The Writers’ Group

Shakespeare & Co.

6.30pm – 8.30pm every Sunday at Shakespeare & Company – running throughout summer.

Watch Jame DiBiasio’s interview with hosts of the writers’ group here.

Article on the writers’ group in Expatriates Magazine.

This is a very down-to-earth, unpretentious feedback workshop running on a drop-in basis almost every weekend since February 2005 at Shakespeare & Company. Come and listen, join in the discussion and develop your critical skills – and/or get feedback on your own prose or poem. Founded by David Barnes and now organised and run by Bruce Sherfield.

Sundays 6.30pm-8.30pm
At Shakespeare & Company, 37 rue de la Bûcherie, 75005
Métro St Michel

Bring 10 copies of anything you want feedback on.
Up to 3 or 4 pages of prose, or 1 or 2 poems.

David Barnes and Murielle Brown at The Other Writers' Group

David Barnes and Murielle Brown at The Other Writers’ Group

How do you work?
We make it a safe place to focus on what effect a poem, story, etc has, how it works, what could be different. It’s practical. The goal is accurate and useful feedback in an attempt to really understand the poem/story.

Who’s it for?

  • Writers who want feedback to know what effect their work has. Who want to improve their craft. Who are looking for a community of writers, a creative home.
  • Also, readers who can give us their reaction to the stories and poems.
  • The curious.
  • People who are in Paris for a weekend, a year, or a lifetime.
Bruce Sherfield who runs The Other Writers' Group every other week.

Bruce Sherfield, host and organiser of the Writers’ Group.

Do you go for a drink afterwards?
Yes, usually at one of the bars nearby. And when the weather’s good, we get some wine and sit on the quais by the Seine.

Does it really run every Sunday?
Inshallah, yes. But if by any mischance we can’t run, I will post a message on this blog.

Do I just turn up? Or do I email first?
Just turn up. The beauty of it is that you can turn up whatever Sunday you want. It’s a drop-in group.

How many pages can I bring?
Up to about 3 or 4 (or if it’s double spaced prose then 8.)



4 Responses to The Writers’ Group

  1. Pingback: Spoken Word Paris | The Broken Fork

  2. Hazel says:

    i recently moved to paris ! and suddenly i found that magic group ; we call it #TheOtherWritersGroup , well i will love to sit down and share my words with such a beautiful people . i hope i will see you soon guys . xoxo

  3. aurélie B. says:

    i like this group and hopefully i will be coming and maybe reading a sunday !

  4. Steve Powers says:

    Its 6:30 in Paris and I’m thinking about the wonderful people I was privileged to meet while I was there the past two weeks. Everyone was warm and welcoming in person, creative and thoughtful in their craft. I will forever remember those two great Sunday evenings I spent in your company, and I thank you for providing the inspiration I was looking for on that trip. All the best to all of you!! – Steve Powers

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