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Paris Writers Workshop

Writing In the Time of Corona

Want to keep your creative juices flowing this summer? 

The Paris Writers Workshop 2020 is going on-line! This year, Paris’ literary heritage is at your fingertips! 

PWW has been WICE’s flagship creative writing event for over two decades. Held every two years, the event features distinguished and award-winning faculty.

The PWW will be held July 5-12, 2020. In addition to the master classes, all participants are invited to enjoy an opening reception, join in our panel discussions and meet over a closing cocktail.

  • Sunday afternoon – Welcome Reception.
  • Master classes taught Monday through Friday by distinguished instructors via video-conferencing platform (classes in the afternoon to suit all time zones)
  • Saturday afternoon/evening – panel discussions and agent consultations.
  • Sunday afternoon/evening – faculty/student reading and closing virtual cocktail

Places in master classes are limited to 12, so register early to ensure your participation!

 

Paris has seen a proliferation of writing conferences and workshops, but WICE’s Paris Writers Workshop is the original event for writers in the French capital, with a record of quality going back 25 years. We are a non-profit association proud to keep its workshop affordable and insist on a teaching format in which students are given the greatest individual attention. We hope to see you this July!

2020

Upcoming Events

    • 05 Jul 2020
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 10 Jul 2020
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • Remote
    • 9
    Register

    Novel Writing Masterclass - Nicola Keegan

    This is an intensive boot camp for the writerly brain. It is intended for writers who have begun a novel, are stuck in the middle or are at the end of a first draft and almost out of gas. We’ll meet you where you are to discuss various strategies. We’ll explore the fundamentals of fiction writing. How to create multidimensional characters who come to life on the page, how to build a vibrant, detail-rich world, and how to concoct a tight and coherent plot that grips, moves and surprises a reader. Along the way we’ll discuss how to do this with style - in other words with a voice. The top priority remains your needs, your goals, your questions. Writers can expect to walk away ready to work with all cylinders firing.


    Additional literary agent consultations will be available for 75 Euros during the week, booking details can be found here (PWL059 Agent Consultation).

    Early bird prices are available until 15 May 2020

    PWW 2020 is going on-line - registrants shall benefit from a 15% reduction in price


    Times to Be Announced (Scheduling Will Accommodate Different Time Zones).

    Special Instructions: Please send a 12 point font, double-spaced, 15 pages of your own work for peer and instructor feedback between 01 June and 30 June 2020, with a paragraph about your reasons for taking the course and what you expect from it, to: pww@wice-paris.org, with a copy to Dimitri Keramitas (Director of the Paris Writers Workshop and WICE Creative Writing Program) at creativewriting@wice-paris.org. The material will be forwarded to the instructor.


    About the Author: Nicola Keegan is the author of the acclaimed novel Swimming, published by Knopf in 2009 and translated into twelve languages. It was a New York Time’s Editor’s Pick, selected for NPR’s Book’s We Love, one of Washington Post’s Best Books of 2009, and Number three in Time magazine’s Top Ten Fiction of 2009. She has just completed her second novel. She was born in Galway, Ireland and grew up in the United States, where she studied at the University of Iowa. She later moved to France, where she studied at the Sorbonne. She now divides her time between France and Ireland.

    • 05 Jul 2020
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 12 Jul 2020
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • Remote
    • 12
    Register

    Short Stories Masterclass - Peter Nichols

    Short stories can be just about anything, but how do you make yours stand out, and how do you prepare an effective collection for publication in today’s market? This workshop will help aspiring and experienced writers shape and refine their fiction according to their own vision, with emphasis on character, plot, structure and style. We will explore the principles of storytelling through writing exercises, discussion and analysis, with an added focus on publishing short stories and novellas in different countries and regions. Please consult the PWW website for information on manuscript submission guidelines.

    Additional literary agent consultations will be available for 75 Euros during the week, booking details can be found here (PWL059 Agent Consultation).


    Early bird prices are available until 15 May 2020

    PWW 2020 is going on-line - registrants shall benefit from a 15% reduction in price


    Times to Be Announced (Scheduling Will Accommodate Different Time Zones).

    About the instructor: Peter Nichols is the author of the international bestsellers, The Rocks (fiction 2015) (in development with the BBC for a television series), the nonfiction bestsellers A Voyage for Madmen, Evolution's Captain (in development with Welle Entertainment for a television series), and three other books of fiction, memoir, and non-fiction. His novel Voyage to the North Star was nominated for the Dublin IMPAC literary award. His journalism has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He has taught creative writing in the MFA programs at Antioch University Los Angeles, Fairfield University; and at Georgetown University, Bowdoin College, New York University in Paris, and elsewhere.


    Special Instructions: Please send a 12 point font, double-spaced, 1,000-word short-story sample (optional) between 01 June and 30 June 2020, with a paragraph about your reasons for taking the course and what you expect from it, to: pww@wice-paris.org, with a copy to Dimitri Keramitas (Director of the Paris Writers Workshop and WICE Creative Writing Program) at creativewriting@wice-paris.org. The material will be forwarded to the instructor.

    • 05 Jul 2020
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 12 Jul 2020
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • Remote
    • 12
    Register

    Poetry Masterclass - Geoffrey Nutter

    A poet needs both something to write about and skill in writing. We will focus on these two themes so important in strong poetry - mastering elements of craft and finding inspiration.

    Additional literary agent consultations will be available for 75 Euros during the week, booking details can be found here (PWL059 Agent Consultation).


    Early bird prices are available until 15 May 2020

    PWW 2020 is going on-line - registrants shall benefit from a 15% reduction in price


    Times to Be Announced (Scheduling Will Accommodate Different Time Zones).


    Special Instructions: Please send a 12 point font, double-spaced, selection of your own work for peer and instructor feedback between 01 June and 30 June 2020, with a paragraph about your reasons for taking the course and what you expect from it, to: pww@wice-paris.org, with a copy to Dimitri Keramitas (Director of the Paris Writers Workshop and WICE Creative Writing Program) at creativewriting@wice-paris.org. The material will be forwarded to the instructor.


    About the Author: Geoffrey Nutter is originally from California but has lived in New York for many years. He has published five books: A Summer Evening (winner of the Colorado Prize, 2001); Water’s Leaves & Other Poems (winner of the Verse Prize, 2005); Christopher Sunset (winner of the 2011 Sheila Motton Book Award); The Rose of January (Wave Books, 2013); and Cities at Dawn. Geoffrey studied poetry at the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop, where he was awarded the Academy of American Poets Prize, and has taught poetry classes at Princeton University, The New School, New York University, Columbia University School of the Arts, the 92nd Street Y in NYC, and the University of Iowa. Geoffrey has collaborated with many artists, including the composer Brandon Scott Rumsey and the artist David Scher. He recently traveled in China, visiting universities and schools and giving lectures, workshops, and readings as a participant in the Sun Yat-sen University Writers’ Residency. Geoffrey’s poems have been translated into Spanish, French, and Mandarin. Soir d’été, a bilingual edition of his poems translated into French by poets Molly Lou Freeman and Julien Marcland, was recently published in France, and his book Water’s Leaves & Other Poems is being translated into German. A new book, Giant Moth Perishes, is forthcoming from Wave Books. Geoffrey runs the Wallson Glass Poetry Seminars in New York City.

    • 05 Jul 2020
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 12 Jul 2020
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • Remote
    • 8
    Register

    Creative Non-Fiction Masterclass - Lise Funderburg

    Creative Non-Fiction celebrate curiosity, observation, prejudice, and other idiosyncrasies of the human condition. They use the techniques of literary fiction and journalism in service of compelling real-life stories. In this intensive workshop, participants will write and revise and then write and revise some more. Find your material in the city that surrounds you; the questions and answers you've stumbled across; the way life has surprised you, perplexed you, or maybe just tickled you pink. In addition to writing and workshopping, we will use exercises and readings to address issues such as narrative tension, transitions, character development, dialogue, point of view, imagery, and metaphor, and personal voice.

    Additional literary agent consultations will be available for 75 Euros during the week, booking details can be found here (PWL059 Agent Consultation).

    Early bird prices are available until 15 May 2020

    PWW 2020 is going on-line - registrants shall benefit from a 15% reduction in price


    Times to Be Announced (Scheduling Will Accommodate Different Time Zones).


    Special Instructions: Please send a 12 point font, double-spaced, 15 pages of your own work for peer and instructor feedback between 01 June and 30 June 2020, with a paragraph about your reasons for taking the course and what you expect from it, to: pww@wice-paris.org, with a copy to Dimitri Keramitas (Director of the Paris Writers Workshop and WICE Creative Writing Program) at creativewriting@wice-paris.org. The material will be forwarded to the instructor.


    About the Author: Lise Funderburg is a writer based in Philadelphia. She studied at Reed College and the Columbia University School of Journalism, and her articles, essays, and reviews have appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, The Nation, National Geographic, Garden Design, Cleaver, The Chattahooochee Review, and Prevention. Her latest book is the bestselling social history/memoir, Pig Candy: Taking My Father South, Taking My Father Home. In addition to literature fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Leeway Foundation, and James Thurber House, she has been awarded residencies at the Blue Mountain Colony, MacDowell Colony, and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation. Lise teaches Creative Nonfiction at the University of Pennsylvania and Rutgers University MFA Program.

    • 09 Jul 2020
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • Remote
    • 50
    Register

    Panel Discussion 1: Womens Writes/Rights 

    Open to General Public

    Panelists: Nicola Keegan, April Eberhadt, +1 Panellist Guest


    Times to Be Announced (Scheduling Will Accommodate Different Time Zones). Please check back soon for more details of our upcoming panel discussions.

    Expert workshop classes will be held remotely online (classes in the morning and readings, talks and panel discussions in the afternoon and evening).

    • 09 Jul 2020
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • Remote
    • 50
    Register

    Panel Discussion 2: Cultural Appropriation

    Open to General Public

    Panelists: Caroline Vu, Ian Thomas Shaw, April Eberhadt


    Times to Be Announced (Scheduling Will Accommodate Different Time Zones). Please check back soon for more details of our upcoming panel discussions.

    Expert workshop classes will be held remotely online (classes in the morning and readings, talks and panel discussions in the afternoon and evening).

    • 09 Jul 2020
    • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • Remote
    • 14
    Register

    Agent Consultation

    Individual Consultations

    Agent: Gregory Messina, originally from New York State, operates the Linwood Messina Literary Agency, in Paris. After graduating from Washington University, he worked at the renowned Curtis Brown agency. He later worked in California at a talent agency, film production company and Hollywood studio. Gregory has lived in Paris since 2004, specializing in selling translation and other subsidiary rights for Edition Robert Laffont and Place des Editeurs before founding his own agency.


    • 10 Jul 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • Remote
    • 12
    Register

    Writing Craft Talk: Writing the Child

    Open to General Public

    Speaker: Lauren Grodstein


    Please check back soon for more details of our upcoming writing craft talk.

    Expert workshop classes will be held remotely online (classes in the morning and readings, talks and panel discussions in the afternoon and evening).

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