PWU273 Writing Novels

  • 27 Jun 2016
  • 9:00 AM
  • 01 Jul 2016
  • 1:00 PM
  • Left bank, Paris
  • 8


  • Registration before March 31, 2016
  • Registration after 31 March, 2016

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Monday, 27 June - Friday, 1 July 2016
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Instructor: Ayana Mathis

Ayana Mathis (c) Elena Seibert
Writers are urged (relentlessly) to "find their voices"-- a frustrating bit of advice if ever there was one. Voice is among the most elusive of craft terms.  What is it exactly?  Of what does it consist?  How does one go about developing it?  Certainly voice includes style, but that is so unique and organic to each writer that it only further confuses the issue.  This workshop will dismantle voice into practical (and comprehensible) elements as they relate to longer fiction: narration (point of view), character development and theme.  We'll also discuss the ways in which voice is supported, or stymied, by structure.  To aid in our exploration the seminar will include short readings, as relevant, by Marilynne Robinson, Edward P. Jones and Marlon James among others.

Requirements: Submit a 15-25 page draft of your work by Friday, 31 May 2016. See the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of the Paris Writers' Workshop website for more details.

This course is a part of Paris Writers' Workshop, a week-long program that includes a mandatory Registration Reception on Sunday, 26 June 2016. For more information about the program, please visit

Agent Consultation: Your registration automatically entitles you to a one-on-one consultation with your workshop faculty member.  However, if you wish to have a one-on-one consultation with a literary agent, please register for that separately (PWU301 Literary Agent Consultation).  Agent consultations are 60 euros for PWW participants.

Literary Dinner: If you would like to attend the literary dinner, please register for that separately as well (PWL012 Literary Dinner).  Dinner rates for PWW participants and their guests are 50 euros per person.

Image: Ayana Mathis (c) Elena Seibert

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