6.30pm – 8.30pm every Sunday at Shakespeare & Company (from 8th Jan 2017)
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 in recent years run by him and Bruce Sherfield the writers’ group is now hosted alternately by David, Bruce, Hannah Bensoussan, Rebecca Loxton, Simon Millward and Vincent Chabany-Douarre, who are all regulars.
At Shakespeare & Company, 37 rue de la Bûcherie, 75005
Métro St Michel
Suggested donation 5 euros.
Bring 10 copies of anything you want feedback on.
Up to 3 or 4 pages of prose, or 1 or 2 poems.
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.
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.)
— David Barnes