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Creative Writing & Literature

WICE has long been a vital center for creative writing and literature study. We offer classes and workshops to hone your writing and editing skills, expand your knowledge of popular authors and genres, and explore Paris past and present through the well-crafted words of French and expat writers. Our focus includes:
  • Writing (prose, poetry, words and images)
  • Literature (French masters, Paris expats, Greek mythology)
  • The Migrant Soul (exploring international life through literature)

You’ll meet like-minded creative writers and readers and be guided and inspired by true lovers of the written word—published authors, journalists, poets, and professors of literature.

Upcoming courses

    • 05 Feb 2019
    • 12 Mar 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 3

    Anyone writing a novel knows that plot is probably the most essential element that will decide the success or failure of your project.  Unlike other art forms, the novel has little fixed structure and can be long and unwieldy, so how do we maintain suspense and surprise over a few hundred pages, while moving a story forward?  What is it that makes a good story so irresistible? We also consider how character can drive plot, and how plot can affect character. 
    Join us as we look into plot-related strategies. Discover tricks that can help organize your material and create a sense of forward energy and pace. What are good openings, and good endings, for instance?  And how do I avoid stodgy middles?  Plot is indeed the ultimate challenge for any writer. But getting it right will make all the difference.

    About the instructor: Gretel Furner is one of our most popular instructors. She grew up in England and was educated at Oxford University. She obtained a PhD on the modern novel at the University of the Saarland, Germany. Gretel has been Associate Professor at George Washington University, and instructor at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.  She lives between London and Paris, and since 2003 has been an instructor at WICE in French Literature and History, the Migrant Soul series and Creative Writing.

    • 15 Mar 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 0
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    Ian McEwan’s lean, compelling novel “Nutshell” is set around murderous spirals and lost messages with fate hanging in the balance.   Ian McEwan described his decision to have an eavesdropping fetus narrate this tale of murder and deceit as ‘a lovely rhetorical challenge : ‘the idea struck me as so silly that I just couldn’t resist it.’ 

    ‘It is clear Mr McEwan has had enormous fun writing Nutshell; now it is the reader’s turn to be entertained too. Dark as it is, this novel is a thing of joy’ - The Economist

    Concis, irrésistible, “Nutshell” raconte un enfer de communication perdue et meurtres, le tout décrit par un fétus à l’affut du monde extérieur– « une idée (d’écriture) tellement loufoque que je ne pouvais pas y résister, » avoua Ian McEwan.

    ‘Dans une coque de noix est un modèle d’intrigue et d’humour noir british’ – Les Échos

    Photo Credit: Penguin

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