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CREATIVE WRITING & LITERATURE

Creative Writing & Literature


About this course

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 Events

    • 07 Nov 2019
    • 19 Dec 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 2
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    A poet needs both something to write about and skill in writing. We will focus on these two themes so important in strong poetry - mastering elements of craft and finding inspiration. Each week we will do some writing in class and a homework task will be set so that we can share what we've written the following week. Teaching will cover how to write stronger poetry and where to find sources of inspiration.  

    All levels of experience welcome.

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

    • 17 Dec 2019
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 7
    Register

    The Châtelet Apprentice: The First Nicolas Le Floch Investigation - Jean-François Parot (L'enigme des Blancs-Manteaux : Les enquêtes de Nicolas le Floch, n°1)

    France 1761; Beyond the glittering court of Louis XV and Madame de Pompadour at Versailles, lies Paris, a capital in the grip of crime and immorality ...A police officer disappears and Nicolas Le Floch, a young recruit to the force, is instructed to find him. When unidentified human remains suddenly come to light, he seems to have a murder investigation on his hands. As the city descends into Carnival debauchery, Le Floch will need all his skill, courage and integrity to unravel a mystery which threatens to implicate the highest in the land.

    'A new Maigret is born: Nicolas Le Floch' --Le Figaro

    'An engaging murder mystery that picks away at the delicate balance between king, police and state' --Financial Times

    'A terrific debut...working without modern investigative techniques in a police force reliant on torture, Le Floch confronts the ethical dilemmas of the period in a novel that brilliantly evokes the casual brutality of life in eighteenth-century France.' --Sunday Times

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

    • 10 Jan 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 3
    Register

    Friday, 10 January 2020

    2:00pm - 3:30pm

    Cost: Free for WICE members and €5 for guests


    Fernando Aramburu has been hailed as one of the most outstanding contemporary writers in the Spanish language.  His novel Patria tracks the psychological complexity of victims and perpetrators and the moral dilemmas they face -- a tale acclaimed for its rich tapestry of characters and exploration of truth and reconciliation.  


    Patria won two leading literary prizes in Spain, the Premio de la Crítica de narrativa castellana and the Premio Nacional de Narrativa.  It has been translated into 12 languages.

     

    ‘Complex and challenging… exhibiting a kind of sophisticated tidal pattern, with each ebb and flow leaving behind new clues in the sand.’ Washington Post

    ‘Exercice romanesque tout en finesse, Patria se démarque par la profondeur psychologique de ses personnages. .... Une réussite, à l’évidence. Et une réussite qui nous force à réfléchir. ‘ Christian Desmeules.


    You may read the book in your language of choice. Discussions are in both French and English. Registration open Saturday 14 December


    Photo credit: Fernando Aramburu

    • 14 Jan 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 11
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    By the author of The Handmaid's Tale and the much-anticipated The Testament

    Sometimes I whisper it over to myself: Murderess. Murderess. It rustles, like a taffeta skirt along the floor.' Grace Marks.

    Around the true story of one of the most enigmatic and notorious women of the 1840s, Margaret Atwood has created an extraordinarily potent tale. It's 1843, and Grace Marks has been convicted for her involvement in the vicious murders of her employer and his housekeeper and mistress. Some believe Grace is innocent; others think her evil or insane. Now serving a life sentence, Grace claims to have no memory of the murders. An up-and-coming expert in the burgeoning field of mental illness is engaged by a group of reformers and spiritualists who seek a pardon for Grace. He listens to her story while bringing her closer and closer to the day she cannot remember. What will he find in attempting to unlock her memories? Captivating and disturbing, Alias Grace showcases bestselling, Booker Prize-winning author Margaret Atwood at the peak of her powers.

    'Brilliant... Atwood's prose is searching. So intimate it seems to be written on the skin' Hilary Mantel

    'The outstanding novelist of our age' Sunday Times

    'A sensuous, perplexing book, at once sinister and dignified, grubby and gorgeous, panoramic yet specific...I don't think I have ever been so thrilled' Julie Myerson, Independent on Sunday


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

    • 04 Feb 2020
    • 10 Mar 2020
    • 6 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 8
    Register

    How important are your opening pages, your choice of narration-style, your plot outline? It’s best to sort these issues before you set out on your writing odyssey, learning what the modern reader likes (as well as publishers) while gaining confidence in your creativity.

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

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

    • 06 Feb 2020
    • 12 Mar 2020
    • 6 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 8
    Register

    A poet needs both something to write about and skill in writing. We will focus on these two themes so important in strong poetry - mastering elements of craft and finding inspiration. Each week we will do some writing in class and a homework task will be set so that we can share what we've written the following week. Teaching will cover how to write stronger poetry and where to find sources of inspiration. 

    All levels of experience welcome.

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

    • 11 Feb 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 10

    In 1941, Irène Némirovsky sat down to write a book that would convey the magnitude of what she was living through by evoking the domestic lives and personal trials of the ordinary citizens of France. Némirovsky's death in Auschwitz in 1942 prevented her from seeing the day, sixty-five years later, that the existing two sections of her planned novel sequence, Suite Française, would be rediscovered and hailed as a masterpiece.

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

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

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

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

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


    • 14 Feb 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 12
    Registration is closed

    Friday, 14 February 2020
    2:00pm - 4:00pm

    Cost: Free for WICE members and €5 for guests

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

    Registration opens Saturday 11 January

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

    • 07 Mar 2020
    • 22 Mar 2020
    • 6 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 8
    Register
    WICE continues its popular journalism series with a workshop that focuses on field reporting as well as on in-class writing. With tips on research and interviewing, the course also examines blogging, and how to make this popular mode of communication a genuine platform for effective features.

    About the Instructor: The Instructor 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.

    • 13 Mar 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 12
    Registration is closed

    Friday, 14 February 2020
    2:00pm - 4:00pm

    Cost: Free for WICE members and €5 for guests

    Registration opens Saturday 15 February

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

    Photo Credit: Madeline Miller

Past events

13 Dec 2019 WD131 Bilingual Books: Les Liaisons dangereuses (Dangerous Liaisons) (New Date pending in June 2020)
15 Nov 2019 WN151 Bilingual Books: Notre-Dame du Nil (Our Lady of the Nile: A Novel)
23 Oct 2019 WO231 Novel Writing: Back to the Basics (4 sessions)
19 Oct 2019 WO191 Travel Journalism for Beginners (2 sessions)
11 Oct 2019 WO111 Bilingual Books: The Road Home (La route du retour)
28 Sep 2019 WS281 Writing Features for Fun and Profit (4 sessions)
13 Sep 2019 WS131 Bilingual Books: The Arab of the Future: A Childhood in the Middle East, (L'Arabe du futur) 1978-1984: A Graphic Memoir
30 Jun 2019 WU301 Literary Brunch
29 Jun 2019 WU291 PWW Panel Discussion: Navigating Today's Publishing World
28 Jun 2019 WU283 Writing Craft Talk: Settings Make Your Story
28 Jun 2019 WU282 Writing Craft Talks: The Alchemy of Writing, From Darkness to Light
28 Jun 2019 WU281 PWW Writing Weekend
14 Jun 2019 WU141 Bilingual Books: The Yacoubian Building (L'Immeuble Yacoubian) by Alaa Al Aswany
25 May 2019 WA131 Jamika Ajalon Presents: Take Back the Narrative (new date)
17 May 2019 WY171 Bilingual Books: Cutting for Stone (La porte des larmes) by Abraham Verghese
11 May 2019 WY111 Writing Features Part 2: At the Computer and In the Field (4 sessions)
07 May 2019 WY071 Writing Your First Novel: Autofiction (Fictional Autobiography) (6 sessions)
12 Apr 2019 WA121 Bilingual Books: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Qui a peur de Virginia Woolf) by Edward Albee
04 Apr 2019 WA041 Writing Poetry: Craft and Inspiration (6 sessions)
31 Mar 2019 WM311 Writing Their Hearts Out: Women Writers on Love, Loss and Recovery
15 Mar 2019 WM081 Bilingual books: Nutshell (Dans une coque de noix) by Ian McEwan
08 Feb 2019 WF081 Bilingual books: Eva Dorme (Eva Sleeps) by Francesca Melandri
05 Feb 2019 WF051 Writing Your First Novel
21 Jan 2019 WJ211 Writing Features for Publication
11 Jan 2019 WJ111 Bilingual books: D'après une histoire vraie (Based on a True Story) by Delphine de Vigan
10 Jan 2019 WJ101 Writing Poetry: Craft and Inspiration
14 Dec 2018 WD141 Bilingual books: Days Without End (Des jours sans fin) by Sebastian Barry
08 Dec 2018 WD081 Writing Features for Fun and Profit: A 2-Day Workshop
16 Nov 2018 WN161 Bilingual books: White Tears (Larmes blanches) by Hari Kunzru
06 Nov 2018 WN061 Your First Novel: Tools of the Trade
12 Oct 2018 WO121 Bilingual books: Never Let Me Go (Auprès de moi toujours) by Kazuo Ishiguro
04 Oct 2018 WO041 Writing Poetry - Craft and Inspiration
14 Sep 2018 WS141 Bilingual books: Indiana by George Sand
08 Jun 2018 WU081 Bilingual books: Édouard Louis, En finir avec Eddy Bellegueule (The End of Eddy)
18 May 2018 WY181 Bilingual books: Philip Roth, American Pastoral (Pastorale américaine)
13 Apr 2018 WA131 Bilingual books: Nancy Huston, Fault Lines (Lignes de faille)
05 Apr 2018 WA051 Writing Poetry - Craft and Inspiration
09 Mar 2018 WM091 Bilingual books: Jose Saramago, Blindness (L'aveuglement)
09 Feb 2018 WF091 Bilingual books: Richard Flanagan, The Narrow Road to the Deep North (La route étroite vers le nord lointain)
06 Feb 2018 WF061 Writing Your First Novel
22 Jan 2018 WJ221 Crafting the Short Story
12 Jan 2018 WJ121 Bilingual books: Stendhal, The Charterhouse of Parma (La Chartreuse de Parme)
08 Dec 2017 WD081 Bilingual books: Alecia McKenzie, Sweetheart (Trésor)
14 Nov 2017 WN141 Writing Your First Novel
10 Nov 2017 WN101 Bilingual books: Elena Ferrante, My Brilliant Friend (L'amie prodigieuse)
13 Oct 2017 WO131 Bilingual books: Joseph Boyden, Through Black Spruce (Les Saisons de la solitude)
11 Oct 2017 WO111 Personal Essay/Memoir Workshop
02 Oct 2017 WO021 Crafting the Short Story
26 Sep 2017 WS261 Writing Poetry: Craft and Inspiration
15 Sep 2017 WS091 Bilingual books: Anne Enright, The Gathering (Retrouvailles)
02 Jul 2017 AL021 Paris Screenwriting Workshop (CANCELLED)
09 Jun 2017 EU091 Bilingual Books: L'Étranger by Albert Camus & Meursault, Contre Enquête (The Meursault Investigation) by Kamel Daoud
12 May 2017 EY121 Bilingual Book Group: "The Harder They Come" by T.C. Boyle
21 Apr 2017 EA211 Bilingual Book Group: "The Secret Ministry of Ag. & Fish: My Life in Churchill's School for Spies" by Noreen Riols
04 Apr 2017 WA041 Writing Your First Novel
10 Mar 2017 EM101 Bilingual Book group "The Vegetarian" by Han Kang
10 Feb 2017 EF101 Bilingual Book Group: "The Wound" ("Des Hommes") by Laurent Mauvignier
13 Jan 2017 EJ131 Bilingual Book Group - "Bel Ami" by Guy de Maupassant
09 Jan 2017 WJ091 Crafting the Short Story
02 Dec 2016 ED021 Bilingual Books: The Festival of Insignificance by Milan Kundera
04 Nov 2016 EN041 Bilingual Book Group: "The Universe of Stone" by Philip Ball
07 Oct 2016 EO071 Bilingual Book Group: "Us" by David Nicholls
05 Oct 2016 WO051 The First Seven Pages
03 Oct 2016 WS261 Paris Vignettes II
19 Sep 2016 WS191 Paris Vignettes
05 Sep 2016 WS051 Crafting the Short Story
05 Apr 2016 WA051 Writing Your First Novel
09 Mar 2016 WM091 The Craft of Memoir Writing
07 Mar 2016 WM073 Travel Blogging in Paris
07 Mar 2016 WM072 Paris Vignettes
07 Mar 2016 WM071 Shaping the Short Story
15 Oct 2015 WO151 The Migrant Soul
13 Oct 2015 WO131 The Language of Fiction
21 Sep 2015 WS211 Travel Blogging in Paris
21 Sep 2015 WS212 Paris Vignettes II
30 May 2015 WY301 Weekend Fiction Workshop
31 Mar 2015 WM311 How to Write a Novel Part II
09 Mar 2015 WM091 Paris Vignettes Part II: How to Capture Revealing Moments, Encounters and Events
05 Jan 2015 WJ052 Getting Published Part II
10 Nov 2014 WN102 Paris Vignettes: How to Capture Revealing Moments, Encounters and Events
10 Nov 2014 WN101 Flash Fiction
02 Oct 2014 WO021 How to Write a Novel
27 Sep 2014 ES271 Open House 2014
28 Jun 2014 PWU281 Literary Dinner
27 Jun 2014 PWU271 Literary Agent Consultation
25 Jun 2014 PWU251 "Getting Published: A Writer's Options" Experts' Panel
24 Jun 2014 PWU244 The Art of Writing Novella and Short Story
24 Jun 2014 PWU243 The Essentials of Screenplay Writing
24 Jun 2014 PWU242 The Art of Non-Fiction Writing
24 Jun 2014 PWU241 The Art of Novel Writing
11 Jun 2014 EU111 Issue 15 Launch - Upstairs at Duroc Celebration Reading
28 Apr 2014 WA281 Paris Vignettes Part II: How to Capture Revealing Moments, Encounters and Events
02 Apr 2014 WA021 The Art of Fiction Part III: Tools and Techniques Behind Good Writing
03 Mar 2014 WM031 Paris Vignettes: How to Capture Revealing Moments, Encounters and Events
08 Jan 2014 WJ081 The Art of Fiction Part II: Tools and Techniques Behind Good Writing
06 Jan 2014 WJ061 Flash Non-Fiction: Narrative, Voice & Imagery under 1,000 Words
25 Nov 2013 WN251 Creative Thinking to Write Outside the Lines
02 Oct 2013 WO021 The Art of Fiction Part I: Tools and Techniques Behind Good Writing
30 Sep 2013 WS302 Paris Vignettes: How to Capture Revealing Moments, Encounters and Events
30 Sep 2013 WS301 Write-In
28 Jun 2013 PWU282 Literary Parisian Gourmet Dinner - Summer Writing Course
26 Jun 2013 PWU261 Literary Walk
25 Jun 2013 PWU251 Individual Literary Agent Consultation
24 Jun 2013 PWU241 The Art of Novel Writing - FULL
24 Jun 2013 PWU242 The Art of Non-Fiction Writing
18 Apr 2013 WA181 Tips and Strategies for Effective Fiction Writing
18 Mar 2013 WM181 Paris Vignettes: How to Capture Revealing Moments, Encounters and Events
21 Jan 2013 WJ211 Getting Unstuck: Conquering Fear of the Blank Page
07 Jan 2013 WJ071 Write-In
13 Nov 2012 WN131 Flash Non-fiction: Narrative, Voice & Imagery under 1,000 Words
04 Oct 2012 WO041 Parisian Lives
01 Oct 2012 WO011 Write-In
11 Sep 2012 WS111 Writing : Give the Reader What He/She Wants (PART I)
29 Jun 2012 PWU291 Individual Literary Agent Consultation
28 Jun 2012 PWU282 PWW Afternoon Session—The Role of the Agent
28 Jun 2012 PWU281 PWW Afternoon Session—Welcome to the 21st Century: How to Use Blogs and Social Media
27 Jun 2012 PWU272 PWW Afternoon Session—The Wide World of Nonfiction: From Memoir to Food to Travel
27 Jun 2012 PWU271 PWW Afternoon Session—Literary Trends: Self-Publishing and E-Books
26 Jun 2012 PWU261 PWW Afternoon Session—Secrets of Getting Published
25 Jun 2012 PWU257 PWW Afternoon Session—How To Structure A Good Story: Beginnings, Middles, and Endings
25 Jun 2012 PWU256 PWW Afternoon Session—Tools of the Trade
25 Jun 2012 PWU255 Paris Writers' Workshop: Writing for Children and Young Adults
25 Jun 2012 PWU254 Paris Writers' Workshop: The Craft of Fiction (FULL)
25 Jun 2012 PWU253 Paris Writers' Workshop: Shaping the Poem—A Poetry Workshop
25 Jun 2012 PWU252 Paris Writers' Workshop: Novel (FULL)
25 Jun 2012 PWU251 Paris Writers' Workshop: Writing True—The Art and Craft of Creative Nonfiction (FULL)
24 May 2012 WY241 Creativity: How to Spark It and Put It Into Words
15 Feb 2012 WF151 Writing With The Gods
14 Feb 2012 WF142 Raising The Stakes - An Advanced Prose Workshop
19 Jan 2012 WJ192 Seeing Paris Through Literature Part II
19 Jan 2012 WJ191 Tricks of the Trade
11 Jan 2012 WJ111 Writing with the Goddesses
15 Nov 2011 WN151 Writing the Migrant Soul
13 Oct 2011 WO131 The Migrant Soul - A literature course
27 Sep 2011 WS271 Seeing Paris through Literature
27 Sep 2011 WS272 Raising the Stakes NEW SESSION
02 May 2011 WY022 Journals and Letters
05 Apr 2011 WA051 Raising the Stakes in Your Stories
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