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Paris Writers Workshop Weekend


Friday June 28 to

Sunday June 30 2019


Paris Writers Workshop

The Paris Writers Workshop (PWW) has been WICE’s flagship creative writing program for over 25 years. Held in Paris every two years, it is taught by distinguished and award-winning faculty. We had one of our most successful workshops in 2018 and hope to repeat this accomplishment in 2020. In the meantime, WICE and the PWW are presenting a smaller, more intimate and more intense workshop in June 2019. Places will be limited to 12, so register early to ensure your participation, and also to benefit from an early-bird rate! 

The PWW Writing Weekend will take place June 28-29-30. A master class in novel writing will be taught by Nicola Keegan, the author of Swimming (Alfred Knopf), which received rave reviews from the New York Times, Washington Post, and other publications. The novel has been translated into several languages and was named a Top Ten novel by Time Magazine. Nicola is renowned for her inclusive and enthusiastic style of teaching.

The workshop tuition includes two “writing craft” talks presented by Susan Tiberghien (director of the Geneva Writers Conference) and Alecia McKenzie (award-winning author of Satellite City and the novel Sweetheart) plus a panel discussion on the writer and the publishing world featuring literary agent Gregory Messina and authors Alecia McKenzie and Caroline Vu (award-winning author of two novels: Palawan Story and That Summer in Provincetown). All participants are invited to meet at an opening reception at WICE, read their work at a lovely bookshop, and enjoy a closing cocktail at a Parisian café-restaurant.
 
Paris has seen a proliferation of writing conferences and workshops, but WICE’s Paris Writers Workshop is the original event for writers in the French capital, with a record of quality going back 25 years. We are a non-profit association proud to keep its workshop affordable, and we insist on a teaching format in which students are given the greatest individual attention. We hope to see you this June!

Upcoming Events

    • 28 Jun 2019
    • 30 Jun 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 5
    Register

    The PWW Writing Weekend features Master Class in Novel-Writing and includes at no additional fee two Writing Craft Talks: WU282 The Alchemy of WritingWU283 Settings Make Your Story and WU291 PWW Panel Discussion: Navigating Today's Publishing World.


    This is an intensive boot camp for the writerly brain. It is intended for writers who have begun a novel, are stuck in the middle or are at the end of a first draft and almost out of gas. We’ll meet you where you are to discuss various strategies. We’ll explore the fundamentals of fiction writing. How to create multidimensional characters who come to life on the page, how to build a vibrant, detail-rich world, and how to concoct a tight and coherent plot that grips, moves and surprises a reader. Along the way we’ll discuss how to do this with style - in other words with a voice. The top priority remains your needs, your goals, your questions. Writers can expect to walk away ready to work with all cylinders firing.


    Need Help? Please submit 15 pages of your own work for peer and instructor feedback. Manuscripts should preferably be submitted to creativewriting@wice-paris.org by June 14. 


    About the Instructor: Nicola Keegan is the author of the acclaimed novel Swimming, published by Knopf in 2009 and translated into twelve languages. It was a New York Time’s Editor’s Pick, selected for NPR’s Book’s We Love, one of Washington Post’s Best Books of 2009, and Number three in Time magazine’s Top Ten Fiction of 2009. She has just completed her second novel. She was born in Galway, Ireland and grew up in the United States, where she studied at the University of Iowa. She later moved to France, where she studied at the Sorbonne. She now divides her time between France and Ireland.

    • 28 Jun 2019
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 11
    Register
    After a short introduction to the history of alchemy, we will see how the three steps of alchemy illuminate the writing process. First we find our subject and follow it into the dark. This is called nigredo, the blackening. Then we distill the experience, draw forth its meaning. We call this albedo, the whitening. And finally we polish the story, polish the gold. Rubedo, the reddening. We will read together a few excerpts from Brodsky, Atwood, Pamuk, following the steps in our imagination. We will become alchemists to bring a bit of light into our darkened world.


    About the Instructor: Susan Tiberghien, an American-born writer living in Geneva, Switzerland, is the author of four memoirs: Looking for Gold, Circling to the Center, Side by Side, Footsteps and the popular writing book, One Year to a Writing Life. Her new book, Writing Toward Wholeness, Lessons Inspired by C.G. Jung, was published by Chiron in 2018. For over twenty years Susan has been teaching creative writing at C.G. Jung Societies and Institutes, the International Women’s Writing Guild, and at writers’ centers and conferences, both in the US and in Europe. An active member of International PEN, she founded and directed the Geneva Writers’ Group. 

    • 28 Jun 2019
    • 5:15 PM - 6:15 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 9
    Register

    A convincing setting is not only a vivid backdrop for your narrative. Whether you write novels, novellas, short stories or creative non-fiction, setting can generate ideas for characterization and plot. Award-winning author Alecia McKenzie (who has worked in all of the above-mentioned genres) will explore the use of settings based on your current life, memory or research. A setting can be as glamorous as Paris or a humdrum village: in either case it can make your story come alive.

    About the Instructor: Alecia McKenzie is an award-winning short-story writer and novelist. 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, when 22 stories from around the world were selected from a record 4,000 submissions. Born in Jamaica, she has lived in Asia and Europe, and is now based in Paris. She is also a professional journalist and accomplished painter, and edits SWAN, a web-site devoted to art and culture.

    • 29 Jun 2019
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 10
    Register

    Two award-winning writers, Caroline Vu and Alecia McKenzie and literary agent Gregory Messina discuss today's publishing environment, and the challenges for the writer. How do you get an agent? Is it possible to be published without an agent? What about writers crossing different cultures? Our panel will engage in a lively discussion and take your questions! 

    About the Panelists:

    Alecia McKenzie is an award-winning short-story writer and novelist. 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, when 22 stories from around the world were selected from a record 4,000 submissions. Born in Jamaica, she has lived in Asia and Europe, and is now based in Paris. She is also a professional journalist and accomplished painter, and edits SWAN, a web-site devoted to art and culture.


    Born in Vietnam, Caroline Vu left her native country during the height of the Vietnam War. She lived in the US for two years before moving to Canada, where she works as a family doctor in a community health clinic. Caroline is the award-winning author of two novels: Palawan Story and That Summer in Provincetown. Both have been translated into French.


    Gregory Messina, originally from New York State, operates the Linwood Messina Literary Agency, in Paris. After graduating from Washington University, he worked at the renowned Curtis Brown agency. He later worked in California at a talent agency, film production company and Hollywood studio. Gregory has lived in Paris since 2004, specializing in selling translation and other subsidiary rights for Edition Robert Laffont and Place des Editeurs before founding his own agency.

    • 30 Jun 2019
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Le Primerose café: 64 Avenue de La Motte-Piquet Grenelle 75015
    • 30
    Register
    PWW Writing Weekend registrants will have the opportunity to close out the event with a brunch at a nearby café-restaurant specially chosen by PWW organizers for its proximity, quality, and ambiance. Join us for a convivial send-off with good food, good drink and good talk!

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