Frequently Asked Questions

Can I sign up for more than one master class?

Choose the master class that best meets your needs and work with that faculty member all week. You will get to know the other faculty members in our panel discussions and informal gatherings, so you will benefit from their expertise and networks as well.

Will there be class assignments?

Each faculty member will have a unique approach to his or her class, but there will be writing and reworking of pieces outside of class sessions. We have structured the schedule so that you have mornings free to write, have meetings with your faculty member or an agent, have discussions with your fellow writers, or to just wander the Paris streets or sip coffee in a café in search of inspiration.

Does PWW provide accommodations?

PWW does not provide accommodations as part of the registration package. However, there are many hotels in the area. We encourage you to make your reservations as quickly as possible. You might also book Air B&Bs or VRBOs if that is your preference.

Does PWW provide any meals?

PWW will provide hors d’oeuvres at the opening and closing receptions, but meals are at the discretion of the attendees. There are many restaurants (tipping is optional), groceries, and patisseries/sandwich shops within walking distance of the workshop.

What are some transportation tips?

Paris is an easy city to negotiate. It is an excellent walking city and provides a vast network of public transport, including metros, buses, and rental bicycles. You can obtain metro tickets or a weekly pass at any metro station. If you are flying to Paris, you will land at CDG airport or Orly airport. Taxis are regulated into the city, so the fare is set in advance. From Orly (35-41 euros) and from CDG (55 to 62 euros), and tipping is optional. Just be sure you find an official taxi line. Don’t accept anyone who asks you “Want a taxi?” At all the major train stations, you will find metro stations, buses, and taxis. UBER is also prominent in Paris.

How do I know my registration has been processed?

Once you have registered online and paid the workshop fee, you will receive a confirmation email that provides a code to register for an agent consultation if you so desire and further details about how to prepare for the workshop. 

Will I need to send a writing sample to be accepted into the program?

All the master classes ask for a writing sample or a segment of work in progress, but this is not required for acceptance. It is meant to give your faculty member a way to get to know your writing style in advance.

What if I have to cancel my participation?

We hope this doesn’t happen, but, in an emergency, PWW can provide a full refund until April 1 and a 50% refund from April 1 until April 15 (less a 100 euro administration fee). Sorry, but no refunds are possible after April 15.

How do I get to Reid Hall?

Reid Hall is part of the Columbia Global Centers in the 6th arrondissement of Paris near Boulevard Montparnasse and the Luxembourg Gardens. The address is 4 rue de Chevreuse. Their blue doors are not well marked, so be sure to double check the number. You will ring the bell for entry. You’ll walk through the garden and enter the building on the left. The closest metro is Vavin (Line 4).

How do I sign up for an agent consultation?

You can sign up for an agent consultation on the PWW registration page after you have registered for your masterclass. You’ll receive a code in your masterclass confirmation letter which you will need to register with either agent. The cost for a15-minute meeting is 65 euros. If you wish (and if a time slot is available), you can book with both agents, as they have different areas of focus. The meeting time will not interfere with your masterclass. You will be able to provide material to the agent in advance.