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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

    • 06 Nov 2018
    • 11 Dec 2018
    • 6 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 0
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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.

    • 14 Dec 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 0
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    Days Without End is an intensely poignant masterpiece of atmosphere and beauty set in mid-19th Century America.   It follows two friends who fight in the Indian Wars and the Civil War.

    Irish novelist, playwright and poet Sebastian Barry was awarded the Costa Book Award in 2016 and the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction in 2017 for Days Without End.

    ‘Some novels sing from the first line, with every word carrying the score to a searing climax, and Days Without End is such a book.  It has the majestic inevitability of the best fiction, at once historical but also contemporary in its concerns,’ Observer.

    The discussion will be led by Ava Seave, Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia Journalism School and a member of the board of American Poetry Review.

    • 11 Jan 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 12
    Delphine de Vigan’s award-winning psychological thriller.  D’après une histoire vraie (Based on a True Story) explores memoir and truth and an author’s license to invent.  It is a story of emotional vampirism that leaves readers questioning truth and its significance. 

    The horrors of authorship . . . provide especially good material for psychological thrillers . . . [and] a twisted, witchy relationship that’s closer to identity theft than friendship . . . The final coup de grâce . . . will leave you with questions about the nature of reality and sanity.' - The New York Times Book Review

    Primé par les critiques, ce roman à suspense psychologique enquête sur la mémoire et la vérité et, par le même biais, le droit de l’auteur à l’invention. «Delphine de Vigan joue de la porosité des frontières qui séparent le réel et la fiction avec une conviction qui donne par instants le vertige. » Telerama.

    Photo Credit: Editions JC Lattés

    • 08 Feb 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 12

    Francesca Melandri made her literary debut in 2010 with Eva Dorme, a critically acclaimed bestseller which deals with the complexities of love, family, political turmoil and the demands of two languages and two distinct heritages in the Alto Adige/South Tyrol region.  Eva Dorme is a novel about atonement, reconciliation. It was awarded Italy’s Gran Premio delle Lettrici di Elle in 2011.

    Eva Dorme, c’est le bestseller de Francesca Melandri, la révélation littéraire de 2010.  Très applaudi par les critiques, ce roman nous plonge dans le petit univers de la région du Tyrol du Sud/Alto Adigo, où la tension italo-autrichienne, le conflit linguistique et le poids de deux cultures pèsent sur la vie des gens. Pour le magazine Elle, dont l’édition italienne lui ont décerné le prix du meilleur roman en 2011, cette histoire d’expiation et de réconciliation est « riche, intime et profonde, emportée par des personnages intelligents et vivement humains. »

    Photo Credit: Europa Editions

    • 08 Mar 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 12

    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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