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  • WICE Office, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris.

For all other events, please see the event detail page for location information.

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    • 06 Apr 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 29 Jun 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 23 sessions
    • Remote
    • 2
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    This program introduces the French language for learners with no or little previous knowledge. It will help you acquire and put into practice the basic foundations of French grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation techniques. You will develop your French language competencies in areas of writing, speaking, listening, and reading. This program’s use of interactive learner-centered methods facilitates engagement and lasting progress.

    Please note that this program is geared for learners new to French with little or no prior knowledge. Meeting twice a week for 90-minutes, this course will be held mostly in French to maximize learner exposure to the target language during the initial stages of the French language acquisition process.

    The purpose of this class is to give the students the linguistic skills to get by in their daily life. We focus on pragmatic objectives such as buying food in a shop, interacting with neighbours, expressing health troubles, dealing with the Prefecture (in other words, real life situations).

    The following books are needed for class:

    • Edito A1, Didier, méthode de français
    • Edito A1, Didier, cahier d'activités
    • La grammaire progressive du français, niveau débutant, CLE international

    This course will be online due to current governmental guidelines for in person events. Details on joining the course via Zoom will be emailed to you before the start of the class. If you would like to test out your internet connection from a computer device before the start of the class you can click on the computer icon above or here

    About the Instructor: Audrey Charmont has a Masters in Marketing and Communications as well as a DAEFLE (French as a Foreign Language). She has French teaching experience in France and abroad. For the past twelve years, she has built a combined business.

    Special Instructions: Before registering for the program you may want to check if the level is right for you using the French Placement Test. We recommend that you take this assessment once, without assistance or study aids.

    • 06 Apr 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 29 Jun 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 12 sessions
    • Remote
    • 4
    Register

    French for French Nationality will help prepare you by covering language skills as well as culture and civilization knowledge necessary for the exam portion of your application for French nationality.

    To become a French citizen, you will have to pass a B1 language test called TCF-ANF (French Knowledge Test for Access to French Nationality). There are two tests:

    • Oral comprehension test of 30 questions that lasts 30 minutes
    • French oral test of 6 questions that lasts 15 minutes.

    WICE classes will help you to:

    • File your request for French citizenship (Compared to a typical annual carte de séjour renewal, applying for citizenship is more demanding)
    • Prepare for the two oral tests
    • Develop your cultural and historical French knowledge
    • Prepare for the oral with an employee of the French prefecture

    For the greatest benefit, from this class, students should be an advanced beginner or intermediate student  before enrolling. A score of 14 or higher on the French placement test will ensure you are ready for this course.

    This course will be online due to current governmental guidelines for in person events. Details on joining the course will continue to be emailed to you before the start of the class.

    About the Instructor: Audrey Charmont has a Masters in Marketing and Communications as well as a DAEFLE (French as a Foreign Language). She has French teaching experience in France and abroad. For the past twelve years, she has built a combined business.

    Special Instructions: Before registering for the program you may want to check if the level is right for you using the French Placement Test. We recommend that you take this assessment once, without assistance or study aids.

    Photo Credit: Nancy Cooper

    • 06 Apr 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 29 Jun 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 12 sessions
    • Remote
    • 2
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    This English course is for people with an advanced intermediate knowledge of English grammar and vocabulary or higher.

    Participants will strengthen their knowledge in English grammar, vocabulary, speaking, and listening building upon existing skills. Emphasis will be given to developing conversational skills and building confidence in various types of interactions. A variety of topics and readings will be used to develop oral and written communication skills. This  course will be held in English once a week.

    This course will be online due to current governmental guidelines for in person events. Details on joining the course will be emailed to you before the start of the class.If you would like to test out your internet connection from a computer device before the start of the class you click the computer icon above or click here.

    About the Instructor: Holly Runde holds an M.A. and PhD in French Studies from the University of Virginia, as well as a bachelor's degree from Vassar College in Philosophy. She has been teaching language, cinema, and culture courses to adult learners in the US and France for over 8 years. 

    Special Instructions: Before registering for this course you may want to check if the level of the course is right for you using the English Placement Test. If you choose to take the placement test, we recommend that you take this assessment once, without assistance or study aids.

    Photo Credit: Nancy Cooper

    • 07 Apr 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 30 Jun 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 12 sessions
    • Remote
    • 4
    Register

    In this French Film class, you will watch a film at home before class. Available on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Orange Video on Demand, Google Play, iTunes or YouTube. In class, the film will be used as a basis for a language lesson with cultural points and discussion.

    Watching films can be a powerful tool for learning a language and improving cultural knowledge.  It can be entertaining and enjoyable, which breaks psychological barriers that arise in traditional language learning.  Dialogue in films exposes you to authentic spoken language, a rich range of vocabulary and idiomatic expressions anchored in a meaningful context, all of which aids understanding and retention. 

    During the spring trimester, the group will watch classic movies of 1960 to modern movies from 2020 which showcase a variety of directors and actors. 

    • Jules et Jim (1962). De François Truffaut, avec Jeanne Moreau, Oskar Werner, Henri Serre.
    • La piscine (1969). De Jacques Deray, avec Alain Delon, Romy Schneider, Maurice Ronet.
    • Violette Nozière (1978). De Claude Chabrol, avec Isabelle Huppert, Stéphane Audran, Jean Carmet.
    • Coup de torchon (1981). De Bertrand Tavernier, avec Philippe Noiret, Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Pierre Marielle.
    • Garde à vue (1981). De Claude Miller, avec Lino Ventura, Michel Serrault, Romy Schneider.
    • Au revoir les enfant(1987). De Louis Malle, avec Gaspart Manesse, Raphael Fejtö.
    • Le Huitième jour (1996). De Jaco Van Dormael, avec Daniel Auteuil, Pascal Duquenne, Miou-Miou.
    • Ridicule (1996). De Patrice Leconte, avec Charles Berling, Jean Rochefort, Fanny Ardant.
    • Le Prénom (2012). De Alexandre de la Patellière, avec Patrick Bruel, Valérie Benguigui, Charles Berling.
    • La Cour de Babel (2014). De Julie Bertuccelli. Enfants irlandais, Serbes, Brésiliens, Tunisiens, Chinois, Sénégalais…..
    • Nous Trois Rien (2015). De Kheiron, avec Kheiron, Leïla Bekhti, Gérard Darmon.
    • Pupille (2018). De Jeanne Herry, avec Sandrine Kiberlain, Gilles Lellouche, Élodie Bouchez.
    To get information on movies you can use AlloCiné.fr which is the French IMDb.

    The main purpose of this course is increasing vocabulary, improving conversational skills and learning French culture via the movies presented.

    This French course is for people with advanced knowledge of French. Before registering for this course, you may want to check if the level of the course is right for you using the French Placement Test. If you choose to take the placement test, we recommend that you take this assessment once, without assistance or study aids.

    This course will be online due to governmental guidelines for in person events. Details on joining the course via Zoom will be emailed to you before the start of the class. If you would like to test out your internet connection from a computer device before the start of the class you can click on the computer icon above or here.

    About the Instructor: : Valérie Brosbrann grew up in Paris and moved to the US in 1981. She lived in the US for 38 years in New York City,  Washington, D.C and Boston. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Brandeis University. She has been teaching French since 1986. She taught adults with the US State Department, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Afterwards, she taught at private high schools in Manhattan. She has taught all levels of French including Advanced and AP classes. She returned to Paris for retirement in 2018 and has been volunteering with WICE for two years.

    Photo credit: Pubic Domain

    • 08 Apr 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 28 Jun 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 22 sessions
    • Remote
    • 2
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    This program builds on the basics of French. It is for students with a basic understanding and ability to communicate and exchange information in a simple way. At the beginning of the program, students can ask simple questions and understand simple answers. You will develop and improve your French language competencies in areas of writing, speaking, listening, and reading. This program’s use of interactive learner-centered methods facilitates engagement and lasting progress.

    Please note that this program is geared for learners with some prior knowledge in French (Advanced Beginner). Meeting twice a week for 90-minutes, this course will be held mostly in French to maximize learner exposure to the target language during the initial stages of the French language acquisition process. This course runs in three modules 2.1 in the fall; 2.2 in winter; 2.3 spring. 

    This course will be online due to changes in current governmental guidelines for in person events. Details on joining the course will continue to be emailed to you before the start of the class. If you would like to test out your internet connection from a computer device before the start of the class you can click on the computer icon above or here.

    About the Instructor: Camille ESPLENDIU has a Masters degree in French language as well as an undergraduate degree in English and Spanish.  She began her teaching career in Paris teaching American university students. She then spent one year as a lecturer at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.  Camille has been teaching in Paris for four years at various schools.  She specializes in teaching adults and professionals.

    Special Instructions: Before registering for the program you may want to check if the level is right for you using the French Placement Test. We recommend that you take this assessment once, without assistance or study aids.

    • 08 Apr 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 28 Jun 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 22 sessions
    • Remote
    • 1
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    This dynamic French course will help you practice and prepare for an array of everyday life situations in French. This level is for students with ability to deal with simple, straightforward information and the ability express themselves in familiar contexts and to take part in a routine conversation on simple predictable topics.

    Using interactive methods to ensure learner engagement and lasting progress, the course’s aim is to facilitate your progression in areas of vocabulary development; oral and written expression; comprehension; and pronunciation.

    This course is geared for learners with an intermediate knowledge of French. This 90-minute course will be held in French, twice a week, to maximize learner exposure to and participation in the target language.

    This course will be online due to current governmental guidelines for in person events. Details on joining the course via Zoom will be emailed to you before the start of the class. If you would like to test out your internet connection from a computer device before the start of the class you can click on the computer icon above or here.

    About the Instructor: Muriel Lunetta has an MA in FLE (French as a Foreign Language) from the Sorbonne. She has more than 20 years foreign language teaching experience and has been teaching at WICE for 11 years.

    Special Instructions: Before registering for the program you may want to check if the level is right for you using the French Placement Test. We recommend that you take this assessment once, without assistance or study aids.

    • 08 Apr 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 24 Jun 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 12 sessions
    • Remote
    • 3
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    This English Guided Discussion Group is open to people who have a strong intermediate or advanced level of English. Our group leaders suggest interesting topics and readings prior to each group discussion. If you enjoy reading, speaking, presenting, and engaging in diverse topic-centered discussions, this group is for you. In addition, to learning and developing through guided discussions with other participants, you will also have the opportunity to get personalized constructive feedback. The group speaks only in English for 90 minutes.

    Ce groupe de discussion guidée anglais est ouvert aux personnes qui parlent anglais presque couramment (niveaux intermédiaire-avancé ou avancé). Nos animateurs proposent des sujets intéressants et des textes avant chaque groupe. Si vous appréciez la lecture, la communication, la présentation et la participation à des discussions diverses, ce groupe est pour vous. En plus, d’apprendre et se développer à travers des discussions guidées avec d'autres participants, vous aurez également la possibilité d'obtenir des commentaires constructifs. Ce groupe de discussion guidée est un excellent endroit pour vous réunir avec d’autres enthousiastes de la langue anglais. Le groupe ne parle qu’anglais pendant 1,5 heure.

    This course will be online due to current governmental guidelines for in person events. Details on joining the course will be emailed to you before the start of the group meetings.

    Details on joining the course via Zoom will be emailed to you before the start of the class. If you would like to test out your internet connection from a computer device before the start of the class you can click on the computer icon above or here.

    Facilitators: Regan Falcon, Alice Meade, Mavis Negroni, Edward Donelan, Jane Etienne, Jayantika gandhi

    Photo Credit: Nancy Cooper

    • 08 Apr 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 24 Jun 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 10 sessions
    • Remote
    • 5
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    This French Guided Discussion Group is open to people who have a strong intermediate or an advanced level of French. The group leaders provide participants with engaging weekly readings on a wide range of topics prior to each dynamic and fast-paced seminar.

    If you enjoy reading, speaking, presenting, and engaging in diverse topic-centered discussions, this group is for you. In addition to learning and developing through guided discussions with other participants, you will also have the opportunity to get personalized constructive feedback. The French Guided Discussion group speaks only in French for 90 minutes which gives participants an excellent space to practice.

    Ce groupe de discussion guidé français est ouvert aux personnes qui parlent français presque couramment (niveaux intermédiaire-avancé ou avancé). Nos animateurs de langue française fournissent aux participants des lectures intéressants avant chaque groupe hebdomadaire.  Ce groupe est dynamique et rapide.

    Si vous appréciez la lecture, la communication, la présentation et la participation à des discussions diverses, ce groupe est pour vous. En plus, d’apprendre et se développer à travers des discussions guidées avec d'autres participants, vous aurez également la possibilité d'obtenir des commentaires constructifs et personnalisés. Le groupe ne parle que français pendant 1,5 heure ce qui donne aux participants toute la place pour s’exprimer.

    This course will be online due to current governmental guidelines for in person events. Details on joining the course will be emailed to you before the start of the class. This group may move back to face to face meetings in our classroom if the restrictions on group meetings are relaxed.

    Facilitators:  Linda Adenis-Lamarre and Nathalie Abdallah 

    Special Instructions: Before registering for the course you may want to check if the level of the course is right for you using the French Placement Test (optional). If you choose to take the placement test, we recommend that you take this assessment once, without the assistance of study aids.

    Photo Credit: Nancy Cooper

    • 09 Apr 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 25 Jun 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 11 sessions
    • Remote
    • 1
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    This dynamic course will fine tune your abilities in an array of everyday life situations in French. Students at this level have the ability to express themselves on a range of topics. They are comfortable in most situations and have a strong vocabulary with few mistakes.

    Using interactive methods to ensure learner engagement and lasting progress, the course’s aim is to facilitate your progression in areas of vocabulary development, oral and written expression, comprehension and pronunciation.

    This course is geared for learners with prior advanced-intermediate French. This course will be held in French, once a week.

    This course will be online due to current governmental guidelines for in person events. Details on joining the course via Zoom will be emailed to you before the start of the class. If you would like to test out your internet connection from a computer device before the start of the class you can click on the computer icon above or here

    About the Instructor: Audrey Charmont has a Masters in Marketing and Communications as well as a DAEFLE (French as a Foreign Language). She has French teaching experience in France and abroad. For the past twelve years, she has built a combined business.

    Special Instructions: Before registering for the program you may want to check if the level is right for you using the French Placement Test. We recommend that you take this assessment once, without assistance or study aids.

    Photo Credit: Nancy Cooper

    • 09 Apr 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 25 Jun 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 12 sessions
    • Remote
    • 1
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    This French Guided Discussion Group is open to people who have a strong intermediate or an advanced level of French. The group leaders provide participants with engaging weekly readings on a wide range of topics prior to each dynamic and fast-paced seminar.

    If you enjoy reading, speaking, presenting, and engaging in diverse topic-centered discussions, this group is for you. In addition to learning and developing through guided discussions with other participants, you will also have the opportunity to get personalized constructive feedback. The French Guided Discussion group speaks only in French for 90 minutes which gives participants an excellent space to practice.

    Ce groupe de discussion guidé français est ouvert aux personnes qui parlent français presque couramment (niveaux intermédiaire-avancé ou avancé). Nos animateurs de langue française fournissent aux participants des lectures intéressants avant chaque groupe hebdomadaire.  Ce groupe est dynamique et rapide.

    Si vous appréciez la lecture, la communication, la présentation et la participation à des discussions diverses, ce groupe est pour vous. En plus, d’apprendre et se développer à travers des discussions guidées avec d'autres participants, vous aurez également la possibilité d'obtenir des commentaires constructifs et personnalisés. Le groupe ne parle que français pendant 1,5 heure ce qui donne aux participants toute la place pour s’exprimer.

    This course will be online due to current governmental guidelines for in person events. Details on joining the course will be emailed to you before the start of the class. This group may move back to face to face meetings in our classroom if the restrictions on group meetings are relaxed.

    Facilitators: Brice Dardel and Valerie Brosbrann 

    Special Instructions: Before registering for the course you may want to check if the level of the course is right for you using the French Placement Test (optional). If you choose to take the placement test, we recommend that you take this assessment once, without the assistance of study aids.

    Photo Credit: Nancy Cooper

    • 15 Apr 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 24 Jun 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 10 sessions
    • Remote
    • 8

    REVISED TIME - NOW AT 4:30pm to 6:00 pm

    Advance your French while exploring French literature.  This is an advanced French course in which we will touch on the principal literary movements and the authors who are attached to them, from the 18th century to the 20th century, in poetry, theater and novels.

    French literature is plentiful, so we will evoke excerpts from the most famous authors, those whom you have heard about (and including your suggestions if time remains): 

    • 18th century: Voltaire and Rousseau 
    • 19th century: romanticism with Victor Hugo naturalism with Emile Zola realism with Balzac, Flaubert, Stendhal 
    • 20th century: Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Camus and surrealism. The novel with Marcel Proust, Marguerite Duras, louis-Ferdinand Céline Poetry with Paul Eluard, Louis Aragon, Guillaume Apollinaire. The theater of the absurd with Samuel Beckett, Ionesco Feminist literature with Simone de Beauvoir and Simone Veil

    This course will be online due to current governmental guidelines for in person events. Details on joining the course via Zoom will be emailed to you before the start of the class. 

    Dans ce cours nous balaierons les principaux courants littéraires et les auteurs qui y sont attachés, du 18e siècle au 20e siècle, dans la poésie, le théâtre et le roman.
    La littérature française ayant été très riche, Il s'agira d'évoquer ici,  les auteurs les plus connus, ceux dont vous avez entendu parler :

    • 18e siècle : Voltaire et Rousseau
    • 19e siècle : le romantisme avec Victor Hugo le naturalisme avec Emile  Zola le réalisme avec Balzac, Flaubert, Stendhal
    • 20e siècle : Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Camus  et le surréalisme       Le roman avec Marcel Proust, Marguerite Duras, louis-Ferdinand Céline  La poésie avec Paul Eluard, Louis Aragon, Guillaume Apollinaire. Le théâtre de l'absurde avec Samuel Beckett, Ionesco.  Et en fonction du temps qu'il nous reste : La littérature féministe avec Simone de Beauvoir et Simone Veil.                     
    Dans ce cadre, Je resterai ouverte, bien entendu à tous vos souhaits et suggestions.

    About the Instructor: Muriel Lunetta has an MA in FLE (French as a Foreign Language) from the Sorbonne. She has more than 20 years foreign language teaching experience and has been teaching at WICE for 11 years.

    Special Instructions: Before registering for the program you may want to check if the level is right for you using the French Placement Test. We recommend that you take this assessment once, without assistance or study aids. This course requires an advanced level of French.

    • 05 Jun 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 26 Jun 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 4 sessions
    • Remote Online Zoom
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    Hatha traditional, 'old-school', Classical Yoga, with emphasis on meditative movements coordinated with the breath.

    Her instruction accentuates moving from one posture to another in a progressive manner that supports the nervous system while developing strength and relaxation in the rest of the body and calmness in the mind.

    About the Instructor: Virginia Williamson Virginia Williamson (Ginny) is a Kriya Yogi, in the lineage of Paramahansa Yogananda, initiated by Roy Eugene Davis.

    She has been practicing Yoga for 31 years; teaching in Southwest Florida for 22 years.

    Her instruction accentuates moving from one posture to another in a progressive manner that supports the nervous system while developing strength and relaxation in the rest of the body and calmness in the mind.

    Ginny is committed to providing an environment wherein the students may learn from an internal perspective. Students are encouraged to practice according to their own physical, mental and emotional contexts, not by trying to replicate what works for someone else.

    She holds multiple teaching certifications and has had more than 2200 hours of training, study and practice.

    https://virginiawilliamson.com/

    Image Credit: Virginia Williamson

    • 14 Jun 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • Remote: On-Line
    • 28
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    • Who Am I? A rose among thorns...
    • I am Grand Central Station, a monumental Beaux Arts building fronted by 3 triumphal arches, one of which supports statues of three Roman gods who watch over the people of my world-famous city.
    • I’m almost 110 years old and have survived serious threats of destruction, several facelifts and operations on my insides, including the removal of a 2-inch thick layer of grime from the mural of my vast 48 foot high ceiling, caused by decades of pollution.
    • I can still show off the original bronze and stone carvings, ornamental inscriptions, 5 gold chandeliers, marble floors and a 4-sided standing clock deemed to be worth as much as $20 million!
    • I boast some 60 shops, 35 eateries, and in some of my spaces you can organize your own private events (but you have to conform to 39 pages of rules and regulations to do so!).
    • I am host to some 750,000 people who pass daily through my portals

    In this WICE talk you can find out much more about me, including the ingenious engineering feats that went into my construction, how my presence influenced the growth of my city and, alas, how now, my former glory is being dimmed by rising sterile glass and metal monsters dwarfing me on 3 sides, but forever unable to rob me of my amazing history!

    Carol Herselle Krinsky, a Smith graduate with a Ph.D; from New York University's Institute of Fine Arts, has been Professor of Art History at NYU since 1965. She's the author of five books, is working on a sixth, has earned national and university teaching awards, and has been President of several scholarly organizations concerned with architecture and art. She has also been a guest professor elsewhere in the USA, and in Mexico, Germany, Belarus, and Tatarstan,and has lectured in ten European countries. New York City's architecture is one of her specialties!

    Photo Credit: Budapest Attrations - Top Sights

    • 22 Jun 2021
    • 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • In front of Palais des Beaux-Arts, 13 quai Malaquais
    • 5
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    This gallery walk is a behind the scenes look at the contemporary art world, and will introduce you to some of the most important actors and the more local French players in the Parisian art scene. Beneath the golden cupola of the L’Académie française and close to the prestigious Académie des Beaux-Arts, our visit will take you to a section of Saint-Germain-des-Prés with a long tradition in the arts. You’ll see top galleries representing modern and contemporary art, plus galleries specializing in antiques, Art Deco, Fifties furniture and contemporary furniture. This mix of history, art and design is a delight for any art lover or anyone interested in learning more about the arts.

    Location: Meet at 2.15pm in front of Palais des Beaux-Arts, 13 quai Malaquais. 6ème

    About the Instructor: Caroline Etter, art consultant, historian of art, and friend to both collectors and artists, has been immersed in the Paris art scene for 20 years. After graduating with a degree in 20th-century decorative arts from the Sorbonne, she started her career working at the Villa Médicis in Rome and the Bibliothèque nationale de France.

    • 25 Jun 2021
    • 8:00 AM (UTC+02:00)
    • 28 Jun 2021
    • 8:00 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • Remote: Online
    • 50
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    PARIS WRITERS WORKSHOP WEEKEND 2021

    Morning Master Class + Writing craft talks + Panel

    PROGRAM

    Novel Master Class: Turbocharge Your Creativity with Nicola Keegan

    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 CheukPaul SchmidtbergerDavid Lewis, and Katharine Sands

    DATES

    June 25, 2021 – June 28, 2021

    LOCATION

    Online Internationally. Zoom links will be emailed 2 days in advance.

    Events will be recorded for the benefit of registrants who might not be able to attend an event for scheduling reasons.

    Learn more

    • 25 Jun 2021
    • 8:00 AM (UTC+02:00)
    • 28 Jun 2021
    • 8:00 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • Remote: Online
    • 50
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    PARIS WRITERS WORKSHOP WEEKEND 2021

    Evening Master Class + Writing craft talks + Panel

    PROGRAM

    Novel Master Class: Turbocharge Your Creativity 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 CheukPaul SchmidtbergerDavid Lewis, and Katharine Sands

    DATES

    June 25, 2021 – June 28, 2021

    LOCATION

    Online Internationally. Zoom links will be emailed 2 days in advance.

    Events will be recorded for the benefit of registrants who might not be able to attend an event for scheduling reasons.

    Learn more

    • 25 Jun 2021
    • 8:00 AM (UTC+02:00)
    • 28 Jun 2021
    • 8:00 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • Remote: Online
    • 47
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    PARIS WRITERS WORKSHOP WEEKEND 2021

    PROGRAM

    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 CheukPaul SchmidtbergerDavid Lewis, and Katharine Sands

    DATES

    June 25, 2021 – June 28, 2021

    LOCATION

    Online Internationally. Zoom links will be emailed 2 days in advance.

    Events will be recorded for the benefit of registrants who might not be able to attend an event for scheduling reasons.

    Learn more

    • 25 Jun 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • Remote: Online
    • 11
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    A talk about how to use international settings in fiction.

    Alecia McKenzie is a writer and editor based in France. Her first collection of short stories, Satellite City, and her novel Sweetheart have both won Commonwealth literary prizes. Sweetheart - translated into French as Trésor - was awarded the Prix Carbet des lycéens in 2017. Other books include Stories from Yard and the YA novellas Doctor’s Orders and When the Rain Stopped in Natland. Her most recent novel is "A Million Aunties".

    www.aleciamckenzie.com
    • 25 Jun 2021
    • 5:15 PM - 6:15 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • Remote: Online
    • 24
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    This joint conversation between Geoffrey Nutter and Jennifer K Dick will open a dialogue about the ever-changing nature of writing poetry in the 21st century. How have authors sought new techniques such as collage, montage, fragmentation and insertion into original writing not merely allusions and quotes, but historical and linguistic references? Collage also provides new modes of exploration to address trauma and conflict, grief, and plural identities.

    Geoffrey Nutter is a renowned poet and creative writing teacher. He is the author of five poetry collections. He studied poetry at the University of Iowa Writers Workshop and won the Academy of American Poets prize. He has taught at Princeton University, the New School, NYU, Columbia, and the University of Iowa. He is originally from California and now lives in New York City.

    Jennifer K. Dick  is the author of Lilith: A Novel in Fragments (Corrupt, 2019), Circuits (2013) and Fluorescence (2004) as well as 6 chap/artbooks. That Which I Touch Has No Name is forthcoming in London this year. She also teaches writing, Literature and Civilization at the Université de Haute Alsace, Mulhouse, runs the Ivy Writers Paris bilingual experimental poetry reading series and co-organizes Ecrire L’Art residencies for French authors with Sandrine Wymann, the director of the Kunsthalle-Mulhouse Centre d’Art Contemporain.

    • 26 Jun 2021
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    • 27 Jun 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 2 sessions
    • Remote: Online
    • 14

    The PWW Master classes are only available as part of the weekend package.

    This master class will focus on the strategies that will help you reach your full potential as a writer.  We will work on tapping into creative flow, blasting writer’s block, tackling lack of focus, doubt, and procrastination to keep you hopeful and productive at your desk. 

    We will also work on essential craft points: Finding your own unique narrative voice, developing strong character, using story structure as a guide, and writing interesting natural dialogue. I would like you to leave this master class with a renewed sense of inspiration and vitality, a deeper understanding of your strengths and weaknesses as a writer, and a clear plan on what you need to do to move forward, whether you are at the beginning of a novel or a few years in. 

    This Master Class is included in the Writing Weekend Package. Please register for the package to enjoy ALL the events for the package price of 350 euros.

    Nicola Keegan is the author of the acclaimed novel Swimming, published by Alfred KnopfShe was born in Ireland, grew up in the US, where she studied at the University of Iowa, and lives in France. Swimming was featured as a NYT Editor’s Pick, NPR “Books We Love”, Washington Post Best Books, Time Magazine's Top Ten. She is currently editing her long-awaited second novel with her agent.

    • 26 Jun 2021
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    • 27 Jun 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 2 sessions
    • Remote: Online
    • 14

    The PWW Master classes are only available as part of the weekend package.

    In this workshop, we'll explore the process of beginning a novel. We'll discuss the creative origins of a long project. We'll talk about the novel writing process, how to make and use outlines and synopses, various novel structures, and how to keep going. Each student may bring a one-page synopsis and up to three pages of a novel-in-progress, double-spaced, in 12-point font. We will constructively explore the potential in each project.
    This Master Class is included in the Writing Weekend Package. Please register for the package to enjoy ALL the events for the package price of 350 euros.

    Lan Samantha Chang’s  new novel, The Family Chao, will be published by W.W. Norton in 2022. She is the award-winning author of the collection Hunger and the novels Inheritance and All Is Forgotten, Nothing Is Lost. She has received fellowships from the American Library in Paris, the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. She teaches and directs the Iowa Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa and lives in Iowa City, Iowa, with her husband and daughter.

    • 27 Jun 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • Remote: Online
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    A talk about when to use, and not to use, fiction techniques in memoir and other creative nonfiction.

    Lise Funderburg's latest book is Apple, Tree: Writers on Their Parents, a collection of new essays that she commissioned and edited from 25 writers. She's also the author of the social history/memoir, Pig Candy: Taking My Father South, Taking My Father Home, and Black, White, Other: Biracial Americans Talk About Race and Identity. Lise has been a fellow at the Blue Mountain Colony, MacDowell Colony, and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation. Awards include a Window of Opportunity Grant from The Leeway Foundation and a 2003 Nonfiction Literature Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. In addition to teaching Creative Nonfiction at the University of Pennsylvania, Lise teaches in the online Cleaver Writing Workshops and at WICE. Her essays and journalism have appeared in Brevity, Broad Street, The New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Salon, The Nation, National Geographic, Garden Design, Cleaver, The Chattahoochee Review, and Prevention, among other publications.

    • 28 Jun 2021
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • Remote: Online
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    A panel discussion about dealing with small presses, featuring:

    Author, Publisher: Leland Cheuk

    Agent, Writer: Katharine Sands

    Author, Small Press Reader: David Lewis

    A Macdowell colony and Hawthornden Castle fellow, Leland Cheuk is the author of three books, most recently, No Good Very Bad Asian was published by C&R press in September 2019. His novel The Misadventures of Sulliver Pong (2015) was also published in translation in China (2018). His work has appeared in SalonCatapultJoyland MagazineLiterary Hub, among other outlets. He runs the indie press 7.13 Books and lives in Brooklyn. You can follow him on Twitter @lcheuk and at lelandcheuk.com.

    Katharine Sands, of Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency in New York City has worked with a varied list of authors who publish a diverse array of books including both fiction, memoir and non-fiction. Among the books she represents are: The Apothecary’s Curse, nominated for the Bram Stoker Award 2017 in the First Novel category by Barbara Barnett; and Girl Walks Out of a Bar, a memoir by Lisa Smith that was featured by People Magazine as Notable Nonfiction She is the agent provocateur of Making the Perfect Pitch: How to Catch a Literary Agent’s Eye, a collection of pitching wisdom from leading literary agents.

    David Lewis is a short story writer with wide interests, but most of his work has elements of horror and/or comedy. He is a reader for Electric Literature's literary magazines Recommended Reading and The Commuter and he occasionally writes for the site Wicked Horror. His primary literary interests are speculative fiction and LGBT+ literature. He is very familiar with many literary magazines and small presses in the US, the UK and Ireland.

    Moderator Paul Schmidtberger is an American lawyer and writer. He is currently a law professor at the University of Paris-2. His novel, Design Flaws of the Human Condition, was published by Random House.

    • 30 Jun 2021
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    Our WICE writing community has been hard at work!  For the first time since 2016, WICE's international literary magazine, Upstairs at Duroc, is now available for purchase. 

     

    Upstairs at Duroc, started in 1999 in the café space near our home office at metro Duroc in central Paris, is an English-language journal that publishes poetry and short prose pieces by new and established writers from the Paris area and around the world.  Hundreds of submissions are reviewed and edited by an editorial team at WICE, so that we may offer this journal to our members and friends.

    Due to public event restrictions in 2020, we are delighted to bring Issue 17 to order now without further delay.

     

    Your price is €12 (which includes shipping within France) or €15 (which includes international shipping).  

     

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