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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

    • 26 Sep 2017
    • 07 Nov 2017
    • 6 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 4

    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.
    • 02 Oct 2017
    • 20 Nov 2017
    • 6 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 0

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    Short stories can be just about anything, but how do you make yours stand out? This course helps aspiring and experienced writers shape and refine their fiction according to their own unique vision, with emphasis on character and form.

    Over six sessions, we will explore the principles of story writing in class exercises, discuss participants' work, and analyze some of the masters of the genre.

    The class is open to writers of all levels. Advanced guidance will be available for experienced writers.

    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.  It has so far received excellent reviews in various media across France.
    • 10 Nov 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 1

    Elena Ferrante’s bestseller My Brilliant Friend is the first of the Neapolitan quartet of novels focusing on two friends growing up in a gritty neighborhood of post-war Naples.  My Brilliant Friend tells the story of friendship, changing lives and the transformation of the neighborhood and the city.  The New York Times described Ferrante as ‘one of the great novelists of our time.’

    L'amie prodigieuse, le best-seller d'Elena Ferrante, est le premier d'une série de quatre romans qui raconte la vie deux jeunes filles qui grandissent dans un quartier pauvre de Naples après la seconde guerre mondiale et qui vont tisser une amitié qui va durer toute leur vie.  Au rendez-vous: le début de leur amitié et la vie qui se transforme, tant dans leur quartier que dans la ville de Naples. Pour le New York Times, Ferrante "est l'une des meilleures romancières de notre époque."

    • 14 Nov 2017
    • 09 Jan 2018
    • 6 sessions
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Piquet Grenelle
    • 2

    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 has taught writing at WICE for many years, and is one of our most popular instructors. She grew up in England and was educated at Oxford University.
    • 08 Dec 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 10

    Presence of the author at this event

    Dulcinea Evers, a young Jamaican artist who has reinvented herself in the USA as the flamboyant Cinea Verse, dies in unclear circumstances. But who was Dulcinea? Her friend, Cheryl, who is carrying her ashes back to New York from her Jamaican funeral, has one story, but the narratives of the other people in Dulci’s life suggest that not even Cheryl’s version is the whole one.

    Alecia McKenzie’s Sweetheart won the 2012 Commonwealth Book Prize Caribbean region.

    Dulcinea Evers, une jeune artiste jamaïcaine qui s'est réinventée en Amérique comme l'artiste flamboyante Cinea Verse, meurt dans des circonstances qui vont se révéler aussi mystérieuses que sa courte vie.  Son amie Cheryl, qui rapporte ses cendres à New York après les funérailles en Jamaïque, aura le choc

    découvrir que l'idée qu'elle s'était faite de sa copine "Dulci" est bien différente de celles d'autres qui ont connu la jeune disparue....

    • 12 Jan 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 10

    One of the world’s classics, The Charterhouse of Parma is an epic novel of intrigue, political chicanery, personal courage and passion set in the court of Parma, Italy, in the early 19th century.  Stendhal manages to portray the excitement of youth and romance alongside the harsh realities of society. 

    ‘Never before have the hearts of princes, ministers, courtiers, and women been depicted like this,' wrote French novelist and playwright Honoré de Balzac. `Stendhal's tableau has the dimensions of a fresco but the precision of the Dutch masters.'

    Une épique de la littérature classique, la Chartreuse de Parme nous plonge dans l'univers de la cour italienne de Parme au début du 19e siècle, où l'intrigue politique se rivalise avec la passion et courage, et où l'idéalisme des jeunes doit ménager la dure réalité de la société. 

    “Beyle, un scélérat d’idées, je le sais, mais l’écrivain qui a pensé avec tant de vigueur Le Rouge et le Noir et la Chartreuse de Parme, cet homme qui, avec sa noirceur et ses perversités, brille d’une lueur sombre et dure au premier rang des puissances littéraires de son temps.” Jules Barbey d’Aurevilly, Le Pays, 11 mai 1855.

    • 09 Feb 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 10

    Australian novelist Richard Flanagan’s Booker Prize-winning The Narrow Road to the Deep North received critical acclaim when published in 2013.  Flanagan’s inspiration for book came from his father's experiences in a Japanese Prisoner of War camp on the Burma Railway.  It tells the tale of Dorrigo Evans, an army surgeon, who was prisoner at the camp, how he survives, and the effect this has on his life when he returns home.  This is an intensely personal tale which mixes humanity and tenderness, war and love, as it traces Evans’ life.

    Sortie en 2013 et récompensé par le prix Booker, La route étroite vers le nord lointain de l'Australien Richard Flanagan s'inspire des souffrances du père de l'auteur, ancien prisonnier de guerre qui faisait partie des milliers d'esclaves forcés à construire un chemin de fer en Birmanie par les forces japonaises impériales. Flanagan décrit la vie de Dorrigo Evans, un chirurgien militaire dont ces exactions auront un impact retentissant sur sa vie après les combats. Un récit éblouissant de la guerre et de l'amour,  de l'humanité et de la tendresse.

    • 09 Mar 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • WICE, 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris: metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle
    • 13

    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.

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