (all genres)
20 Feb 2016 Writing Dialogue
16 Jan 2016 The Spoken Word
12 Dec 2015 December Workshop: Writing From Dreams
21 Nov 2015 November Workshop: The Line in Poetry, Purpose & Composition
17 Oct 2015 Short Fiction: October Workshop
20 Sep 2015 Workshop Sept. 20: Reading Your Own Work
19 Sep 2015 Workshop Sept 19: personal, travel and opinion essays
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