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The Art of Writing Workshops

Gain confidence in writing in French through engaging and creative workshops that explore new themes each week!

Each workshop consists of two parts. First, through games and exercises, polish your writing skills and improve your vocabulary. Next, work on a specific writing piece. Each workshop will focus on a different topic. Get answers to all your writing in French conundrums and improve your skills in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. Led by Sophie Forst.

Workshops can be taken individually, but since there will be continuity and progression of skills over the workshops, take them all for best results.

Available at these levels:


Advanced Beginner A2 level

Bridge the gap between spoken and written French. Speaking and writing are two different skills with similar structures and a common vocabulary but serving different purposes. Speaking is fast, fleeting and ephemeral. Writing is permanent, and provides more possibilities for thinking about sentence structure and choice of words.

Tuesdays, 1:30pm-3:30pm

Dec 12 — Writing a fiction
Jan 9 — Writing a Personal/childhood memory
Jan 16 — Writing a personal letter
Jan 23 — Writing a formal letter
Jan 30 — Writing a self-portrait
Feb 6 — Writing a poem/slam
Feb 13 — Writing a comment/review
Feb 20 — Writing a questionnaire
Feb 27 — Writing a dialogue
Mar 6 — Fiction writing: Descriptions
Mar 13 — Fiction Writing: Building characters
Mar 20 — Writing a fiction

$65 per workshop
$60 per workshop if you sign up for two or more
Register at least one day in advance of the workshop date

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Intermediate B1 level

Good reading models provide good written structures! Read and get inspiration from various writers and types of writing, to help you express your own stories.

Wednesdays, 1:30-3:30pm

Dec 13 — Writing a fiction - Narrative

Fridays, 1:30-3:30pm

Jan 12 — Personal/childhood memory
Jan 19 — Letter of complaint or congratulations
Jan 26 — A love or breaking up letter
Feb 2 — Caption and description for a photograph
Feb 9 — Poem/slam
Feb 16 — Comment/review
Feb 23 — Create and complete a questionnaire
Mar 2 — Fiction writing: Descriptions
Mar 9 — Fiction Writing: Building fictional characters
Mar 16 — Writing a fiction- Dialogue
Mar 23 — Writing a fiction - Narrative

$65 per workshop
$60 per workshop if you sign up for two or more
Register at least one day in advance of the workshop date

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Advanced B2 / Expert C1/C2 level

L'atelier comme lieu d'exploration, d'expression et de création pour chacun et chacune : passer de l'oral à l'écrit, écrire à la main, à la machine, à l'ordinateur… Nous découvrirons le plaisir d'écrire dans une nouvelle langue pour se l'approprier encore un peu plus. Nous nous inspirerons de notre vie quotidienne, de l'actualité, des personnes autour de nous, des paysages etc. Nous mêlerons nos voix, nos mots singuliers et nous les peindrons avec notre imagination, nos couleurs, nos émotions.

Comme nous le dit Voltaire : "L'écriture est la peinture de la voix".

Thursdays, 1:30-3:30pm

Dec 14 — Ecrire une nouvelle (short story)

Fridays, 10:30am-12:30pm

Jan 12 — Ecrire un journal de voyage
Jan 19 — Ecrire un poème en prose
Jan 26 — Ecrire un exposé
Feb 2 — Ecrire une critique/un commentaire
Feb 9 — Ecrire une lettre de motivation
Feb 16 — Ecrire texte argumentatif
Feb 23 — Ecrire une scène de théâtre
Mar 2 — Ecrire un essai
Mar 9 — Ecrire une scène de film/un court scénario
Mar 16 — Ecrire un texte à suspense
Mar 23 — Ecrire une nouvelle (short story)

$65 per workshop
$60 per workshop if you sign up for two or more
Register at least one day in advance of the workshop date

Register Now



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