At the heart of WICE's commitment to cultural enrichment and connection is its vibrant literary program, a curated series of activities designed to cater to the diverse literary tastes of our international membership.

From Page to Stage: Readings of Prize-Winning Plays offers a unique rendezvous for theater lovers. Meeting monthly, members immerse themselves in award-winning English-language plays from diverse cultural backgrounds. With plays typically in two acts and featuring 6-10 characters, the group works to ensure a gender balance among playwrights and a rich representation of British, Irish, American, and Scottish playwrights.

For those with a penchant for dissecting literary masterpieces, WICE offers several options:

  • Café Littéraire: Savoring French Literature in English gives members the opportunity to read and discuss French works in English translation that have won the prestigious Prix Goncourt, awarded for "the best and most imaginative prose work of the year," or the equally prestigious Prix Femina.
  • Bookers: Discovering the best in international literature.

Storyscapes: Where Art Meets Text offers a unique experience that seamlessly blends the worlds of literature and art. Participants first immerse themselves in a selected novel, then embark on a guided tour of renowned museums such as the Louvre or the Musée d'Orsay, where they use works of art that resonate with the story's plot points, themes, characters, events, or settings to foster deeper connections and enriching discussions.

Author readings are a bibliophile's delight. Several times a year, WICE becomes the platform where novelists, poets, short story writers, and memoirists share their creations, giving members an intimate glimpse into the author's world.

Finally, Upstairs at Duroc is a testament to WICE's contribution to the literary world. Founded in 1999, this English-language literary magazine has become a beacon for emerging and established writers. Published biennially, it features an eclectic mix of poetry and short prose, inviting contributions from the Parisian literary landscape and talented writers from around the world.

At its core, WICE's literary program is a celebration of the written word, fostering connections and discussions and enriching the cultural fabric of its community.

You can stay up to date on our literary program by subscribing to our newsletter, WICE Direct, following us on FaceBook, or simply checking this page from time to time.


    • 24 Apr 2024
    • 26 Jun 2024
    • 3 sessions
    • Zoom online
    • 4


    Discover and discuss contemporary classics in this lively class for high-intermediate and advanced French speakers. You’ll read a book at home, either a short novel or play, then participate in a class discussion. The instructor will supply context and cultural elements, as well as discussion questions intended to spark reflection and debate. In the spirit of literary cafés, the class will help you gain a deeper knowledge of French societal issues and controversies.

    For the spring term, we will read...

    "Dans les rapides," Maylis de Kerangal : In the 1980s, Lise, Nina and Marie are students in the same high school. Through rowing in the cold, at dawn, they become inseparable and learn to navigate the perils of their daily life : boys, popularity, choosing Debbie Harry or Kate Bush... This poetic short novel captures the subtle essence of adolescence. Éditions Folio.

    "Migraaaants, ou On est trop nombreux sur ce putain de bateau ou Le salon de la clôture" Matei Visniec, who fled the Romanian dictatorship himself, wrote this dark comedy after months of investigating immigration issues for Radio France Internationale. In this series of short texts, we will read the point of view of migrants, but also smugglers, politicians receiving media training, and citizens willing to help. Éditions L'Oeil du Prince

    "Le petit prince cannibale" : This novel interweaves the story of the narrator, mother of a young autistic child, and the story of the book she is trying to write when he is finally in bed. The little prince she struggles to raise and give access to the world, devours her time, creativity and words. Françoise Lefèvre won the Prix Goncourt des lycéens in 1990 for this beautiful novel. Éditions Babels

    About the instructor

    Bleuenn Simon has taught French literature and French as a second language for over 18 years in France and in the United States. She is also a theater teacher, amateur actress, and author.

    • 13 Jun 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • TBD
    • 9

    Bookers: The Bee Sting, by Paul Murray

    This brilliantly funny, deeply sad portrait of an Irish family in crisis is also a 2023 Booker Prize shortlist.

    Dickie’s once-lucrative car business is going under - but rather than face the music, he’s spending his days in the woods, building an apocalypse-proof bunker. His exasperated wife Imelda is selling off her jewellery on eBay while half-heartedly dodging the attentions of fast-talking cattle farmer Big Mike. Meanwhile, teenage daughter Cass, formerly top of her class, seems determined to binge-drink her way to her final exams. And 12-year-old PJ, in debt to local sociopath ‘Ears’ Moran, is putting the final touches to his grand plan to run away.

    Yes, in Paul Murray’s brilliant tragicomic saga, the Barnes family is definitely in trouble. So where did it all go wrong? And if the story has already been written – is there still time to find a happy ending? 

    About the organizer: An AI scientist trained in Oxford, UK, Saumya has worked previously as a researcher, technology consultant and a university professor across India and the U.K. Now based in Paris, she is pursuing her long-standing interest in the fine arts, literature and writing.

    • 05 Jul 2024
    • 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • 15th Arrondissement (location details to be provided after registration)
    • 9

    "The Elegance of the Hedgehog," by Muriel Barbery follows the lives of two women, Renée, a concierge in a wealthy Parisian apartment building who hides her intelligence and cultural interests, and Paloma, a precocious 12-year-old girl who plans to end her life on her 13th birthday. Through their perspectives, the novel delves into themes of class, philosophy, and the search for meaning in life. As they form an unlikely friendship, they discover the beauty in the everyday and the importance of human connection.

    The novel won the prestigious Prix Relay des Voyageurs-Lecteurs in 2018.

    "L'élégance du hérisson" de Muriel Barbery suit la vie de deux femmes, Renée, concierge d'un riche immeuble parisien qui cache son intelligence et ses intérêts culturels, et Paloma, une jeune fille précoce de 12 ans qui prévoit de mettre fin à ses jours le jour de son treizième anniversaire. À travers leurs points de vue, le roman aborde les thèmes de la classe sociale, de la philosophie et de la recherche d'un sens à la vie. En formant une amitié improbable, ils découvrent la beauté du quotidien et l'importance des liens humains.

    Le roman a remporté le prestigieux Prix Relay des Voyageurs-Lecteurs en 2018.

    Registration will open on 24 May 2024. Two seats will be reserved for new WICE members up until a few days before the meeting (at which point they will be opened to all WICE members).

    • 04 Oct 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • To Be Announced
    • 13

    "Arcadia" is a 1993 stage play by Tom Stoppard that intertwines two storylines set in the same English country house, Sidley Park, but separated by two centuries.

    In the early 19th century, the story follows the inhabitants of Sidley Park, including Thomasina Coverly, a young girl fascinated by mathematics, and her tutor, Septimus Hodge. Their intellectual pursuits intersect with romantic entanglements and the landscape architecture of the garden.

    In the present day, a group of academics and historians investigates the events of the past, attempting to uncover the truth behind a mysterious hermit who lived on the estate and the fate of Thomasina.

    As the play unfolds, themes of love, science, literature, and the elusive nature of truth emerge, with Stoppard blending humor, intellect, and emotion to explore the interconnectedness of past and present, and the eternal quest for knowledge and understanding.

    This play is 48 pages and has 13 characters. The estimated reading time is 1 1/2 hours.

    The reading will take place at a member's apartment. The address, door code, and phone number will be sent in the two reminder emails.

    As always, two spots are reserved for new WICE members until a few days before the reading. If they have not been filled, we open them to members on the wait list.

    Registration opens on 09 September 2024.

    • 01 Nov 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • To Be Announced
    • 12

    On the 1st Friday of the month, WICE has a cold play reading group that is open to all WICE members. This group looks for plays to read out loud that meet the following criteria (although that is not always possible):

        English language 
        Award winning (or nominated)
        One or two acts
        7 - 10 characters
        Able to be read out loud in 1 1/2 hours

    Plays are generally chosen on a month-to-month basis, primarily (but not exclusively) from the candidate list of plays located on our webpage, From Page to Stage: Readings of Award-Winning Plays. When the play for April has been chosen, this listing will be updated.

    Note: Because the Paris Writers Workshop is taking place the entire first week of June, we are doing the June play reading on the 2nd Friday of the month.

    Registration the June reading session opens on 03 May.

Past events

17 May 2024 LY171 Café Littéraire: The Braid (La Tresse), by Laetitia Colombani
16 May 2024 LM161 Bookers: Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk
26 Apr 2024 LA261 Café Littéraire: The Lover (L'Amant), by Marguerite Duras
11 Apr 2024 LA111 Bookers: Celestial Bodies, by Jokha Alharthi
05 Apr 2024 LA051 Play Reading: "The Pretentious Young Ladies", by Molière
29 Mar 2024 LM291 Café Littéraire Spring and Autumn Book Selection
14 Mar 2024 LM141 Bookers: The Bone People by Keri Hulme
01 Mar 2024 LM011 Play Reading: 12 Angry Men, by Reginald Rose
23 Feb 2024 LM221 Café Littéraire - L'Ordre du Jour (The Order of the Day), by Éric Vuillard
08 Feb 2024 LF081 Bookers: The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida by Shehan Karunatilaka
02 Feb 2024 LF021 Play Reading: "The Importance of Being Earnest," by Oscar Wilde
26 Jan 2024 LJ261 Café Littéraire - Nos Richesses (Our Riches), by Kaouther Adimi
17 Jan 2024 BJ172 French Lit for Fun
11 Jan 2024 LJ111 Bookers: Treacle Walker by Alan Garner
05 Jan 2024 LJ051 Play Reading: "The Autumn Garden," by Lillian Hellman
15 Dec 2023 LD151 Café Littéraire: Personne (No One), by Gwenaëlle Aubry
14 Dec 2023 LD141 Booker Book Club: Treacle Walker
01 Dec 2023 LD011 Play Reading: Great Catherine, by George Bernard Shaw
24 Nov 2023 LN241 L'Anomalie (The Anomaly), by Hervé le Tellier
23 Nov 2023 LN231 Booker Book Club: Small Things Like These
27 Oct 2023 LO271 Mémoires d'une jeune fille rangée (Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter), by Simone de Beauvoir
11 Oct 2023 BO112 French Lit for Fun
09 Jun 2023 WU0901 Grey Bees (Les Abeilles grises) by Andrey Kurkov
12 May 2023 WY1201 Nos richesses (Our Riches / A Bookshop in Algiers) by Kaouther Adimi
29 Apr 2023 WA2201 The Craft of Writing - Spring Edition
24 Apr 2023 BA241 French Lit for Fun
10 Mar 2023 WM1002 Literary Louvre Walk
10 Mar 2023 WM1001 Trio (Trio, Éditions Seuil), by William Boyd
01 Mar 2023 WM011 Haiku: How to Enjoy, Write, and Publish Them
10 Feb 2023 WF101 - The Siege (La Faim), by Helen Dunmore
13 Jan 2023 WJ131 - The Catcher in the Rye (L'Attrape-cœurs) by J.D. Salinger.
09 Dec 2022 WD091 Bilingual Book Group "Small Things Like These" (Ce genre de petites choses), by Claire Keegan
18 Nov 2022 WN181 Bilingual Book Group "The Hummingbird" (Le Colibri/Il Colibri), by Sandro Veronesi
18 Oct 2022 WO111 Flash Fiction
14 Oct 2022 WO141 Bilingual Book Group "What's Left of Me Is Yours" (Ce qu'il me reste de toi), by Sephanie Scott (Meet the Author)
09 Sep 2022 WS91 Bilingual Book Group "The Promise" (La Promesse), by Damon Galgut
27 Jun 2022 WU274 PWW Creative Nonfiction Master Class: Creative Nonfiction Projects with Jeffrey Greene
27 Jun 2022 WU272 PWW Short Story Master Class: Writing and Publishing the Short Story
27 Jun 2022 WU273 PWW Poetry Master Class: Poetry: What Can Language Do?
10 Jun 2022 WU101: Summer Light, and Then Comes The Night (Lumière d'été, puis vient la nuit / Sumarljós og svo kemur nóttin) by Jón Kalman Stefánsson
13 May 2022 WM111 Bilingual Book Group: Il treno dei Bambini (Le Train des enfants/The Children's Train) by Viola Ardone
08 Apr 2022 WA081 Bilingual Book Group: 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World (10 minutes et 38 secondes dans ce monde étrange) by Elif Shafak
11 Mar 2022 WM111 Bilingual Book Group: "Love After Love" - Ingrid Persaud (Meet the Author & Translator)
11 Feb 2022 WF111 Bilingual Book Group: Heart of Darkness (Au cœur des ténèbres) by Joseph Conrad
14 Jan 2022 WJ141 The Women of the Castle (Château de femmes) by Jessica Shattuck
10 Dec 2021 WD101 Here We Are (Le grand jeu) by Graham Swift
19 Nov 2021 WN051 Runaway (Fugitives) by Alice Munro (Group 2)
08 Oct 2021 W081 Bilingual Book Group : Frère d'âme (At Night All Blood is Black) by David Diop
20 Jan 2021 WICE Talks: Pancakes in the City of Light with Author Craig Carlson
01 Jul 2016 PWL012 Literary Dinner
30 Jun 2016 PWU302 Expert Panel
30 Jun 2016 PWU301 Literary Agent Consultation
28 Jun 2016 PWU281 WICE Paris Writers’ Workshop Literary Walk
27 Jun 2014 PWU271 Literary Agent Consultation
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
27 Sep 2011 WS271 Seeing Paris through Literature