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  • WICE Office, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris.

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

Courses by category:

    • 05 Jul 2020
    • 6:00 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • 10 Jul 2020
    • 7:00 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • Remote online
    • 9
    Registration is closed

    Novel Writing Masterclass - Nicola Keegan

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

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

    Early-bird prices for the Paris Writers Workshop Extended Until End of June!

    PWW 2020 IS GOING ONLINE - registrants benefit from a 15% reduction in price

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

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


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

    • 05 Jul 2020
    • 6:00 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • 12 Jul 2020
    • 7:00 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • Remote online
    • 8
    Registration is closed

    Poetry Masterclass - Geoffrey Nutter

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

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

    Early-bird prices for the Paris Writers Workshop Extended Until End of June!

    PWW 2020 IS GOING ONLINE - registrants benefit from a 15% reduction in price

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


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

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


    • 05 Jul 2020
    • 6:00 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • 12 Jul 2020
    • 7:00 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • Remote online
    • 8
    Registration is closed

    Creative Non-Fiction Masterclass - Lise Funderburg

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

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

    Early-bird prices for the Paris Writers Workshop Extended Until End of June!

    PWW 2020 IS GOING ONLINE- registrants benefit from a 15% reduction in price

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


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

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

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

    Agent Consultation:

    Gaia Banks

    Gregory Messina

    Individual Consultations


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

    Agent: Gaia Banks (Sheil Land Associates agency)

    Gaia has worked in publishing for 19 years: in translation rights at John Murray, then joining Sheil Land as an agent in 2004. Specialising in the international publishing interests of Sheil Land Associates's extensive and varied list of authors, and also act as a primary agent. Gaia takes on one or two new writers a year as a primary agent, and when doing so look for projects with wide international appeal. 

    • 10 Jul 2020
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 01 Aug 2020
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 4 sessions
    • Private residence Online
    • 19
    Register

    Course Description: 

    Join Chef Alisa Morov in this series of online tested French Cooking courses for all levels. You’ll learn authentic, delicious French recipes that can be made wherever you live: get techniques, history of what you're making, and insights about Living in France.

    The courses are filmed and transmitted live from this private Paris kitchen. Whether taking a single course or joining in the month of culinary delights, you will cook in the comfort of your home while sharing the screen exclusively with WICE member classmates and their personal guests.

    Once registered, you will receive the recipe, ingredients, equipment list, and a dedicated Zoom link directly from Alisa to your inbox. Allow yourself time to get prepared! Register now.

    WICE online courses are interactive, and for these Zoom sessions we'll allow email questions in advance, work with cameras on and, when finished, share photos of what we've made together.

    Alisa will facilitate the learning session, cooking live, showing examples, sharing creations, pouring a glass of wine, and entertaining questions and comments. Tasting while sharing online is welcome!

    At the conclusion of each class, participants are encouraged to continue communications with this award winning Paris cooking instructor, caterer, author, guide and foodie. Master an authentic French recipe in 2-3 hours, by joining us Fridays in July! (6:00 PM CET-Paris /12:00 noon EST)

    About the Instructor: Alisa Morov from Sweet Pea Paris is originally from Los Angeles, where she has cooked, baked and made art for many years. Passionate about people, food, cultural differences, architecture, art… For over 20 years Alisa has been in France: cooked in restaurants, written three cookbooks, launched a private chef-catering business, Sweet Pea Paris, that has expanded to include sharing her passions about French culture and great food, into food tours and teaching cooking & culture, via classes, in person and now via Zoom. What happens when we share food is magic.

     


    This class will be held via Zoom. The instructor will email the link and details for preparation in advance. The shopping list for cooking ingredients will be emailed ahead of time for individual purchase. 


    • 11 Jul 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • Remote
    • 31
    Register

    Panel Discussion 2: Cross-Culture or Cultural Appropriation

    Free Admission - Open to General Public

    Panelists:

    Adrien Leeds (Moderator)

    Alecia McKenzie

    Caroline Vu
    Ian Shaw

    Writers have always written about different cultures, peoples, and eras. Even different species! In recent years authors have been urged to be inclusive in their casts of characters.  But some writers have been criticized for inaccuracy and caricature. There has also been fallout when mainstream authors are hailed as experts on a culture, while writers from that same culture do not get similar attention or remuneration. What should writers do? We will debate these issues and try to find out!

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

    • 11 Jul 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • Remote
    • 33
    Register

    Panel Discussion 1: Women Write/Women’s Rights 

    Free Admission - Open to General Public

    Panelists:

    Alecia McKenzie

    April Eberhardt (Moderator)

    Gaia Banks

    Nicola Keegan

     

    How do women authors clearly identify their genre? How important is genre—or is it really in the hook? How do authors get to know readers’ tastes? What’s “women's fiction,” anyway? Come hear a lively discussion of these topics, plus more.

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

    • 12 Jul 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • Remote
    • 35
    Register

    Panel Discussion 3: Writing in the Time of Corona

    Free Admission - Open to General Public

    Panelists:

    Geoffrey Nutter
    Lisa Pasold

    Nicola Keegan

    Timothy J Smith (Moderator)

    Writing in the Time of Corona: The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted the world, including writers. It affects our ability to research and interview. It has disrupted the publishing business. It has also impacted our imaginations: Can we write about the virus so soon? Will everyone be writing about it, the latest fashion? Can we not mention it? In short, how do writers deal with before and after the coronavirus.

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

    • 15 Jul 2020
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 24 Jul 2020
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 8 sessions
    • Remote online, details will be emailed directly to you for access
    • 1
    Register

    Improve your French conversation skills this summer with eight days in a fun and interactive advanced beginner conversation class. Lessons will focus on conversation and speaking practice to give you the confidence to move beyond basic interactions.

    Lessons will include grammar, vocabulary and cultural components. The class will meet for two hours a day, over eight weekdays for 16 classroom hours from Wednesday July 15 to Friday, July 24.

    Small class size of between five to eight people ensure individual attention and plenty of opportunities to practice your new skills.

    The class is for those with advanced beginner to low intermediate knowledge of French. (A2 to B1). 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.

    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.

    Photo Credit: Nancy Cooper Elshikha

    • 15 Jul 2020
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 24 Jul 2020
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 8 sessions
    • Remote online, details will be emailed directly to you for access
    • 1
    Register

    Perfect your French language skills this summer with eight days in a fun and interactive intermediate/advanced French class. Lessons will focus on conversational interactions with a focus on pronunciation and informal French to help you sound like a native speaker. Lessons will cover advanced grammar points and insights into the French point of view with activities based on the history of France and French humor.

    The class will meet for two hours a day, over eight weekdays for 16 classroom hours from Wednesday July 15 to Friday, July 24. Small class size of five to eight people ensures individual attention and plenty of opportunities to practice your new skills. The class is for those with intermediate to advanced knowledge of French. (B2 to A1) 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.

    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.

    Photo Credit: Nancy Cooper Elshikha

    • 24 Sep 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • meet at 1.45 am at Pont Neuf Metro Pont Neuf (ligne 7) at the foot of Henri IV (Metro Pont Neuf)
    • 10
    Register

    An iconic landmark in Paris, the Seine river is spanned by 37 bridges. The first of them, built under the Roman occupation, favoured the development of the city on both banks but did not rebuff the Vikings’ invasion in the 9th century. Some bridges are pedestrians, made out of cast-iron, others are adorned with beautiful sculptures and mascarons. They reflect the transformations of the city along the centuries. Along our promenade, by the Seine river, we will rediscover with our guide Catherine an amazing part of Paris history.

    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: Pontparis


    • 01 Oct 2020
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • Coming in October
    • 15

    Stay tuned as this event will be coming in October.

    Anyone who conducts an internet search pairing the names of Franz Schubert (1797-1828) and Robert Schumann (1810-1856) will find that identifying musical differences between the two is an ongoing puzzlement. Rejoicing in the improvement of the piano’s expressive possibilities thanks to the technical progress made in its construction during the first half of the 18th century, they two were among a number of composers who wrote many works for that instrument, and partly because of having similar last names, short life spans and favoring similar musical forms – especially lieder (also called art songs) – they are often mistaken for one another. Careful listening, however, allows us to make a distinction between Schubert’s somewhat Classical orientation and the more Romantic style embraced by Schumann who started comdposing only two years after Schubert’s death and was influenced by him. In this class, through listening to a selection of their sublime melodies and exploring those differences, we will henceforth be better able to distinguish between the works of these two geniuses.

    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: Schu Schu

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