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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

    • 04 Apr 2019
    • 09 May 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 1
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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 previosuly taught classes for WICE in short fiction, travel writing and turning life into fiction.

    • 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.


    • 11 May 2019
    • 19 May 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 7
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    WICE’s popular journalism series continues with a focus on “field” reporting and interviews. The course will examine different kinds of features as well as aspects of the writing, with emphasis on reporting on selected events. It will also include an introduction to blogging and guidelines on how to make this popular mode of communication a genuine platform for serious journalism and literary writing.


    About 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 writing books, she has written articles for a news agency and international magazines.

    • 17 May 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 0
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    Abraham Verghese’s expansive Cutting for Stone is a story of love, betrayal, compassion and redemption that spans continents and generations. The theme of forgiveness is interwoven into the story of Ethiopia with its mix of colors and earthiness.

    The passionate, unique love affair that sets the opening of Cutting for Stone provides the setting for a delicate story of one family across five decades in India, Ethiopia and America.

    Abraham Verghese is Professor for the Theory and Practice of Medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Senior Associate Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine. He was born in Ethiopia to parents from southern India.

    ‘Cutting for Stone owes its goodness to something greater than plot… Verghese creates this story so lovingly that it is actually possible to live within it for the brief time one spends with this book.’ Los Angeles Times. 

    Photo Credit : Chatto & Windus

    • 25 May 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 21
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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).

    • 14 Jun 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 12

    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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