ALECIA McKENZIE - AUTHOR & WICE INSTRUCTOR
"It has been such a pleasure and an honor to teach creative writing courses at WICE. As an instructor, you also learn from students and, over the past five years, I’ve been impressed by the skills and stories of our workshop participants, who come from all over the world and have ranged in age from 18 to 72. Some have already published their work, and I’m looking forward to seeing more"
"The 2018 Paris Writers Workshop, where I taught the short story course, was an especially memorable experience. It was a week of sunshine, and we held the sessions in the delightful garden of the venue, writing outdoors the whole time. The participants produced brilliant stories, and nearly everyone has kept in touch"
Alecia McKenzie is a Jamaican writer currently based in France. Her first collection of short stories, Satellite City, and her novel Sweetheart have both won Commonwealth literary prizes. Sweetheart has been translated into French (Trésor) and was awarded the Prix Carbet des lycéens in 2017. Other books include Stories From Yard (first published in Italian translation as Racconti giamaicani), Doctor’s Orders and When the Rain Stopped in Natland. Alecia’s work has appeared in a range of literary magazines and in anthologies such as Stories from Blue Latitudes, The Oxford Book of Caribbean Short Stories, Bridges, Global Tales, Girls Night In, and To Exist is to Resist. She has edited a collection of contemporary Jamaican short stories and was longlisted for the 2019 Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award. She’s also the co-editor of Where We Started: Stories of Living Between Worlds - an anthology that includes contributions from WICE colleagues and former students.
Learn more about Alecia and her work by visiting her website here