Perhaps you are fed up with your 9 to 5 regime; perhaps you are a writer needing a new perspective . . . perhaps, like so many, you are intoxicated by the myth of writing in Paris (have read A Moveable Feast, dreamt of Sartre in Les Deux Magots, been haunted by the Beatniks’ or Henry Miller’s immortalized adventures) and are interested in discovering what such a life is all about. For whatever reason, you are ready to make Paris your home and haven for new words. KNOW IT IS POSSIBLE.
This guide will set you off on the right footing by bringing to your attention all the international and French resources available to writers in Paris which might otherwise take you many pains and hours of research to locate. The guide also directs you toward the active community of writers currently located in Paris: i.e. the journals, bookstores, cafes, and soirées where you can seek support, listeners, and public outlets for your work.
Elizabeth Reichert writes from her own personal experience as a freelance journalist and fiction writer, nonetheless including resources for all types of wordsmiths from poets to playwrights. The guide is intended for the expatriate community and many resources are therefore linked back to Anglophone soil or to companies’ affiliate Paris offices where there is a greater chance for English speakers to develop writing relationships with magazines, newspapers, and publishing houses. Informational resources located on the Internet are hyperlinked throughout the guide and because the community here in Paris is a transient arena, the guide is regularly updated, insuring the information remains accurate.
Throughout the guide you will find other writers’ stories — those published or just beginning — proof that the dream of writing in Paris is possible.If you are already itching with the idea of writing in Paris, then all you need is a little know-how found here in this guide, so don’t waste anymore time! Start making your dream of writing in Paris a reality!
About the Author
Elizabeth Reichert is a freelance writer educated at Vassar College with a year at the University of Oxford, Saint-Edmund’s Hall College, where she studied English Literature, focusing in Early Modernism and Critical Theory. She also studied at the Sorbonne in Paris, where she spent year 2002 studying French language and literature. While completing her undergraduate degree, Elizabeth worked as an intern at Martha Stewart Living and as a freelance writer for Hemp Times Magazine.
Since her post-graduation move to France, she has continued to freelance for arts and travel publications abroad. Her articles have appeared in the art journals Ceramics Monthly and Ceramics Art and Perception, and in such travel publications as France Magazine, The Paris Voice, Paris Notes, Morning Calm: The In-flight Magazine of Korean Air, International Living newsletters and the online French Property Digest. She is the author of the Writers Insider Guide to Paris, published electronically by Western Web Works, LLC, and is co-author of the guidebook Paris Confidential.
Alongside her writing, Elizabeth has also worked in France as an au pair, a painter’s model, and as a part-time English-language instructor in various primary schools located throughout the city’s 13th arrondissement. She also gives literary tours and/or literary-history lectures for AWAI’s Ultimate Travel Writers Workshop and for WICE’s Paris Writers Workshop.
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