Jennifer K. Dick
Lan Samantha Chang
Founded in 1987, WICE’s Paris Writers Workshop is
one of the oldest and most distinguished writers’ workshops in Paris.
Join us this year for
Novel Master Class: Turbocharge Your Creativity with Nicola Keegan
Novel Master Class: Beginning Your Novel with Lan Samantha Chang
Writing Craft Talk: Settings Across Cultures with Alecia McKenzie
Writing Craft Talk: Fiction Techniques in Creative Nonfiction with Lise Funderburg
Writing Craft Talk: Collage Technique in Poetry: Bridging Languages and Cultures with Jennifer K. Dick and Geoffrey Nutter
Panel Discussion: Navigating the Small Presses with Leland Cheuk, Paul Schmidtberger, David Lewis, and Katharine Sands
June 25, 2021 – June 28, 2021
€350 Weekend Package
€20 Writing Craft Talks (open to the public)
Free Panel Discussion (open to the public)
(please note schedule is subject to change)
Friday June 25:
3:00 pm - Opening Reception
4:00-5:00 pm - Writing Craft Talk: Settings Across Cultures with Alecia McKenzie
5:15-6:15 pm - Writing Craft Talk: Collage Technique in Poetry: Bridging Languages and Cultures with Jennifer K. Dick and Geoffrey Nutter
Saturday, June 26:
9:00 am-1:00 pm - Novel Master Class: Turbocharge Your Creativity with Nicola Keegan
1:00-2:00 pm - Lunch break
2:00-3:00 pm - Writing Time/Free Time
4:00-6:00 pm - Novel Master Class: Beginning Your Novel with Lan Samantha Chang
Sunday, June 27:
Monday, June 28:
1:30 pm - Closing Brunch
3:00-5:00 pm - Panel Discussion: Navigating the Small Presses with Leland Cheuk, Paul Schmidtberger, David Lewis, and Katharine Sands
7:00 pm - Mixed Reading: students and instructors
The power of poetry lies in its ability to transgress limits.
By this I mean that poetry traverses borders, internal and external boundaries of time, memory and voice. It expands our notions of what language can do. Technically, poets steal from the tool box of any written or artistic genre to find the modes of expression apt to the poem. For it is never what a poem says that makes it unforgettable, but how. This workshop, taking place within Paris, will be stimulated and nourished by generative writing in and about the city. The idea is to, as Victor Hugo said “Breathe Paris in. [For] it nourishes the soul.” And in these complex times, nourishment, expanding outwards, finding the words and the language to speak is tremendously important—both for those of you coming to Paris for the PWW and those of you who reside here year round. The technical focus will be on broadening your personal skill set. This will happen first through dialoging with samples of writing by contemporary poets from around the world as you compose new work based on prompts, experimentation and observation. Second, close reading of our own and each other’s work will hone our revision abilities. Third is what you will do after the PWW. This workshop should leave you with new modes to explore on your own and methods to deepen, hone and develop in your writing at home as you publish your first or fortieth book of poetry.
Requirements: Please provide a writing sample of max 10 pages (1 poem max per page). During the week I will meet with each of you personally to discuss your writing sample. Note: the goal is not to provide me with your most polished work, but rather to give me a sample of work that you need help polishing or which feels like it needs something that perhaps another reader can help you locate and unpack.
Students should ideally send in their excerpts before June 5, to the WICE Creative Writing Director via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jennifer K Dick is the author of That Which I Touch Has No Name (Black Spring Press Group, London, 2022), Lilith: A Novel in Fragments (Corrupt, 2019), Circuits (Corrupt, 2013) and Fluorescence (University of GA Press, 2004) as well as 6 chap/artbooks. She has worked as a literary editor & reader for Versal (Amsterdam), Upstairs at Duroc (Paris), & The Colorado Review, has taught Creative Writing Workshops for WICE, the PWW, Kent University’s Paris in The Arts, Strasbourg Write a Story, and guest taught for Naropa and LIU Brooklyn’s MFA programs. She directs the UHA English Dept., curates Ivy Writers Paris & co-organizes “Écrire L’Art” at Kunsthalle Mulhouse Centre d’Art Contemporain.
Originally from Iowa, residing in France for over 20 years, she has also lived in Norwich, England, Colorado, and Massachusetts, and traveled extensively. Thus she is interested in writing about place and displacement, and global polyphony—that is, the connections we have to our language as it slips in and out of the languages of others. Recent projects include completing the manuscript Shelf Break, the writing of a chapbook of shipwreck-related poems for Tupelo's 30/30 project last August and collaborating with dancers, filmmakers and visual artists. Jennifer looks forward to the opportunity to encounter your poetry/mixed genre writing as you explore migrations, poetry and Paris together during the summer2022 PWW.
The PWW Master classes are only available as part of the PWW Package.
The PWW Package includes one Master Class, Panel Discussion, readings, and welcome drinks at the opening reception.
Cancellation Policy (Paris time):
Cancel before June 1, 2022 - Get back 50% of what you paid
Cancel on or after June 1, 2022 - No refund
Please note that the Novel master class is now full, but places are still available for the Short Story, Poetry and Creative Nonfiction master classes.
In this course, we will consider the different parts of the novel in isolation, drawing on examples from published work, and playing with ideas and methods with daily writing exercises. We will also critique short excerpts from each participant's novel-in-progress, not in the traditional workshop mode, as it makes little sense to attempt to speak about so few pages of a novel still in development, but with a series of thought-provoking questions designed to reconcile the artist and their work, and to situate the work in the writer's larger oeuvre.
Requirements: Excerpts will be ten pages, double-spaced, in Times New Roman 12-point font, with normal margins. Students should ideally send in their excerpts before June 5, 2022 to the WICE Creative Writing Director via email at email@example.com. Instructions about how to workshop will be discussed in full on the first day of the course.
Lauren Groff is the author of six books, most recently MATRIX, FLORIDA, and FATES AND FURIES, all of which were finalists for the National Book Award. Her short fiction has appeared frequently in The New Yorker, has won the Story Prize, and has appeared five times in the Best American Short Stories anthology. Her work has been published in thirty-five languages. She lives in Gainesville, Florida.
Short stories can be just about anything, but how do you make yours stand out, and how do you prepare an effective collection for publication? This workshop will help aspiring and experienced writers shape and refine their fiction according to their own vision, with emphasis on character, plot, setting, structure, form and style. We will explore the principles of storytelling through writing exercises, discussion and analysis, with an added focus on publishing short stories and novellas in today’s market.
Requirements: Please submit the first 500 words of a short story to the WICE Creative Writing Director via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Students should ideally send in their excerpts before June 5, 2022.
Alecia McKenzie is the author of six books. Her first collection of short stories, Satellite City, and her novel Sweetheart have both won Commonwealth literary prizes. Sweetheart has been translated into German (Schätzchen) and French (Trésor) and was awarded the 2017 Prix Carbet des lycéens. Other books include Stories from Yard (Italian translation Racconti giamaicani), Doctor’s Orders, When the Rain Stopped in Natland and, most recently, A Million Aunties, which has been longlisted for the 2022 Dublin Literary Award. Her work has also appeared in a range of literary magazines and in anthologies such as Stories from Blue Latitudes, The Oxford Book of Caribbean Short Stories and Girls Night In. She has co-edited two collections of contemporary short stories and was longlisted for the Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award in 2019.
This intensive workshop is designed to help and encourage writers who are eager to work on a memoir, a travel story, an experience in nature, a personal essay, or a piece of personalized journalism. It will focus on your projects and ideas for future writing. Despite the range of creative nonfiction subgenres, they all share techniques of narrative craft, many of which are drawn from fiction and poetry. Often the central element is the ability to create the self as character, a first-person narrator who becomes an engaging personality to lead the reader into the world of personal experiences and research. We will look at the narrative structure, description, characterization, dialogue, and tension in your writing, all key elements in making writing spirited and appealing. This workshop invites those of you who are new to creative nonfiction writing as well as writers who have taken workshops before and wish to continue developing skills in the discipline. Individual conferences will be scheduled.
Requirements: Please send a word document of 10-15 pages, double-spaced, of a creative nonfiction work in progress, plus a one-page description of your creative nonfiction project already underway or the one you wish to pursue to the WICE Creative Writing Director via email at email@example.com. Students should ideally send in their excerpts before June 5, 2022.
Jeffrey Greene is the author of a memoir, four personalized nature books, a book of mixed genre writing, and five collections of poetry. His work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, and Rinehart Fund, and he was a winner of the Samuel French Morse Prize, the Randall Jarrell Award, and the "Discovery"/ The Nation Award. His writing has appeared in numerous publications, including The New Yorker, Poetry, The Nation, Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review Online, Agni, and the anthologies Strangers in Paris, Intimacy, Nothing to Declare: A Guide to Flash Sequence, and Rewilding. He works with the Pan-European MFA Program.
Gregory Messina, originally from New York State, operates the Linwood Messina Literary Agency, in Paris where he has lived since 2004. Having specialized in selling translation and other subsidiary rights for two major French publishing companies, he founded his agency in 2015 to work as a primary agent to an eclectic list of both English and French language authors as well as continuing his work selling translation rights for publishers, other agencies and his authors.
Mark Kessler has been an agent with Susanna Lea Associates since 2002, and is interested in mainstream and literary fiction and non-fiction. Before that he was a literary scout at Maria Campbell Associates, and he first entered publishing as part-time contract manager at the French Publishers Agency while completing an MA in French literature at NYU.
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