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Events marked with an asterisk (*) take place at the WICE Office, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris. For all other events, please see the event detail page for location information.

    • 01 Oct 2018
    • 24 Jun 2019
    • 36 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris
    • 3
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    This English course is for WICE Members 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. Various topics and readings will be used to develop your oral and written 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. Le cours utilisera des sujets et de textes variés pour améliorer et enrichir vos compétences linguistiques.


    Instructor: Louise Denyer is a native English speaker. She is a qualified English solicitor and an experienced teacher holding a Certificate for Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Adults (CTEFLA). For the past 20 years, she has been teaching Business, Legal, and General English to various international audiences. Louise also coaches French and foreign actors in English and teaches theater in English to French children.

    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.




     
    • 02 Oct 2018
    • 27 Jun 2019
    • 70 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris
    • 0
    Registration is closed
    This pathway French program will help you acquire and put into practice the foundations of French grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation techniques. You will develop and/ or enhance your French language competencies in areas of writing, speaking, listening, and reading. This programs’ 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.     
     
    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 ten years, she has built a combined business.   
     
    Special Instructions: As this program is geared for new French learners, you do not have to take the online French Placement Test prior to your enrolment.
     
    • 02 Oct 2018
    • 27 Jun 2019
    • 70 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    This dynamic French course will help you practice and prepare for an array of everyday life situations in French. 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.


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


    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. We recommend that you take this assessment once, without the assistance of study aids.


     
    • 02 Oct 2018
    • 27 Jun 2019
    • 70 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    This dynamic French course will prepare you for an array of everyday life situations in French. 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.


    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 the assistance of study aids.



     
    • 03 Oct 2018
    • 26 Jun 2019
    • 35 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    This English Guided Discussion Group is open to people who have a strong intermediate or advanced level of English. Our group leaderssuggest 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, Nancy Cooper, Jane Etienne, and Mavis Negroni


    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 2018
    • 27 Jun 2019
    • 34 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris
    • 2
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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




     
    • 02 Apr 2019
    • 25 Jun 2019
    • 12 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris
    • 1
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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):  Christian Lebreton, Brice Dardel, Caroline Hautcoeur


    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.




     
    • 07 May 2019
    • 11 Jun 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Have you ever considered putting your past down on paper? Gretel Furner’s new course explores how to write ‘autofiction’ or autobiographical fiction, a form of writing that goes beyond memoir and the borders of the known to something deeper. By using invented dialogue and details, a writer can often free up his or her remembered life and penetrate to a ‘greater truth’. We will talk about what this genre is, look at examples by authors from Marcel Proust to Carl Owe Knausgaard, and then start writing, editing and discussing students’ own efforts at writing in the same genre.

    About the Instructor: Gretel Furner is one of our most popular instructors. She grew up in England and was educated at Oxford University. She obtained a PhD in the modern novel at the University of the Saarland, Germany. Gretel has been Associate Professor at George Washington University, and instructor at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. She lives between London and Paris, and since 2003 has been an instructor at WICE in French Literature and History, the Migrant Soul series and Creative Writing.


    • 13 May 2019
    • 03 Jun 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • TBC in advance
    • 0
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    Paris gardens provide a delightful escape from the hustle and bustle of city streets. They also provide the perfect place to practice sketching and watercolor painting from a wealth of subjects, including architectural motifs, fountains, sculptures, flowers and trees. With sketchbook, pencils and watercolors in hand, join our small group to explore these lovely sites while receiving personalized instruction designed for your individual skill level and interest.

    Basic topics covered will include:

    • how to make quick thumbnail sketches to capture a scene

    • how to treat light and shade

    • hints on how to see depth, understand perspective and master proportion

    • simple techniques for watercolor sketching

    Participants will provide their own materials. A list of supplies and shopping information will be supplied upon registration.

    About the Instructor: Prior to settling in Paris, Jan Olsson was awarded the Professional Fellowship in Painting from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Her paintings have been exhibited in Paris’ most competitive juried exhibitions and are included in both private and museum collections. Visit her professional website and teaching blog.

    Photo Credit: Jan Olsson

    • 22 May 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Instructor’s studio, 72 rue Saint Louis en Ile, 75004 Paris
    • 0
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    Now that you have a portfolio of amazing photographs, what’s next? Fame and fortune? Why not?

    While this workshop cannot guarantee celebrity, it can show you several paths for effectively sharing your photographs, with perhaps some personal and monetary reward. You’ll learn how to secure and organize an exhibition, how to enter competitions (including which competitions are legitimate), how to sell your photographs as stock photography, and how to use Instagram to become better known.

    Course Requirements:

    • Suitable for all levels of photographers

    About the Instructor: 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 of the International Fine Art Photography Competition.

    Photo Credit: Meredith Mullins

    • 24 May 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • 8, boulevard de Ménilmontant, 75020 Paris
    • 16
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    Founded by Napoléon, established in 1804, the Père Lachaise cemetery is the largest garden cemetery in Paris and it is the most visited necropolis in the world. Upon its inauguration, in the early 19th century, it was considered to be too far from the city centre and the reputation of the area was dreadful. In order to attract newcomers, the transfer of the remains of Jean de la Fontaine and Molière were brought in the cemetery, soon after followed by those of Héloïse and Abélard. The strategy worked and made the reputation of Père Lachaise which, ever since, has become the most famous place to be buried in Paris. Artists, musicians, actors, composers, scientists, inventors etc. lay there: we will walk along this open air garden and discover some of the famous figures, focusing particularly on musicians, writers and artists.

    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.

    Photo Credit: Public Domain

    • 25 May 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 18
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    Highlighting poetry from her latest book of poetry, Jamika Ajalon integrates spoken and chanted word with a live improvised electronic soundscape.

    Refreshments will be served after the presentation.

    About the Presenter: Jamika Ajalon is a prolific author and artist who works with different media independently and in multiple fusions incorporating text, sound/music and visuals. Her poems, stories and essays have been published internationally. She has performed her audio visual anti lectures across the globe, including Rennes Biennale of Contemporary Art (2018), DISTURBANCE Expo Kunsthalle Leipzig (2017), Beton Salon, Paris (2017).

    • 27 May 2019
    • 10 Jun 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • various locations during the course
    • 4
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    This exploring class is a continuation of the earlier class (SY061) or a new start to exploring Paris with your camera. (You don’t have to have taken Part 1). This class is about discovering the most visual parts of Paris and capturing human memorable moments, especially as we revel in the coming of summer. We will take Paris street photography to new heights by exploring the known and the unknown, from lively quartiers to tranquil gardens, from traditional Paris to the 21st century. Join us as we discover the real Paris via our own personal artistic perspective.


    Each class will start in a café of a chosen quartier to discuss the photo lessons of the session. You then will explore the area to study the light, colors, characters, details, lines, forms, and shapes. You will receive hands-on practice with your camera and have your questions answered on the spot. At the end of each class, you will review the images from the previous week’s expedition to learn about your successes and challenges.


    Students can expect to:

    • Become familiar with their camera
    • Learn about exposure, composition, and how to engage your subjects
    • Have your technical questions answered directly
    • Participate in a friendly critique session of their work


    Course Requirements:

    • Suitable for all levels of photographers


    About the Instructor: 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 of the International Fine Art Photography Competition.


    Photo Credit: Alex Torres

    • 28 May 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 22
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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 May 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Private residence (meeting point: TBC)
    • 0
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    ** Join us for a Hearty Lunch & Glass of Wine featuring **

    Thai-French Fusion Grilled Tuna

    Our summery Thai-French Fusion Grilled Tuna has a nifty exotic marinade of Thai and other spices and condiments. We'll talk about how you could also use salmon or swordfish. 

    After a brief bath in the flavorings, the fish  is ready to grill on the indoor stove-top grill or outdoor BBQ.  Chef Randall likes to serve it with a mango - cucumber salsa

    Chocolate Roulade Cake with Fresh Berries

    Our light and fresh dessert will incorporate berries to celebrate spring. Chef Randall will demonstrate his tricks for making an easy roulade (rolled) chocolate cake. 

    The result is a "wow" kind of cake with its creamy filling and bright, tangy fresh berries.  Only you will know just how easy it is to make while you impress your guests. 

    This cake has a light touch of chocolate and  a not-too-sweet filling.  Any fresh berries, or mix of berries, you have on hand will work well. 

    Techniques you will learn include how to: marinade and grill fish, grill using a stove-top iron griddle, make a fresh salsa for serving, make a rolled cake, and how to make a mascarpone-cream filling.

    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.

    • 06 Jun 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • 55, rue du Docteur Blanche, 75016 PARIS
    • 18
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    Paris’ 16th district offers an amazing insight into the history of Modern Architecture and Art Nouveau Style. Built in 1923 by Le Corbusier, la Maison la Roche, was commissioned by the collector Raoul La Roche. With this project, the architect used new industrial materials such as reinforced concrete, and set up the ideas which were later formulated in the ‘five points of Modern Architecture’. We will visit the house. Very close by, the Mallet Stevens’s street, hosts some beautiful examples of his style. Important figure of the Modernist School, decorator, designer, Mallet Stevens built these private mansions for himself and some of his friends. Our promenade will take us to visit the House “Maison la Roche” and explore the Art Nouveau style whose best representative of this movement born in the late 19th century was Hector Guimard.

    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.

    Photo Credit: Public Domain

    • 06 Jun 2019
    • 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
    • Meeting point: Centquatre entrance, 4 rue Curial
    • 10
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    Circulation(s), the European Young Photography Festival, will present 30 photographers selected from all over Europe in the beautiful nave of Centquatre, located in the North of Paris, close to la Villette.  This visit will be an opportunity to discover new perspectives on Europe through photography, as well as learn about the unique history of the handsome 19th century building, formerly the site of a  municipal undertaker and now a dynamic and very lively art center.  The 6€ entry fee is not included in the price.

    About the Instructor: Caroline Etter, art consultant, historian of art, and friend to both collectors and artists, has been immersed in the Paris art scene for 20 years.  After graduating with a degree in 20th-century decorative arts from the Sorbonne, she started her career working at the Villa Médicis in Rome and the Bibliothèque nationale de France.  Since then she’s been a curator, a journalist and a gallery manager.  She has created her own company helping private as well as corporate clients understand and buy contemporary art.

    Photo Credit: City Art Insider

    • 07 Jun 2019
    • 21 Jun 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • TBC
    • 6
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    Intrigued by the variety of modes and settings on your camera? Get away from the simple choice of shooting in automatic mode by mastering when to use the manual settings.


    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. Classes begin with an explanation of each element and continue with practical work in different lighting conditions. A review of your images and suggestions will follow.


    Students can expect to:

    • Learn about the manual mode settings on their camera.
    • Learn about ISO, aperture, shutter speeds, and how to tackle challenging light situations.
    • Get hands-on experience with practical assignments.
    • Participate in a friendly critique of their work.

    Suitable for beginner and intermediate photographers; advanced students also are welcome.  Participants should bring a camera with manual ISO, shutter speed and aperture settings.

    About the Instructor: Juan Manuel Abellán 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, dance and fine art photography. He looks forward to sharing his secrets with WICE members.

    Photo Credit: Juan Manuel Abellan

    • 14 Jun 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 0
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    Alaa Al Aswany’s mesmerising The Yacoubian Building provides a vivid glimpse into contemporary Egypt’s many contradictions where cosmopolitan past clashes with a tumultuous present. Structured as a series of intersecting vignettes, The Yacoubian Building deals with themes of sex, power, longing and despair.

    Once home to the crème de la crème of Egyptian society, The Yacoubian Building is now past its prime. Older residents cling to the faded glories and old-world charm of its past, while newer tenants busily prevent eager arrivals from usurping more space in a building that reflects 70 years of Egypt's social and political upheavals. In the course of this unforgettable novel, these disparate lives converge, careening inexorably toward an explosive conclusion.

    'There are many stories here. The book is elaborate to bursting point, but always controlled, always whole. It is as juicy and satisfying as a shiny apple, its taste both strange and familiar, compassionate and bitter.' The Times

    Photo Credit: Harper Collins

    • 20 Jun 2019
    • 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
    • Instructor's Residence, 75016 Paris: metro Boissière
    • 3
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    When it comes to bubbles, our spirits light up: almost every wine producing country in the world produces sparkling wine of some sort: Champagne, Prosecco, Cava, Crémant, Blanquette de Limoux, Franciacorta, Sekt, American sparkling wines etc. What stands behind those names? What are the different processes? Which grape varieties are used? How have marketing strategies differed across the categories? 

    This dinner session will include the tasting of 5 different sparkling wines with refill. Home-made nibbles will complement this tasting. 

    About the Instructor: Hélène Goble comes from a wine-producing family in Bordeaux and organizes wine tasting events and annual wine tours of Bordeaux and Champagne. As well as presenting wines, she will introduce you to the French ’savoir-vivre’ and secrets of wine selection that will leave you impressed. Hélène is a graduate of the Wine and Spirit Education Trust in London.

    Photo Credit: Public domain

    • 25 Jun 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 26
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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

    • 28 Jun 2019
    • 30 Jun 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 5
    Register

    The PWW Writing Weekend features Master Class in Novel-Writing and includes at no additional fee two Writing Craft Talks: WU282 The Alchemy of WritingWU283 Settings Make Your Story and WU291 PWW Panel Discussion: Navigating Today's Publishing World.


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


    Need Help? Please submit 15 pages of your own work for peer and instructor feedback. Manuscripts should preferably be submitted to creativewriting@wice-paris.org by June 14. 


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

    • 28 Jun 2019
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 11
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    After a short introduction to the history of alchemy, we will see how the three steps of alchemy illuminate the writing process. First we find our subject and follow it into the dark. This is called nigredo, the blackening. Then we distill the experience, draw forth its meaning. We call this albedo, the whitening. And finally we polish the story, polish the gold. Rubedo, the reddening. We will read together a few excerpts from Brodsky, Atwood, Pamuk, following the steps in our imagination. We will become alchemists to bring a bit of light into our darkened world.


    About the Instructor: Susan Tiberghien, an American-born writer living in Geneva, Switzerland, is the author of four memoirs: Looking for Gold, Circling to the Center, Side by Side, Footsteps and the popular writing book, One Year to a Writing Life. Her new book, Writing Toward Wholeness, Lessons Inspired by C.G. Jung, was published by Chiron in 2018. For over twenty years Susan has been teaching creative writing at C.G. Jung Societies and Institutes, the International Women’s Writing Guild, and at writers’ centers and conferences, both in the US and in Europe. An active member of International PEN, she founded and directed the Geneva Writers’ Group. 

    • 28 Jun 2019
    • 5:15 PM - 6:15 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 9
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    A convincing setting is not only a vivid backdrop for your narrative. Whether you write novels, novellas, short stories or creative non-fiction, setting can generate ideas for characterization and plot. Award-winning author Alecia McKenzie (who has worked in all of the above-mentioned genres) will explore the use of settings based on your current life, memory or research. A setting can be as glamorous as Paris or a humdrum village: in either case it can make your story come alive.

    About the Instructor: Alecia McKenzie is an award-winning short-story writer and novelist. Her first book Satellite City and her novel Sweetheart have both won Commonwealth literary prizes, and she was shortlisted for the 2015 Commonwealth Short Story Prize, when 22 stories from around the world were selected from a record 4,000 submissions. Born in Jamaica, she has lived in Asia and Europe, and is now based in Paris. She is also a professional journalist and accomplished painter, and edits SWAN, a web-site devoted to art and culture.

    • 29 Jun 2019
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 10
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    Two award-winning writers, Caroline Vu and Alecia McKenzie and literary agent Gregory Messina discuss today's publishing environment, and the challenges for the writer. How do you get an agent? Is it possible to be published without an agent? What about writers crossing different cultures? Our panel will engage in a lively discussion and take your questions! 

    About the Panelists:

    Alecia McKenzie is an award-winning short-story writer and novelist. Her first book Satellite City and her novel Sweetheart have both won Commonwealth literary prizes, and she was shortlisted for the 2015 Commonwealth Short Story Prize, when 22 stories from around the world were selected from a record 4,000 submissions. Born in Jamaica, she has lived in Asia and Europe, and is now based in Paris. She is also a professional journalist and accomplished painter, and edits SWAN, a web-site devoted to art and culture.


    Born in Vietnam, Caroline Vu left her native country during the height of the Vietnam War. She lived in the US for two years before moving to Canada, where she works as a family doctor in a community health clinic. Caroline is the award-winning author of two novels: Palawan Story and That Summer in Provincetown. Both have been translated into French.


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

    • 30 Jun 2019
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Le Primerose café: 64 Avenue de La Motte-Piquet Grenelle 75015
    • 30
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    PWW Writing Weekend registrants will have the opportunity to close out the event with a brunch at a nearby café-restaurant specially chosen by PWW organizers for its proximity, quality, and ambiance. Join us for a convivial send-off with good food, good drink and good talk!
    • 02 Jul 2019
    • 12 Jul 2019
    • 8 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 9
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    Learn French or improve your basic skills with two summer weeks in a fun and interactive beginner class. Learn how to fill in administrative forms, describe your family and friends, talk about your hobbies, make an appointment, discuss your routines, order at a restaurant, ask for and give directions and more. Lessons include grammar, vocabulary and cultural components along with speaking practice to give you the knowledge to manage simple interactions. The class will meet for two hours a day, four days a week for a total of 16 hours during the first two weeks of July. The class is intended for beginners with no or little knowledge of French. 

    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 ten years, she has built a combined business.

    • 02 Jul 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Instructor's Residence, 75016 Paris: metro Boissière
    • 8
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    This “Tour de France” will take us to Champagne, Alsace, Burgundy, Provence, Bordeaux and the Loire Valley. Whether you have been there or not, come and enjoy a journey through 6 different wine regions in France. They all have their specificities. We will be tasting Champagne, white, rosé, red and sweet wines. This is a great opportunity to learn about their specificities, qualities and terroirs. This lunch session will include the tasting of 6 different wines from 6 different wine regions. Nibbles will be served during the session.

    About the Instructor: Hélène Goble comes from a wine-producing family in Bordeaux and organizes wine tasting events and annual wine tours of Bordeaux and Champagne. As well as presenting wines, she will introduce you to the French ’savoir-vivre’ and secrets of wine selection that will leave you impressed. Hélène is a graduate of the Wine and Spirit Education Trust in London.

    Photo Credit: Public domain

    • 03 Jul 2019
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Artists Private Atelier (metro: Convention or Porte de Vanves)
    • 4
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    “Un jardin secret” is the French expression for “a private space for an activity that one practices only for oneself”, and a perfect description of a summer afternoon spent sketching in one of Paris’ best kept secret gardens. The moment you enter the gate at La Ruche, you travel back in time to “la belle époque” in Montparnasse where Chagall, Soutine, and other legendary artists lived and worked.

    Enjoy visiting the site with one of its contemporary artists and current residents and spend a couple of magical hours within its garden walls, a hundred years and a world away from the city.

    This class welcomes all levels. Your registration fee includes the cost of materials including a sketchbook, pencils, pen and colored markers.

    About the Instructor: Prior to settling in Paris, Jan Olsson was awarded the Professional Fellowship in Painting from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Her paintings have been exhibited in Paris' most competitive juried exhibitions and are included in both private and museum collections.

    Photo Credit: Serena Van Osta

    • 06 Jul 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • TBC
    • 6
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    If you enjoy everyday life stories, ordinary people, and still life, 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 in photography

    • develop observational skills to catch a moment in a photograph

    • get hands-on experience through practical assignments.

    • Participate in a friendly critique of their work

    Suitable for all levels and all kinds of digital cameras.

    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 Abellan

    • 08 Jul 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Meeting point TBC in advance
    • 11
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    Did you know that “marais” means “swamp” in French? Hardly a very glamorous beginning for a neighborhood now known as the epicenter of Parisian fashion!  Walk the Marais with our guide and learn how it took its shape, from the magnificence of the aristocrats’ masquerades to the clothing manufacturers of the 20th century.  Let her introduce you to the past and present-day stories of boutiques and brands. Learn about the concept of “couture pastries” or immerse yourself in the history of French perfume.


    About our Guide: Aloïs Guinut is a style coach and personal shopper.  She studied fashion at the prestigious Institut Français de la Mode (French Institute of Fashion), founded by business partner and associate of Yves St. Laurent, Pierre Bergé and then began a career in the creative industries. Three years later, she decided to become a freelance personal shopper, and started working with women who were visiting France.


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