CONFERENCE SUCCESS STORIES
This page gives details of the successes that have been achieved by participants in the seven Geneva Writers’ Conferences that have been held biennially since 1996.
If you have attended any of the past Conferences and, as a result, you have had publishing success, the Geneva Writers’ Group would be happy to share the news through this page.
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The GWG conference in 2008 marked a very important turning point in my writing. From what I learned, the shared experience and the inspiring atmosphere, I came away more confident that I knew what I wanted to do and had an inkling of how to do it. The people I met and the things I learned helped me no end with writing my new book, True Blue Tucker (Rippple Books, 2011). The conference also gave me lots of teaching ideas which I have used in my creative writing courses at the University of Hamburg. - Campbell Jefferys
Mark Gartside writes: “When I attended the 2010 Writers’ Conference, I was very close to giving up writing…I was worried that what I was doing was complete rubbish. Anyway, I entered a piece in the critiquing workshop with Hoan, Lorella and David. They gave me some generous and encouraging feedback and I went home thinking it might be worth carrying on.
And now, I have found an agent for my novel who sold the book, What Will Survive, to Macmillan in a few days. Whatever happens in my writing career, I will always be grateful for that encouragement.
My page with the agency Rogers, Coleridge and White.”
In the autumn of 2007, Nick Klepper was busy rewriting—one more time—his first fiction work. Having lived and worked in Geneva, the novel was to be about a corporate executive relocated to Geneva. Nick had decided to call the novel The Geneva Affair, when someone recommended that he attend a few writers’ conferences.
Call it fate or call it luck, the first conference that came up on Google was the Geneva Writers’ Conference, in February 2008. Nick signed up for it, and was so impressed, that he returned to Geneva to attend the next conference, in February 2010.
Nick writes: “The conferences made a world of difference to me, both in my writing, as well as in meeting so many helpful and supporting people. Critiquing by experienced and dedicated panelists from many countries, as well as support from fellow authors, has been indispensable in the successful completion and publication of my novel.”
"I was a (reluctant) participant at the 2008 Conference …” says Diccon Bewes, “… not really sure how to make the transition from former travel journalist to author, and definitely not keen to read out anything in public. At one workshop we had to write about a culture clash that had affected us. I started with a line that had been in my mind but had never progressed beyond that—"It’s Heidi week at McDonald’s”. That day the line became a paragraph, which later grew into a chapter, which got me an agent, who found me a publisher, who offered me a contract.
Last June my first book Swiss Watching: Inside Europe’s Landlocked Island was published by Nicholas Brealey in London. It has since become the bestselling English book in Switzerland and was chosen by the Financial Times of a Best Book of 2010—and I read parts out in front of audiences on a regular basis! In fact, I always start with the piece I wrote at the Conference; it survived the whole process and made it into the finished book.
All thanks to the Conference, I now have a bestseller, a popular blog and two more books in the pipeline. I’ll definitely be coming back to Geneva.”