Paris Writers' Workshop

The Paris Writers’ Workshop (PWW) held its 28th session in 2016. PWW, which is now held biennially, is hosted by WICE, a well-respected community program founded over 30 years ago by Anglophones residing in Paris. With the support of WICE, the Paris Writers’ Workshop has established a strong international reputation for the quality of its instruction, the caliber of its faculty, and the success of its workshop participants.

Over the past two decades, PWW has become an integral part of the Paris creative writing scene. Many participants – both teachers and students – return to PWW year after year. That continuity has not only strengthened the program, but also the English-speaking writing community, which Paris has always welcomed. In turn, the Paris Writers’ Workshop draws energy from the rich cultural heritage of Paris.

Over the years, PWW has attracted many award-winning faculty, including Marilyn Hacker, Samantha Chang (Director of the Iowa Summer Creative Writing Workshop), Ayana Mathis, Mimi Swartz, Ellen Sussman, and Eric Freeze. Additionally, many of our past instructors have found the experience of teaching here so rewarding that they have approached us to ask if they can return.

One of the best indicators of success is the number of PWW alumni who return. Roughly 30 percent of each year’s student participants have attended a previous Paris Writers’ Workshop. And, while many of our writers are based in Paris, we have writers who join us from all over the globe.  

Past participants have said that they attach particular value to PWW’s high quality of instruction and its reasonable cost. But, perhaps what participants value the most is the energetic writing community that forms around each workshop. Come join our international community of writers.


An early draft of my novel, Cooper’s Promise, was subjected to an intensive one-week workshop at the PWW. I say ‘subjected’ because my story was twisted, shoved, and torn apart — and it was great. Not only did it help me build my craft, but contributed to how I continuously relooked at Cooper’s story through several rewrites. Ultimately it was published to astonishing reviews… I credit PWW with contributing not only to Cooper’s success, but also to my mastery of the writing craft, at least to the extent that I have mastered it.”

-Timothy Jay Smith, author of Cooper's Promise
and A Vision of Angels, PWW alumnus

“At the Paris Writers' Workshop, you meet great people who encourage and help you years after the workshop is over. The networking participants do have an impact. For me, the workshop is about writing - but it is also about great people!”

-Janet Skeslien, author of Moonlight in Odessa,
PWW alumna

“I cannot thank you enough for the incredible experience and exposure I gained at the workshop in 2012. I signed with the same agency I had a consultation with during the workshop. The Paris Writers' Workshop literally breathed life to my dreams, and I will be forever grateful.”

-Laura Daugherty, journalist, PWW alumna 2012

“My book of creative nonfiction, Hemingway on a Bike, was published and received excellent reviews and it won the 2015 AML Award. I also recently received word that my third book, Invisible Men will be published by the University of Indiana Press, forthcoming in 2017.”

-Eric Freeze, Author of Hemingway on a Bike,
PWW alumnus 2010, PWW faculty 2014

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