Writing & Publishing: Thinking Beyond the Book Format

Think creatively about writing, imagining new modes of publication and dissemination.

The pleasure of writing is usually associated with the hope of publishing a book – a step that is seen as the ultimate validation, without which all creation would lose its purpose. There are however many other ways of disseminating written works and of finding an audience: self-published artists’ books, sound poetry, performance lectures, photo novels, etc. During this short course given by artists from HEAD – Genève, participants will write short forms of text, which will then be transposed into an alternative format to the paper copy. The aim is for each participant to find the right way to share their text with the public, to experiment with the different dissemination options and to measure the impact that a format can have on the reception of the content.

Target audience
The course is aimed at any writer interested in exploring and experimenting with the possibilities of dissemination outside the book. Whether you are a creative writer, a teacher, a journalist, an actor, an amateur writer, a designer or an artist, this course is suitable for people from a variety of disciplines (education, social sciences, specialists, etc.) who wish to use creative writing as part of their profession, as well as for scientists interested in exploring alternative formats of outreach.

Targeted skills
Ability to write a short text.
Familiarity with the different formats of expression and dissemination: micro-publishing, performance reading, etc.
Ability to adapt a project to its dissemination potential and to the target audience.
Basic outreach skills.
Ability to network knowledge of content creation and dissemination.
Enhanced skills in the editing process.


Teaching methods
Practical, individual and group workshops

Certificate of Continuing Education

2 ECTS credits

Practical information
From April 20, 2024 until June 1,2024 (full)
Language: French
Course format: practical, individual and group workshops
Fee: CHF 1,200/HEAD – Genève alumni CHF 900

Location: Campus HEAD, Building H, Room H – 4.01, Av. de Châtelaine 7, 1203 Geneva on April 20, May 18, May 25 and June 1, 2024 
Maison Rousseau de la Littérature, Grand-Rue 40, 1204 Geneva, on April 27, 2024

Information and registration/admission
Contact: fc.head@hesge.ch 
Follow this link to register
A document of about 1'000 characters long describing the project should be included with the documents uploaded on the application form.
General terms and conditions


Fabienne Radi

Fabienne Radi writes fiction and essays, makes artist’s editions (books, posters, records) and teaches at an art school. Her early training in Geology has taught her to love layers; her brief foray into librarianship sparked an infatuation with filing, and her late studies in Art transformed her view of her flat. Titles, folds, misunderstandings, haircuts, dentists and Paul Newman are recurring motifs in her work. Her recent publications include Une autobiographie de Nina Childress (Beaux-Arts de Paris, 2021), Le déclin du professeur de tennis (Sombres Torrents, 2020), and Émail Diamant (2020, art&fiction). 

Rémi Brandon

Rémi Brandon is the head of micro-publishing at HEAD – Genève. In parallel to this function, he created 4 years ago an online and travelling bookshop and an independent publishing house. This bookshop specialises in out-of-print publications and editions in the fields of modern and contemporary art, musical and literary movements, protest groups and underground publishing. 

Pierre Leguillon

Protean artist Pierre Leguillon works essentially on the production and reproduction of images, of which he has an important collection, today gathered in his Museum of Mistakes, based in Brussels (The Museum of Mistakes, Edition Patrick Frey, Zurich, 2020). His collections are staged in installations but also in artists’ books (Ads, Triangle Books, Brussels, 2020), or in installations such as La Promesse de l’écran, a clandestine bar opened in Paris in 2007, which has since been installed in several cities (Bordeaux, Vienna, New York, Beirut, Oïta, Philadelphia). His work has been exhibited at Cneai, Chatou, France (2006); the Louvre, Paris (2009); MAMCO, Geneva (2010); Moderna Museet, Malmö (2010); and more recently at Wiels, Brussels (2015), Mrac, Sérignan, France (2015); The Island Club, Limassol, Cyprus (2019); Ricard Corporate Foundation, Paris (2019); and the Frye Museum, Seattle (2019). He was laureate of the Villa Médicis, Académie de France in Rome in 2003, and of the Bob Calle Prize for the artist’s book in 2021. 

Emmanuelle Pireyre

Emmanuelle Pireyre is a writer whose books deal with the contemporary world in its many contradictory dimensions. She alternates between the publication of books and stage performances featuring videos or songs. She regularly collaborates with other artists and is the author of radio fiction for France Culture. In 2012 she was awarded the Médicis prize for Féerie générale and in 2020 the Franco-German Franz Hessel prize for Chimère. Interested in theoretical questions, she writes critical articles on current literature and has written (2018-2022) a thesis on narrative performance (or lecture-performance) in literature and contemporary art (La performances narrative. Panorama, syntaxe, texture d’une forme contemporaine) at the University of Paris 8, where she taught research-creation in the MA in Literary Creation. She now teaches creative writing and performance at HEAD – Genève. 


Programme & agenda 2023 /10 half-days

Dates: Saturday 20 April 2024 from 9am to 5.30pm, Saturday 27 April 2024 from 9am to 5.30pm, Saturday 18 May 2024 from 9am to 5.30pm, Saturday 25 May 2024 from 9am to 5.30pm, Saturday 1 June 2024 from 9am to 5.30pm 

#1 - Introduction to the programme. Presentation of the formats. 

#2 - BAA/MAMCO visit. 

#3 - Immersion writing workshop at Maison Rousseau. 

#4 - Immersion writing workshop at Maison Rousseau. 

Personalised follow-up of the participants to finalise their text. 

#5 Practical workshop (copy preparation)

#6 - Practical workshop 

#7 - Practical workshop. 

#8 - Practical workshop. 

#9 - Practical workshop. 

#10 - Practical workshop. 

Evening of discussion and restitution of the works, open to the public