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Creative Writing & Literature

WICE has long been a vital center for creative writing and literature study. We offer classes and workshops to hone your writing and editing skills, expand your knowledge of popular authors and genres, and explore Paris past and present through the well-crafted words of French and expat writers. Our focus includes:
  • Writing (prose, poetry, words and images)
  • Literature (French masters, Paris expats, Greek mythology)
  • The Migrant Soul (exploring international life through literature)

You’ll meet like-minded creative writers and readers and be guided and inspired by true lovers of the written word—published authors, journalists, poets, and professors of literature.

Upcoming courses

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

    • 25 May 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 18

    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).

    • 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

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