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PARIS WRITERS WORKSHOP - Master classes

Novel Taught by Samantha Lan Chang

Lan Samantha Chang is the author of two novels, All Is Forgotten, Nothing Is Lost and Inheritance, and a collection of short fiction, Hunger.  The latter was a finalist for a Los Angeles Times Book Award and the winner of the Southern Review Fiction Prize.  Inheritance won the PEN/Beyond Margins Prize for the Novel.  Samantha’s short stories have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Ploughshares, and Best American Short Stories. She received fellowships from the American Library in Paris, the Radcliffe Institute, the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.  She has taught fiction writing at Stanford University, where she was a Stegner Fellow, and at the MFA Program for Writing at Warren Wilson College.  She is a Professor of English and Creative Writing and Director of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa.


Lyric Poetry/Poetic Prose Taught by Kathleen Spivack

Let your work be inspired by Paris, City of Light. Be a part of the flowering of poetry and poetic prose that is taking place world-wide. We’ll write about immediate subjects as well as the world around us. Memory, culture, art, history, love, friendship, family, nature, the environment, the other: these are just a few of the factors that affect us. We’ll work on shaping your writing: art and technique; the conversation between words and silences. We’ll work on how to communicate your words, both on the page, and on the stage. 

Kathleen Spivack is a poet, short-story writer, novelist, and memoir writer. Her poetry has been short-listed for the Pulitzer Prize. Her novel Unspeakable Things was recently published by Alfred Knopf. In addition she wrote a memoir, With Robert Lowell And His Circle about her teacher Robert Lowell and friends and classmates Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, Elizabeth Bishop and Stanley Kunitz.

Kathleen Spivack has been a visiting professor of American Literature/Creative Writing (one semester annually) in France since 1990. She has held posts at the University of Paris VII-VIII, the University of Francoise Rabelais, Tours, the University of Versailles, and at the Ecole Superieure (Polytechnique). She was a Fulbright Senior Artist/Professor in Creative Writing in France (1993-95). Her poetry has been featured at festivals in France and in the U.S. She reads and performs in theatres and she also works with composers. Her song cycles and longer pieces have been performed worldwide.She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts; Bunting Institute; two RadcliffeInstitute fellowships; Massachusetts Council for the Arts and Humanities; the Fulbright Commission and others. A Discovery winner, she has held residencies at Yaddo, MacDowell, Ragdale, Karolyi, and the

American Academy in Rome. Some Recent prizes include: Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award 2010, the 2010 Erica Mumford Award, the 2010 Paumanok Award, Solas/Best Travel Writing Awards, and others.

Short Story/Novella Taught by Alecia McKenzie

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.  She has lived in the Caribbean, Asia and several European countries, including Belgium where she taught communications and creative writing at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Vesalius College).  She is now based in Paris and her latest book was recently published in French with the title Trésor (winner of the 2017 Prix Carbet des Lycéens).  Website: http://aleciamckenzie.wix.com/home.  

Creative Nonfiction Taught by Lise Funderburg

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.



Panel Discussons - The Writer and the World

Panel Discussion 1 - Navigating Today’s Publishing Environment 

Topics include, streamlining the submission process, marketing and the author’s platform and alternative publishing.

Panel Discussion 2 - Ethics and the Writer

Topics include, writing about others, writing about the other, cultural appropriation, writing about (or ignoring) politics.

Panel Discussion 3 - The Personal Side of Writing

 Topics include age and the writer, balancing family and writing, balancing the day job (or commercial writing) and creative writing. 


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