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

    • 22 Jan 2018
    • 12 Mar 2018
    • 6 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 2


    In celebration of WICE’s 40th anniversary, this course focuses on the “long” short story, of 40 pages or 10,000 words. It will help aspiring and experienced writers to produce stories of publishable quality, and to shape and refine their fiction according to their own vision, with emphasis on character, plot, setting and form.

    Over six sessions, we will explore the principles of story-telling and sustained narrative, through in-class writing exercises, discussion and analysis.

    The course is open to writers of all levels. Advanced guidance will be available for those interested in completing works in progress.

    About the instructor: 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.  She has lived in the Caribbean, Asia and Europe, and is now based in Paris, where her latest book was recently published in French with the title Trésor (winner of the 2017 Prix Carbet des Lycéens).

    • 06 Feb 2018
    • 20 Mar 2018
    • 6 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 6

    Intrigued by the idea of writing fiction? Or do you just enjoy to write? A six-part course on the mechanics and tricks of novel writing. From finding the right idea to outlining, developing plot and character, and exploring your theme, the course accompanies you on each step of writing your first novel. A small group ensures personalized attention for your project.

    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.

    • 09 Feb 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 6

    Australian novelist Richard Flanagan’s Booker Prize-winning The Narrow Road to the Deep North received critical acclaim when published in 2013.  Flanagan’s inspiration for book came from his father's experiences in a Japanese Prisoner of War camp on the Burma Railway.  It tells the tale of Dorrigo Evans, an army surgeon, who was prisoner at the camp, how he survives, and the effect this has on his life when he returns home.  This is an intensely personal tale which mixes humanity and tenderness, war and love, as it traces Evans’ life.

    Sortie en 2013 et récompensé par le prix Booker, La route étroite vers le nord lointain de l'Australien Richard Flanagan s'inspire des souffrances du père de l'auteur, ancien prisonnier de guerre qui faisait partie des milliers d'esclaves forcés à construire un chemin de fer en Birmanie par les forces japonaises impériales. Flanagan décrit la vie de Dorrigo Evans, un chirurgien militaire dont ces exactions auront un impact retentissant sur sa vie après les combats. Un récit éblouissant de la guerre et de l'amour,  de l'humanité et de la tendresse.

    • 09 Mar 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 11

    Nobel Prize–winning author José Saramago’s Blindness evokes a powerful vision of the human spirit, bound by both strength and weakness.  It tells of an unexplained plague of ‘white blindness’ and how initial attempts to quarantine the blind in a disused mental hospital fail to halt its spread.  Saramago’s novel focuses on one group of the blind seeking to survive when they leave the hospital and discover the rest of the world has also gone blind and society has fallen apart.  Blindness is a powerful novel of human nature, the fragility of society in extreme situations and man’s will to survive.

    ‘Saramago tells his tale with humor and compassion, and with an imagination that is boundless enough to conjure an impossible epidemic without losing sight of the exigencies of actual life, achieving that rare blend of magic and reality in which the fantastical allows us to see our own world more clearly, from a perspective that brings out details we might not have otherwise considered’ - Myla Goldberg, NPR’s All Things Considered.

    Dans L'aveuglement, du Nobel portugais José Saramago, une maladie mystérieuse commence à se répandre qui rend aveugle.

    Les autorités cherchent à circonscrire l'épidémie en confinant les patients dans une ancienne clinique psychiatrique. Mais rien n'y fait. Un groupe d'aveugles s'échappe de l'hôpital et découvre que le monde entier a perdu la vue et que la société est en train de s'effondrer. Un tableau terrifiant de la nature humaine et de la fragilité de la société mais surtout de la volonté de survivre.

    • 05 Apr 2018
    • 17 May 2018
    • 6 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 8

    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. Each week we will do some writing in class and a homework task will be set so that we can share what we've written the following week. Teaching will cover how to write stronger poetry and where to find sources of inspiration.  

    All levels of experience welcome.

    About the instructor: David Barnes is a British poet who has run a weekly writers' workshop at Shakespeare & Company and an open mike poetry night every Monday (SpokenWord Paris) for a decade. He is the Editor in Chief of The  Bastille, the literary magazine of SpokenWord Paris. His poetry has been published in a number of magazines. He was the co-editor of Strangers in Paris - New Writing Inspired by the City of Light (2011, Tightrope Books) which included work by such writers as Alice Notley, Jorie Graham and John Berger. He has previosuly taught classes for WICE in short fiction, travel writing and turning life into fiction.

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