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Creative Writing & Literature


About this Department

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

    • 26 Oct 2021
    • 30 Nov 2021
    • 6 sessions
    • In-Person at the WICE Office Classroom
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    WICE continues its popular Creative Writing series with a course that focuses on non-fiction works, such as profiles, reviews, personal essays and human-interest articles. With instruction on interviewing, research, structure and literary techniques, the workshop comprises in-class exercises and discussion, in an interactive format. Participants will develop skills to produce creative non-fiction writing of high, publishable quality.

    Alecia McKenzie is a writer and editor based in Paris. Her first collection of short stories, Satellite City, and her novel Sweetheart have both won Commonwealth literary prizes. Sweetheart - translated into French as Trésor - was awarded the Prix Carbet des lycéens in 2017. Other books include Stories from Yard and A Million Aunties (her most recent novel). She holds an MSc from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and has written numerous articles for a wide range of international publications.

    photo credit: © Vladimir Nikulin 

    • 05 Jan 2022
    • 09 Feb 2022
    • 6 sessions
    • Remote Online (Zoom)
    • 12

    The dictionary defines it as “mental or emotional strain.” Why would we want that in our fiction? Tension is what drives a story forward and is often generated through conflict between a character and the outer or inner world. It is also what keeps us turning the page, what drives our thoughts back to a novel even when we’re not reading it. So, how do you create tension? How do you not only grab a reader’s attention but also keep it? This workshop does not have any to-go formulas or easy answers, but it does offer a space to bring your questions about craft. On the line level, in a scene, in a chapter or over the course of an entire book, we’ll be exploring tension in its many forms. Over the course of ten weeks, we’ll look at successful examples in literature, experiment with prompts and discuss our own drafts through feedback-based workshops. By the end of the course, you will have generated a number of brand-new scenes, obtained constructive, critical feedback on a working draft and have a set of craft tools ready to use for revision or future projects.

    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 was the 2021 writer-in-residence at the Manchester Festival of Libraries, and she is the recipient of a Fulbright, the Richard E. Guthrie Fellowship, and Paris Lit Up’s Sylvia Beach Short Fiction Prize, among others.

    photo credit: © olya kobruseva

Past events

30 Jun 2021 Upstairs at Duroc - Issue 17
28 Jun 2021 WU281 PWW Panel: Navigating the Small Presses
27 Jun 2021 WU273 PWW FICTION TECHNIQUES in Creative Nonfiction
26 Jun 2021 WU262 PWW Master Class: Beginning Your Novel
26 Jun 2021 WU261 PWW Master Class: Turbocharge Your Creativity
25 Jun 2021 WU252 PWW Collage Technique in Poetry: Bridging Languages and Cultures
25 Jun 2021 WU251 PWW: Settings Across Cultures
25 Jun 2021 PWWJ26 Morning Master Class + Writing craft talks + Panel
11 Jun 2021 WU111: Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell
04 Jun 2021 WU041: Bilingual Book Group Special Event / Rencontre Litteraire Bilingue de WICE
07 May 2021 WY141 Appointment in Samarra (Rendez-vous à Samarra) by John O’Hara
04 May 2021 WY041:Writing Poetry - Craft and Inspiration
09 Apr 2021 WA091 Bilingual Books: Lolita (Penguin classic) by Vladimir Nabokov
26 Mar 2021 WM261:The General of the Dead Army (Le Général de l'armée morte) Ismail Kadaré
23 Mar 2021 WM231: Using Your Senses to Write Fiction
12 Mar 2021 WM121 Bilingual Books: Boquitas Pintadas (Heartbreak Tango / Le Plus Beau Tango Du Monde) by Manuel PUIG
26 Feb 2021 WF261 - Bilingual Books: Convenience Store Woman (La fille de la supérette) by Sayaka Murata
12 Feb 2021 WF121 Bilingual Books: You Will Be Safe Here (Tout Ira Bien) by Damian Barr
22 Jan 2021 WJ221 Bilingual Books: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (La Taupe)
20 Jan 2021 WICE Talks: Pancakes in the City of Light with Author Craig Carlson
15 Jan 2021 WJ151 Novels in Progress: An Advanced Workshop (Cancelled)
08 Jan 2021 WJ081 Bilingual Books: Middle England (Le Cœur de l'Angleterre) by Jonathan Coe (Remote)
12 Dec 2020 WD121 PitchCraft: Getting Published (Remote Online)
11 Dec 2020 WD111 Bilingual Books: Where the Crawdads Sing (Là où chantent les écrevisses) by Delia Owens
27 Nov 2020 WN271 Bilingual Books: A Gentleman in Moscow (Un gentleman à Moscou) by Amor Towles.
13 Nov 2020 WN201 Bilingual Books: Homegoing (No Home) by Yaa Gyasi (New Date)
05 Nov 2020 WN051 Fiction Writing: Openings and Next Steps (Remote)
09 Oct 2020 WO091 Bilingual Books: La porte des enfers (Hell’s Gate) by Laurent Gaudé
30 Sep 2020 WS301 Writing Poetry: Craft and Inspiration (Remote)
26 Sep 2020 WS261 Feature Writing Part II: At the keyboard and in the field (6 sessions)
17 Sep 2020 ES171 WICE Virtual Open House 2020
11 Sep 2020 WS111 Bilingual Books: All We Shall Know (Tout ce que nous allons savoir) by Donal Ryan (Remote Online)
12 Jul 2020 PWL121 Paris Writers Workshop Panel Discussion 3: Writing in the Time of Corona
11 Jul 2020 PWL056 Paris Writers Workshop Panel Discussion 1: Women Write/Women’s Rights
11 Jul 2020 PWL057 Paris Writers Workshop Panel Discussion 2: Cross-Culture or Cultural Appropriation
09 Jul 2020 PWL059 Agent Consultation
05 Jul 2020 PWL058 Writing Craft Talk: Writing the Child by Lauren Grodstein
05 Jul 2020 PWL055 Creative Non Fiction Masterclass
05 Jul 2020 PWL051 Novel Writing Masterclass
05 Jul 2020 PWL053 Poetry Masterclass
29 Jun 2020 WU291 Structuring the Novel
16 Jun 2020 WA141 Bilingual Books: The Châtelet Apprentice: The First Nicolas Le Floch Investigation (L'enigme des Blancs-Manteaux : Les enquêtes de Nicolas le Floch, n°1) - REMOTE
12 Jun 2020 WU171 Bilingual Books: David Young, Stasi Child (Thriller Genre Talk)
02 Jun 2020 WY121 Bilingual Books (Historical Book Series): Kamel Daoud, The Meursault Investigation - REMOTE
08 May 2020 WA171 Bilingual Books: Sándor Márai, Embers [Les Braises] - REMOTE
24 Apr 2020 WM131 Bilingual Books: Madeline Miller, Circe - REMOTE
26 Mar 2020 WO151 Bilingual Books: Alias Grace - REMOTE
07 Mar 2020 WM071 Feature Writing: At the Keyboard and In the Field (6 sessions - postponed)
14 Feb 2020 WF141 Bilingual Books: Tender is the Night (Tendre est la nuit)
11 Feb 2020 WN191 Bilingual Books: Suite Francaise (New date)
04 Feb 2020 WF041 The Tools of the Trade: Techniques in Novel Writing (6 sessions)
29 Jan 2020 AJ291 Career Boost: How to Get a Job in France
14 Jan 2020 WD171 Bilingual Books: The Châtelet Apprentice: The First Nicolas Le Floch Investigation (L'enigme des Blancs-Manteaux : Les enquêtes de Nicolas le Floch, n°1) (New Date)
10 Jan 2020 WJ101 Bilingual Books: Fernando Aramburu, Patria (Homeland)
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)
07 Nov 2019 WN071 Writing Poetry: Craft and Inspiration (6 sessions)
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 PWU241 The Art of Novel Writing
24 Jun 2014 PWU242 The Art of Non-Fiction Writing
24 Jun 2014 PWU243 The Essentials of Screenplay Writing
24 Jun 2014 PWU244 The Art of Writing Novella and Short Story
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 PWU251 Paris Writers' Workshop: Writing True—The Art and Craft of Creative Nonfiction (FULL)
25 Jun 2012 PWU252 Paris Writers' Workshop: Novel (FULL)
25 Jun 2012 PWU253 Paris Writers' Workshop: Shaping the Poem—A Poetry Workshop
25 Jun 2012 PWU254 Paris Writers' Workshop: The Craft of Fiction (FULL)
25 Jun 2012 PWU255 Paris Writers' Workshop: Writing for Children and Young Adults
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
27 Sep 2011 WS271 Seeing Paris through Literature
02 May 2011 WY022 Journals and Letters
05 Apr 2011 WA051 Raising the Stakes in Your Stories
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