Creative Writing Master Class with Jake Lamar

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Creative Writing Master Class with Jake Lamar

Columbia Global Centers | Paris is pleased to present a master class in writing with author Jake Lamar.

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Reid Hall 4 Rue de Chevreuse 75006 Paris France

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This master class will be composed of workshops in English taking place on the following days: Wednesdays - February 1, 8, 15, 22 from 19h - 21h; and Saturday, February 25, from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The total cost for these sessions is 600€. *

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Any writer is capable of producing a beautiful sentence. This masterclass is focused on a greater challenge: how to tell a story. We will explore the architecture of the well-made text. How does one create suspense, develop a plot, find the voice of a narrator? Going beyond the question of inspiration, we will concentrate on practical aspects such as structure, narrative coherence and the importance of revision.

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* The master class is subject to cancellation if we receive less than six participants. In this case, all fees will be refunded.

Instructor bio:

Jake Lamar was born in 1961 and grew up in the Bronx, New York. After graduating from Harvard University, he spent six years writing for Time magazine. He has lived in Paris since 1993 and teaches creative writing at one of France's top universities, Sciences Po. He is the author of a memoir, seven novels, numerous essays, reviews and short stories, and a play. His most recent work, Viper's Dream, is both a crime novel and an audio drama, set in the jazz world of Harlem between 1936 and 1961.

He is a recipient of the Lyndhurst Prize (for his first book, Bourgeois Blues), a prestigious Centre National du Livre grant (for his novel Postérité), France’s Grand Prize for best foreign thriller (for his novel The Last Integrationist), and a Beaumarchais fellowship for his play Brothers in Exile. He is currently working on a memoir about his life in Paris.