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PLU Writing Workshop with Heather Hartley

PLU Writing Workshop with Heather Hartley

Paris Lit Up is delighted to announce that our weekly Drop-in Writing Workshop will be guest hosted this Saturday, February 1st @ 14h by Heather Hartley!

Heather Hartley is Paris Editor for Tin House magazine and is the author of Knock Knock (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2010). Her poems, essays and interviews have appeared in or on PBS Newshour, The Guardian, The Rumpus, Post Road and other venues and numerous anthologies, including Food and Booze: A Tin House Literary Feast; and Satellite Convulsions: Poems from Tin House. She lives in Paris, where she curates Shakespeare & Company Bookshop’s weekly reading series, and teaches creative writing and poetry at the American University of Paris.

This feedback workshop is for any writers – poetry or prose – looking for eagle-eye editing and constructive group criticism of their work. The workshop will be held every Saturday afternoon at Apparemment Café 18 (Rue des Coutures St-Gervais 75003) and will be coordinated by one of our three professional workshop hosts, JF Mc Gimsey, Kate Noakes and Paul Stevenson.


Every Saturday at 16h sharp.


Simply bring up to 5 pages of your work (in multiple copies, double-spaced) 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.


Any style or form of written word, prose, poetry, scripts, essays, your English homework… if you can write it, we’ll read it. Come once or come every week, no commitment necessary.

How much?

In keeping with Paris Lit Up’s non-profit, community-oriented philosophy, participants are kindly asked to make a 3€ donation to the collective pot. All proceeds are transparently used to print our magazine (to which you can submit!) and invite guest readers to our weekly Open Mic. Participants are also encouraged to purchase a drink from our kind hosts, Apparemment Café, even if it is just a coffee.

Group Hosts

Each week one of 3 hosts will organize and conduct the workshop:

Jason Francis Mc Gimsey is a professional writer and translator with a BA in Philosophy and an MA in Translation. He has published short-stories and experimental prose in many publications including Today, Flashficiton, Through Europe, The Bastille, Belleville Park Pages. His translations (English, Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese) have been published by Princeton University Press, Cambridge University Press, Semiotext(e), Einaudi Editori, Il Manifesto, Autonomedia and many others.

Kate Noakes is prize winning poet and an elected member of the Welsh Academy. She has published four collections of poetry. Her work has been widely published in the UK, Europe and beyond in magazines such as Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry Wales, Magma and Envoi. She also writes short stories and novels. She has an MPhil in Creative Writing from the University of Glamorgan and runs the Paris Lit Up Writing Workshop monthly at Shakespeare and Company.

Paul Stephenson has published poems in a wide range of magazines including Poetry London, Magma, The Wolf, The Rialto, The North and Brittle Star. He has been highly commended twice in the Bridport competition and and came second in last year’s Troubadour International Poetry Prize. He has read at Ledbury and recently alongside Simon Armitage and Frieda Hughes. Currently he is taking part in the Jerwood/Arvon mentoring scheme 2013/14.


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