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Here at WICE, the team is working to try and move as many of our courses as possible online to try and provide continuity to our members here in Paris during the current lock-down period. We are also planning to run a number. The language courses are leading the charge online but we are endeavouring to get as much content and as many of our members learning and interacting online as possible.

Stand by to check this page over the coming days as we provide updates on when these online events will take place.

Upcoming Events

    • 21 Sep 2020
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 17 Dec 2020
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 24 sessions
    • Remote
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    This program builds on the basics of French. It is for students with a basic understanding and ability to communicate and exchange information in a simple way. At the beginning of the program, students can ask simple questions and understand simple answers. You will develop and improve your French language competencies in areas of writing, speaking, listening, and reading. This program’s use of interactive learner-centered methods facilitates engagement and lasting progress.

    Please note that this program is geared for learners with some prior knowledge in French (Advanced Beginner). Meeting twice a week for 90-minutes, this course will be held mostly in French to maximize learner exposure to the target language during the initial stages of the French language acquisition process.

    This course will resume online only, this is due to changes in current governmental guidelines for in person events. Details on joining the course will continue to be emailed to you before the start of the class. If you would like to test out your internet connection from a computer device before the start of the class you can click on the computer icon above or here.

    About the Instructor: Camille ESPLENDIU has a Masters degree in French language as well as an undergraduate degree in English and Spanish.  She began her teaching career in Paris teaching American university students. She then spent one year as a lecturer at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.  Camille has been teaching in Paris for four years at various schools.  She specializes in teaching adults and professionals.

    Special Instructions: Before registering for the program you may want to check if the level is right for you using the French Placement Test. We recommend that you take this assessment once, without assistance or study aids.

    • 21 Sep 2020
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 07 Dec 2020
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 8 sessions
    • Remote Online
    Register

    In challenging times, it is best to be creative about how to stay inspired photographically. This new class is designed to invite photographers around the world to join in scheduled creative exercises to keep the creative momentum going strong.

    Each session will consist of two parts: a one-hour introduction lecture and, two weeks later, a one-hour review of images created in response to an assignment.

    Session subjects


    Session I (People/Portraits)
    Mondays 5-6 pm
    September 21 and October 5

    Session 2: (Street Photography/Photojournalism)
    Mondays 5-6 pm
    October 12 and October 26

    Session 3: (Alternative Processes and Post-Production Manipulation)
    Mondays 5-6 pm
    November 2 and November 16

    Session 4: (Social Media and Personal Journaling)
    Mondays 5-6 pm
    November 23 and December 7


    Students can expect to:

    • Learn about various genres of photography and master photographers in each field.
    • Learn about exposure, composition, subject selection, and image impact.
    • Have your technical questions answered directly.
    • Participate in a friendly critique session of their work.

    Course Requirements:

    • Suitable for all levels of photographer.
    Details on joining the course via Zoom will be emailed to you before the start of the class. If you would like to test out your internet connection from a computer device before the start of the class you can click on the computer icon above or here.

      About the Instructor: Meredith Mullins is a popular photo instructor and fine-art photography mentor, an internationally exhibited photographer, and a winner of international photography competitions, including the Grand Concours Photo sur Paris, PX3 Competition, Julia Margaret Cameron Award, Photographer’s Forum, and Worldwide Gala Photo Awards. She is the author of the award-winning book In a Paris Moment, a leader of photo adventure tours, and the Co-Founder and Director of the International Fine Art Photography Competition.

      Photo credit: Meredith Mullins

      • 22 Sep 2020
      • (UTC+02:00)
      • 18 Dec 2020
      • (UTC+01:00)
      • 24 sessions
      • Remote
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      This program introduces the French language for learners with no or little previous knowledge. It will help you acquire and put into practice the basic foundations of French grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation techniques. You will develop your French language competencies in areas of writing, speaking, listening, and reading. This program’s use of interactive learner-centered methods facilitates engagement and lasting progress.

      Please note that this program is geared for learners new to French with little or no prior knowledge. Meeting twice a week for 90-minutes, this course will be held mostly in French to maximize learner exposure to the target language during the initial stages of the French language acquisition process.

      The purpose of this class is to give the students the linguistic skills to get by in their daily life. We focus on pragmatic objectives such as buying food in a shop, interacting with neighbours, expressing health troubles, dealing with the Prefecture (in other words, real life situations).

      The following books are needed for class:

      • Edito A1, Didier, méthode de français
      • Edito A1, Didier, cahier d'activités
      • La grammaire progressive du français, niveau débutant, CLE international
      This course will resume online only, this is due to changes in current governmental guidelines for in person events. Details on joining the course via Zoom will be emailed to you before the start of the class. If you would like to test out your internet connection from a computer device before the start of the class you can click on the computer icon above or here

      About the Instructor: Audrey Charmont has a Masters in Marketing and Communications as well as a DAEFLE (French as a Foreign Language). She has French teaching experience in France and abroad. For the past twelve years, she has built a combined business.

      Special Instructions: Before registering for the program you may want to check if the level is right for you using the French Placement Test. We recommend that you take this assessment once, without assistance or study aids.

      • 22 Sep 2020
      • (UTC+02:00)
      • 15 Dec 2020
      • (UTC+01:00)
      • 12 sessions
      • Remote
      • 7
      Register

      This English course is for people with an advanced intermediate knowledge of English grammar and vocabulary or higher.

      Participants will strengthen their knowledge in English grammar, vocabulary, speaking, and listening building upon existing skills. Emphasis will be given to developing conversational skills and building confidence in various types of interactions. A variety of topics and readings will be used to develop oral and written communication skills.

      This 90-minute course will be held in English once a week to maximize learner exposure to and participation in the language.

      This course will resume online only, this is due to changes in current governmental guidelines for in person events. If you would like to test out your internet connection from a computer device before the start of the class you click the computer icon above or click here.

      About the Instructor: Sage Morghan holds a Masters in ESL (English as a Second Language) Education as well as a second Masters and PhD in French Studies with a specialty in French cinema. She has over 15 years of experience teaching French and English to students of various ages.

      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 assistance or study aids.

      • 23 Sep 2020
      • (UTC+02:00)
      • 16 Dec 2020
      • (UTC+01:00)
      • 11 sessions
      • Remote
      • 15
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      In this French Film class, you will watch a film at home (available on Amazon Prime Video or Orange Video on Demand) before class. In class, the film will be used as a basis for a language lesson with cultural points and discussion.

      Watching films can be a powerful tool for learning a language and improving cultural knowledge.  It can be entertaining and enjoyable, which breaks psychological barriers that arise in traditional language learning.  Dialogue in films exposes you to authentic spoken language, a rich range of vocabulary and idiomatic expressions anchored in a meaningful context, all of which aids understanding and retention.

      The main purpose of this course is increasing vocabulary, improving conversational skills and learning French culture via the movies presented.
      Films Module 1 - (22 Sep - 03 Nov)

      • Les Intouchables, directed by Olivier Nakache & Éric Toledano. Actors: Omar Sy & François Cluzet.
      • Un homme idéal, directed by Yann Gozlan. Actors: Pierre Niney & Ana Girardot.
      • J’accuse, directed by Roman Polanski. Actors : Jean Dujardin & Louis Garrel.

      Films Module 2 - (10 Nov -15 Dec)

      • Qu’est-ce qu’on a fait au bon Dieu, directed by Philippe de Chauveron. Actors; Christian Clavier & Chantal Lauby.
      • Les Héritiers, directed by Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar. Actor: Ariane Ascarid.
      • De Gaulle, directed by Gabriel Le Bomin. Actors: Lambert Wilson & Isabelle Carré.

      This French course is for people with advanced knowledge of French.
      Before registering for this course, you may want to check if the level of the course is right for you using the French Placement Test. If you choose to take the placement test, we recommend that you take this assessment once, without assistance or study aids.

      This course will resume online only, this is due to changes in current governmental guidelines for in person events. Details on joining the course via Zoom will be emailed to you before the start of the class. If you would like to test out your internet connection from a computer device before the start of the class you can click on the computer icon above or here.

      About the Instructor: Valérie Brosbrann grew up in Paris and moved to the US in 1981. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Brandeis University. She has been teaching French since 1986. She taught adults with the US State Department, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Afterwards, she taught at private high schools. She has taught all levels of French. She returned to Paris for retirement and has been volunteering with WICE in the language department for one year.

      Photo credit: Public Domain

      • 24 Sep 2020
      • (UTC+02:00)
      • 17 Dec 2020
      • (UTC+01:00)
      • 12 sessions
      • Remote
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      This English Guided Discussion Group is open to people who have a strong intermediate or advanced level of English. Our group leaders suggest interesting topics and readings prior to each group discussion. If you enjoy reading, speaking, presenting, and engaging in diverse topic-centered discussions, this group is for you. In addition, to learning and developing through guided discussions with other participants, you will also have the opportunity to get personalized constructive feedback. The group speaks only in English for 90 minutes.

      Ce groupe de discussion guidée anglais est ouvert aux personnes qui parlent anglais presque couramment (niveaux intermédiaire-avancé ou avancé). Nos animateurs proposent des sujets intéressants et des textes avant chaque groupe. Si vous appréciez la lecture, la communication, la présentation et la participation à des discussions diverses, ce groupe est pour vous. En plus, d’apprendre et se développer à travers des discussions guidées avec d'autres participants, vous aurez également la possibilité d'obtenir des commentaires constructifs. Ce groupe de discussion guidée est un excellent endroit pour vous réunir avec d’autres enthousiastes de la langue anglais. Le groupe ne parle qu’anglais pendant 1,5 heure.

      This course will resume online only, this is due to changes in current governmental guidelines for in person events. Details on joining the course via Zoom will be emailed to you before the start of the class. If you would like to test out your internet connection from a computer device before the start of the class you can click on the computer icon above or here.

      Facilitators: Regan Falcon, Alice Meade, Mavis Negroni, Edward Donelan


      • 25 Sep 2020
      • (UTC+02:00)
      • 18 Dec 2020
      • (UTC+01:00)
      • 12 sessions
      • Remote
      • 15
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      This French Guided Discussion Group is open to people who have a strong intermediate or an advanced level of French. The group leaders provide participants with engaging weekly readings on a wide range of topics prior to each dynamic and fast-paced seminar. If you enjoy reading, speaking, presenting, and engaging in diverse topic-centered discussions, this group is for you. In addition to learning and developing through guided discussions with other participants, you will also have the opportunity to get personalized constructive feedback. The French Guided Discussion group speaks only in French for 90 minutes which gives participants an excellent space to practice.

      Ce groupe de discussion guidé français est ouvert aux personnes qui parlent français presque couramment (niveaux intermédiaire-avancé ou avancé). Nos animateurs de langue française fournissent aux participants des lectures intéressants avant chaque groupe hebdomadaire.  Ce groupe est dynamique et rapide. Si vous appréciez la lecture, la communication, la présentation et la participation à des discussions diverses, ce groupe est pour vous. En plus, d’apprendre et se développer à travers des discussions guidées avec d'autres participants, vous aurez également la possibilité d'obtenir des commentaires constructifs et personnalisés. Le groupe ne parle que français pendant 1,5 heure ce qui donne aux participants toute la place pour s’exprimer.

      Facilitators: Brice Dardel, Valerie Brosbrann and Linda Adenis-Lamarre

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

      • 07 Oct 2020
      • (UTC+02:00)
      • 09 Dec 2020
      • (UTC+01:00)
      • 10 sessions
      • Remote Online
      • 10
      Register

      WHAT IS PILATES
      Pilates is a Mind/Body form of exercising. The use of the breath concentrates the mind and helps to control the simple movements. When the familiarity of the movements are achieved you flow from one position to another from spiralling, stretching and co-ordinating. The words written in “bold” emphasize the Principals of Joseph Pilates who started coding his method of obtaining a healthy body and mind and he explains it fully in his first book “Return to Life”. He had studied the optimum possibilities of body awareness throughout his life of strength and stretching to promote good health and longevity.

      WHO IS PILATES
      Joseph Pilates worked as a hospital orderly when he was interned on the Isle of White on the way to the US at the outbreak of WW1. His breathing and movement techniques helped and even saved interned soldiers during the epidemic of Influenza. A consideration during our current Pandemic situation that we are all experiencing. He continued with his discoveries and developments and when he reached New York and together with his wife Clara (a nurse) they created a studio in Manhattan which was attended by people with body issues, athletes and dancers. It is still considered to be one of the best cross training regimens of physical training.

      Anne gave three introductory Pilates classes for WICE in June of this year and she hopes to see some familiar faces again. She will explain and give a “follow-me class” at an accessible standard to all. It is recommended to turn on the ZOOM videos and time will be allotted for answering questions.

      All that is needed is the basic equipment of a yoga mat and an exercise band or, as substitutes, a towel laid on a carpet and stretchy tights if you do not yet have a band.


      About the Instructor: WICE member and Pilates teacher Anne Campbell- Crawford has been teaching Pilates in Paris for the last eleven years. After a lifetime in the world of Ballet and Modern Dance dancer/teacher/choreographer and later Artistic Director in Ireland, UK and the US. When arriving in Paris to live she trained as a Pilates Mat Instructor and hasn’t stopped teaching since. She hopes you will join her.

      • 25 Oct 2020
      • (UTC+01:00)
      • 13 Dec 2020
      • (UTC+01:00)
      • 12 sessions
      • Your Private Residence/Remote Online
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      Course Description: 

      Join Chef Alisa Morov in this series of online tested French Cooking courses for all levels. You’ll learn authentic, delicious French recipes that can be made wherever you live: get techniques, history of what you're making, and insights about Living in France.

      The courses are filmed and transmitted live from this private Paris kitchen. Whether taking a single course or joining in the month of culinary delights, you will cook in the comfort of your home while sharing the screen exclusively with WICE member classmates and their personal guests.

      25 October 6:00-8:30PM

      or

      29 October 2:00-4:30PM

      TARTE TATIN  - This classic French Apple Tart is so impressive! I’ve researched the story behind the tarte, and the best version of the recipe… During class we will learn about it all!  

      05 November 11:30AM-2:00PM

      or

      08 November 6:00-8:30PM

      GRATIN DAUPHINOIS & Cèpes Poêlées - Easier than you might imagine…. Learn to make THE most amazing, classic French Potato dish, along with sauteed Cepes (porcini mushrooms), that I learned from my French In-laws in Bordeaux… Just in time to add to your holiday menus.  

      12 November 11:30AM-2:00PM

      or

      15 November 6:00-8:30PM

      CROQUE MONSIEUR & SALADE - Like you find in the best bistros. Learn to make the “sandwich”, the béchamel sauce that makes it so much more than a sandwich, along with my Father-in-Law’s vinaigrette & salad, for the amazing French experience.  

      19 November 11:30AM-2:00PM

      or

      21 November 6:00-8:30PM

       
      SOLE MEUNIERE - Sole with Brown Butter Sauce & Lemon…. The dish that inspired Julia Child’s love of French food  

      03 December 11:30AM-2:00PM

      or

      06 December 6:00-8:30PM

       
      RöSTIS aka Potato Pancakes & Latkes - Crispy but not greasy…. a little bit addictive. I’ll talk about all the toppings that have originated from France & Eastern Europe. The holidays are coming…..  

      10 December 11:30AM-2:00PM

      or

      13 December 6:00-8:30PM

       
      FONDANT au CHOCOLATE & CARAMEL BEURRE SALE  -  French chocolate cake to make you swoon… and a Salted Butter Caramel sauce, that you might want to just eat with a spoon. Both are perfect to make as gifts for the holiday…. or to have anytime.  

      About the Instructor: Alisa Morov from Sweet Pea Paris is originally from Los Angeles, where she has cooked, baked and made art for many years. Passionate about people, food, cultural differences, architecture, art… For over 20 years Alisa has been in France: cooked in restaurants, written three cookbooks, launched a private chef-catering business, Sweet Pea Paris, that has expanded to include sharing her passions about French culture and great food, into food tours and teaching cooking & culture, via classes, in person and now via Zoom. What happens when we share food is magic.

       


      This class will be held via Zoom. The instructor will email the link and details for preparation in advance. The shopping list for cooking ingredients will be emailed ahead of time for individual purchase. 


      • 05 Nov 2020
      • (UTC+01:00)
      • 10 Dec 2020
      • (UTC+01:00)
      • 6 sessions
      • Remote
      • 7
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      What makes a compelling start to a short story or a novel? How do you hook your readers, and get them to care for your characters? How do you fulfill expectations for the pages that follow? This course is designed to give you feedback on the first pages of a story or novel chapter. Every week, we will examine a fundamental aspect of craft and provide a constructive critique of your work.
      This course is perfect for those starting out in fiction, and also adapted to writers who have already completed a manuscript and want to hone their draft before seeking publication

      This course will resume online only, this is due to changes in current governmental guidelines for in person events. Details on joining the course via Zoom will be emailed to you before the start of the class. If you would like to test out your internet connection from a computer device before the start of the class you can click on the computer icon above or here.

      About the Instructor: Anna Polonyi is a writer and journalist. A graduate from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she has taught creative writing at the University of Iowa and the Iowa Young Writers’ Studio. She holds a B.A. from Harvard and an M.A. from Sciences Po. A recipient of the Fulbright for Young American Journalists, the Sylvia Beach Short Fiction Prize, and the Flannery O’Connor fellowship at Iowa, she is the current Richard E. Guthrie fellow with the University of Iowa. She has written for the International New York Times, Foreign Policy, the Irish Times, among others.

      • 07 Nov 2020
      • (UTC+01:00)
      • 05 Dec 2020
      • (UTC+01:00)
      • 5 sessions
      • Remote Online Zoom
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      Yoga is a state of wholeness.. It is the bringing together - the union  of the body, mind and spirit. Yoga is experienced when the activity in the mind is pacified,  calmed, quieted - still. Using the breath to connect  the mind and body through prescribed exercises (Hatha Yoga),  the ability to achieve a meditative state and find harmony  within one's self and with others is possible.

      This course will resume online only, this is due to changes in current governmental guidelines for in person events. Details on joining the course via Zoom will be emailed to you before the start of the class. If you would like to test out your internet connection from a computer device before the start of the class you can click on the computer icon above or here.

      About the Instructor: Virginia Williamson has been practicing Yoga for 31 years;  teaching in Southwest Florida for 22 years. She holds multiple teaching certifications and has had more than 2200 hours of training, study and practice. She teaches traditional, 'old-school', Classical Yoga,  with an emphasis on movements coordinated with breathing. Her instructions are accessible to all practitioners, including beginners. She believes that Yoga supports the nervous system while developing strength and relaxation in the body and calmness in the mind. Students are encouraged to practice according to their own physical, mental and emotional circumstances.

      Image Credit: Virginia Williamson

      • 20 Nov 2020
      • (UTC+01:00)
      • 08 Dec 2020
      • (UTC+01:00)
      • 4 sessions
      • Remote Online via Zoom
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      From the Romans to the latest modern innovations, Paris architecture covers almost 2000 years of history. The city, once surrounded by a succession of walls, grew from the center towards the outskirts, developing through a spiral fashion. In fact, the most noticeable and historical buildings of the city are still in its very heart. It was François I who imported the elegance of the Renaissance in France. The classical era is one of the most brilliant of Paris’s history, followed by the Rococo and the Neo Classicism. Major changes occurred during the times of Napoleon and Haussmann.

      We will explore Paris architecture, its evolution throughout the ages, citing a large number of examples, explaining their architectural specificities, and rediscover the famous ‘city of lights’.

      November 20 at 10.00 am
      From the Romans to the Gothic times: Antique Paris, Romanesque and Gothic.

      November 24 at 10.00 am

      From François 1er to Louis XIV: Renaissance and the Grand Style (1515 to 1715)


      December 1 at 10.00 am

      Regence, Rococo and Neo-classicism (1715 to 1789)


      December 8 at 10.00 am
      From Napoleon to Haussmann (1800 to the late 19t​ h​ century)

      Catherine ESTIVALEZES has been a lecturer with WICE for several years: she guided walking tours in Paris districts, organized visits to museums, held on site lectures at WICE. She has a PhD in American and British history and literature, a professional degree in Art and History. She also teaches in English to future professional guides.

      She communicates her passion for art and culture in a simple expressive way.

      This course will resume online only, this is due to changes in current governmental guidelines for in person events. Details on joining the course via Zoom will be emailed to you before the start of the class. If you would like to test out your internet connection from a computer device before the start of the class you can click on the computer icon above or here.

      Photo Credit: studiophotography

      • 12 Dec 2020
      • 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM (UTC+01:00)
      • Remote Online
      • 12
      Register

      The pitch, now synonymous with query, was once the province of Hollywood. It has morphed into an umbrella term meaning proposing and introducing your concept for a book; it is used universally for the most lofty and serious projects along with the most commercial. What do we talk about when we talk about the on-page and the in-person pitch? What should you talk about? As an author you are always going to be asked to introduce your work, to share your enthusiasm for your writing, and to get others excited about what is exciting to you. “What is your book about” or “Tell me about your work” means: The 15 minutes of fame is yours to shine in. Agent Katharine Sands shows you how to construct the perfect pitch, and will also address how to find the right agent for your work.

      The master class will cover the following:

      • Query letters with a strong hook in the first two lines.
      • What mistakes many writers make when querying agents, and seven surefire techniques that get you out of the slushpile, how to: identify and develop your selling points and sales engines, whet an agent's appetite, get editors to say "yes."
      • Hooks, selling points, and sales engines; and how to avoid "Querial Killers": the easy-to-fix mistakes writers make when querying agents and proposing book projects.
      • Learn what to do--and what not to do--when setting out to woo and win a literary agent.

      This class will be held remotely/online. Details on joining the class will be emailed to you 24 hours before the start of the class.


      About the Instructor: Katharine Sands,  literary agent with the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency, has worked with a varied list of authors who’ve published a diverse array of books including fiction, memoir and nonfiction.. Highlights include Dating the Devil by Lia Romeo; XTC: SongStories; Chasing Zebras: THE Unofficial Guide to House, MD; Make Up, Don’t Break Up with Oprah guest Dr. Bonnie Eaker Weil; Playwright Robert Patrick’s novel, Temple Slave; The New Rules of Attraction by Arden Leigh; The Complete Book on International Adoption: A Step-by-Step Guide to Finding Your Child; Hands Off My Belly: The Pregnant Woman’s Survival Guide to Myths, Mothers, and Moods; Under the Hula Moon;  The Gay Vacation Guide; CityTripping: a Guide for Foodies, Fashionistas and the Generally Style-Obsessed; Writers on Directors; Ford model Helen Lee’s The Tao of Beauty; Elvis and You: Your Guide to the Pleasures of Being an Elvis Fan; New York: Songs of the City; Taxpertise: Dirty Little Secrets the  IRS Doesn’t Want You to Know; The SAT Word Slam, Divorce After 50; The Complete Book of Bone Health; The Safe and Sane Guide to Teenage Plastic Surgery; Talk to Strangers; Trust Your Gut; Spiritual Pregnancy. Katharine lives in New York, but is an avowed Francophile who loves Paris and has travelled there many times.

      • 15 Dec 2020
      • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (UTC+01:00)
      • Remote Online via Zoom
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      In the late 19th century, Paris’ reputation for its ‘decadent’ lifestyle incarnated by some cocottes or courtesans, dancers and actresses was not usurped. The writings and paintings alluding to these unconventional behaviours, although shocking for some, attracted many readers and fascinated a certain public. To many foreign travellers, Paris was the incarnation of a new Babylon. We will illustrate our presentation by telling the story of some famous courtesans, with a special mention of their representation in painting and literature. Do not miss this amazing and instructive lecture!

      Catherine ESTIVALEZES has been a lecturer with WICE for several years: she guided walking tours in Paris districts, organized visits to museums, held on site lectures at WICE. She has a PhD in American and British history and literature, a professional degree in Art and History. She also teaches in English to future professional guides. She communicates her passion for art and culture in a simple expressive way.

      This course will resume online only, this is due to changes in current governmental guidelines for in person events. Details on joining the course via Zoom will be emailed to you before the start of the class. If you would like to test out your internet connection from a computer device before the start of the class you can click on the computer icon above or here.

      Photo Credit: COURTESANS

      • 05 Jan 2021
      • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (UTC+01:00)
      • Remote Online via Zoom
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      Would you like to discover the famous Parisian private mansions or so-called “hôtels particuliers” such as Sens, Biron, Lambert or Crillon? From the medieval times to the modern period, we will explore the characteristics of these typical mansions, built between courtyard and garden, and point at their evolution through the centuries. You will also learn how the development of French architecture reflected social and political realities, thus allowing the mansions themselves to provide us with an insight into the lives of Paris’ more privileged citizens. Do not miss this amazing and instructive lecture!

      Catherine ESTIVALEZES has been a lecturer with WICE for several years: she guided walking tours in Paris districts, organized visits to museums, held on site lectures at WICE. She has a PhD in American and British history and literature, a professional degree in Art and History. She also teaches in English to future professional guides. She communicates her passion for art and culture in a simple expressive way.

      This course will resume online only, this is due to changes in current governmental guidelines for in person events. Details on joining the course via Zoom will be emailed to you before the start of the class. If you would like to test out your internet connection from a computer device before the start of the class you can click on the computer icon above or here.

      Photo Credit: HOTEL PARTICULIER

      • 15 Jan 2021
      • (UTC+01:00)
      • 17 Jan 2021
      • (UTC+01:00)
      • 3 sessions
      • Remote Online Zoom
      • 12
      Register

      This workshop is designed for writers who are well into a novel-in-progress, but want to work on problem passages, or develop a better feeling for how to shape and finish the overall project. Over three 2-hour sessions, Tim will use the participants’ own work to explore and discuss such topics as: - Finding and developing your story - Theme versus plot - Turning facts into fiction - Choosing and developing characters - What is voice and how to use it - How much history to tell in historical fiction - Writing dialogue - Settings: how they contribute to stories - Researching a story. A final hour will be spent on practical advice on the business aspects of writing. Hiring a publicist, tricks for using social media effectively, other promotional tools. Participants must submit a 10-page excerpt (double spaced in 12 point Times Roman font in pdf or docx format) which will be shared with the class. Excerpts may be from any part of the novel-in-progress. Excerpts should be submitted to WICE no later than December 15, with a mention of the novel’s genre and a 2-4 sentence synopsis.

      This course will resume online only, this is due to changes in current governmental guidelines for in person events. Details on joining the course via Zoom will be emailed to you before the start of the class. If you would like to test out your internet connection from a computer device before the start of the class you can click on the computer icon above or here.

      About the Instructor: Timothy Jay Smith developed a ceaseless wanderlust that has taken him around the world many times. En route he’s found the characters that people his work. He brings the same energy to his writing that he brought to a distinguished career, and as a result, has won top honors for his works in numerous competitions. Fire on the Island won the Gold Medal in the 2017 Faulkner-Wisdom Competition, and his screenplay adaptation was named Best Indie Script by WriteMovies. The Fourth Courier, published in 2019 by Arcade Publishing, has received glowing reviews. Previously, he won the Paris Prize for Fiction for his novel, A Vision of Angels. Kirkus Reviews called Cooper’s Promise “literary dynamite” and selected it as a Best Book of 2012. In addition, Tim was nominated for the Pushcart Prize and his play, How High the Moon, won the Stanley Drama Award. More information about Tim can be found at www.timothyjaysmith.com. (Timothy will be donating his workshop fee to the National New Play Network, which encourages emerging playwrights to tackle socially relevant issues.)

      • 12 Feb 2021
      • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+01:00)
      • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
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      WICE Bilingual Book Group

      12 FEB 2021

      2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+02:00)

      Damian Barr received a critics' ovation for his maiden novel, You Will Be Safe Here. Spanning South Africa's history from colonial brutality to post-apartheid turbulence, it is a tale of two mothers a century apart who are fighting for the fate of their sons. Each is unaware that their fates are intertwined -- a reminder of the legacy of crimes committed in the past.

      ‘Lean, beautiful prose … It pulls you in, breaks your heart and then ultimately repairs it.’ Jojo Moyes, The Observer.

      ‘Where many novels run out of steam as they approach the end, You Will Be Safe Here grows more engaging with each chapter.’ The Irish Times.

      Registrations Open January 09 2020

      This course will resume online only, this is due to changes in current governmental guidelines for in person events. Details on joining the course via Zoom will be emailed to you before the start of the class. If you would like to test out your internet connection from a computer device before the start of the class you can click on the computer icon above or here.

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      • 12 Mar 2021
      • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+01:00)
      • Remote
      • 12

      WICE Bilingual Book Group

      12 MAR 2021

      2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+02:00)

      Cost: Free for WICE members and €5 for guests


      Topic: To be announced

      Registrations Open February 13 2020


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