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PARIS WRITERS WORKSHOP WEEKEND 2021

PROGRAM

Novel Master Class: Nicola Keegan

Novel Master Class: Lan Samantha Chang

Writing Craft Talk: Alecia McKenzie: Settings without Borders

Writing Craft Talk: Jennifer K. Dick/Geoffrey Nutter: Collage of Languages and Cultures

Panel Discussion: Navigating the Small Presses

DATES

June 25, 2021 – June 28, 2021

LOCATION

Live in Paris (if regulations allow)

Online Internationally

COST

€350 Weekend Package

SCHEDULE

(please note schedule is subject to change)

Friday June 25:

3:00 pm - Opening Reception

4:00-5:00 pm - Writing Craft Talk 1 (Alecia McKenzie)

5:15-6:15 pm - Writing Craft Talk 2 (Jennifer K. Dick and Geoffrey Nutter)

Saturday, June 26:

9:00 am-1:00 pm - Novel Master Class: Nicola Keegan

1:00-2:00 pm - Lunch break

2:00-3:00 pm - Writing Time/Free Time

4:00-6:00 pm - Novel Master Class: Lan Samantha Chang

Sunday, June 27:

9:00 am-1:00 pm - Novel Master Class

1:00-2:00 pm - Lunch break

2:00-3:00 pm - Writing Time/Free Time

4:00-6:00 pm - Novel Master Class: Lan Samantha Chang

Monday, June 28:

1:30 pm - Closing Brunch

3:00-5:00 pm - Panel Discussion: Navigating the Small Presses

7:00 pm - Mixed Reading: students and instructors

Upcoming Events

    • 25 Jun 2021
    • 8:00 AM (UTC+02:00)
    • 28 Jun 2021
    • 8:00 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • Remote: Online
    • 50
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    PARIS WRITERS WORKSHOP WEEKEND 2021

    PROGRAM

    Novel Master Class: Nicola Keegan

    Novel Master Class: Lan Samantha Chang

    Writing Craft Talk: Alecia McKenzie (Settings Across Cultures)

    Writing Craft Talk: Jennifer K. Dick/Geoffrey Nutter (Poetry Topic TBA)

    Panel Discussion: Navigating the Small Presses

    DATES

    June 25, 2021 – June 28, 2021

    LOCATION

    Online Internationally

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    • 25 Jun 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • Remote: Online
    • 15
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    A talk about how to use international settings in fiction.

    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. Her novel, A Million Aunties, was published by Akashic Books.

    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.

    • 25 Jun 2021
    • 5:15 PM - 6:15 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • Remote: Online
    • 25
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    This joint conversation between Geoffrey Nutter and Jennifer K Dick will open a dialogue about the ever-changing nature of writing poetry in the 21st century. How have authors sought new techniques such as collage, montage, fragmentation and insertion into original writing not merely allusions and quotes, but historical and linguistic references? Collage also provides new modes of exploration to address trauma and conflict, grief, and plural identities.

    Geoffrey Nutter is a renowned poet and creative writing teacher. He is the author of five poetry collections. He studied poetry at the University of Iowa Writers Workshop and won the Academy of American Poets prize. He has taught at Princeton University, the New School, NYU, Columbia, and the University of Iowa. He is originally from California and now lives in New York City.

    Jennifer K. Dick  is the author of Lilith: A Novel in Fragments (Corrupt, 2019), Circuits (2013) and Fluorescence (2004) as well as 6 chap/artbooks. That Which I Touch Has No Name is forthcoming in London this year. She also teaches writing, Literature and Civilization at the Université de Haute Alsace, Mulhouse, runs the Ivy Writers Paris bilingual experimental poetry reading series and co-organizes Ecrire L’Art residencies for French authors with Sandrine Wymann, the director of the Kunsthalle-Mulhouse Centre d’Art Contemporain.

    • 26 Jun 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 27 Jun 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 2 sessions
    • Remote: Online
    • 15

    This master class will focus on the strategies that will help you reach your full potential as a writer.  We will work on tapping into creative flow, blasting writer’s block, tackling lack of focus, doubt, and procrastination to keep you hopeful and productive at your desk. 

    We will also work on essential craft points: Finding your own unique narrative voice, developing strong character, using story structure as a guide, and writing interesting natural dialogue. I would like you to leave this master class with a renewed sense of inspiration and vitality, a deeper understanding of your strengths and weaknesses as a writer, and a clear plan on what you need to do to move forward, whether you are at the beginning of a novel or a few years in. 

    This Master Class is included in the Writing Weekend Package. Please register for the package to enjoy ALL the events for the package price of 350 euros.

    Nicola Keegan is the author of the acclaimed novel Swimming, published by Alfred KnopfShe was born in Ireland, grew up in the US, where she studied at the University of Iowa, and lives in France. Swimming was featured as a NYT Editor’s Pick, NPR “Books We Love”, Washington Post Best Books, Time Magazine's Top Ten. She is currently editing her long-awaited second novel with her agent.

    • 26 Jun 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 27 Jun 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 2 sessions
    • Remote: Online
    • 15
    In this workshop, we'll explore the process of beginning a novel. We'll discuss the creative origins of a long project. We'll talk about the novel writing process, how to make and use outlines and synopses, various novel structures, and how to keep going. Each student may bring a one-page synopsis and up to three pages of a novel-in-progress, double-spaced, in 12-point font. We will constructively explore the potential in each project.

    This Master Class is included in the Writing Weekend Package. Please register for the package to enjoy ALL the events for the package price of 350 euros.

    Lan Samantha Chang’s  new novel, The Family Chao, will be published by W.W. Norton in 2022. She is the award-winning author of the collection Hunger and the novels Inheritance and All Is Forgotten, Nothing Is Lost. She has received fellowships from the American Library in Paris, the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. She teaches and directs the Iowa Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa and lives in Iowa City, Iowa, with her husband and daughter.

    • 27 Jun 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • Remote: Online
    • 25
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    A talk about when to use, and not to use, fiction techniques in memoir and other creative nonfiction.

    Lise Funderburg is a writer and editor based in Philadelphia. Her articles, essays, and reviews have appeared in the The New York Times, Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, Salon, The Nation, National Geographic, Garden Design, Cleaver, The Chattahooochee Review, and Prevention.

    Her latest book is the bestselling social history/memoir, Pig Candy: Taking My Father South, Taking My Father Home (Free Press, 2008). She has been awarded residencies at the Blue Mountain Colony, MacDowell Colony, and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation. Awards include a Window of Opportunity Grant from The Leeway Foundation and a 2003 Nonfiction Literature Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. In addition to teaching Creative Nonfiction at the University of Pennsylvania, Funderburg also teaches in the Rutgers University-Camden MFA Program.

    • 28 Jun 2021
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • Remote: Online
    • 50
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    A panel discussion about dealing with small presses, featuring:

    Author, Publisher: Leland Cheuk

    Author: Alecia McKenzie

    Agent, Writer: Katharine Sands, Editor at David Lewis.

    Moderator Paul Schmidtberger is an American lawyer and writer. He is currently a law professor at the University of Paris-2. His novel, Design Flaws of the Human Condition, was published by Random House.

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