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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

    • 04 Oct 2018
    • 15 Nov 2018
    • 6 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 0
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    A poet needs both something to write about and skill in writing. We will focus on these two themes so important in strong poetry - mastering elements of craft and finding inspiration. Each week we will do some writing in class and a homework task will be set so that we can share what we've written the following week. Teaching will cover how to write stronger poetry and where to find sources of inspiration.  


    All levels of experience welcome.


    About the instructor: David Barnes is a British poet who has run a weekly writers' workshop at Shakespeare & Company and an open mike poetry night every Monday (SpokenWord Paris) for a decade. He is the Editor in Chief of The  Bastille, the literary magazine of SpokenWord Paris. His poetry has been published in a number of magazines. He was the co-editor of Strangers in Paris - New Writing Inspired by the City of Light (2011, Tightrope Books) which included work by such writers as Alice Notley, Jorie Graham and John Berger. He has previosuly taught classes for WICE in short fiction, travel writing and turning life into fiction.

    • 08 Oct 2018
    • 12 Nov 2018
    • 6 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 7
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    This course focuses on writing fiction for young readers, whether children or teens. It considers various genres (short story, novella and the novel) and will help aspiring and experienced writers to produce fiction of publishable quality, with emphasis on character, plot, setting and form.


    Over six sessions, we will explore the principles of story-telling and sustained narrative, through in-class writing exercises, discussion and analysis.


    The course is open to writers of all levels. Advanced guidance will be available for those interested in completing works in progress.


    About the instructor: Alecia McKenzie is an award-winning short-story writer, novelist and journalist. Her first book Satellite City and her novel Sweetheart both won Commonwealth literary prizes, and she was shortlisted for the 2015 Commonwealth Short Story Prize.  Alecia has written two novellas for young readers - When the Rain Stopped in Natland and Doctor’s Orders. She has lived in the Caribbean, Asia and Europe, and is now based in Paris, where her latest book was published in French with the title Trésor (winner of the 2017 Prix Carbet des Lycéens).


    • 12 Oct 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 8
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    Kazuo Ishiguro’s reflective Never Let Me Go uses science-fiction to frame themes of human life, memory, love and childhood innocence.  Published in 2005, Ishiguro uses his trademark technique of understated narration to tackle the wider issue of the role of the individual and the relentless passage of time.


    ‘At times uncomfortably, for a work that aims to give us a distilled and persevering human essence, we can sense the controlling care with which Ishiguro invents and organizes (Kathy’s) memories. Yet if the novel feels a bit too distant to move us to outright heartbreak, it delivers images of odd beauty and a mounting existential distress that hangs around long after we read it.’ New York Times.

    • 06 Nov 2018
    • 11 Dec 2018
    • 6 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 4
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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.


    • 16 Nov 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 12
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    Hari Kunzru's brave and brutal thriller White Tears is part thriller, part literary horror novel.  Set in modern-day New York, it tracks the relationship between two young, white arts college graduates while exploring themes of race and privilege, music and audio memory, and cultural appropriation.

    ‘The reverberations of [this book] echo long after it's done. Part ghost story, part travelogue, White Tears is a drugged-out, spoiled-rotten treatise on race, class and poverty of the soul.’— TIME

    • 08 Dec 2018
    • 09 Dec 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 7
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    A thriving market exists for features, including content for websites and blogs. This class begins by defining the important distinction between the feature article and "hard news," and explores how to find viable ideas for articles.

     We will then cover several aspects of feature-writing, focusing on the vital lead paragraph (hooks, angles, and grabbing  the reader's attention), structure, and narrative techniques that can enrich the article. Finally we examine a range of research resources and ways to market the feature.

    About the instructor:  Alecia McKenzie is a writer and journalist based in Paris. She holds an MSc from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and worked at The Wall Street Journal/Europe early in her career. Alongside writing books, she has written articles for a news agency and for international magazines and newspapers. She is the founder and editor of arts-news site SWAN.

    • 14 Dec 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 11
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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.

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