2018 Paris Writing Workshop Schedule

Each student will participate in one fiction/poetry workshop pod (group A, B, C or D) and one nonfiction workshop pod (group W, X, Y or Z) in the second half of the month; details and clarifications to come at orientation. One-on-one conferences by appointment; all events subject to slight changes.

Sunday, July 1st

9:00 to 18:00: Check in at the Paris American Academy office, 275 rue St. Jacques. Participants move into apartments and/or school housing, with directions and assistance from the PAA office and Program Fellows.

Monday, July 2nd

9:30 - 10:00: General welcome in Schola Cantorum, 269 rue St. Jacques
10:00 - 12:00: Writing workshop orientation in Vincent D'Indy room (Schola Cantorum)
13:00 - 14:00: Welcome lunch, American Academy garden
14:00 - 16:00: Latin Quarter walk, with John and Marsha Biguenet, meet in the PAA Garden
16:00 - 18:00: Fellows orientation (PAA Fellows only), with Robin Wasserman, Atelier 282A
19:00 - 21:00: All-student soiree, Place Louis d'Aragon, Ile St Louis​

Tuesday, July 3rd

10:00 - 12:00: Creative Nonfiction class, with Rolf Potts, Vincent D'Indy room
10:00 - 12:00: Fellows workshop (PAA Fellows only), with Wasserman, Atelier 282A
13:00 - 15:00: Paris Journal, with Potts, Mines Salle AB
15:00 - 17:00: Writing Lab, with PAA Fellows (optional), Atelier 282A
16:30 - 17:00: 2018 Class Photo, meet in the Schola Cantorum garden
17:00 - 19:00: Faculty reading at Café Universel

Wednesday, July 4th

10:00 - 12:00: Literary Fictions class, with Wasserman, Vincent D'Indy room
13:00 - 15:00: Introduction to workshopping, with John Biguenet and Rolf Potts, Mines Salle AB
15:00 - 17:00: Market French, with Amanda Bestor-Siegal (optional), meet in the PAA garden

Thursday, July 5th

10:00 - 12:00: Creative Nonfiction class, with Dinah Lenney, Vincent D'Indy room
13:00 - 15:00: Spoken word workshop, with Lenney, Mines Salle AB
15:00 - 17:00: Writing Lab, with PAA Fellows (optional), Atelier 282A

Friday, July 6th

10:00 - 12:00: Literary Fictions class, with Biguenet, Vincent D'Indy room
10:00 - 12:40: Fellows craft discussion/retreat (PAA Fellows only), with Wasserman, Location TBA
13:30 - 15:00: Presentation: "Function Follows Form: Why Genre Matters," with Biguenet, Mines Salle AB
15:00 - 17:00: Writing Lab, with PAA Fellows (optional), Atelier 282A
17:00 - 19:00: Hemingway walk, with PAA Fellows (optional), meet in the PAA garden
19:00 - 21:00: Soirée at Fountaine Medicis in Luxembourg Garden (optional), after the Hemingway walk

Saturday, July 7th

10:00 - 12:00: Fiction peer-workshops, with PAA Fellows (optional), Atelier 282A
13:00 - 15:00: Nonfiction peer-workshops, with PAA Fellows (optional), Atelier 282A
15:00 - 17:00: Poetry peer-workshops, with PAA Fellows (optional), Atelier 282A

Monday, July 9th

10:00 - 12:00: Creative Nonfiction class, with Potts, Vincent D'Indy room
10:00 - 12:00: Fellows workshop (PAA Fellows only), with Wasserman, Atelier 282A
13:00 - 15:00: Screenwriting and playwriting seminar, with Biguenet and Potts, Mines Salle AB
15:00 - 17:00: Journal small-groups meet, with Potts (optional), Mines Salle C

Tuesday, July 10th

10:00 - 12:00: Literary Fictions class, with Biguenet, Vincent D'Indy room
13:00 - 15:00: Presentation: "The Art of Revision," with Wasserman, Mines Salle AB
15:00 - 17:00: French culture seminar and wine-tasting, with Peter Carman (optional), PAA basement
17:00 - 19:00: Student & Fellows reading #1, at Café Universel 

Wednesday, July 11th

10:00 - 12:00: Creative Nonfiction class, with Lenney, Vincent D'Indy room
10:00 - 12:00: Fellows workshop (PAA Fellows only), with Biguenet, Atelier 282A
13:00 - 15:00: Presentation: "Flash Essays, Memoir, and Hybrid Forms," with Lenney, Mines Salle AB
15:00 - 17:00: Writing Lab, with PAA Fellows, (optional), Atelier 282A

Thursday, July 12th

10:00 - 12:00: Literary Fictions class, with Wasserman, Vincent D'Indy room
13:00 - 15:00: MFA degree round-table, with PAA Fellows and guests (optional), Atelier 282A

Friday, July 13th

10:00 - 12:00: Nonfiction peer-workshops, with PAA Fellows, (optional), Atelier 282A
13:00 - 15:00: Fiction peer-workshops, with PAA Fellows, (optional), Atelier 282A
15:00 - 17:00: Poetry peer-workshops with PAA Fellows (optional), Atelier 282A
17:30 - 19:30: Marais Walk with PAA Fellows, Meeting location TBA
20:00 - 22:00: Soirée on the Quai des Célestins

Monday, July 16th

10:00 - 12:00: Fellows craft class (PAA Fellows only), with Wasserman, at Mines Salle C
13:00 - 15:00: Creative Nonfiction workshop, with Potts (Group Y), Mines Salle C
13:00 - 15:00: Creative Nonfiction workshop, with Lenney (Group Z), Atelier 282A
15:00 - 17:00: Journal small-groups meet, with Potts (optional), Atelier 282A
17:00 - 19:00: Student & Fellows reading #2, at Le Risalé, 245 rue St Jacques

Tuesday, July 17th

10:00 - 12:00: "Literary translation" round-table with Biguenet, Vincent D'Indy room
13:00 - 15:00: Literary Fictions workshop, with Biguenet (Group A), Mines Salle C
13:00 - 15:00: Literary Fictions workshop, with Wasserman (Group B), Atelier 282A
15:00 - 17:00: Writing Lab, with PAA Fellows (optional), Atelier 282A

Wednesday, July 18th

10:00 - 12:00: "Writing about food" round-table with Lenney, Vincent D'Indy room
13:00 - 15:00: Creative Nonfiction workshop, with Potts (Group Y), Mines Salle C
13:00 - 15:00: Creative Nonfiction workshop, with Lenney (Group Z), Atelier 282A
15:00 - 17:00: Writing Lab, with PAA Fellows (optional), Atelier 282A

Thursday, July 19th

10:00 - 12:00: Fellows workshop (PAA Fellows only), with Lenney, at Mines Salle C
13:00 - 15:00: Literary Fictions workshop, with Biguenet (Group A), Mines Salle C
13:00 - 15:00: Literary Fictions workshop, with Wasserman (Group B), Atelier 282A
15:00 - 17:00: Writing Lab, with PAA Fellows (optional), Atelier 282A

Friday, July 20th

10:00 - 12:00: Paris Cinema Walk with PAA Fellows (optional), meet in the PAA garden
12:30 - 2:30: Lunch salon, location TBD

Weekend: July 21st - 22nd

Open weekend to travel and/or work on writing projects

Monday, July 23rd

10:00 - 12:00: Open-topic round-table, with Potts, Vincent D'Indy room
10:00 - 12:00: Fellows workshop (PAA Fellows only), with Wasserman, Mines Salle C
13:00 - 15:00: Creative Nonfiction workshop, with Lenney (Group Y), Mines Salle C
13:00 - 15:00: Creative Nonfiction workshop, with Potts (Group Z), Atelier 282A
15:00 - 17:00: Journal small-groups meet, with Potts (optional), Atelier 282A
17:00 - 19:00: Student & Fellows reading #3, at Le Risalé, 245 rue St Jacques

Tuesday, July 24th

13:00 - 15:00: Literary Fictions workshop, with Wasserman (Group A), Mines Salle C
13:00 - 15:00: Literary Fictions workshop, with with Biguenet (Group B), Atelier 282A
15:00 - 17:00: Writing Lab, with PAA Fellows (optional), Atelier 282A

Wednesday, July 25th

13:00 - 15:00: Creative Nonfiction workshop, with Lenney (Group Y), Mines Salle C
13:00 - 15:00: Creative Nonfiction workshop, with Potts (Group Z), Atelier 282A
15:00 - 17:00: Writing Lab, with PAA Fellows (optional), Atelier 282A

Thursday, July 26th

10:00 - 12:00: "Writing for children & young adults" round-table with Wasserman, Vincent D'Indy room
10:00 - 12:00: Fellows workshop (PAA Fellows only), with Potts, Mines Salle C
13:00 - 15:00: Literary Fictions workshop, with Wasserman (Group A), Mines Salle C
13:00 - 15:00: Literary Fictions workshop, with Biguenet (Group B), Atelier 282A
15:00 - 17:00: Submissions and publications panel (all teachers, all students), Mines Salle AB

Friday, July 27th

18:00 - 19:00: Farewell banquet, American Academy garden
20:00 - 24:00: Farewell soiree, near Quai Saint-Bernard, on the Seine

Saturday, July 28th

9:00 to 18:00: Student housing check-out

Tuesday, July 31st

24:00: Writing portfolios due (via email)


To start the application process, send an email to: info@pariswritingworkshop.com