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.


UPCOMING EVENTS

    • 17 Jan 2024
    • 20 Mar 2024
    • 3 sessions
    • Zoom online
    • 3
    Register
    • 14 Mar 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • 120 Rue la Boétie, ground floor, 75008
    • 7
    Register

    “The Bone People" by Keri Hulme is a literary masterpiece that immerses readers in a haunting and emotionally charged narrative. Set against the backdrop of the rugged New Zealand coast, Hulme weaves a complex tapestry of three lives entwined by fate, trauma, and the search for identity.

    The novel introduces us to Kerewin Holmes, a reclusive artist with a mysterious past, and Simon and Joe, a young boy and a mute man, both scarred by their own painful histories. The unconventional and deeply interconnected relationships between these characters form the heart of the story, creating a dynamic that is both challenging and profoundly moving.

    Hulme's prose is rich and lyrical, capturing the essence of the Maori culture and the harsh beauty of the natural surroundings.

    • 29 Mar 2024
    • 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • 120 rue la Boétie, 75008 (ground floor)
    • 6
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    "The Abyss" is a historical novel chronicling the life of the fictional character Zeno, a 16th-century physician, alchemist, and philosopher.

    Set during the Renaissance, a time of great scientific and philosophical upheaval, the novel delves into Zeno's quest for knowledge in various fields such as medicine, alchemy, and humanism. His intellectual pursuits, often in conflict with religious orthodoxy, lead him to face persecution and personal struggles.

    Yourcenar's novel explores themes of intellectual freedom, existential quest, and the tension between science and religion. Her prose weaves historical accuracy with profound character insight, capturing the zeitgeist of the Renaissance.

    "The Abyss" is a complex and richly layered novel that portrays the life of an intellectual pioneer in an era teetering between medieval superstition and the dawn of modernity.


    « L'Œuvre au Noir » est un roman historique qui relate la vie du personnage fictif Zénon, un médecin, alchimiste et philosophe du XVIe siècle.

    Se déroulant pendant la Renaissance, une période de grands bouleversements scientifiques et philosophiques, le roman plonge dans la quête de connaissances de Zénon dans divers domaines tels que la médecine, l'alchimie et l'humanisme. Ses poursuites intellectuelles, souvent en conflit avec l'orthodoxie religieuse, le conduisent à faire face à la persécution et à des luttes personnelles.

    Le roman de Yourcenar explore des thèmes de liberté intellectuelle, de quête existentielle, et de la tension entre science et religion. Sa prose entrelace l'exactitude historique avec une profonde introspection des personnages, capturant l'esprit de l'époque de la Renaissance.

    « L'Œuvre au Noir » est un roman complexe et richement structuré qui dépeint la vie d'un pionnier intellectuel dans une ère vacillant entre la superstition médiévale et l'aube de la modernité."




    • 05 Apr 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • To Be Announced
    • 9
    Register

    Molière's "The Precious Young Ladies" is a satirical comedy mocking the affectations of 17th-century French salon culture. It follows Madelon and Cathos, two provincial young women seeking sophisticated lovers in Paris. They reject genuine suitors La Grange and Du Croisy for being too plain and fall for their valets, Mascarille and Jodelet, disguised as noblemen. The play ridicules their pretentiousness and quest for a refined life, culminating in their embarrassment upon discovering the deceit. Molière critiques societal superficiality, advocating for authenticity over affectedness.

    This is a one-act play with nine major characters. It is about 30 pages long, and the reading time is expected to be about an hour.

    The reading will take place at a WICE member's apartment in the Marais. The script will be emailed following registration, and the address, door code, and phone number will be sent with the two reminder emails.

    As always, we reserve two seats for new members. If those seats are not taken by the week of the reading, we give them to people on the wait list.

    • 11 Apr 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • 120 Rue la Boétie, ground floor, 75008
    • 8
    Register

    “Celestial Bodies" by Jokha Alharthi is a mesmerizing and ground-breaking work that invites readers into the rich tapestry of Omani culture while exploring themes of love, family, and societal transformation. Winner of the 2019 Man Booker International Prize, this novel showcases Alharthi's narrative prowess and her ability to weave a compelling story against the backdrop of a changing world.

    The prose is both poetic and evocative, capturing the essence of the characters' emotions and the landscapes they inhabit. The novel skillfully shifts between past and present, offering glimpses into the interconnected lives of its characters and the complexities of familial relationships. Through the lens of these characters and fostering a deep emotional connection that resonates, Alharthi explores the impact of societal changes, including the abolition of slavery and the evolving roles of women in Oman.

    • 26 Apr 2024
    • 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • 120 rue la Boétie, 75008 (ground floor)
    • 9

    April's book is still to be determined. It will be posted no later than 29 February. Thank you for your patience.





    • 03 May 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.

    Registration the May reading session opens on 06 April.

    • 24 May 2024
    • 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • 120 rue la Boétie, 75008 (ground floor)
    • 9

    May's book is still to be determined. It will be posted no later than 29 February. Thank you for your patience.





    • 14 Jun 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.

    Registration the June reading session opens on 03 May.

    • 28 Jun 2024
    • 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • 120 rue la Boétie, 75008 (ground floor)
    • 9

    June's book is still to be determined. It will be posted no later than 29 February. Thank you for your patience.





Past events

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
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