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    • 30 Sep 2019
    • 29 Jun 2020
    • 33 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 8
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    This English course is for people with an advanced intermediate knowledge of English grammar and vocabulary or higher.

    Participants will strengthen their knowledge in English grammar, vocabulary, speaking, and listening building upon existing skills. Emphasis will be given to developing conversational skills and building confidence in various types of interactions. A variety of topics and readings will be used to develop oral and written communication skills.

    This 90-minute course will be held in English once a week to maximize learner exposure to and participation in the language.

    About the Instructor: Sage Morghan holds a Masters in ESL (English as a Second Language) Education as well as a second Masters and PhD in French Studies with a specialty in French cinema. She has over 15 years of experience teaching French and English to students of various ages.

    Special Instructions: Before registering for this course you may want to check if the level of the course is right for you using the English Placement Test. If you choose to take the placement test, we recommend that you take this assessment once, without assistance or study aids.

    • 30 Sep 2019
    • 29 Jun 2020
    • 33 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 6
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    This German Guided Discussion Group is open to people with a strong intermediate or advanced level of German. Our group leaders suggest interesting topics and readings prior to each group discussion. If you enjoy reading, speaking, presenting, and engaging in diverse topic-centered discussions, this group is for you. In addition, to learning and developing through guided discussions with other participants, you will also have the opportunity to get personalized constructive feedback. The German Guided Discussion group speaks only in German for 90 minutes which gives participants an excellent space to practice.

    Ce Groupe de Discussion Guidée Allemand est ouvert aux personnes qui parlent allemand presque couramment (niveaux intermédiaire-avancé ou avancé).  Nos animateurs proposent des sujets intéressants et des textes avant chaque groupe. Si vous appréciez la lecture, la communication, la présentation et la participation à des discussions diverses, ce groupe est pour vous. En plus, d’apprendre et se développer à travers des discussions guidées avec d'autres participants, vous aurez également la possibilité d'obtenir des commentaires constructifs et personnalisés. Ce groupe de discussion guidée est un excellent endroit pour vous réunir avec d’autres enthousiastes de la langue allemande. Le groupe ne parle qu’allemand pendant 1,5 heure.

    Facilitator(s): Monika de Vigneral, Ulla Emonet and Dorothee Yvernes


    • 01 Oct 2019
    • 30 Jun 2020
    • 68 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 9
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    This program introduces the French language for learners with no or little previous knowledge. It will help you acquire and put into practice the basic foundations of French grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation techniques. You will develop your French language competencies in areas of writing, speaking, listening, and reading. This program’s use of interactive learner-centered methods facilitates engagement and lasting progress.

    Please note that this program is geared for learners new to French with little or no prior knowledge. Meeting twice a week for 90-minutes, this course will be held mostly in French to maximize learner exposure to the target language during the initial stages of the French language acquisition process.

    About the Instructor:

    Camille ESPLENDIU has a Masters degree in French language as well as an undergraduate degree in English and Spanish.  She began her teaching career in Paris teaching American university students. She then spent one year as a lecturer at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.  Camille has been teaching in Paris for three years at various schools.  She specializes in teaching adults and professionals.


    Audrey Charmont has a Masters in Marketing and Communications as well as a DAEFLE (French as a Foreign Language). She has French teaching experience in France and abroad. For the past twelve years, she has built a combined business.



    • 01 Oct 2019
    • 30 Jun 2020
    • 68 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 10
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    This program builds on the basics of French. It is for students with a basic understanding and ability to communicate and exchange information in a simple way. At the beginning of the program, students can ask simple questions and understand simple answers. You will develop and improve your French language competencies in areas of writing, speaking, listening, and reading. This program’s use of interactive learner-centered methods facilitates engagement and lasting progress.

    Please note that this program is geared for learners with some prior knowledge in French (Beginner Plus). Meeting twice a week for 90-minutes, this course will be held mostly in French to maximize learner exposure to the target language during the initial stages of the French language acquisition process.

    About the Instructor:

    Camille ESPLENDIU has a Masters in French language as well as an undergraduate degree in English and Spanish.  She began her teaching career in Paris teaching American university students. She then spent one year as a lecturer at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.  Camille has been teaching in Paris for three years at various schools.  She specializes in teaching adults and professionals

    Audrey Charmont has a Masters in Marketing and Communications as well as a DAEFLE (French as a Foreign Language). She has French teaching experience in France and abroad. For the past twelve years, she has built a combined business.


    Special Instructions: Before registering for the program you may want to check if the level is right for you using the French Placement Test. We recommend that you take this assessment once, without assistance or study aids.  
    • 01 Oct 2019
    • 30 Jun 2020
    • 68 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 7
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    This dynamic French course will help you practice and prepare for an array of everyday life situations in French. This level is for students with ability to deal with simple, straightforward information and the ability express themselves in familiar contexts and to take part in a routine conversation on simple predictable topics.

    Using interactive methods to ensure learner engagement and lasting progress, the course’s aim is to facilitate your progression in areas of vocabulary development; oral and written expression; comprehension; and pronunciation.

    This course is geared for learners with a strong prior beginner’s knowledge of French. This 90-minute course will be held in French, twice a week, to maximize learner exposure to and participation in the target language.

    About the Instructor: Muriel Lunetta has an MA in FLE (French as a Foreign Language) from the Sorbonne. She has more than 20 years foreign language teaching experience.

    Special Instructions: Before registering for the program you may want to check if the level is right for you using the French Placement Test. We recommend that you take this assessment once, without assistance or study aids.



    • 01 Oct 2019
    • 30 Jun 2020
    • 68 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 8
    Register

    This dynamic course will fine tune your abilities in an array of everyday life situations in French. Students at this level have the ability to express themselves on a range of topics. They are comfortable in most situations and have a strong vocabulary with few mistakes.

    Using interactive methods to ensure learner engagement and lasting progress, the course’s aim is to facilitate your progression in areas of vocabulary development, oral and written expression, comprehension and pronunciation.

    This course is geared for learners with prior intermediate exposure to French. This course will be held in French, twice a week, to maximize learner exposure to and participation in the target language.

    About the Instructor: Muriel Lunetta has an MA in FLE (French as a Foreign Language) from the Sorbonne. She has more than 20 years foreign language teaching experience.

    Special Instructions: Before registering for the program you may want to check if the level is right for you using the French Placement Test. We recommend that you take this assessment once, without assistance or study aids.

    • 02 Oct 2019
    • 24 Jun 2020
    • 34 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 0
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    This English Guided Discussion Group is open to people who have a strong intermediate or advanced level of English. Our group leaders suggest interesting topics and readings prior to each group discussion. If you enjoy reading, speaking, presenting, and engaging in diverse topic-centered discussions, this group is for you. In addition, to learning and developing through guided discussions with other participants, you will also have the opportunity to get personalized constructive feedback. The group speaks only in English for 90 minutes.

    Ce groupe de discussion guidée anglais est ouvert aux personnes qui parlent anglais presque couramment (niveaux intermédiaire-avancé ou avancé). Nos animateurs proposent des sujets intéressants et des textes avant chaque groupe. Si vous appréciez la lecture, la communication, la présentation et la participation à des discussions diverses, ce groupe est pour vous. En plus, d’apprendre et se développer à travers des discussions guidées avec d'autres participants, vous aurez également la possibilité d'obtenir des commentaires constructifs. Ce groupe de discussion guidée est un excellent endroit pour vous réunir avec d’autres enthousiastes de la langue anglais. Le groupe ne parle qu’anglais pendant 1,5 heure.

    Facilitator(s): Susan Reed, Mavis Negroni, Ann Hattaway,  Susan Morris and Clara Siverson.

    Special Instructions:  Before registering for this course you may want to check if the level of the course is right for you using the English Placement Test. If you choose to take the placement test, we recommend that you take this assessment once, without the assistance of study aids.


    • 04 Oct 2019
    • 26 Jun 2020
    • 32 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 0
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    This French Guided Discussion Group is open to people who have a strong intermediate or an advanced level of French. The group leaders provide participants with engaging weekly readings on a wide range of topics prior to each dynamic and fast-paced seminar. If you enjoy reading, speaking, presenting, and engaging in diverse topic-centered discussions, this group is for you. In addition to learning and developing through guided discussions with other participants, you will also have the opportunity to get personalized constructive feedback. The French Guided Discussion group speaks only in French for 90 minutes which gives participants an excellent space to practice.

    Ce groupe de discussion guidé français est ouvert aux personnes qui parlent français presque couramment (niveaux intermédiaire-avancé ou avancé). Nos animateurs de langue française fournissent aux participants des lectures intéressants avant chaque groupe hebdomadaire.  Ce groupe est dynamique et rapide. Si vous appréciez la lecture, la communication, la présentation et la participation à des discussions diverses, ce groupe est pour vous. En plus, d’apprendre et se développer à travers des discussions guidées avec d'autres participants, vous aurez également la possibilité d'obtenir des commentaires constructifs et personnalisés. Le groupe ne parle que français pendant 1,5 heure ce qui donne aux participants toute la place pour s’exprimer.

    Facilitator(s):  Brice Dardel, Caroline Hautcoeur and Valerie Brosbrann.

    Special Instructions: Before registering for the course you may want to check if the level of the course is right for you using the French Placement Test (optional). If you choose to take the placement test, we recommend that you take this assessment once, without the assistance of study aids.


    • 04 Nov 2019
    • 29 Jun 2020
    • 29 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 8
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    This English Guided Discussion Group is open to people who have a strong intermediate or advanced level of English. Our group leaders suggest interesting topics and readings prior to each group discussion. If you enjoy reading, speaking, presenting, and engaging in diverse topic-centered discussions, this group is for you. In addition, to learning and developing through guided discussions with other participants, you will also have the opportunity to get personalized constructive feedback. The group speaks only in English for 90 minutes.

    Ce groupe de discussion guidée anglais est ouvert aux personnes qui parlent anglais presque couramment (niveaux intermédiaire-avancé ou avancé). Nos animateurs proposent des sujets intéressants et des textes avant chaque groupe. Si vous appréciez la lecture, la communication, la présentation et la participation à des discussions diverses, ce groupe est pour vous. En plus, d’apprendre et se développer à travers des discussions guidées avec d'autres participants, vous aurez également la possibilité d'obtenir des commentaires constructifs. Ce groupe de discussion guidée est un excellent endroit pour vous réunir avec d’autres enthousiastes de la langue anglais. Le groupe ne parle qu’anglais pendant 1,5 heure.

    Facilitator(s): Regan FalconAlice Meade and Stuart Attewell.

    Special Instructions:  Before registering for this course you may want to check if the level of the course is right for you using the English Placement Test. If you choose to take the placement test, we recommend that you take this assessment once, without the assistance of study aids.


    • 13 Jan 2020
    • 03 Feb 2020
    • 4 sessions
    • 71 rue Leblanc, 75015 Paris
    • 3
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    "Drawing is the artist's most direct and spontaneous expression, a species of writing: it reveals, better than does painting, his true personality." Edgar Degas (1834 - 1917).

    If you have ever said to yourself “I’d like to try drawing”, or “I want to get back to drawing but just don’t seem to find the time”, this class would be a great way to begin the New Year.

    All are welcome to join, including beginners or anyone seeking the structure of weekly meetings, guidance and inspiration from an artist who is also an experienced teacher, as well as the conviviality of practising in a group.

    Instruction includes a variety of drawing techniques and tools (ink, charcoal, pencil, and watercolor) in addition to the exploration of the many possibilities for subject matter in drawing, either through direct observation or through one’s imagination.
    The registration fee for this class includes all materials.

    About the Instructor: Prior to settling in Paris, Jan Olsson was awarded the Professional Fellowship in Painting from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in drawing. Examples of her student's work may be seen on her teaching blog. Jan's artwork has been exhibited in Paris’ most competitive juried exhibitions, and is included in both private and museum collections.

    Photo Credit: Jan Olsson
    • 24 Jan 2020
    • 31 Jan 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 0
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    This fascinating class will introduce the technique of embroidery on printed fabrics. It is a chance to build your confidence with embroidery stitches, experiment with colours schemes and explore different and unexpected fabrics. You can keep your embroideries framed as beautiful textile art or, to add a certain je ne sais quoi, we will teach you how to transform them into patches!

    About the Instructor: Rebecca Devaney is a textile artist, researcher and educator who currently works as a Haute Couture Embroiderer in Paris, France.  She has a BA in Art and Design Education and a MFA in Textile Art and Artefact from the National College of Art and Design, Ireland and recently completed professional training in Haute Couture Embroidery at the École Lesage, France.

    Photo Credit: Rebecca Devaney

    • 28 Jan 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 8
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    Apéro (v): to meet at WICE with fellow members, volunteers and friends.

    Courtesy of RAYE

    Join us on the last Tuesday of the month as we get together to meet, greet and have fun.

    Held at the WICE office, this is your opportunity to catch up with fellow WICE members, volunteers and friends over an apéro.

    It’s our way of saying thank you for your support, either as a member or volunteer.

    Not a member?  Come along and find out about the great courses on offer at WICE.

    Interested in joining?  Become a member of WICE.

    Want to contribute to the work of WICE? Become a volunteer.

    Photo Credit: Courtesy of RAYE

    • 29 Jan 2020
    • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 3
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    Learn how to break into the job market in France. In this workshop you will learn how to target your search, write your CV in French (what to include and how to make it fit expectations here) and preparation for a job interview with French Recruiters. This workshop will pull together resources to prepare and encourage you during your job hunt. With hands-on exercises, Q&A, and step-by-step guidance, you will leave with the skills you need to tackle the job hunt France.

    About the Instructor: Mayghan Dolmy, Founder of Happy Expats in France, is a French HR Consultant. She advises expats and accompanies them step by step with customized HR services to suit their job search.

    • 03 Feb 2020
    • 30 Mar 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • Instructor’s Studio (Ile St Louis)
    • 4
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    This new course is designed to allow students to pursue an independent project at their own pace over a two-month period. The initial class will include a review of students’ current work and proposed theme, with feedback and suggestions for successful completion of the project. The final class will allow for the presentation of the work and friendly class critique, as well as recommendations for next steps in the sharing the project, such as securing an exhibition, pursuing book or magazine publication, entering competitions, or creating an internet presentation.

    Students can expect to:

    • Learn to create a project plan and artist statement
    • Hone their skills in selecting their best work for the project
    • Receive feedback on their project theme and their images
    • Learn methods for promoting a finished project

    Course Requirements: Suitable for all levels of photographers.

    About the Instructor: Meredith Mullins is a popular photo instructor, with a wealth of teaching experience. She is a fine-art photography mentor, an internationally exhibited photographer, and a winner of international photography competitions, including the Grand Concours Photo sur Paris, PX3 Competition, Julia Margaret Cameron Award, Photographer’s Forum, and Worldwide Gala Photo Awards. She is the author of the award-winning book In a Paris Moment, a leader of photo adventure tours, and the Co-Founder of the International Fine Art Photography Competition.

    Photo Credit: Meredith Mullins
    • 04 Feb 2020
    • 10 Mar 2020
    • 6 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 4
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    How important are your opening pages, your choice of narration-style, your plot outline? It’s best to sort these issues before you set out on your writing odyssey, learning what the modern reader likes (as well as publishers) while gaining confidence in your creativity.

    Each week participants will explore a specific writing technique before trying their hand at that technique or bringing in one page from their existing project to share in class the following week.

    About the Instructor: Gretel Furner is one of our most popular instructors. She grew up in England and has an M.A. from Oxford University and a Ph.D. on the modern novel from the University of the Saarland, Germany. She was an associate professor at George Washington University and an instructor at the Johns Hopkins School of International Studies. She lives between London and Paris and has been an instructor at WICE since 2003.

    • 06 Feb 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Location will be communicated 24 hours before the date.
    • 6
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    Receiving feedback of our images and work is essential for advancing our technique and style. Students will learn how to organize their photos by theme, maintaining coherence between images within a series.

    They also will learn how to build and present a personal portfolio to a gallery or a photography competition as long with the printing process.

    A visit of a professional photography laboratory is included. In this visit, the students will learn how to choose the right photography paper for their images, as long with the technical printing process adapted to their needs.

    During class participants will show their images and receive feedback from the instructor and other students.

    Students can expect to:

    • Learn about how to organize images by theme
    • Learn how to select the best images and why
    • Learn about how to present a professional portfolio
    • Critique their own work
    • Find a personal style by analyzing their images
    • Learn on printing process
    • Visit of a professional photography laboratory.

    Course Requirements: Suitable for all levels of photography. Students are invited to bring their images (printed or in USB). You
    can also bring your laptops.

    Location: Location will be communicated 24 hours before the date of the class.

    About the Instructor: Juan Manuel Abellán graduated in Advertising and Visual Arts and holds a Master in Art, philosophy and aesthetics, specialised in Photography and Contemporary Art.  He has worked with the agency Magnum Photo and exhibited his work in several exhibitions, including at the Centre Georges Pompidou. Passionate about photography, Juan Manuel works as a freelance photographer with a specialization in portrait, dance and fine art photography.  He looks forward to sharing his secrets with WICE members.

    Photo Credit: Juan Manuel Abellán
    • 06 Feb 2020
    • 12 Mar 2020
    • 6 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 8
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    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. Each week we will do some writing in class and a homework task will be set so that we can share what we've written the following week. Teaching will cover how to write stronger poetry and where to find sources of inspiration. 

    All levels of experience welcome.

    About the Instructor: David Barnes is a British poet who has run a weekly writers' workshop at Shakespeare & Company and an open mike poetry night every Monday (SpokenWord Paris) for a decade. He is the Editor in Chief of The  Bastille, the literary magazine of SpokenWord Paris. His poetry has been published in a number of magazines. He was the co-editor of Strangers in Paris - New Writing Inspired by the City of Light (2011, Tightrope Books) which included work by such writers as Alice Notley, Jorie Graham and John Berger. He has previosuly taught classes for WICE in short fiction, travel writing and turning life into fiction.

    • 07 Feb 2020
    • 26 Jun 2020
    • 17 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 10
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    This English course is for people with prior beginner knowledge of English grammar and vocabulary. It aims to help participants refresh and acquire additional communication skills in English. The course will reinforce your existing skills and facilitate your progression in areas of English grammar, vocabulary, speaking, and listening with a focus on developing conversational confidence. Various topics and resources will be used to develop your communication skills.

    Ce cours s'adresse à la fois aux membres de WICE qui ont déjà des connaissances de base en grammaire et en vocabulaire. L’objectif du cours est d’aider les participants qui souhaitent réactiver et enrichir leurs capacités de communication en anglais. Il vous permet de renforcer vos connaissances et faciliter votre progrès dans les domaines variés de grammaire, le vocabulaire, d’expression orale, et de compréhension orale en se concentrant sur le développement de la capacité en conversation. Le cours utilisera des sujets et des ressources variés pour améliorer et enrichir vos compétences linguistiques.


    About the Instructor:  Clara Siverson is a CELTA certified English teacher who has been teaching English to children and adults since 2004. A California native, she is passionate about writing and helping people learn to express themselves efficiently in the English language. 

    Special Instructions: Before registering for this course you may want to check if the level of the course is right for you using the English Placement Test. If you choose to take the placement test, we recommend that you take this assessment once, without assistance or study aids.

    • 07 Feb 2020
    • 26 Jun 2020
    • 17 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 10
    Registration is closed

    This Spanish course is for people with prior beginner knowledge of Spanish grammar and vocabulary. It aims to help participants refresh and acquire additional communication skills in Spanish. The course will reinforce your existing skills and facilitate your progression in areas of grammar, vocabulary, speaking, and listening with a focus on developing conversational confidence. Various topics and resources will be used to develop your communication skills.

    Este curso de español está destinado y diseñado para personas con conocimientos previos de gramática y vocabulario de español. El objetivo principal es ayudar a los participantes a refrescar y adquirir habilidades adicionales de comunicación en español. El curso reforzará sus habilidades existentes y facilitará su progresión en las áreas de gramática, vocabulario, conversación y escucha con un enfoque en el desarrollo de la confianza en la conversación. Se utilizarán varios temas y recursos para desarrollar sus habilidades de comunicación.  


    About the Instructor: 


    Mónica Hernández Cordero is a native of Madrid, Spain and currently a PhD student at the Sorbonne.  She has been teaching Spanish and English for more than seven years.  Passionate about language and literature, she studied Philology and developed an in-depth understanding of the linguistic and psycholinguistic bases of language giving her specialized knowledge of language acquisition.  She speaks several languages including, English and French.

    Special Instructions: No additional requirements.

    • 11 Feb 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 7
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    In 1941, Irène Némirovsky sat down to write a book that would convey the magnitude of what she was living through by evoking the domestic lives and personal trials of the ordinary citizens of France. Némirovsky's death in Auschwitz in 1942 prevented her from seeing the day, sixty-five years later, that the existing two sections of her planned novel sequence, Suite Française, would be rediscovered and hailed as a masterpiece.

    Set during the year that France fell to the Nazis, Suite Française falls into two parts. The first is a brilliant depiction of a group of Parisians as they flee the Nazi invasion; the second follows the inhabitants of a small rural community under occupation. Suite Française is a novel that teems with wonderful characters struggling with the new regime. However, amidst the mess of defeat, and all the hypocrisy and compromise, there is hope. True nobility and love exist, but often in surprising places.

    "Quite outstanding, full of beauty, pain and truth" -- Anne Chisholm Sunday Telegraph

    "An irresistible work. Suite Francaise clutches the heart" -- Carmen Callil The Times

    "The work of a genuine artist" -- Julian Barnes Guardian

    About the Instructor: Tracy is a wordsmith with a love of both the written and spoken word. When she doesn't have her head in a book or isn't tapping away writing her next book, she can be found either shopping at a local farmer's market, wandering around a brocante looking for old cookware, vintage china and maps or chatting over a bottle of wine with friends in her adopted French homeland. After spending over 20 years in international project and risk management she moved to the French countryside and returned to her passion for writing and books. Her first short story collections were published in 2015 and 2016, and she is also a book coach, editor and writers workshop leader.


    • 12 Feb 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Private residence (meeting point: TBC, nearest metro: Bonne Nouvelle)
    • 8
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    ** Join us for a Hearty Lunch & Glass of Wine featuring **

    Traditional Veal Stew 

    It’s easy to understand why Blanquette de Veau isone of the most popular of all French dishes.

     Young and old alike are charmed by this delicate stew with white wine, boiling onions, carrots, and mushrooms, made suave with cream create a simply gorgeous and incredibly delicious sauce!

    Of course, if you make it yourself, it’s even better!

    Blanquette de Veau uses an inexpensive cut of veal, and Chef Randall will show you his technique of cooking veal to perfection.

    Foret Noire Triffle - Chocolate Dessert 

    While this famous dessert is most often seen today in a frozen version, Chef Randall has adapted his special Black Forest Cake.

    Learn Chef Randall's recipes for Chocolate Mousse, White Chocolate Ganache, and how to cook cherries in wine!

    He will show you how to quickly and easily combine crumbled chocolate butter cookies, creamy dark chocolate mousse, white chocolate ganache, and cherries cooked in wine.

    Perfect for a Special Valentine's Dessert or a great Party Dish!
       
    Techniques: cooking the perfect veal blanquette; cooking the vegetable garnish; making the rich sauce; making chocolate butter cookies; making a creamy chocolate mousse; making white chocolate ganache; cooking cherries in wine.

    About the Instructor: Chef Randall Price will share with us his passion for French cuisine, drawing on his 25 years of experience cooking France for heads of state and working as Chef-Instructor at the professional Paris cooking, Ecole de Cuisine La Varenne. His entertaining style, easy-to-follow demonstrations and focus on classic techniques will inspire you to reproduce dishes at home.

    • 13 Feb 2020
    • 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Edwart Chocolatier, 244 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris (nearest metro Concorde, Tuilieries or Madeleine)
    • 8
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    Dive into the technique and science of making filled dark chocolate bonbons, usually with a dark chocolate ganache and praline center. For those 'soft at heart,' make yours truly a Valentine's special. Choose a unique heart-shaped style instead of the classic demi-spheres! Suitable for teens 16 years old+. Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to get hands on! This is a truly Do It Yourself experience.

    About the Instructor: Chef Lisa Arielle Allen is an American pâtissière, with an extremely sweet set of teeth! Throughout her life, she has enjoyed making surrounding lives sweeter with homemade treats. After a long, successful career as an International Arts Educator, Lisa is now fully trained in French Pastry by the esteemed Ferrandi école de gastronomie, with additional training in Michelin-starred kitchens, the Callebaut Chocolate Academy, among others. Here in Paris she has been running Tarts & Truffles Culinary Consulting for the last 2.5 years, and managing the DIY Atelier du Chocolat at Edwart Chocolatier for 1.5 years. She is excited to share her love, passion and knowledge for French pastry and chocolate with you!

    Photo Credit: Andrea Sunderland / Edwart Chocolatier

    • 14 Feb 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 1
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    Friday, 14 February 2020
    2:00pm - 3:30pm

    Cost: Free for WICE members and €5 for guests

    Tender is the Night is F. Scott Fitzgerald's dark account of a man struggling with his wife’s psychological disorder and a lifestyle that eats at his moral values.  
     
    He began the semi-autobiographical work in 1925 while living on the Riviera, seeking "something new in form, idea, structure, the model of the age that Joyce and Stein are searching for, that Conrad did not find." It was to be his last complete novel -- one so radically ambitious he hoped it would eclipse The Great Gatsby.
     
    When it was published nine years later some critics slammed it as anachronistic; today, it is considered one of the most important novels of 20th-century America.
     
    ‘This episodic, gorgeously written novel tracks the author’s own decline from the mid-1920s through to the Great Depression, which became an external correlative to Fitzgerald’s own spiritual (as well as financial) bankruptcy.’ Literary Review
     
    ‘Tendre est la nuit relate l’échec inéluctable d’un couple, et la lente déchéance d’un homme idéaliste et talentueux confronté à sa propre impuissance.’ France Culture

    Registration opens Saturday 11 January

    You may read the book in your language of choice. Discussions are in both French and English.

    • 21 Feb 2020
    • 06 Mar 2020
    • 3 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 6
    Register

    Playfulness and romance combine in the beautiful drawings and paintings of Nathalie Lété. You will embroider this joyful universe with wonderful patterns from her recent collaboration with Sublime Stitching. 

    You will learn how to plan an embroidery using a sampler of embroidery stitches (straight, back, stem, fly, daisy chain, french knots), transfer an embroidery pattern and set-up an embroidery frame.

    About the Instructor: Rebecca Devaney is a textile artist, researcher and educator who currently works as a Haute Couture Embroiderer in Paris, France.  She has a BA in Art and Design Education and a MFA in Textile Art and Artefact from the National College of Art and Design, Ireland and recently completed professional training in Haute Couture Embroidery at the École Lesage, France.

    Photo Credit: Rebecca Devaney

    • 22 Feb 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Location TBC
    • 10

    Apero is the thing to do in France, entertaining guests at your home with a few light bites and some easy drinks on hand. In this class, you’ll learn about wine cocktails, mixing wine with spirits and other tonics to please even the most discerning critics. Cocktails will be made, recipes shared and ideas given on how to throw an amazing apero for your friends.

    About the Instructor: Tanisha Townsend is an American wine professional that came to Paris for the love of wine. A professor, consultant, podcast host, Tanisha organizes events from the classroom to the dining room. Her goal is to educate and entertain, while promoting the history and joys of fermented beverages to the masses. She holds certifications from Wine and Spirit Education Trust in London, the Society of Wine Educators and the Wine Scholar Guild.

    Photo Credit: Girl Meets Glass

    • 24 Feb 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 47 rue des Ecoles, 75005 Paris (nearest metro: Cluny-la Sorbonne - line 10)
    • 18
    Register

    Located in the Latin Quarter, la Sorbonne University is the most famous university in France, specializing in Social Sciences. The seat of the University of Paris until the Revolution, and politically influential, it was founded in 1257 by Robert de Sorbon and Saint Louis(Charles IX) and rebuilt twice from 1600 to 1650 upon the wishes of the Cardinal Richelieu and then again during the 19th century.

    Join us to discover this magnificent palace by visiting the entrance hall, the main staircase, the courtyard, the large amphitheatre, the wide reception rooms with their splendid paintings.

    This visit will give you an insight into the history and architecture of this remarkable institution.

    About the Instructor: Catherine Estivalezes holds a PhD in British and American Studies from the Sorbonne and has been involved for years in a foundation for promoting contemporary art, before getting back to art history studies. She has several years of experience in guiding, including districts, monuments, museums, and temporary exhibitions.


    • 25 Feb 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 28
    Register

    Apéro (v): to meet at WICE with fellow members, volunteers and friends.

    Courtesy of RAYE

    Join us on the last Tuesday of the month as we get together to meet, greet and have fun.

    Held at the WICE office, this is your opportunity to catch up with fellow WICE members, volunteers and friends over an apéro.

    It’s our way of saying thank you for your support, either as a member or volunteer.

    Not a member?  Come along and find out about the great courses on offer at WICE.

    Interested in joining?  Become a member of WICE.

    Want to contribute to the work of WICE? Become a volunteer.

    Photo Credit: Courtesy of RAYE

    • 28 Feb 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 15
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    Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) composed ten monumental symphonies in his lifetime which were largely neglected for decades after his death but are now widely performed.  His Fifth Symphony was his first attempt at writing from the heart.  Many of his previous works called for the voice, which meant that a text was necessary;  that  helped him find his inspiration. However, at the turn of the 20th century all changed when he met Alma Schindler. 

    Drawing on a series of letters and meetings which punctuated their courtship and marriage, he composed his great Fifth Symphony. Mahler was fueled with tremendous emotion, especially when writing the fourth movement, the Adagietto – known for its delicacy and its passion and for being one of the most frequently recorded pieces of all time.  The fifth and final movement ends the symphony like no other. Mahler does not hold back;  it is full, loud and lavish! Like all of his nine finished symphonies, this one puts forth large, grandiose music that, when heard,  gives the listener universal emotions of the cycle of life with all the love and loss that comes with it.

    About the Instructor: As an American harpist, Lauren Woidela has travelled to three continents performing solo, chamber and orchestral concerts. As an instructor, she has given lectures for the musicology department of the Université de Paris-Sorbonne, focusing on 19th & 20th century music. She produced and hosted her own radio program for the former KXTR, Kansas City’s classical music radio station, captivating her audiences by bringing a fresh new view to classical music.

    Photo Credit: Moritz Nahr


    • 28 Feb 2020
    • 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Private Residence (nearest metro Corvisart, Glaciere or Place d'Italie)
    • 5
    Register

    Join French-trained Pastry Chef Lisa Allen in an inspired half-day of tart-making fun! She will guide your group through a fully immersive, hands-on experience creating your own Tarte Citron. Bake it all from scratch in Lisa’s quaint Parisian apartment. Coffee, tea or hot chocolate will be available to get your hands going! Taste your creations ‘sur place’ and/or receive a box to take your personal-sized tarts home.

    About the Instructor: Chef Lisa Arielle Allen is an American pâtissière, with an extremely sweet set of teeth! Throughout her life, she has enjoyed making surrounding lives sweeter with homemade treats. After a long, successful career as an International Arts Educator, Lisa is now fully trained in French Pastry by the esteemed Ferrandi école de gastronomie, with additional training in Michelin-starred kitchens, the Callebaut Chocolate Academy, among others. Here in Paris she has been running Tarts & Truffles Culinary Consulting for the last 2.5 years, and managing the DIY Atelier du Chocolat at Edwart Chocolatier for 1.5 years. She is excited to share her love, passion and knowledge for French pastry and chocolate with you!

    Photo Credit: Lisa Allen / Tarts & Truffles

    • 29 Feb 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Location will be communicated 24 hours before the date.
    • 6
    Register

    If you enjoy everyday life stories, this workshop is for you.

    We are surrounded by beauty at every instant, and you will learn how to capture these moments and transform them into poetic images.

    You will learn to be aware of your surroundings and keep a lookout for moments while walking on the street, through a market, or in a crowd during a day of national celebration. You will train your eye while learning about the photos of great masters, such as Robert Doisneau, Saul Leiter and Martin Parr.

    Students can expect to:

    • Learn about composition and light  in photography.
    • Develop observational skills to catch a moment and telling a story in a photograph.
    • Get hands-on experience through practical assignments.
    • Friendly and useful feedbacks on your pictures in a final critical review.

    Course Requirements: Suitable for all levels of photographers and all kind of digital cameras. Don’t forget to bring your camera, lens, battery full charged, memory card and plenty of motivation!

    Location: Location will be communicated 24 hours before the date of the class.

    About the Instructor: Juan Manuel Abellán graduated in Advertising and Visual Arts and holds a Master in Art, philosophy and aesthetics, specialised in Photography and Contemporary Art.  He has worked with the agency Magnum Photo and exhibited his work in several exhibitions, including at the Centre Georges Pompidou. Passionate about photography, Juan Manuel works as a freelance photographer with a specialization in portrait, dance and fine art photography.  He looks forward to sharing his secrets with WICE members.

    Photo Credit: Juan Manuel Abellán
    • 02 Mar 2020
    • 23 Mar 2020
    • 4 sessions
    • Instructor’s Studio (Ile St Louis)
    • 5
    Register

    This project-oriented class is designed to inspire continued movement along your photographic path. We will experiment with both technical and creative practice, with a focus on subject selection, concept, composition, lighting, exposure, and post-production techniques—all centered around expressing personal style, expanding the boundaries of your current approach to photography, and discovering the benefits of exploring a single theme in depth.

    You will choose a theme to work on throughout the course, so that your final project will be a collection of images interwoven in style and subject.  Class review will help with the final selection of your images and the refinement of your work.

    Students can expect to:

    • Become more familiar with their camera and its creative and technical options
    • Learn technical and creative techniques to create images with impact
    • Discover elements of your personal style
    • Move their work in new creative directions, especially by focusing on thematic work
    • Participate in a friendly critique session of their work


    Suitable for all levels of photographer.

    About the Instructor: Meredith Mullins is a popular photo instructor, with a wealth of teaching experience. She is a fine-art photography mentor, an internationally exhibited photographer, and a winner of international photography competitions, including the Grand Concours Photo sur Paris, PX3 Competition, Julia Margaret Cameron Award, Photographer’s Forum, and Worldwide Gala Photo Awards. She is the author of the award-winning book In a Paris Moment, a leader of photo adventure tours, and the Co-Founder of the International Fine Art Photography Competition.

    Photo Credit: Minsun Lee
    • 05 Mar 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Location will be communicated 24 hours before the date.
    • 6
    Register

    A beautiful portrait can give us insight into the expression, personality and mood of a subject. The focus is usually on the face but context and background may be included.

    This course offers participants a special understanding of professional portraiture by learning the lighting technique and tricks about portraiture. We will also analyzing the great figures of the contemporary scene to have inspiration. You’ll get practical advice on applying lighting techniques. A review and suggestions for your images will follow in a friendly critical review.

    Students can expect to:

    • learn the keys to portraiture photography;
    • learn about lighting techniques and composition;
    • get hands-on experience with practical assignments;
    • participate in a friendly critique of your work.

    Course Requirements: Suitable for all levels of photographers.  Participants are to bring a camera that can manually set ISO, shutter speed, and aperture, and/or are able to set a manual mode.  A lens of approximately 50mm full frame is highly recommended. Lenses 35mm, 70mm and 100mm are also useful (zooms or fixed lenses).

    Location: Location will be communicated 24 hours before the date of the class.

    About the Instructor: Juan Manuel Abellán graduated in Advertising and Visual Arts and holds a Master in Art, philosophy and aesthetics, specialised in Photography and Contemporary Art.  He has worked with the agency Magnum Photo and exhibited his work in several exhibitions, including at the Centre Georges Pompidou. Passionate about photography, Juan Manuel works as a freelance photographer with a specialization in portrait, dance and fine art photography.  He looks forward to sharing his secrets with WICE members.

    Photo Credit: Juan Manuel Abellán