30 March 2015

Literary Paris Calendar April 2015

Literary Paris Calendar April 2015

PART I: Reading and events 
PART II: Writing and other workshops in Paris
PART III: Calls for work, new book and publication releases, submission requests

PART I: EVENTS


Tuesday 31 March—7pm: Ivy Writers Paris invites you to our very first PROSE reading with the novelists Barry Kirwan, Marie Houzelle and Aden Ellias! BIOS: Barry Kirwan is the author of The Eden Paradox tetralogy, made up of the 4 books Eden Paradox,  Eden’s Trial,   Eden’s Revenge and Eden’s Endgame (this final volume was published at the end of 2014). He is currently at work on a spy novel and plans to begin another science fiction series after that. To read a sample story or for more information, see the author’s website www.barrykirwan.com Aden Ellias is a web journalist, performer and the author of Aucune Bretagne (selected poems 2008) and Passages (2013 for free access Click HERE). He will be sharing an extract from his debut novel which is forthcoming in spring 2015 with the publisher “éditions E-FRACTIONS” (http://e-fractions.com/). Marie Houzelle is a French fiction writer who writes mostly in English, sometimes in French. Her stories and poems have appeared in Serre-Feuilles, Pharos, Orbis, Van Gogh's Ear, Narrative Magazine, in her chapbook No Sex Last Noon (I Want Press) and in the collection Best Paris Stories (Summertime Publications). Tonight we will be celebrating the launch of her first novel Tita, ( Summertime Publications, fall 2014) for which a German translation is forthcoming with Random House Germany. AT: Berkeley Books, 8 rue Casimir Delavigne, 75006 Paris. For more, see: http://ivywritersparis.blogspot.fr/2015/03/soiree-ivy-prose-avec-aden-ellias-barry.html
 
Wednesday 1 April; 19h30; The American Library in Paris presents Evenings with an Author: Annie Cohen-Solal, Mark Rothko: Toward the Light in the Chapel; Mark Rothko, one of the greatest painters of the twentieth century, was born in the Jewish Pale of Settlement in 1903. He immigrated to the United States at age ten, taking with him his Talmudic education and his memories of pogroms and persecutions in Russia. His integration into American society began with a series of painful experiences, especially as a student at Yale, where he felt marginalized for his origins and ultimately left the school. The decision to become an artist led him to a new phase in his life. Early in his career, Annie Cohen-Solal writes, “he became a major player in the social struggle of American artists, and his own metamorphosis benefited from the unique transformation of the U.S. art world during this time.” Within a few decades, he had forged his definitive artistic signature, and most critics hailed him as a pioneer. The numerous museum shows that followed in major U.S. and European institutions ensured his celebrity. But this was not enough for Rothko, who continued to innovate. Ever faithful to his habit of confronting the establishment, he devoted the last decade of his life to cultivating his new conception of art as an experience, thanks to the commission of a radical project, the Rothko Chapel in Houston, Texas. (Jewish Lives Press) American Library in Paris; 10 rue du Général Camou, 75007                     

Wednesday 1 April; 19h; Rencontre exceptionnelle avec SARAH WATERS pour la présentation en avant-première de son nouveau roman Derrière la porte (Denoël); Angleterre, 1922. Frances, 26 ans habite avec sa mère dans une banlieue paisible de Londres. Pour payer leurs dettes, elles doivent sous-louer un étage. L’arrivée de Lilian et de Leonard Barber, tout juste mariés, bouscule leurs habitudes. Une relation inattendue entre Frances et Lilian va bouleverser l’harmonie qui régnait dans la maison. Dans les bras de Lilian, Frances (re)découvre des plaisirs qu’elle croyait interdits, et les deux jeunes femmes songent bientôt à tout quitter pour vivre ensemble. Mais lorsque Lilian découvre qu’elle est enceinte… Dans la tradition des meilleures romancières anglaises : suspens, complexité des sentiments, rapports de classe. Dès son premier roman, Caresser le velours, Sarah Waters a connu un succès qui ne s’est pas démenti avec les suivants : Du bout des doigts, Affinités, Ronde de nuit et L’indésirable. Elle a subjugé non seulement un public de lesbiennes et de féministes, mais aussi un lectorat autre qui s’est plongé dans chaque roman impossible à lâcher jusqu’à la dernière page ! http://www.violetteandco.com/librairie/spip.php?article772  la librairie Violette and Co 102 rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris, M° Charonne ou Faidherbe-Chaligny.
Bus 46, 56, 76, 86. tél : 01 43 72 16 07

Wednesday 1 April; 20h; Spoken Word 2: Open Secret; Hosted by David Sirois; Bistrot 82, 82 rue des Martyrs, Montmartre. Metro Pigalle or Abbesses

Thursday 2 April @ 20h00 – PLU Open Mic featuring Annie Woodward
Every Thursday: if you would like to read, dance, sing or otherwise express yourself, sign up is open and free to all starting at 8pm-ish. We go until we drop – which means all night long! In any language. Or no language at all. No limits. Extreme poetry. Explosive prose. Nudity encouraged. Annie Woodward is a grunge folk-rocker born and raised in Scandinavia who originally set out to write lyrics for other bands. Through her projects in theater Annie found her own voice in music and has been performing ever since. She has played two independent tours, one European and one in Northern America. Annie spent most of 2014 couchsurfing and taking trains and buses across the US playing shows and making her first album. Culture Rapide, 103 rue Julien Lacroix, Paris, Ile-de-france 75020 France. For more info: http://parislitup.com/events/


Thursday 2 April; 19h; Reading/Lecture with Amy Hollowell; Comptoir des presses d’universités, 86 rue Claude Bernard, 75005 Paris

Thursday 2 April; 19h; Shakespeare and Company presents The Art of Criticism with Rowena Kennedy-Epstein; The Art of Criticism is back this spring, and welcoming Rowena Kennedy-Epstein, who discovered and edited the great poet Muriel Rukeyser's long lost novel, Savage Coast, about a group of people stranded in Spain as civil war breaks out. Shakespeare and Co. 37 rue de la Bucherie

Saturday 4 April; 19h; Dans le cadre de la résidence d’écrivain d’ÉMILIE NOTÉRIS
“fictionELLES”, soirée au FORUM DES IMAGES “Ecoféminisme et science-fiction” en présence de NATHALIE BLANC (sociologue), ÉMILIE HACHE (philosophe) et SILVIA CASALINO (ingénieure aérospatiale et réalisatrice du film No Gravity). Lectures de textes de SF par Émilie Notéris; La soirée débutera par la projection du film No Gravity , et sera suivie d’une discussion liée à la function réparatrice dans l’écoféminisme et la science-fiction féministe. No Gravity est un film entre la science et la fiction, revues d’un point de vue queer et féministe. Trois générations de femmes nous guident à travers trois continents, poursuivant une fascination commune pour l’exploration de cette frontière ultime, presque banale, qu’est l’espace! S. Casalino a postulé pour être spationaute et a été refusée ; passée la première colère, elle a cherché à comprendre pourquoi. Nathalie Blanc est directrice de recherches au CNRS, en particulier sur les thèmes de la nature en ville et de l’esthétique environnementale. Émilie Hache est maitresse de conférences à l’Université Paris Ouest Nanterre, au département de philosophie. Ses recherches portent sur les questions écologiques et la philosophie pragmatique. FictionnELLES s’inscrit dans le cadre du programme régional de résidences en Ile-de-France. Attention : cette soirée se déroule au FORUM DES IMAGES, salle 50.
http://www.violetteandco.com/librairie/spip.php?article780 la librairie Violette and Co 102 rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris, M° Charonne ou Faidherbe-Chaligny.
Bus 46, 56, 76, 86. tél : 01 43 72 16 07

Monday 6 April; 20h30; Spoken Word Open Mic; Theme: BEAT; Special guests from Morocco, poet El Habib Louai & musicians Au Chat Noir, 76 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud 75011. Métro Parmentier/Couronnes. Sign up 8pm to 9.30pm in the bar. Poetics start from 8.30pm underground.

Tuesday 7 April @ 19h30 – Poets Live + Paris Lit Up – Slam Competition
Poets Live will host the second slam competition organized by Paris Lit Up. A slam is a poetry competition in which a poet performs an original memorized piece. Slam poems tend to be political, personal, or both — their ultimate goal is to provoke. Each poet is graded on a scale of 0.0 – 10.0 by three judges chosen from the audience. The grades are based on the poet’s performance as much as the poem’s content and style. The competition is open to all poetsA final slam will be held on May 7th at Culture Rapide to determine who continues onwards to the Coupe du Monde, held during the 12th Grand Slam National from June 1-7th. Berkeley Books of Paris, 8, rue Casimir Delavigne, 75006 Paris. For more info: http://parislitup.com/events/

Wednesday 8 April; 20h; Spoken Word 2: Open Secret; Hosted by David Sirois; Bistrot 82, 82 rue des Martyrs, Montmartre. Metro Pigalle or Abbesses

Wednesday 8 April; 19h30; The American Library in Paris presents: Evenings with an Author: John Merriman, Massacre: The Life and Death of the Paris Commune; One of the most dramatic chapters in the history of nineteenth-century Europe, the Commune of 1871 was an eclectic revolutionary experiment that held power in Paris across eight weeks between 18 March and 28 May. Its brief rule ended in 'Bloody Week' - the brutal massacre of as many as 15,000 Parisians, and perhaps even more, who perished at the hands of the provisional government's forces. By then, the city's boulevards had been torched and its monuments toppled. More than 40,000 Parisians were investigated, imprisoned or forced into exile - a purging of Parisian society by a conservative national government whose supporters were considerably more horrified by a pile of rubble than the many deaths of the resisters. In this gripping narrative, John Merriman explores the radical and revolutionary roots of the Commune, painting vivid portraits of the Communards - the ordinary workers, famous artists and extraordinary fire-starting women - and their daily lives behind the barricades, and examining the ramifications of the Commune on the role of the state and sovereignty in France and modern Europe. Enthralling, evocative and deeply moving, this narrative account offers a full picture of a defining moment in the evolution of state terror and popular resistance (Yale University Press). American Library in Paris; 10 rue du Général Camou, 75007                     

Wednesday 8 April; 17h-21h; Libre: An Exhibition of the work of Susan Cantrick; Exhibition running from April 9-May 9 
Abstract Project, 5 rue des Immeubles Industriels, 75011

Wednesday 8 April; 19h; Rencontre avec BRIGITTE ROLLET pour la parution de son essai Jacqueline Audry : la femme à la caméra (PU Rennes, coll. Archives du féminisme); Réalisatrice de seize longs métrages entre 1946 et 1969 (dont Olivia, La garçonne, Mitsou...), Jacqueline Audry est présentée comme l’une des femmes les plus prolifiques du cinéma français. L’auteure retrace son parcours et ses débuts dans le contexte de l’après guerre et met au jour une démarche féministe originale compte tenu du contexte de cette période. L’analyse se fonde notamment sur les outils des cultural et gender studies. Brigitte Rollet enseigne à Sciences-Po., est maître de conférences en Études culturelles à l’Université Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, spécialiste des questions de genre et de sexualité sur petits et grands écrans. Elles est l’auteure, entre autres, de Coline Serreau, Cinema and the Second Sex : Twenty years of Women’s film making in France et Télévision et homosexualité. 10 ans de fictions françaises 1995-2005. http://www.violetteandco.com/librairie/spip.php?article774 la librairie Violette and Co 102 rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris, M° Charonne ou Faidherbe-Chaligny.
Bus 46, 56, 76, 86. tél : 01 43 72 16 07

Thursday 9 April; 19h; Shakespeare and Company presents: An Inkshares Evening Samuél L. Barrantes and Yann Rousselot; Recently called “the future of publishing” by The Wall Street Journal, Inkshares is a BOOK publisher that uses a crowdfunding model instead of agents and acquisitions editors to decide what to publish. We’re very happy to be celebrating two fabulous Inkshares’ publications: Slim and the Beast by Samuél L. Barrantes and Dawn of the Algorithm by Yann Rousselot. Shakespeare and Co. 37 rue de la Bucherie

Thursday 9 April @ 20h00 – PLU Open Mic featuring Julian Stannard
Every Thursday: if you would like to read, dance, sing or otherwise express yourself, sign up is open and free to all starting at 8pm-ish. We go until we drop – which means all night long! In any language. Or no language at all. No limits. Extreme poetry. Explosive prose. Nudity encouraged. Having spent many years teaching at the University of Genoa, Julian Stannard now teaches poetry at the University of Winchester (UK). He is the author of Rina’s War (Peterloo, 2001), The Red Zone (Peterloo 2007), The Parrots of Villa Gruber Discover Lapis Lazuli (Salmon, 2011) and The Street of Perfect Love (Worple, 2014); he co-edited The Palm Beach Effect: Reflections on Michael Hofmann (CB Editions, 2013) and recently published a study of Basil Bunting (Northcote House, 2014). He reviews for the TLS, Guardian and Poetry Review and is on the editorial board of the Italian journal Nuova Corrente. Culture Rapide, 103 rue Julien Lacroix, Paris, Ile-de-france 75020 France. For more info: http://parislitup.com/events/

Monday 13 April; 20h30; Spoken Word Open Mic; Theme: INVISIBLE guest poet Antonia Alexandra Klimenko
Au Chat Noir, 76 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud 75011. Métro Parmentier/Couronnes. Sign up 8pm to 9.30pm in the bar. Poetics start from 8.30pm underground.

Wednesday 15 April; 19h30; The American Library in Paris presents Evenings with an Author: Nina Kushner, Erotic Exchanges; The author of Erotic Exchanges: The World of Elite Prostitution in Eighteenth-Century Paris explores that world and time and its direct relevance to 21st-century questions: relations between kept women and their keepers — patrons, madams, and police — and larger questions about sexual economy, female agency, and public order.  American Library in Paris; 10 rue du Général Camou, 75007                     

Wednesday 15 April; 17h; L'université Paris-Sorbonne reçoit Kazuo Ishiguro
 à l'occasion de la parution de son dernier roman, The Buried Giant. Lors de cette rencontre, les doctorants et les étudiants sont évidemment bienvenus. Frédéric Regard, professeur à Paris-Sorbonne, sera son interlocuteur. 
salle D035 (amphi du rez-de-chaussée) à la Maison de la Recherche, 28 rue Serpente, 75006

Monday 13 April; 20h30; Spoken Word Open Mic; Theme: INVISIBLE guest poet Antonia Alexandra Klimenko
Au Cha30pm underground.

Tuesday 14 April: 19h30: Ivy Writers Paris invites you to a bilingual reading by GILLIAN CONOLEY and DOMINIQUE QUELEN alongside translator BARBARA BECK. Bios: Gillian Conoley is the author of 7 poetry collections, most recently PEACE, (Omnidan) which was nominated one of the top 10 books of 2014 and is currently a finalist for the LA Times award. She also published a large volume of her translations from the French of Henri Michaux this year with City Lights Books: THOUSAND TIMES BROKEN: THREE BOOKS BY HENRI MICHAUX. Barbara Beck is a poet, translator and, since 2002, editor of Upstairs at Duroc Her poems have appeared in journals and in the anthology Strangers in Paris (Tightrope Books, Toronto, 2011). Translations include Cid Corman’s Livingdying (in collaboration with Dominique Quélen), published as Vivremourir (L’Act Mem, 2008) and poems by Vannina Maestri in Aufgabe. Dominique Quélen is a French poet, critic, teacher and translator who has published over a dozen books, most recently Loque (Fissile, 2010), Finir ses restes (Rehauts, 2011), Câble à âmes multiples (Fissile, 2011); Des second & premier (L’Âne qui butine, 2012), and Énoncé-types, (Théâtre Typographique, 2014 ) His book Basses contraintes, is forthcoming with Théâtre Typographique in 2015 . His poems have received fellowships from the CNL and residency awards. He often collaborates with musicians (ie with Klimperei on Alice --CD, Prikosnovénie, 2000). For more on Quélen, see a selection of texts, book reviews and articles at Remue.net:  http://remue.net/spip.php?mot440 FOR FULL BIOS and more, see the ivy writers website. AT: Delaville Café, 34 bvd bonne nouvelle, 75010 Paris. For more information, see: http://ivywritersparis.blogspot.fr 

 
Wednesday 15 April; 20h; Spoken Word 2: Open Secret; Hosted by David Sirois; Bistrot 82, 82 rue des Martyrs, Montmartre. Metro Pigalle or Abbesses

Thursday 16 April @ 20h00 – PLU Open Mic featuring Amruta Prabhu
Every Thursday: if you would like to read, dance, sing or otherwise express yourself, sign up is open and free to all starting at 8pm-ish. We go until we drop – which means all night long! In any language. Or no language at all. No limits. Extreme poetry. Explosive prose. Nudity encouraged. Amruta Prabhu was born and raised in Mumbai, India, by a family that encouraged a love of travel and of words. This passion for experiencing different cultures and languages led her to study English literature and Professional Translation. Currently based in Paris, she is a polyglot and translator. Drawing equally from both her Indian culture and love for Europe, her inspiration comes from the details of everyday life and her writing aims at undiluted, honest expression. When not writing, Amruta enjoys photography, tap and Bollywood dancing, eating, laughing, sleeping, music, silly walks, chai and teddy bears. Culture Rapide, 103 rue Julien Lacroix, Paris, Ile-de-france 75020 France. For more info: http://parislitup.com/events/

Sunday 19 April; 19h30; Moving Parts Script Reading: The Nightgown by Christopher Lord
Carr’s Pub and Restaurant; 1 rue du Mont Thabor, 75001 Paris; Metro : Tuileries

Monday 20 April; 20h30; Spoken Word Open Mic; Theme: MIRRORS guest poet Linda Campalese
Au Chat Noir, 76 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud 75011. Métro Parmentier/Couronnes. Sign up 8pm to 9.30pm in the bar. Poetics start from 8.30pm underground.

Tuesday 21 April; 19h30; The American Library in Paris presents Evenings with an Author: Meryle Secrest, Elsa Schiaparelli: A Biography; Master biographer Meryle Secrest will speak about her fascinating biography of Italian fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli, whose clothing was quite influential in the first half of the 20th century. Secrest explores Schiaparelli's upbringing and her business savvy and power in an era when few women had any in the professional world.  American Library in Paris; 10 rue du Général Camou, 75007                     

Tuesday 21 April; 19h; Shakespeare and Company presents: A Celebration of Sphinx by Anne Garréta; Please join us to celebrate the launch of Sphinx, the first work to be published in English translation by the incredibly talented and inventive French author Anne Garréta, one of the few female members of OuLiPo, the influential and exclusive French experimental literary group whose mission is to create literature based on mathematical and linguistic restraints. Writer Joanna Walsh will be in conversation with Garréta's translator, Emma Ramadan, and writer, critic, and translator Lauren Elkin, who is the author, with Scott Esposito, of The End Of OuLiPo? Shakespeare and Co. 37 rue de la Bucherie

Wednesday 22 April; 20h; Spoken Word 2: Open Secret; Hosted by David Sirois; Bistrot 82, 82 rue des Martyrs, Montmartre. Metro Pigalle or Abbesses

Thursday 23 April @ 20h00 – PLU Open Mic featuring World Book Night 2015
Every Thursday: if you would like to read, dance, sing or otherwise express yourself, sign up is open and free to all starting at 8pm-ish. We go until we drop – which means all night long! In any language. Or no language at all. No limits. Extreme poetry. Explosive prose. Nudity encouraged. Paris Lit Up is delighted to be officially participating in World Book Night 2015!  The first twenty people to read will receive a copy of a special edition book and we will keep you entertained for the evening with a feast of poetry, prose, song, dance and whatever other random things might happen. Bring some Shakespeare or Cervantes to share if you like! Culture Rapide, 103 rue Julien Lacroix, Paris, Ile-de-france 75020 France. For more info: http://parislitup.com/events/

Monday 27 April; 20h30; Spoken Word Open Mic; Theme: TIME guest poet Lisa Pasold
Au Chat Noir, 76 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud 75011. Métro Parmentier/Couronnes. Sign up 8pm to 9.30pm in the bar. Poetics start from 8.30pm underground.

Monday 27 April; 19h; Shakespeare and Company presents: Dan Gunn on the Emperor of Ice-Cream"Dan Gunn’s story of a family in Scotland torn apart by dark forces radiating out of Fascist Europe is wholly absorbing."— J. M. Coetzee
We’re delighted to present Dan Gunn on his acclaimed new novel, The Emperor of Ice-Cream. If you'd like to read this author's book, you can purchase a copy of The Emperor of Ice-Cream from our online store. Shakespeare and Co. 37 rue de la Bucherie

Wednesday 29 April; 20h; Spoken Word 2: Open Secret; Hosted by David Sirois; Bistrot 82, 82 rue des Martyrs, Montmartre. Metro Pigalle or Abbesses

Thursday 30 April @ 20h00 – PLU Open Mic featuring The Worms
Every Thursday: if you would like to read, dance, sing or otherwise express yourself, sign up is open and free to all starting at 8pm-ish. We go until we drop – which means all night long! In any language. Or no language at all. No limits. Extreme poetry. Explosive prose. Nudity encouraged. Paris’ loudest Open Mic continues this week with a whole bunch o’ hillybilly noise with The Worms! A home grown weirdo, hillbilly, folk band trio from Reading, Pennsylvania, USA, they will make you dance with James Jewell singing, Joel Henry playing the Banjo and the mighty Trey Lerue on the double bass. Listen to The Worms here: http://jamesjewell.bandcamp.com/album/the-worms. Culture Rapide, 103 rue Julien Lacroix, Paris, Ile-de-france 75020 France. For more info: http://parislitup.com/events/


PART II: WORKSHOPS

Saturday 4 April @ 15-17h – PLU Slam Poetry Workshop
We’ve got six months until the 12th Grand Slam National in Paris, and this year Paris Lit Up would like to take our participation one step further by having our own slam team competing. The PLU Slam Team will be coordinated by Megan Bullock. The first meeting will be held on Saturday, January 24th from 3-5pm at Le Centquatre–Paris located 5 rue Curial, Paris 75019. Workshops will then be held every other Saturday until June. Come with a slam, original or not. Since slams are just as much about the delivery as the text, the workshops will focus on both production/editing and expression/performance. Anyone who has interest in slam or spoken word poetry is invited to the workshops, though the ultimate goal is to form a PLU slam team to perform at the 2015 Grand Slam. Donations of 3€ to support the team will be gladly accepted. Le Centquatre-Paris, 5 rue Curial, Paris, Ile-de-france 75019. For more info: http://parislitup.com/writing-workshops/plu-slam-workshop/

Sunday 5 April @ 12h30 – Paris Write Up – A Workshop to Enliven Your Creative Genius
Bask in the history of a literary landmark – and leave behind some of your own creative mojo – in this generative writing workshop. On the first Sunday of every month at 12h30 – 14h30, a gathering of writers, facilitated by Shannon Cain, generates new material, shares shitty first drafts, and learsn about the craft. Profiting from writing prompts, readings that inspire, and the fellowship of other writers, participants will leave with new ideas, new energy, and new pages. 5€ donation.
Workshop facilitator Shannon Cain has taught fiction writing at the University of Leipzig, the University of Arizona, Gotham Writers’ Workshop, Arizona State University, and most recently as a core faculty member in the MFA program at Bennington College. In 2012 she organized The Santa Rita Writers’ Workshop
Upstairs Library @ Shakespeare and Company, 37 Rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris. For more info: http://parislitup.com/writing-workshops/

Sunday 5 April @ 18h30-20h30; The Other Writers’ Group
An excellent feedback workshop for 6 euros.  Join us afterwards for happy hour at The Gentleman, 1 bis rue Hautefeuille, 75006, behind place St Michel.
Shakespeare & Company, 37 rue de la Bûcherie, 75005

Friday 10-12 April; Creative Writing Weekend in Paris!
A weekend of prose and poetry workshops on the Canal St Martin bookshop/boat!
Venue: Péniche Librairie L'eau et Les Rêves, Quai de l'Oise, 75019 
Continuing the series of workshops begun in Amsterdam in 2009 (Amsterdam, Oxford, London, Lancaster, Zurich), led by experienced writers and teachers of writing, Amal Chatterjee and Jane Draycott invite you to the Péniche Librairie L’eau et Les Rêves, the floating bookshop on the Canal St. Martin. 
Instructors: Amal Chatterjee, novelist and historian, and Jane Draycott, poet 
Weekend Schedule:
Friday, 10th April: 10.30 a.m. - 4.30 p.m.
Saturday, 11th April: 10.30 a.m. - 4.30 p.m.
Sunday, 12th April: 10.30 a.m. - 1.30 p.m.
Day 1, the fiction workshop with Amal, will focus on elements like description, dialogue, themes and plots, exploring how these can be realised and developed. 
Participants can choose to start on a new piece or to improve one they have.
Day 2, the poetry writing workshop with Jane, will be a day of informal and fun writing exercises (no requirement to read out what you're experimenting with!) aimed at producing first drafts for new poems in a supportive atmosphere 
Day 3 will be a session of reading the new work and commentary by participants
The course fee is €250, not including optional get-togethers and meals.
All welcome, whether novice or experienced.
SPACE IS LIMITED
Email writing@tomali.net for further details and to reserve a place.

Saturday 11 April @ 15h-17h – “Breaking the Mould” Workshop featuring Julian Stannard
Hugo Williams talks about writing poetry ‘without the safety net of the poetical’ Here of course the term ‘poetical’ is pejorative and we are familiar with poems which seem to strive too hard for poetic effects. There is a temptation for poems to want to dress up and of course this might be a model which creates satisfactions.
This workshop, however, explore what might be called (paradoxically) the anti-poetic, namely the writing of a poem which escapes the straitjacket of the well-behaved crafted poem, or the ‘conventional poem’, or the poem which seems like many others. Sometimes this is to do with subject matter, voice, or just knack; William Cowper, for example, argued for a verse speaking ‘the language of prose without being prosaic.’
Is it possible to write a poem which surprises itself and steals up on reader and breaks the mould? Ultimately this might be a kind of conjuring trick, a piece of luck, instinct – a poem which comes through the back door. Berkeley Books of Paris, 8, rue Casimir Delavigne, 75006 Paris. For more info: http://parislitup.com/events/

Sunday 12 April @ 18h30-20h30; The Other Writers’ Group
An excellent feedback workshop for 6 euros.  Join us afterwards for happy hour at The Gentleman, 1 bis rue Hautefeuille, 75006, behind place St Michel.
Shakespeare & Company, 37 rue de la Bûcherie, 75005

Saturday 18 April @ 15h-17h – PLU Slam Poetry Workshop
We’ve got six months until the 12th Grand Slam National in Paris, and this year Paris Lit Up would like to take our participation one step further by having our own slam team competing. The PLU Slam Team will be coordinated by Megan Bullock. The first meeting will be held on Saturday, January 24th from 3-5pm at Le Centquatre–Paris located 5 rue Curial, Paris 75019. Workshops will then be held every other Saturday until June. Come with a slam, original or not. Since slams are just as much about the delivery as the text, the workshops will focus on both production/editing and expression/performance. Anyone who has interest in slam or spoken word poetry is invited to the workshops, though the ultimate goal is to form a PLU slam team to perform at the 2015 Grand Slam. Donations of 3€ to support the team will be gladly accepted. Le Centquatre-Paris, 5 rue Curial, Paris, Ile-de-france 75019. For more info: http://parislitup.com/writing-workshops/plu-slam-workshop/

Sunday 19 April @ 18h30-20h30; The Other Writers’ Group
An excellent feedback workshop for 6 euros.  Join us afterwards for happy hour at The Gentleman, 1 bis rue Hautefeuille, 75006, behind place St Michel.
Shakespeare & Company, 37 rue de la Bûcherie, 75005

Saturday 25 April @ 15h00-17h00 – Paris Lit Up Drop-in Writing Workshop
Are you a writer? Have you written something that needs fresh eyes? Want some feedback on your work? Paris Lit Up has weekly Drop-in Writing Workshop. This feedback workshop is for any writer – poetry or prose – looking for eagle-eye editing and constructive group criticism of their work. Simply bring up to 2 poems or 5 pages of prose (in multiple copies, double-spaced, 12 pt. font) and our expert workshop hosts will guide the group through a careful reading and discussion of it. All participants will be encouraged to share their opinions on how the work reads, what thoughts it provokes, and to comment on it. The workshop is held every other Saturday afternoon at L’Autre Café, 62 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud (métro Parmentier). For more info: http://parislitup.com/writing-workshops

Sunday 26 April @ 18h30-20h30; The Other Writers’ Group
An excellent feedback workshop for 6 euros.  Join us afterwards for happy hour at The Gentleman, 1 bis rue Hautefeuille, 75006, behind place St Michel.
Shakespeare & Company, 37 rue de la Bûcherie, 75005

The Creative Writing Residency at Paris College of Art is a year-long program which uniquely combines academic rigor and focus on writerly craft with an emphasis on innovation and experimentation. Through intensive semester-long reading and writing workshops students build up a varied portfolio of creative writing in the first semester. In the second, they receive one-to-one mentoring and guidance as they develop an individual writing project and are exposed to a range of contemporary practices and special topics through short, one-off workshops led by guest speakers and PCA faculty. The year culminates in a publishing workshop exploring contemporary forms of book-making and distribution in which students collaborate with students and faculty from other PCA departments (communication design, illustration, fine art, etc.) to publish a micro-edition, whether print or web-based, of a sample of their own work. Students who successfully complete the residency earn a total of 28 undergraduate college credits and the residency is aimed at students aged 18+. For more information, please see our website:
http://www.paris.edu/departments/in_program/1/78



PART III: REVIEWS, RELEASES, SUBMISSIONS

Neil Shepard’s sixth book of poetry, HOMINID UP, has been published by Salmon Poetry (Ireland) and is available in the UK on Amazaon.co.uk. However, for the next month, you can purchase the book at a reduced (prepublication) price at my new website: NeilShepard.com

Paris Lit Up Roman Writing Retreat
– Only Paris is worthy of Rome,
only Rome is worthy of Paris.
Paris Lit Up is proud to present our first ever Roman Writing Retreat to be held on June 8th through 14th, 2015. Join us as we escape the city for this 6-day writing holiday in the picturesque Italian countryside. Set at the independently owned and operated La Preta Nera country home, 11 applicants will spend one week honing their writing skills through daily group feedback workshops and 3 master classes including our featured author and writing coach, Shannon Cain
La Preta Nera is a charming traditional house in the heart of the historic center of Giuliano di Roma, in Ciociaria. The original medieval village was built on top of the crater of an extinct volcano and the guesthouse is named after the basaltic stone from the lava flows throughout the area. Like most of the houses in the village, La Preta Nera was built using black basaltic stones, still visible today. Just 90km south of Rome and 30km from the beach, in an area of rolling hills and valleys, La Preta Nera is the perfect place to spend a writing holiday in a natural environment, in contact with the inhabitants of this small village and surrounded by beautiful countryside and enchanting woods. For more info: http://parislitup.com/paris-lit-up-roman-writing-retreat/

The bi-monthly publication, Belleville Park Pages, calls for writers! Submission Mission: The Pages are focused on supporting the growth of writers from around the world. We publish all forms: poetry, short stories, flash fiction, creative non-fiction, essays, etc. Submissions will be considered for both print and online publication. Submit your work to: words@bellevilleparkpages.com Stop by http://www.bellevilleparkpages.com for more information and to find a Pages vendor near you!