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Paris Writers Workshop

The Paris Writers Workshop (PWW) has been WICE’s flagship creative writing program for over 20 years. Held in Paris every two years it is taught by distinguished and award winning faculty. We had one of our most successful workshops in 2018 and hope to repeat this accomplishment in 2020. Places in master classes will be limited to 12, so register early to ensure your participation!

The PWW will be held July 5-10, 2020. All participants are invited to read their work at a lovely bookshop, enjoy an opening reception at WICE, join in our panel discussions and meet over a closing literary dinner at a Parisian restaurant.

  • Sunday afternoon -- Reception at WICE.
  • Master classes taught by distinguished instructors at Forum 104 and one class at WICE (classes in the morning and readings, talks and panel discussions in the afternoon and evening).
  • Tuesday evening -- a reading at a Parisian book store.
  • Friday evening -- a literary dinner for registrants and instructors
Paris has seen a proliferation of writing conferences and workshops, but WICE’s Paris Writers Workshop is the original event for writers in the French capital, with a record of quality going back 25 years. We are a non-profit association proud to keep its workshop affordable and insist on a teaching format in which students are given the greatest individual attention. We hope to see you this July!

2020

Upcoming Events

    • 05 Jul 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • 10 Jul 2020
    • Forum 104, 104 Rue de Vaugirard, 75006 Paris
    • 12
    Register

    Novel Writing Masterclass - Nicola Keegan

    This is an intensive boot camp for the writerly brain. It is intended for writers who have begun a novel, are stuck in the middle or are at the end of a first draft and almost out of gas. We’ll meet you where you are to discuss various strategies. We’ll explore the fundamentals of fiction writing. How to create multidimensional characters who come to life on the page, how to build a vibrant, detail-rich world, and how to concoct a tight and coherent plot that grips, moves and surprises a reader. Along the way we’ll discuss how to do this with style - in other words with a voice. The top priority remains your needs, your goals, your questions. Writers can expect to walk away ready to work with all cylinders firing.


    Expert workshop classes will be held at Forum 104 and one class at WICE (classes in the morning and readings, talks and panel discussions in the afternoon and evening).

    Additional literary agent consultations will be available for 75 Euros during the week, booking details can be found here (PWL059 Agent Consultation). If you would like to attend the literary dinner, please register for that separately as well (PWL05X Paris Writers Workshop Literary Dinner). Dinner rates for PWW participants and their guests are 55 euros per person. 

    Early bird prices are available until 15 May 2020

    Special Instructions: Please send a 12 point font, double-spaced, 15 pages of your own work for peer and instructor feedback between 01 June and 30 June 2020, with a paragraph about your reasons for taking the course and what you expect from it, to: pww@wice-paris.org, with a copy to Dimitri Keramitas (Director of the Paris Writers Workshop and WICE Creative Writing Program) at creativewriting@wice-paris.org. The material will be forwarded to the instructor.


    About the Author: Nicola Keegan is the author of the acclaimed novel Swimming, published by Knopf in 2009 and translated into twelve languages. It was a New York Time’s Editor’s Pick, selected for NPR’s Book’s We Love, one of Washington Post’s Best Books of 2009, and Number three in Time magazine’s Top Ten Fiction of 2009. She has just completed her second novel. She was born in Galway, Ireland and grew up in the United States, where she studied at the University of Iowa. She later moved to France, where she studied at the Sorbonne. She now divides her time between France and Ireland.

    • 05 Jul 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • 10 Jul 2020
    • Forum 104, 104 Rue de Vaugirard, 75006 Paris
    • 12
    Register

    Short Stories Masterclass - Alecia McKenzie

    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 in today’s market? This workshop will help aspiring and experienced writers shape and refine their fiction according to their own vision, with emphasis on character, plot, structure 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 different countries and regions. Please consult the PWW website for information on manuscript submission guidelines.

    Expert workshop classes will be held at Forum 104 and one class at WICE (classes in the morning and readings, talks and panel discussions in the afternoon and evening).

    Additional literary agent consultations will be available for 75 Euros during the week, booking details can be found here (PWL059 Agent Consultation). If you would like to attend the literary dinner, please register for that separately as well (PWL05X Paris Writers Workshop Literary Dinner). Dinner rates for PWW participants and their guests are 55 euros per person.


    Early bird prices are available until 15 May 2020


    Special Instructions: Please send a 12 point font, double-spaced, 1,000-word short-story sample (optional) between 01 June and 30 June 2020, with a paragraph about your reasons for taking the course and what you expect from it, to: pww@wice-paris.org, with a copy to Dimitri Keramitas (Director of the Paris Writers Workshop and WICE Creative Writing Program) at creativewriting@wice-paris.org. The material will be forwarded to the instructor.

    About the Author: Alecia McKenzie is an award-winning short-story writer, novelist and journalist. Her first book Satellite City and her novel Sweetheart have both won Commonwealth literary prizes, and she was shortlisted for the 2015 Commonwealth Short Story Prize and longlisted for the 2019 Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award. She taught communications and creative writing at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Vesalius College) for several years before moving to Asia with her family in the early 2000s. She is now based in Paris, where her latest book was translated into French and published with the title Trésor (winner of the 2017 Prix Carbet des lycéens). She has edited two international collections of short stories and is working on a third.

    • 05 Jul 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • 10 Jul 2020
    • Forum 104, 104 Rue de Vaugirard, 75006 Paris
    • 12
    Register

    Poetry Masterclass - Geoffrey Nutter

    A poet needs both something to write about and skill in writing. We will focus on these two themes so important in strong poetry - mastering elements of craft and finding inspiration.

    Expert workshop classes will be held at Forum 104 and one class at WICE (classes in the morning and readings, talks and panel discussions in the afternoon and evening).

    Additional literary agent consultations will be available for 75 Euros during the week, booking details can be found here (PWL059 Agent Consultation). If you would like to attend the literary dinner, please register for that separately as well (PWL05X Paris Writers Workshop Literary Dinner). Dinner rates for PWW participants and their guests are 55 euros per person.


    Early bird prices are available until 15 May 2020


    Special Instructions: Please send a 12 point font, double-spaced, selection of your own work for peer and instructor feedback between 01 June and 30 June 2020, with a paragraph about your reasons for taking the course and what you expect from it, to: pww@wice-paris.org, with a copy to Dimitri Keramitas (Director of the Paris Writers Workshop and WICE Creative Writing Program) at creativewriting@wice-paris.org. The material will be forwarded to the instructor.


    About the Author: Geoffrey Nutter is originally from California but has lived in New York for many years. He has published five books: A Summer Evening (winner of the Colorado Prize, 2001); Water’s Leaves & Other Poems (winner of the Verse Prize, 2005); Christopher Sunset (winner of the 2011 Sheila Motton Book Award); The Rose of January (Wave Books, 2013); and Cities at Dawn. Geoffrey studied poetry at the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop, where he was awarded the Academy of American Poets Prize, and has taught poetry classes at Princeton University, The New School, New York University, Columbia University School of the Arts, the 92nd Street Y in NYC, and the University of Iowa. Geoffrey has collaborated with many artists, including the composer Brandon Scott Rumsey and the artist David Scher. He recently traveled in China, visiting universities and schools and giving lectures, workshops, and readings as a participant in the Sun Yat-sen University Writers’ Residency. Geoffrey’s poems have been translated into Spanish, French, and Mandarin. Soir d’été, a bilingual edition of his poems translated into French by poets Molly Lou Freeman and Julien Marcland, was recently published in France, and his book Water’s Leaves & Other Poems is being translated into German. A new book, Giant Moth Perishes, is forthcoming from Wave Books. Geoffrey runs the Wallson Glass Poetry Seminars in New York City.

    • 05 Jul 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • 10 Jul 2020
    • Forum 104, 104 Rue de Vaugirard, 75006 Paris
    • 12
    Register

    Character Development Masterclass - Nahid Rachlin

    Building Characters in Fiction - To reach readers in fiction it is important to develop believable, three-dimensional characters. How do you create complex, real people within the context of plot, dialogue, viewpoint, voice? This is the question I will try to answer as we discuss your work you have already written and bring to the class. (I will encourage constructive criticism). In the discussion we will refer to a page or two of published work.  If time permits I will also give class exercises and discuss publishing aspects of writing-- how to go about getting an agent, writing a cover letter, what to expect from the publishing world today.

    Expert workshop classes will be held at Forum 104 and one class at WICE (classes in the morning and readings, talks and panel discussions in the afternoon and evening).

    Additional literary agent consultations will be available for 75 Euros during the week, booking details can be found here (PWL059 Agent Consultation). If you would like to attend the literary dinner, please register for that separately as well (PWL05X Paris Writers Workshop Literary Dinner). Dinner rates for PWW participants and their guests are 55 euros per person.


    Early bird prices are available until 15 May 2020


    Special Instructions: Please send a 12 point font, double-spaced, 15 pages of your own work for peer and instructor feedback between 01 June and 30 June 2020, with a paragraph about your reasons for taking the course and what you expect from it, to: pww@wice-paris.org, with a copy to Dimitri Keramitas (Director of the Paris Writers Workshop and WICE Creative Writing Program) at creativewriting@wice-paris.org. The material will be forwarded to the instructor.


    About the Author: Nahid Rachlin went to Columbia University Writing Program on a Doubleday-Columbia Fellowship and then to Stanford University writing program on a Wallace Stegner Fellowship. Her publications include four novels: FOREIGNER (W.W. Norton), MARRIED TO A STRANGER (E.P. Dutton), two short story collections, VEILS (City Lights), AWAY HOME (Ravenna Press), a memoir, PERSIAN GIRLS (Penguin). Her individual short stories have appeared in many magazines. One of her stories was produced by Symphony Space, “Selected Shorts,” and aired on NPR’s around the country. She has been interviewed on NPR stations such as Fresh Air (Terry Gross), and in magazines including, Poets &writers, Writers Chronicle. She has written reviews and essays for New York Times and Los Angeles Times. She has taught creative writing at Barnard College, Southampton College, New York University and New School. She also teaches in a variety of writer’s conferences in the U.S. and Europe, including Iowa Summer writers conference.


    • 05 Jul 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • 10 Jul 2020
    • Forum 104, 104 Rue de Vaugirard, 75006 Paris
    • 11
    Register

    Creative Non-Fiction Masterclass - Lise Funderburg

    Creative Non-Fiction celebrate curiosity, observation, prejudice, and other idiosyncrasies of the human condition. They use the techniques of literary fiction and journalism in service of compelling real-life stories. In this intensive workshop, participants will write and revise and then write and revise some more. Find your material in the city that surrounds you; the questions and answers you've stumbled across; the way life has surprised you, perplexed you, or maybe just tickled you pink. In addition to writing and workshopping, we will use exercises and readings to address issues such as narrative tension, transitions, character development, dialogue, point of view, imagery, and metaphor, and personal voice.

    Expert workshop classes will be held at Forum 104 and one class at WICE (classes in the morning and readings, talks and panel discussions in the afternoon and evening).

    Additional literary agent consultations will be available for 75 Euros during the week, booking details can be found here (PWL059 Agent Consultation). If you would like to attend the literary dinner, please register for that separately as well (PWL05X Paris Writers Workshop Literary Dinner). Dinner rates for PWW participants and their guests are 55 euros per person.


    Early bird prices are available until 15 May 2020


    Special Instructions: Please send a 12 point font, double-spaced, 15 pages of your own work for peer and instructor feedback between 01 June and 30 June 2020, with a paragraph about your reasons for taking the course and what you expect from it, to: pww@wice-paris.org, with a copy to Dimitri Keramitas (Director of the Paris Writers Workshop and WICE Creative Writing Program) at creativewriting@wice-paris.org. The material will be forwarded to the instructor.


    About the Author: Lise Funderburg is a writer based in Philadelphia. She studied at Reed College and the Columbia University School of Journalism, and her articles, essays, and reviews have appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, The Nation, National Geographic, Garden Design, Cleaver, The Chattahooochee Review, and Prevention. Her latest book is the bestselling social history/memoir, Pig Candy: Taking My Father South, Taking My Father Home. In addition to literature fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Leeway Foundation, and James Thurber House, she has been awarded residencies at the Blue Mountain Colony, MacDowell Colony, and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation. Lise teaches Creative Nonfiction at the University of Pennsylvania and Rutgers University MFA Program.

    • 09 Jul 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Forum 104, 104 Rue de Vaugirard, 75006 Paris
    • 50
    Register

    Panel Discussion 1: Womens Writes/Rights 

    Open to General Public

    Panelists: Alecia McKenzie, Nicola Keegan, April Eberhadt


    Please check back soon for more details of our upcoming panel discussions.

    Expert workshop classes will be held at Forum 104 and one class at WICE (classes in the morning and readings, talks and panel discussions in the afternoon and evening).

    • 09 Jul 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Forum 104, 104 Rue de Vaugirard, 75006 Paris
    • 50
    Register

    Panel Discussion 2: Cultural Appropriation

    Open to General Public

    Panelists: Caroline Vu, Ian Thomas Shaw, Alecia McKenzie, April Eberhadt


    Please check back soon for more details of our upcoming panel discussions.

    Expert workshop classes will be held at Forum 104 and one class at WICE (classes in the morning and readings, talks and panel discussions in the afternoon and evening).

    • 09 Jul 2020
    • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Forum 104, 104 Rue de Vaugirard, 75006 Paris
    • 15
    Register

    Agent Consultation

    Individual Consultations

    Agent 1: Gregory Messina, originally from New York State, operates the Linwood Messina Literary Agency, in Paris. After graduating from Washington University, he worked at the renowned Curtis Brown agency. He later worked in California at a talent agency, film production company and Hollywood studio. Gregory has lived in Paris since 2004, specializing in selling translation and other subsidiary rights for Edition Robert Laffont and Place des Editeurs before founding his own agency.

    Agent 2: To be announced soon, stay tuned!


    • 10 Jul 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 12
    Register

    Writing Craft Talk: Writing the Child

    Open to General Public

    Speaker: Lauren Grodstein


    Please check back soon for more details of our upcoming writing craft talk.

    Expert workshop classes will be held at Forum 104 and one class at WICE (classes in the morning and readings, talks and panel discussions in the afternoon and evening).

    • 10 Jul 2020
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • 3 Rue Racine, 75006 Paris
    • 40
    Register

    Paris Writers Workshop Literary Dinner

    Location: Bouillion Racine

    Our Paris Writers Workshop literary dinner will be held for registrants and instructors at a lovely local restaurant Bouillion Racine. Special dietary requirements will be available and can be communicated in advance.

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