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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

    • 17 Sep 2018
    • 22 Oct 2018
    • 6 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 7
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    This course focuses on writing fiction for young readers, whether children or teens. It considers various genres (short story, novella and the novel) and will help aspiring and experienced writers to produce fiction of publishable quality, 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 both won Commonwealth literary prizes, and she was shortlisted for the 2015 Commonwealth Short Story Prize.  Alecia has written two novellas for young readers - When the Rain Stopped in Natland and Doctor’s Orders. She has lived in the Caribbean, Asia and Europe, and is now based in Paris, where her latest book was published in French with the title Trésor (winner of the 2017 Prix Carbet des Lycéens).


    • 04 Oct 2018
    • 15 Nov 2018
    • 6 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 8
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    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.

    • 06 Nov 2018
    • 11 Dec 2018
    • 6 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 6
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    A run-through of current writing styles in fiction, exploring the technical tools that will help define your own style and approach to writing. Writing is a learned skill and requires a good deal of practice. Being aware of what you are trying to achieve, and what to avoid if you want to attract readers, is very helpful. Over six weeks we will define the core ingredients that go into good writing and examine excerpts from established writers today to show how these ingredients work on the page.  Then, if you are inspired to do so, you can try your own hand at these same techniques.


    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.


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