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  • WICE Office, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris.

For all other events, please see the event detail page for location information.

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    • 23 Mar 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 20 Apr 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 5 sessions
    • Remote on-line
    • 4
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    Human experience, and fiction, is born from physical perception. This makes the senses a writer’s most precious tool. Since the pandemic has reduced the scope of our usual activities, it is crucial to practice our skills at finding the extraordinary in the everyday, the sublime in the mundane and the unusual in the familiar. The course is dedicated to honing the senses, analyzing, discussing and trying out strategies for how best to render embodied experience on the page.

    We will also discuss questions of craft including point of view, setting, characterization, and pacing. Participants will be asked to carry out fieldwork between sessions and generate their own writing in class.

    You will come out of the course with sharpened scene-writing skills, at least three story drafts, a daily writing practice and a method for delivering on-the-spot feedback to peers. 

    Authors discussed include Lynda Barry, Marcel Proust, Patrick Süskind, Vladimir Nabokov, Ursula K. Le Guin, Flannery O’Connor, James Joyce, Jamaica Kincaid. This course is adapted for literary nonfiction writers as well as fiction writers and best suited for those wishing to generate new writing. 

    Anna Polonyi holds an M.F.A. in fiction from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, an MA in journalism and a BA in history and literature from Harvard University. She is a recipient of a Fulbright for Young American Journalists, the Richard E. Guthrie Fellowship and Sylvia Beach Short Fiction Prize. She has worked as a reporter for Foreign Policy, The International New York Times, Agence France Press, Radio France Internationale and others. Her chapbook of poems, Wayword, is out with Finishing Line Press and she has taught creative writing with the Paris Institute for Critical Thinking, the University of Iowa, the Iowa Young Writers’ Studio, and WICE.

     


    • 06 Apr 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 29 Jun 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 23 sessions
    • Remote
    • 4
    Register

    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.

    The purpose of this class is to give the students the linguistic skills to get by in their daily life. We focus on pragmatic objectives such as buying food in a shop, interacting with neighbours, expressing health troubles, dealing with the Prefecture (in other words, real life situations).

    The following books are needed for class:

    • Edito A1, Didier, méthode de français
    • Edito A1, Didier, cahier d'activités
    • La grammaire progressive du français, niveau débutant, CLE international

    This course will be online due to current governmental guidelines for in person events. Details on joining the course via Zoom will be emailed to you before the start of the class. If you would like to test out your internet connection from a computer device before the start of the class you can click on the computer icon above or here

    About the Instructor: 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.

    • 06 Apr 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 29 Jun 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 12 sessions
    • Remote
    • 4
    Register

    French for French Nationality will help prepare you by covering language skills as well as culture and civilization knowledge necessary for the exam portion of your application for French nationality.

    To become a French citizen, you will have to pass a B1 language test called TCF-ANF (French Knowledge Test for Access to French Nationality). There are two tests:

    • Oral comprehension test of 30 questions that lasts 30 minutes
    • French oral test of 6 questions that lasts 15 minutes.

    WICE classes will help you to:

    • File your request for French citizenship (Compared to a typical annual carte de séjour renewal, applying for citizenship is more demanding)
    • Prepare for the two oral tests
    • Develop your cultural and historical French knowledge
    • Prepare for the oral with an employee of the French prefecture

    For the greatest benefit, from this class, students should be an advanced beginner or intermediate student  before enrolling. A score of 14 or higher on the French placement test will ensure you are ready for this course.

    This course will be online due to current governmental guidelines for in person events. Details on joining the course will continue to be emailed to you before the start of the class.

    About the Instructor: 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.

    Photo Credit: Nancy Cooper

    • 06 Apr 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 29 Jun 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 12 sessions
    • Remote
    • 4
    Register

    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  course will be held in English once a week.

    This course will be online due to current governmental guidelines for in person events. Details on joining the course will be emailed to you before the start of the class.If you would like to test out your internet connection from a computer device before the start of the class you click the computer icon above or click here.

    About the Instructor: Holly Runde holds an M.A. and PhD in French Studies from the University of Virginia, as well as a bachelor's degree from Vassar College in Philosophy. She has been teaching language, cinema, and culture courses to adult learners in the US and France for over 8 years. 

    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.

    Photo Credit: Nancy Cooper

    • 07 Apr 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 28 Apr 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 4 sessions
    • Remote Online
    • 10
    Register

    WHAT IS PILATES
    Pilates is a Mind/Body form of exercising. The use of the breath concentrates the mind and helps to control the simple movements. When the familiarity of the movements are achieved you flow from one position to another from spiralling, stretching and co-ordinating. The words written in “bold” emphasize the Principals of Joseph Pilates who started coding his method of obtaining a healthy body and mind and he explains it fully in his first book “Return to Life”. He had studied the optimum possibilities of body awareness throughout his life of strength and stretching to promote good health and longevity.

    WHO IS PILATES
    Joseph Pilates worked as a hospital orderly when he was interned on the Isle of White on the way to the US at the outbreak of WW1. His breathing and movement techniques helped and even saved interned soldiers during the epidemic of Influenza. A consideration during our current Pandemic situation that we are all experiencing. He continued with his discoveries and developments and when he reached New York and together with his wife Clara (a nurse) they created a studio in Manhattan which was attended by people with body issues, athletes and dancers. It is still considered to be one of the best cross training regimens of physical training.

    Anne gave three introductory Pilates classes for WICE in June of 2020 and she hopes to see some familiar faces again. She will explain and give a “follow-me class” at an accessible standard to all. It is recommended to turn on the ZOOM videos and time will be allotted for answering questions.

    All that is needed is the basic equipment of a yoga mat and an exercise band or, as substitutes, a towel laid on a carpet and stretchy tights if you do not yet have a band.


    About the Instructor: WICE member and Pilates teacher Anne Campbell- Crawford has been teaching Pilates in Paris for the last eleven years. After a lifetime in the world of Ballet and Modern Dance dancer/teacher/choreographer and later Artistic Director in Ireland, UK and the US. When arriving in Paris to live she trained as a Pilates Mat Instructor and hasn’t stopped teaching since. She hopes you will join her.

    • 07 Apr 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 30 Jun 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 12 sessions
    • Remote
    • 4
    Register

    In this French Film class, you will watch a film at home before class. Available on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Orange Video on Demand, Google Play, iTunes or YouTube. In class, the film will be used as a basis for a language lesson with cultural points and discussion.

    Watching films can be a powerful tool for learning a language and improving cultural knowledge.  It can be entertaining and enjoyable, which breaks psychological barriers that arise in traditional language learning.  Dialogue in films exposes you to authentic spoken language, a rich range of vocabulary and idiomatic expressions anchored in a meaningful context, all of which aids understanding and retention. 

    During the spring trimester, the group will watch classic movies of 1960 to modern movies from 2020 which showcase a variety of directors and actors. 

    • Jules et Jim (1962). De François Truffaut, avec Jeanne Moreau, Oskar Werner, Henri Serre.
    • La piscine (1969). De Jacques Deray, avec Alain Delon, Romy Schneider, Maurice Ronet.
    • Violette Nozière (1978). De Claude Chabrol, avec Isabelle Huppert, Stéphane Audran, Jean Carmet.
    • Coup de torchon (1981). De Bertrand Tavernier, avec Philippe Noiret, Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Pierre Marielle.
    • Garde à vue (1981). De Claude Miller, avec Lino Ventura, Michel Serrault, Romy Schneider.
    • Au revoir les enfant(1987). De Louis Malle, avec Gaspart Manesse, Raphael Fejtö.
    • Le Huitième jour (1996). De Jaco Van Dormael, avec Daniel Auteuil, Pascal Duquenne, Miou-Miou.
    • Ridicule (1996). De Patrice Leconte, avec Charles Berling, Jean Rochefort, Fanny Ardant.
    • Le Prénom (2012). De Alexandre de la Patellière, avec Patrick Bruel, Valérie Benguigui, Charles Berling.
    • La Cour de Babel (2014). De Julie Bertuccelli. Enfants irlandais, Serbes, Brésiliens, Tunisiens, Chinois, Sénégalais…..
    • Nous Trois Rien (2015). De Kheiron, avec Kheiron, Leïla Bekhti, Gérard Darmon.
    • Pupille (2018). De Jeanne Herry, avec Sandrine Kiberlain, Gilles Lellouche, Élodie Bouchez.
    To get information on movies you can use AlloCiné.fr which is the French IMDb.

    The main purpose of this course is increasing vocabulary, improving conversational skills and learning French culture via the movies presented.

    This French course is for people with advanced knowledge of French. Before registering for this course, you may want to check if the level of the course is right for you using the French Placement Test. If you choose to take the placement test, we recommend that you take this assessment once, without assistance or study aids.

    This course will be online due to governmental guidelines for in person events. Details on joining the course via Zoom will be emailed to you before the start of the class. If you would like to test out your internet connection from a computer device before the start of the class you can click on the computer icon above or here.

    About the Instructor: : Valérie Brosbrann grew up in Paris and moved to the US in 1981. She lived in the US for 38 years in New York City,  Washington, D.C and Boston. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Brandeis University. She has been teaching French since 1986. She taught adults with the US State Department, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Afterwards, she taught at private high schools in Manhattan. She has taught all levels of French including Advanced and AP classes. She returned to Paris for retirement in 2018 and has been volunteering with WICE for two years.

    Photo credit: Pubic Domain

    • 08 Apr 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 28 Jun 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 22 sessions
    • Remote
    • 4
    Register

    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 (Advanced Beginner). 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. This course runs in three modules 2.1 in the fall; 2.2 in winter; 2.3 spring. 

    This course will be online due to changes in current governmental guidelines for in person events. Details on joining the course will continue to be emailed to you before the start of the class. If you would like to test out your internet connection from a computer device before the start of the class you can click on the computer icon above or here.

    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 four years at various schools.  She specializes in teaching adults and professionals.

    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.

    • 08 Apr 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 28 Jun 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 22 sessions
    • Remote
    • 3
    Register

    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 an intermediate 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.

    This course will be online due to current governmental guidelines for in person events. Details on joining the course via Zoom will be emailed to you before the start of the class. If you would like to test out your internet connection from a computer device before the start of the class you can click on the computer icon above or here.

    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 and has been teaching at WICE for 11 years.

    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.

    • 08 Apr 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 24 Jun 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 12 sessions
    • Remote
    • 3
    Register

    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.

    This course will be online due to current governmental guidelines for in person events. Details on joining the course will be emailed to you before the start of the group meetings.

    Details on joining the course via Zoom will be emailed to you before the start of the class. If you would like to test out your internet connection from a computer device before the start of the class you can click on the computer icon above or here.

    Facilitators: Regan Falcon, Alice Meade, Mavis Negroni, Edward Donelan, Jane Etienne, Jayantika gandhi

    Photo Credit: Nancy Cooper

    • 08 Apr 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 24 Jun 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 10 sessions
    • Remote
    • 5
    Register

    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.

    This course will be online due to current governmental guidelines for in person events. Details on joining the course will be emailed to you before the start of the class. This group may move back to face to face meetings in our classroom if the restrictions on group meetings are relaxed.

    Facilitators:  Linda Adenis-Lamarre and Nathalie Abdallah 

    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.

    Photo Credit: Nancy Cooper

    • 09 Apr 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 25 Jun 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 11 sessions
    • Remote
    • 4
    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 advanced-intermediate French. This course will be held in French, once a week.

    This course will be online due to current governmental guidelines for in person events. Details on joining the course via Zoom will be emailed to you before the start of the class. If you would like to test out your internet connection from a computer device before the start of the class you can click on the computer icon above or here

    About the Instructor: 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.

    Photo Credit: Nancy Cooper

    • 09 Apr 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 25 Jun 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 12 sessions
    • Remote
    • 1
    Register

    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.

    This course will be online due to current governmental guidelines for in person events. Details on joining the course will be emailed to you before the start of the class. This group may move back to face to face meetings in our classroom if the restrictions on group meetings are relaxed.

    Facilitators: Brice Dardel 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.

    Photo Credit: Nancy Cooper

    • 12 Apr 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 17 May 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 4 sessions
    • Remote: On-line
    • 12
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    As we continue to adapt to challenging times, WICE will again offer the popular Creative Workout online class, with students from around the world joining the group.

    Each session will consist of two parts: an introduction lecture/discussion featuring practical information, a review of the work of notable photographers, and creative exercises; and, two weeks later, a review of images created in response to assignments.

    Session subjects include long exposures (creative ways to “paint” with light or expose in low-light conditions) and creativity in capturing motion (from frozen action to the beauty of blur).

    Students can expect to: • Learn about various genres of photography and master photographers in each field • Learn about exposure, composition, subject selection, and image impact • Have your technical questions answered directly • Participate in a friendly critique session of their work Course Requirements:

    Suitable for all levels of photographer

    Session 1 (The Art of Long Exposures) Mondays,  April 12 and 26

    Session 2: (Capturing Motion) Mondays,  May 3 and 17

    Meredith Mullins is a popular photo instructor and 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 and Director of the International Fine Art Photography Competition.

    www.meredithmullins.artspan.com

    Photo Credit: Minsun Lee

    • 15 Apr 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 20 May 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 6 sessions
    • Remote: on-line
    • 8
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    Writing Features: From Idea to Publication

    A thriving market exists for features, including sites and publications focusing on culture, science, the arts, and current affairs. This class begins by defining the important distinction between the feature article and "hard news". We will then examine the different kinds of features as well as aspects of the writing, with emphasis on developing the story idea and structuring articles that elicit and hold the reader’s interest. Finally, we study a range of research resources and ways to publish the article. The workshop includes in-class writing and interview practice.

    Alecia McKenzie is a writer and journalist based in Paris. She holds an MSc from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and worked at The Wall Street Journal / Europe early in her career. She is the founder and editor of the arts-news site SWAN. Alongside her career as a novelist and short-story author, she has written numerous articles for a global news agency and for a range of international publications. Her most recent book is "A Million Aunties".

    • 15 Apr 2021
    • 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • Remote: On-Line
    • 30
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    Racist events in recent months have sensitized us to the problems faced by minority groups. Even when Jews, who had endured oppressive discrimination for centuries, became mostly assimilated into the mainstream during the 19 th century, the shadow of anti-Semitism played a role in the way in which Jews in Europe displayed their presence, including the appearance of their synagogues.

    This meant keeping a low profile architecturally and conforming to whatever styles were prevailing at the time of building. Nevertheless, many magnificent synagogues were built wherever there were large Jewish communities.

    While tourists flock en masse to Christian churches and cathedrals, how many of us know much about synagogue building, which can tell us a lot about how the Jews and their Christian neighbors reconciled conflicting social and religious needs, or at least hoped to do that? Find out in this class!

    (Note: As an “apéritif” to this class, take a 25 minute tour of the monumental Dohany synagogue in Budapest at: https://www.arte.tv/fr/videos/048555-013-A/des-monuments-et-des-hommes/)

    Carol Herselle Krinsky, a Smith graduate with a Ph.D; from New York University's Institute of Fine Arts, has been Professor of Art History at NYU since 1965. She's the author of five books, is working on a sixth, has earned national and university teaching awards, and has been President of several scholarly organizations concerned with architecture and art. She has also been a guest professor elsewhere in the USA, and in Mexico, Germany, Belarus, and Tatarstan, and has lectured in ten European countries. Her February 2021 lecture on Manhattan for WICE was a winter hit!

    Photo Credit: Budapest Attrations - Top Sights

    • 15 Apr 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 24 Jun 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 10 sessions
    • Remote
    • 5
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    REVISED TIME - NOW AT 4:30pm to 6:00 pm

    Advance your French while exploring French literature.  This is an advanced French course in which we will touch on the principal literary movements and the authors who are attached to them, from the 18th century to the 20th century, in poetry, theater and novels.

    French literature is plentiful, so we will evoke excerpts from the most famous authors, those whom you have heard about (and including your suggestions if time remains): 

    • 18th century: Voltaire and Rousseau 
    • 19th century: romanticism with Victor Hugo naturalism with Emile Zola realism with Balzac, Flaubert, Stendhal 
    • 20th century: Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Camus and surrealism. The novel with Marcel Proust, Marguerite Duras, louis-Ferdinand Céline Poetry with Paul Eluard, Louis Aragon, Guillaume Apollinaire. The theater of the absurd with Samuel Beckett, Ionesco Feminist literature with Simone de Beauvoir and Simone Veil

    This course will be online due to current governmental guidelines for in person events. Details on joining the course via Zoom will be emailed to you before the start of the class. 

    Dans ce cours nous balaierons les principaux courants littéraires et les auteurs qui y sont attachés, du 18e siècle au 20e siècle, dans la poésie, le théâtre et le roman.
    La littérature française ayant été très riche, Il s'agira d'évoquer ici,  les auteurs les plus connus, ceux dont vous avez entendu parler :

    • 18e siècle : Voltaire et Rousseau
    • 19e siècle : le romantisme avec Victor Hugo le naturalisme avec Emile  Zola le réalisme avec Balzac, Flaubert, Stendhal
    • 20e siècle : Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Camus  et le surréalisme       Le roman avec Marcel Proust, Marguerite Duras, louis-Ferdinand Céline  La poésie avec Paul Eluard, Louis Aragon, Guillaume Apollinaire. Le théâtre de l'absurde avec Samuel Beckett, Ionesco.  Et en fonction du temps qu'il nous reste : La littérature féministe avec Simone de Beauvoir et Simone Veil.                     
    Dans ce cadre, Je resterai ouverte, bien entendu à tous vos souhaits et suggestions.

    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 and has been teaching at WICE for 11 years.

    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. This course requires an advanced level of French.

    • 27 Apr 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • Location TBC, details will be communicated 24 hours before the date.
    • 7
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    If you enjoy everyday life stories, people, portrait and urban still life, this workshop is for you. We are surrounded by beauty and stories at every instant ; 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. You will train your eye and become familiar with your camera while learning about the photos of great masters, such as Robert Doisneau, Saul Leiter and Martin Parr. Become a master in StoryTelling !

    The class will start with a brief in a café, where we will have the photography lesson of the day. After the brief, we will go out to explore the area while we will practice though photography assignments, guided by the tutor. He will answer all your questions and will be available for your all the time.

    A final review of your images and suggestions will follow in a friendly feedback session where we will review and analize your images.

    Students can expect to:

    • Learn about composition and light in photography
    • Develop observational skills to catch a moment in a photograph
    • Get familiar with their camera
    • Learn storytelling in photography
    • Get hands-on experience through practical assignments
    • Participate in a friendly critique of their work

    Course Requirements: Suitable for all levels and all kind of digital cameras and smartphones.

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

    About the Instructor: Juan Manuel Abellán is a professional fine art photographer and photography tutor based in Paris since 2007. He graduated in Advertising and Visual Arts and holds a Master in Art, philosophy and aesthetics, specialized 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, reportage and fine art photography. He is also an experimented leader of photography adventure tours around the world. You can check out his Instagram account and blog website here.

    Photo Credit: Juan Manuel Abellán

    • 04 May 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 08 Jun 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 6 sessions
    • Remote: On-Line
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    Writing Poetry - Craft and Inspiration

    A poet needs both inspiration and skill. In this class we will go prospecting in the rivers where the gold of inspiration is to be found, and practice our craft – how to use words and sound for poetic effect. Each week we will do some reading and writing in class and a homework task will be set so that we can share what we've written the following week. All levels of experience welcome.

    David Barnes is a British poet who ran a weekly writers' workshop at Shakespeare & Company for a decade and founded and runs Spoken Word Paris, the poetry night at the Chat Noir café. He is editor-in-chief of literary magazine The Bastille and was co-editor of Strangers in Paris - New Writing Inspired by the City of Light (Tightrope Books, 2011). He has taught this class every year since 2017 and has also taught classes in short fiction, travel writing and turning life into fiction.

    • 07 May 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • Remote: On-line
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    WICE Bilingual Book Group

    7 MAY 2021

    2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+02:00)


    Registration Opens April 10, 2021

    "John O’Hara is often described as one of the most prominent American writers of the 20th century.

    Appointment in Samarra (Rendez-vous à Samarra) is his compelling study of class, money and sexuality the elite of a Pennsylvania town, set just after the 1929 stock market crash.

    The work has been acclaimed for capturing the enclosed atmosphere and bitter politics of small-town life, while still conveying the tenderness of intimate relationships. 

    It was recently republished in French and English, allowing O’Hara’s sharp style and gritty realism to capture new readers.  

    ‘Appointment in Samarra lives frighteningly in the mind.’ John Updike

    ‘(Rendez-vous à Samarra) c'est le chef-d'œuvre de John O'Hara, un écrivain dont les amis s'appelaient Hemingway et Fitzgerald. L'auscultation des mœurs, de la pègre, des notables, et des rancunes conjugales était sa spécialité.’ Libération.

    Photo Credit: Public Domain

    • 10 May 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • Remote: On-line
    • 15
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    History of French Fashion

    French fashion dates back to the reign of King Louis XIV, nicknamed the Sun King. Find out how this eccentric king influenced fashion and how Marie-Antoinette came to become known as a fashion icon. Discover how accessories including the beret and a marinière shirt created a look that is known to be typically French. Join local handbag designer and writer Kasia Dietz on a journey into French fashion to discover how Parisian style has evolved through the years. In this visual presentation, Kasia will also share her tips on Parisian fashion and shopping in Paris.

    Kasia Dietz handbags have been featured in Vogue UK, CN Traveler, Travel + Leisure, Marie Claire, Do It in Paris, Hamptons Magazine, and Lonely Planet. Kasia writes about travel, lifestyle, and fashion for magazines and sites including CN Traveller, BBC Travel, Fodor's, Architectural Digest, National Geographic, Fathom, France Today, Bonjour Paris, Thrillist, Hemispheres, Metropolitan, Canadian Traveller, Evening Standard, and The Independent. In addition to offering custom fashion tours in Paris, Kasia launched virtual fashion club Paris à la Mode for those who love Parisian fashion (at an exclusive discount).

    https://www.loveinthecityoflight.com

    • 13 May 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 27 May 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 3 sessions
    • Paris - Outdoors: Course location will be communicated 24hrs before the start date
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    Would you like to master all the parametres of your camera so your creativity will not have limits? Get away from the simple choice of shooting in automatic mode by mastering when to use the manual settings.


    In this three sessions workshop, you will learn all the technique tricks that you need to finally get familiar with your camera while developping your visual creativity.

    Every session will be located in a different area inside Paris so we will explore some high lights of the city along with some “out of the path” places. Location will be communicated 24h before the event.

    Every class will sart with a brief, where we will have the photography lesson of the day. After the brief, we will explore the área at the same time that we will practice though photography assignments.

    A final review of your images and suggestions will follow in a friendly feedback session where we will review and analize your images.

    This in-depth course explores the manual mode factors of ISO, shutter speed, and aperture. You'll analyze the interaction among them and learn when to apply the manual mode settings.

    Students can expect to:

    • Learn about the manual mode settings and get familiar with their camera
    • Learn about exposure, ISO, aperture, shutter speeds, and how to tackle challenging light situations
    • Learn about composition, colour and black and white techniques
    • Develop their visual creativity question
    • Participate in a friendly feedback and review session of the pictures taken during the class.
    • Get hands-on experience though practical and creative assignments
    • All sanitary measures will be respected
    • Your tutor will guide you and will be with you to answer every technical question.

    Course Requirements:

    • Suitable for all levels
    • Suitable for all kind of cameras that have access to Manual ISO, shutter speed, and aperture settings

    About the instructor: Juan Manuel Abellán is a professional fine art photographer and photography tutor based in Paris since 2007. He graduated in Advertising and Visual Arts and holds a Master in Art, philosophy and aesthetics, specialized 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, reportage and fine art photography. He is also an experimented leader of photography adventure tours around the world.

    He looks forward to sharing his secrets with WICE members!

    www.juanmanuelabellan.com

    https://www.instagram.com/juanmanuelabellan/

    Photo credit: Juan Manuel Abellán

    • 04 Jun 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • REMOTE on-line via Zoom
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    WICE Bilingual Book Group Special Event

    4 June 2021

    2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+02:00)

     For France’s annual “Semaine de l’Amérique latine et des Caraïbes” (SALC), Jamaican writer and WICE member Alecia McKenzie will join translator and teacher Frédérique Brisepierre for a discussion of literary translation, moderated by Catherine Field, coordinator of the WICE Bilingual Book Group.

    Frédérique Brisepierre has translated Ms. McKenzie’s most recent novel A MILLION AUNTIES / LES INSENSÉS, which is set in the Caribbean, the United States and France.

    The New York Times review of the novel can be read here: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/17/books/review/a-million-aunties-alecia-mckenzie.html)


    • 11 Jun 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • REMOTE on-line via Zoom
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    WICE Bilingual Book Group 

    11 June 2021

    2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+02:00)

     


    Registration Opens May 15, 2021

    The historical record shows that Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway had a son named Hamnet, who died in 1596 at the age of 11. This is almost all we know, along with the fact that his name also inspired the title of one of the most celebrated plays ever written. Maggie O’Farrell takes these scant strands and weaves them into an entrancing fictional tapestry of life and death in Tudor England -- a backdrop of religious wars, blood and death, with Shakespeare in the forefront. Many have acclaimed her as a novelist with an extraordinary understanding of grief, tenderness and passion.

    ‘This novel is at once about the transfiguration of life into art — it is O’Farrell’s extended speculation on how Hamnet’s death might have fueled the creation of one of his father’s greatest plays — and at the same time, it is a master class in how she, herself, does it.’ New York Times.

    ‘Twenty years after publishing her contemporary fiction debut, O’Farrell makes a dramatic shift to historical fiction in Hamnet, and it is her finest work yet. She is a spellbinding word-weaver, conjuring up a vivid historical milieu that is at once familiar and surreal in its immediacy.’ The Literary Review.


    • 30 Jun 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • Available to Order
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    Our WICE writing community has been hard at work!  For the first time since 2016, WICE's international literary magazine, Upstairs at Duroc, is now available for purchase. 

     

    Upstairs at Duroc, started in 1999 in the café space near our home office at metro Duroc in central Paris, is an English-language journal that publishes poetry and short prose pieces by new and established writers from the Paris area and around the world.  Hundreds of submissions are reviewed and edited by an editorial team at WICE, so that we may offer this journal to our members and friends.

    Due to public event restrictions in 2020, we are delighted to bring Issue 17 to order now without further delay.

     

    Your price is €12 (which includes shipping within France) or €15 (which includes international shipping).  

     

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