“France is an end­less source of in­spi­ra­tion for writ­ers”

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ON­LINE COM­MU­NI­TIES

It’s not al­ways fea­si­ble to find a group, work­shop or lit­er­ary event within easy trav­el­ling dis­tance, but pos­si­bil­i­ties ex­ist on­line. In­ter­net-based writ­ing com­mu­ni­ties such as Wattpad and Scri­bophile al­low au­thors to up­load their writ­ing and read­ers to dis­cover it. Scri­bophile re­quires writ­ers to give thought­ful cri­tiques of oth­ers’ work be­fore up­load­ing their own. A small on­line com­mu­nity, Writ­ers Abroad, specif­i­cally of­fers ex­pat writ­ers the chance to re­view each other’s work in a se­cure en­vi­ron­ment, im­prove their writ­ing skills and net­work.

Sev­eral Face­book groups also ex­ist spe­cially for read­ers and writ­ers liv­ing in France, for ex­am­ple, ‘Writ­ers Groups in France’ and ‘Writ­ers in France’ (both run by Vic­to­ria Corby), ‘English read­ers liv­ing in France’ and ‘French Fo­cus Friends’, which has a sep­a­rate book club. They en­able you to make con­tact with like-minded peo­ple and find out what is tak­ing place in your re­gion.

So the op­por­tu­ni­ties are there, as Kate Rose says, “Liv­ing in France has given me the chance to do what I have al­ways dreamed of do­ing: thor­oughly immerse my­self in writ­ing and en­cour­age oth­ers to write, in books and in lit­er­ary fes­ti­vals. There must be some­thing in the French air...”

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