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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 Apr 2018
    • 17 May 2018
    • 6 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 5

    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.

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

    American Pastoral is one of Philip Roth’s most powerful novels.  It is an elegy for the American century's promises of prosperity, civic order, and domestic bliss; yet it retains a universal resonance.  It is a richly textured moving, generous, book, boasting a deep compassion for its characters.  Philip Roth won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1997 for American Pastoral.

    Pastorale américaine est considérée comme l'un des chefs-d’oeuvres de Philippe Roth.  Ce roman énorme est une élégie au 'siècle américain,' à ses rêves de prospérité, du 'bon citoyen' et du bonheur au foyer ; pourtant le thématique va bien au-delà de la seule Amérique et résonne de manière universelle par la complexité de ses émotions, sa générosité humaine et la sympathie avec lequel Roth traite ses personnages.  L'oeuvre a été récompensée par le prix Pulitzer en 1997.

    You may read the book in your language of choice. Discussions are in both French and English.

    Caroline Cuozzi will be leading the discussion. 

    • 23 May 2018
    • 20 Jun 2018
    • 5 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 8

    Capturing a story in less than 1,000 words challenges us to distill our ideas into their shortest form while maintaining meaning and increasing impact. These very, very short works of literature often blur the line between story, poem, fiction, and nonfiction. During the workshop, writers of all levels are invited to exercise their craft within the confines of a word limit while exploring these fluid definitions of genre. Each session will start with a short close reading and group discussion of a published work of flash fiction, flash nonfiction, or vignette, and the remainder of the class will be devoted to writing prompts and exercises designed to help generate new work. In the final two sessions, each participant will have the opportunity bring one completed, revised piece of writing to discuss with the group (depending on the number of participants).

    About the instructor: Margot Miller’s fiction, nonfiction, and poems have appeared in The Citron Review, Decât o Revistă, and Overkill. Her original plays and adaptations have been staged at the Black Box at OperaDelaware and the Arter Theater. She was a Leslie Epstein Global Fellow in fiction and the recipient of the Ione Sandberg Prize for Creative Writing. She received her undergraduate degree from Allegheny College and her M.F.A. in fiction from Boston University. She has taught English and creative writing in the United States, Albania, and Romania.

    • 08 Jun 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 8

    Édouard Louis' debut novel is an extraordinary portrait about growing up in a village in northern France.  The End of Eddy explores life there and his escape from a difficult childhood.  Its publication in 2014 sparked fierce debate on social inequality, sexuality and violence.  

    En finir avec Eddy Bellegueule was shortlisted for the Prix Goncourt literary award for debut novels.

    "Un écrivain dont le livre stupéfiant, une fois refermé, nous laisse ébahis, le souffle coupé."  Le nouvel Observateur 

    You may read the book in your language of choice. Discussions are in both French and English.

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