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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

    • 22 Jan 2018
    • 12 Mar 2018
    • 6 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 0
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    WRITING THE 40-PAGE SHORT STORY


    In celebration of WICE’s 40th anniversary, this course focuses on the “long” short story, of 40 pages or 10,000 words. It will help aspiring and experienced writers to produce stories of publishable quality, and to shape and refine their fiction according to their own vision, 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 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 Europe, and is now based in Paris, where her latest book was recently published in French with the title Trésor (winner of the 2017 Prix Carbet des Lycéens).

    • 06 Feb 2018
    • 20 Mar 2018
    • 6 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 1
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    Intrigued by the idea of writing fiction? Or do you just enjoy to write? A six-part course on the mechanics and tricks of novel writing. From finding the right idea to outlining, developing plot and character, and exploring your theme, the course accompanies you on each step of writing your first novel. A small group ensures personalized attention for your project.

    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.

    • 09 Mar 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 5
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    Nobel Prize–winning author José Saramago’s Blindness evokes a powerful vision of the human spirit, bound by both strength and weakness.  It tells of an unexplained plague of ‘white blindness’ and how initial attempts to quarantine the blind in a disused mental hospital fail to halt its spread.  Saramago’s novel focuses on one group of the blind seeking to survive when they leave the hospital and discover the rest of the world has also gone blind and society has fallen apart.  Blindness is a powerful novel of human nature, the fragility of society in extreme situations and man’s will to survive.

    ‘Saramago tells his tale with humor and compassion, and with an imagination that is boundless enough to conjure an impossible epidemic without losing sight of the exigencies of actual life, achieving that rare blend of magic and reality in which the fantastical allows us to see our own world more clearly, from a perspective that brings out details we might not have otherwise considered’ - Myla Goldberg, NPR’s All Things Considered.


    Dans L'aveuglement, du Nobel portugais José Saramago, une maladie mystérieuse commence à se répandre qui rend aveugle.

    Les autorités cherchent à circonscrire l'épidémie en confinant les patients dans une ancienne clinique psychiatrique. Mais rien n'y fait. Un groupe d'aveugles s'échappe de l'hôpital et découvre que le monde entier a perdu la vue et que la société est en train de s'effondrer. Un tableau terrifiant de la nature humaine et de la fragilité de la société mais surtout de la volonté de survivre.





    • 05 Apr 2018
    • 17 May 2018
    • 6 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 8
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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.

    • 13 Apr 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 10
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    Fault Lines traces four generations of 6-year-olds of a single family from modern day California to WW II Germany.  Each are growing up amidst partial understandings and barely sensed secrets which intensify the insecurities of their age.


    Nancy Huston’s Fault Lines received the Prix Femina and was shortlisted for the Prix Goncourt.  First published as Lignes de Faille, Houston's translated the work herself with a stunning level of creativity and confidence.



    Lignes de Failles dresse le tableau dans la vie de quatre membres de la même famille, tous à l’âge de six ans, en commençant par la génération qui vit en Californie aujourd'hui pour remonter enfin à la génération qui a vécu en Allemagne pendant la deuxième guerre mondiale.  Nous sommes témoins de leurs secrets, de leurs plaisirs et leur souffrance, avec comme arrière-fond l'histoire et le contexte social de leur époque, que ce soit la répression nazie ou l'internet omniprésente d'aujourd'hui.  Très applaudie pour son exposé sur l'enfance et la filiation, Lignes de Failles s'est vu décerner le prix Femina ainsi que le "choix polonais" (prix accordé par l'institut français de Cracovie) aux Goncourt en 2006. Huston elle-même en a fait la traduction en français.



    You may read the book in your language of choice. Discussions are in both French and English.



    • 18 May 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 12
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    American Pastoral is one of Philip Roth’s most powerful novels.  It is an elegy for the American century's promises of prosperity, civic order, and domestic bliss; yet it retains a universal resonance.  It is a richly textured moving, generous, book, boasting a deep compassion for its characters.  Philip Roth won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1997 for American Pastoral.



    Pastorale américaine est considérée comme l'un des chefs-d’oeuvres de Philippe Roth.  Ce roman énorme est une élégie au 'siècle américain,' à ses rêves de prospérité, du 'bon citoyen' et du bonheur au foyer ; pourtant le thématique va bien au-delà de la seule Amérique et résonne de manière universelle par la complexité de ses émotions, sa générosité humaine et la sympathie avec lequel Roth traite ses personnages.  L'oeuvre a été récompensée par le prix Pulitzer en 1997.



    You may read the book in your language of choice. Discussions are in both French and English.







    • 08 Jun 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 12
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    Édouard Louis' debut novel is an extraordinary portrait about growing up in a village in northern France.  The End of Eddy explores life there and his escape from a difficult childhood.  Its publication in 2014 sparked fierce debate on social inequality, sexuality and violence.  

    The End of Eddy was shortlisted for the Prix Goncourt literary award for debut novels.


    "Un écrivain dont le livre stupéfiant, une fois refermé, nous laisse ébahis, le souffle coupé."  Le nouvel Observateur 


    You may read the book in your language of choice. Discussions are in both French and English.








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