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Writing Workshops Paris, presented by Carve Magazine and Writing Workshops Dallas, brings together fiction and nonfiction writers for an intensive four days of workshops, craft seminars, one-on-one conferences, and in-depth discussions on the craft and business of writing. Our program is inclusive, intentionally small, and takes place in the middle of Literary Paris, rich with history and inspiration. 

Our workshops are open to writers who want to strengthen their voice, develop a greater understanding of craft, and forge a path to publication along the way. We take your writing seriously and place the highest importance on teaching the craft of writing so that students can produce meaningful and memorable work that has the opportunity to find a readership beyond the workshop. Our mission is to bring your writing out of the wilderness and into community, and for a week every summer we think there is no better place to do this than in the heart of Paris, France.

Though our admissions process is competitive and the quality of writing high, all interested writers are encouraged to apply by March 15th.


2019 Faculty


Diana Spechler
Nonfiction Instructor

Diana Spechler is the author of the novels Who by Fire and Skinny, of the New York Times column Going Off, and of a nonfiction book forthcoming from Crown Publishing. Her work has appeared in GQ, the Wall Street Journal, Harper's, Esquire, Harper's Bazaar, Tin House Open Bar, Paris Review Daily, Travel & Leisure, Glimmer Train Stories,  The Southern Review, Lenny Letter, Playboy, and many other publications. She is the recipient of a number of awards and fellowships, including a Hawthornden Castle Residency and the Orlando Creative Nonfiction Prize from A Room of Her Own Foundation. She is also a seven-time Moth Story Slam winner who has been featured on NPR.


Brandon Hobson
Fiction Instructor

Brandon Hobson is the author of, most recently, the novel Where the Dead Sit Talking, which was a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award and also longlisted for the 2019 Aspen Words Literary Prize. He has won a Pushcart Prize, and his work has appeared in The Believer, Conjunctions, The Paris Review Daily, Publisher's Weekly, NOON, Post Road, and in many other places. Hobson is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma.


Learn More

Tuition, schedule, and more details available on our summer 2019 workshops page.




Blake Kimzey
Co-Executive Director

Blake Kimzey is the Executive Director of Writing Workshops Paris. He is a graduate of the MFA Program at UC Irvine and currently teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Texas at Dallas; Blake also sits on the Board of the Elizabeth George Foundation and received a generous Emerging Writer Grant from the Foundation in 2013. His fiction has been broadcast on NPR, performed on stage in Los Angeles, and published by Tin House, McSweeney’s, Vice/Terraform, Redivider, Green Mountains Review, Short Fiction, FiveChapters, The Lifted Brow, Hobart, Puerto del Sol, The Los Angeles Review, The Masters Review, Booth, Faultline, FLAUNT MagazineMalibu Magazine, Day One, PANK, Fiction SoutheastSurreal South '13, and selected by Pulitzer Prize-winner Robert Olen Butler for inclusion in The Best Small Fictions 2015. Blake’s collection of short tales, Families Among Us, an Indie Bestseller, was published by Black Lawrence Press in 2014. Blake has been awarded fellowships to attend the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and the Vermont Studio Center. He is proudly represented by Ryan Harbage at The Fischer-Harbage Agency. Blake directs Writing Workshops Dallas, which offers in-person and online classes. Follow him on Twitter @BlakeKimzey, find him online at blakekimzey.com, contact him at director@writingworkshopsparis.com.


Matthew Limpede
Co-Executive Director

Matthew Limpede is the publisher of Carve and founder of Limpede Ink, an editorial service for creative writers. He has worked with hundreds of writers through creative writing classrooms, workshops, the magazine, and Limpede Ink, helping them find inspiration, become their own ruthless editor, and establish their esteem and careers as writers. Matthew attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas. He currently lives in Provincetown, Massachusetts.


Anna Zumbahlen
Onsite Coordinator

Anna Zumbahlen is the editor-in-chief of Carve Magazine. She holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Montana, where she was the recipient of the Richard Hugo Memorial Scholarship. She lives in Missoula and teaches poetry in the schools. Find her on Twitter @_zumbahlen or Instagram @annazum.


Mike Franz
Evening Activities Guide

Mike Franz was General Manager and Tour Guide at Fat Tire Bike Tours, Paris, for seven years. His tours were featured on numerous TV shows and print sources, including: Rick Steves-Paris, The Independent-UK, and the television show 1,000 Places to See Before You Die. Mike headed Fat Tire's expansion into new markets in London, Vienna, Budapest, Berlin, Barcelona, Chicago, New Orleans, San Francisco, and Washington, DC, and he led the first Segway tour in the world. Mike has taught government, economics, and public speaking for seven years at Headwaters High School in Austin, Texas, where he won teacher-of-the-year award after first year of teaching. Mike has coached soccer, flag football and basketball and won Austin Fit Magazine’s “Best High School PE Coach” 2013. Mike has travelled to over 40 countries on 5 continents. He grew up in Northern California and graduated from U.C. Santa Barbara, and is the 2007 air guitar champion of Paris.


Apply Now

Meet the staff in Paris and participate in small-group nonfiction or fiction workshops led by the faculty. UPDATE: Applications for Summer 2019 closed on March 15th and the fiction and nonfiction workshops are both now full. Be sure to apply next year!.

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