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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.

Spring Dates

Tuesdays, 1:30pm-3:30pm

April 3 — Writing a Personal/childhood memory
April 10 — Writing a personal letter
April 17 — Writing a formal letter
April 3 — Writing a self-portrait
May 1 — Writing a poem/slam
May 8 — Writing a comment/review
May 15 — Writing a questionnaire
May 22 — Writing a dialogue
May 29 — Fiction writing: Descriptions
Jun 5 — Fiction Writing: Building characters
Jun 12 — 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.

Spring Dates

Fridays, 1:30pm-3:30pm

Apr 6 — Writing a Personal/childhood memory
Apr 13 — Writing a Letter of complaint or congratulations
Apr 20 — Writing a love or breaking up letter
Apr 27 — Writing a caption and description for a photograph
May 4 — Writing a poem/slam
May 11 — Writing a comment/review
May 18 — Create and complete a questionnaire
May 25 — Fiction writing: Descriptions
Jun 1 — Fiction Writing: Building fictional characters
Jun 8 — Writing a fiction- Dialogue
Jun 15 — 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".

Spring Dates

Fridays, 10:30am-12:30pm

Apr 6 — Ecrire un journal de voyage ou des souvenirs
Apr 13 — Ecrire un poème en prose/en vers
Apr 20 — Ecrire un article
Apr 27 — Ecrire une critique/un commentaire
May 4 — Ecrire une lettre professionnelle
May 11 — Ecrire un texte argumentatif
May 18 — Ecrire une scène de théâtre
May 25 — Ecrire un court essai
June 1 — Ecrire un court scénario
June 8 — Ecrire un texte à suspense
June 15 — 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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