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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

    • 10 Jan 2019
    • 14 Feb 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 3
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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.

    • 21 Jan 2019
    • 18 Feb 2019
    • 5 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 1

    A thriving market exists for features, including sites and publications focusing on culture, science, the arts and current affairs. This class begins by defining the important distinction between the feature article and "hard news." We will then examine the different kinds of features as well as aspects of the writing, with emphasis on the lead paragraph (hooks, angles, and grabbing the reader's attention), structure, content, and narrative / literary techniques. Finally, we study a range of research resources and ways to market the feature. The workshop comprises in-class writing and interview practice, among the other elements.

    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.  She is the founder and editor of the arts-news site SWAN. Alongside writing books, she has written articles for a news agency and international magazines.

    • 05 Feb 2019
    • 12 Mar 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 6

    Anyone writing a novel knows that plot is probably the most essential element that will decide the success or failure of your project.  Unlike other art forms, the novel has little fixed structure and can be long and unwieldy, so how do we maintain suspense and surprise over a few hundred pages, while moving a story forward?  What is it that makes a good story so irresistible? We also consider how character can drive plot, and how plot can affect character. 
    Join us as we look into plot-related strategies. Discover tricks that can help organize your material and create a sense of forward energy and pace. What are good openings, and good endings, for instance?  And how do I avoid stodgy middles?  Plot is indeed the ultimate challenge for any writer. But getting it right will make all the difference.

    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.

    • 08 Feb 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 0

    Francesca Melandri made her literary debut in 2010 with Eva Dorme, a critically acclaimed bestseller which deals with the complexities of love, family, political turmoil and the demands of two languages and two distinct heritages in the Alto Adige/South Tyrol region.  Eva Dorme is a novel about atonement, reconciliation. It was awarded Italy’s Gran Premio delle Lettrici di Elle in 2011.

    Eva Dorme, c’est le bestseller de Francesca Melandri, la révélation littéraire de 2010.  Très applaudi par les critiques, ce roman nous plonge dans le petit univers de la région du Tyrol du Sud/Alto Adigo, où la tension italo-autrichienne, le conflit linguistique et le poids de deux cultures pèsent sur la vie des gens. Pour le magazine Elle, dont l’édition italienne lui ont décerné le prix du meilleur roman en 2011, cette histoire d’expiation et de réconciliation est « riche, intime et profonde, emportée par des personnages intelligents et vivement humains. »

    Photo Credit: Europa Editions

    • 15 Mar 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 12

    Ian McEwan’s lean, compelling novel “Nutshell” is set around murderous spirals and lost messages with fate hanging in the balance.   Ian McEwan described his decision to have an eavesdropping fetus narrate this tale of murder and deceit as ‘a lovely rhetorical challenge : ‘the idea struck me as so silly that I just couldn’t resist it.’ 

    ‘It is clear Mr McEwan has had enormous fun writing Nutshell; now it is the reader’s turn to be entertained too. Dark as it is, this novel is a thing of joy’ - The Economist

    Concis, irrésistible, “Nutshell” raconte un enfer de communication perdue et meurtres, le tout décrit par un fétus à l’affut du monde extérieur– « une idée (d’écriture) tellement loufoque que je ne pouvais pas y résister, » avoua Ian McEwan.

    ‘Dans une coque de noix est un modèle d’intrigue et d’humour noir british’ – Les Échos

    Photo Credit: Penguin

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