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Evening & Weekend Courses and events

WICE understands busy schedules. That's why we have expanded our selection of evening and weekend courses to suit your needs. Discover French wine, learn tricks behind stunning night photography or attend an evening gallery exhibit. Enjoy your Paris experience on your time. 

Upcoming events

    • 01 Oct 2018
    • 24 Jun 2019
    • 35 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris
    • 3
    Register

    This English course is for WICE Members with prior beginner knowledge of English grammar and vocabulary. It aims to help participants refresh and acquire additional communication skills in English. The course will reinforce your existing skills and facilitate your progression in areas of English grammar, vocabulary, speaking, and listening. Various topics and readings will be used to develop your oral and written communication skills.


    Ce cours s'adresse à la fois aux membres de WICE qui ont déjà des connaissances de base en grammaire et en vocabulaire. L’objectif du cours est d’aider les participants qui souhaitent réactiver et enrichir leurs capacités de communication en anglais. Il vous permet de renforcer vos connaissances et faciliter votre progrès dans les domaines variés de grammaire, le vocabulaire, d’expression orale, et de compréhension orale. Le cours utilisera des sujets et de textes variés pour améliorer et enrichir vos compétences linguistiques.


    Instructor: Louise Denyer is a native English speaker. She is a qualified English solicitor and an experienced teacher holding a Certificate for Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Adults (CTEFLA). For the past 20 years, she has been teaching Business, Legal, and General English to various international audiences. Louise also coaches French and foreign actors in English and teaches theater in English to French children.

    Special Instructions: Before registering for this course you may want to check if the level of the course is right for you using the English Placement Test. If you choose to take the placement test, we recommend that you take this assessment once, without the assistance of study aids.




     
    • 23 Mar 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Artists Studio, 75015 Paris: metro Convention
    • 3
    Register
    Come and join instructor Jan Olsson in the beautiful historic site known as La Ruche and learn the basics of printmaking through a simple and popular technique known as the 'monotype'. 

    As its name suggests, a monotype is a one-of-a-kind print. Rather than carving or etching, a monotype is made by painting with ink on a smooth surface. Degas loved its ease and used it to create strong atmospheric light and bold textures. Contemporary artists are drawn to it for its immediacy.

    Making a monotype print involves no toxic materials or laborious technique. One can make a print in just a few minutes and some monotype techniques do not require a press. Stamping, stenciling and collage can be used to create a myriad of beautiful effects.

    This class is perfect for:

    • Those who enjoy sharing a creative learning process within a small, convivial group 
    • Working WICE members who would enjoy relaxing and creating on a Saturday
    • Artists of all kinds who want to learn and practice this intriguing technique

    Click here to see prints by Jan’s students and learn more about monotypes. Course requirements: No skills and no previous knowledge of the medium is necessary.

    This workshop is open to all levels, artists and non-artists alike.
    Materials: All materials will be provided for this full-day course. Students will bring a sack lunch and cover-up.

    About the Instructor:  Jan Olsson has been working in her studio at La Ruche since 1990. While studying for her Master of Fine Arts degree in Drawing, Jan also studied etching, lithography and silkscreen printing, and has since taught advanced printmaking courses at college level. Shortly after she purchased and installed an etching press at La Ruche, Jan began working with monotype prints, one of her favorite mediums. You may visit her professional website for examples of her work.

    Photo Credit:  Jan Olsson
    • 26 Mar 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 18
    Register

    Apéro (v): to meet at WICE with fellow members, volunteers and friends.

    Courtesy of RAYE

    Join us on the last Tuesday of the month as we get together to meet, greet and have fun.

    Held at the WICE office, this is your opportunity to catch up with fellow WICE members, volunteers and friends over an apéro.

    It’s our way of saying thank you for your support, either as a member or volunteer.

    Not a member?  Come along and find out about the great courses on offer at WICE.

    Interested in joining?  Become a member of WICE.

    Want to contribute to the work of WICE? Become a volunteer.

    Photo Credit: Courtesy of RAYE

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

    Life is filled with loss from a mother taking her child to their first day of school, the death of spouse, the realization that a relationship can never be, or the regret over things left undone and words left unsaid. 

    Former Paris Writers’ Workshop participants poet Pamela Manché Pearce, whose chapbook, Widowland, has recently been published by Green Bottle Press (London) and memoirist Debra Whittam, author of Everything That's Been Waiting, meet again at WICE to share their personal experiences and the challenges they face as writers to illuminate these painful and universal subjects. 

    About the Presenters:  Pearce’s poems, widely published and anthologized in the US and abroad, can be found in The Widow’s Handbook Anthology (Kent State University Press), ArsMedica (Toronto) and The Brooklyn Review.  She is also the recipient of two Woolrich Creative Writing Fellowships from Columbia University and is currently Poet-at-Large on Planet Poet’s Words in Space radio show on WIOX.

    Debra Whittam received two first place awards and two honorable mentions in the Royal Dragonfly Book Awards Competition for her recently published book, Am I Going to Be Okay? Weathering the Storms of Mental Illness, Addiction, and Grief.  She won first place for First Time Author, Non-Fiction and first place in Inspirational/Self-Help.  The Honorable Mentions she received were for Best Cover Design and Biography/Autobiography/Memoir.  

     

    • 06 Apr 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Meeting point to be confirmed later
    • 8
    Register

    The Chateau d'Hardelot is home to the "Centre Culturel de l'Entente Cordiale," a permanent exhibition curated by best-selling author Stephen Clarke.  This beautiful museum is set in a small French village that was popular with Charles Dickens when he needed to escape prying Victorian eyes to be with his mistress. 

    Clarke, who will lead this exclusive tour, describes the collaboration that resulted in the exhibition:  

    Back in 2012 the director of the Château d'Hardelot contacted me explaining that he intended to transform the temporary exhibition space into the "Centre Culturel de l'Entente Cordiale" based on my book 1000 Years of Annoying the French.

    We began a very fruitful exchange during which I suggested historical events that needed to be depicted, and the director went off in search of paintings, furniture, statues and other objects in every auction house and museum in France, buying, borrowing and requisitioning. 

    The result is a spectacular permanent exhibition that opened in 2014, and includes a fire screen depicting Joan of Arc, cartoons both mocking and glorifying Napoleon, furniture that belonged to King Louis-Philippe--a great Anglophile who first used the phrase "cordiale entente"--and busts of Queen Victoria and Napoleon III, on whom she had something of a crush. 

    Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear Stephen Clarke telling anecdotes about all this as you tour the Château. Transport to/from the train station in the historic fishing port Boulogne-sur-Mer, the museum entry fee and tour plus lunch are included in the fee. Full details will be available in late March. 

    About the Instructor: When he self-published A Year in the Merde in 2004, printing up just 200 copies, author Stephen Clarke never dreamed it would become a worldwide bestseller, translated into more than 20 languages.  Since then he has written 5 more "Merde" novels as well as several other books that offer a humorous perspective on France and the French. The Merde Factor, Stephen Clarke's popular stage adaptation of one of his best-selling "Merde" novels was presented as part of WICE's 40th birthday celebrations last year.

    Photo Credit: Public Domain

    • 13 Apr 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 23
    Register

    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).

    • 30 Apr 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 27
    Register

    Apéro (v): to meet at WICE with fellow members, volunteers and friends.

    Courtesy of RAYE

    Join us on the last Tuesday of the month as we get together to meet, greet and have fun.

    Held at the WICE office, this is your opportunity to catch up with fellow WICE members, volunteers and friends over an apéro.

    It’s our way of saying thank you for your support, either as a member or volunteer.

    Not a member?  Come along and find out about the great courses on offer at WICE.

    Interested in joining?  Become a member of WICE.

    Want to contribute to the work of WICE? Become a volunteer.

    Photo Credit: Courtesy of RAYE

    • 07 May 2019
    • 11 Jun 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 5
    Register

    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
    • 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Individual artists studio, 71 rue Leblanc, 75015 Paris
    • 10
    Register

    Come and join Jan in the beautiful historic site known as La Ruche for a Saturday full of fun and surprises. Learn the basics of printmaking through a simple and popular technique known as the 'monotype'.

    Making a monotype print involves no toxic materials or laborious technique. As its name suggests, a monotype is a one-of-a-kind print. Rather than carving or etching, a monotype is made by painting with ink on a smooth surface. Degas loved its ease and used it to create strong atmospheric light and bold textures. Contemporary artists are drawn to it for its immediacy. One can make a print in just a few minutes with almost no technical skill, and some of the monotype techniques do not require a press. One needn’t know how to draw or paint to make monotypes. Stamping, stenciling and collage can be used to create a myriad of beautiful effects.

    This class is perfect for:

    • Anyone who would enjoy having a new experience in creativity

    • Working WICE members who would enjoy relaxing and creating on a Saturday

    • Artists of all kinds who want to learn and practice this intriguing technique

    • Those who enjoy sharing a creative learning process within a small, convivial group Click here to see prints by Jan’s students and learn more about monotypes.

    Course requirements: No skills and no previous knowledge of the medium is necessary. This workshop is open to all levels, artists and non-artists alike, and may be repeated by anyone wishing to continue exploring the process.

    Materials: All materials will be provided for this full-day course. Students will bring a sack lunch and cover-up.

    About the Instructor:  Jan Olsson has been working in her studio at La Ruche since 1990. While studying for her Master of Fine Arts degree in Drawing, Jan also studied etching, lithography and silkscreen printing, and has since taught advanced printmaking courses at college level. Shortly after she purchased and installed an etching press at La Ruche, Jan began working with monotype prints, one of her favorite mediums. You may visit her professional website for examples of her work.

    Photo Credit: Jan Olsson

    • 11 May 2019
    • 19 May 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 8
    Register

    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.

    • 28 May 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 30
    Register

    Apéro (v): to meet at WICE with fellow members, volunteers and friends.

    Courtesy of RAYE

    Join us on the last Tuesday of the month as we get together to meet, greet and have fun.

    Held at the WICE office, this is your opportunity to catch up with fellow WICE members, volunteers and friends over an apéro.

    It’s our way of saying thank you for your support, either as a member or volunteer.

    Not a member?  Come along and find out about the great courses on offer at WICE.

    Interested in joining?  Become a member of WICE.

    Want to contribute to the work of WICE? Become a volunteer.

    Photo Credit: Courtesy of RAYE

    • 25 Jun 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 30
    Register

    Apéro (v): to meet at WICE with fellow members, volunteers and friends.

    Courtesy of RAYE

    Join us on the last Tuesday of the month as we get together to meet, greet and have fun.

    Held at the WICE office, this is your opportunity to catch up with fellow WICE members, volunteers and friends over an apéro.

    It’s our way of saying thank you for your support, either as a member or volunteer.

    Not a member?  Come along and find out about the great courses on offer at WICE.

    Interested in joining?  Become a member of WICE.

    Want to contribute to the work of WICE? Become a volunteer.

    Photo Credit: Courtesy of RAYE

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