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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

    • 06 Nov 2018
    • 11 Dec 2018
    • 6 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 0
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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.


    • 08 Dec 2018
    • 09 Dec 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 6
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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
    • 7
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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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