John BiguenetJohn Biguenet

John Biguenet is the widely acclaimed author of The Torturer's Apprentice: Stories and Oyster, a novel, as well as five other books. His work has appeared in such magazines as The Atlantic, Granta, Esquire, North American Review, Image, Playboy, Story, and Zoetrope, as well as in many anthologies. His award-winning plays include The Vulgar Soul, Rising Water, Shotgun, Mold, and Night Train, which was developed at the National Theatre in London. Broomstick, his new play written entirely in heroic couplets, will have five productions this year. An O. Henry Award winner for his short fiction and a New York Times guest columnist, he is the Robert Hunter Distinguished University Professor at Loyola University in New Orleans.

Dinah LenneyDinah Lenney

Dinah Lenney is the author of Bigger than Life: A Murder, a Memoir, and co-author of Acting for Young Actors. Her newest book, The Object Parade: Essays, was published by Counterpoint Press in 2014. Her essays have appeared in numerous publications, including the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, Creative Nonfiction, AGNI, and Ploughshares, and she is a nonfiction editor at the LA Review of Books. She serves as core faculty in the Bennington Writing Seminars and the Master of Professional Writing program at USC. A working actor, Lenney—a.k.a. Nurse Shirley on NBC’s ER—most recently portrayed a gun-toting nun on FX's biker drama Sons of Anarchy.

Rolf PottsRolf Potts

Rolf Potts' essays and reportage have appeared in such venues as The New Yorker, The Atlantic, National Geographic Traveler, Sports Illustrated, the Travel Channel, and National Public Radio, as well as over 20 nonfiction anthologies, including the Best American Travel Writing series and the Best Creative Nonfiction series. He has won five Lowell Thomas Awards for his travel writing, and his first book, Vagabonding, has been translated into five languages. His newest book, Marco Polo Didn't Go There, was the first American-authored travel book to win Italy's prestigious Bruce Chatwin Award. Potts teaches nonfiction writing at Yale University, and he has served as the Paris American Academy writing workshop program director since 2005.

Laura van den BergLaura van den Berg

Laura van den Berg is the author of the story collections What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us, which was a Barnes & Noble "Discover Great New Writers" selection, and The Isle of Youth, was named a "Best Book of 2013" by over a dozen venues, including NPR, the Boston Globe, and O, The Oprah Magazine. Both collections were shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. The recipient of an O. Henry Award and a Pushcart Prize, her work has been anthologized in The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Mystery Stories, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. Her first novel, Find Me, will be published in February 2015.


Guest Lecturers

Because Paris attracts (and is home to) writers and artists from all over the world, the writing workshop often hosts guest lecturers, including poets, journalists, screenwriters, travel writers, editors, publishers, literary agents, photographers, filmmakers, performers, and historians. Guests in past years have included literary agents Julie Barer and Sarah Jane Freymann; poets Stuart Dischell, Marvin Bell and Peter Cooley; novelists Binnie Kirschenbaum, Irina Reyn, and Thomas Fox Averill; memoirists Philip Lopate, Eddy L. Harris, and Elisabeth Eaves; critic and blogger Jessa Crispin; film composer Rolfe Kent; and travel writers Jeffrey Tayler, Elliott Hester and Rory MacLean.



Program Fellows are veteran PAA students and active writers who've been selected to come back to Paris and help administrate many of the social and peer-advisement aspects of the summer writing program. The Program Fellows for 2015 are Powell Berger of Honolulu, Hawaii and Lauren Klein of Mill Valley, California.

PAA Fellows are returning students who are selected on a competitive basis to take part in independent study projects and peer leadership activities at the Paris Writing Workshop. All former students are welcome to apply to this program. The PAA Fellows for 2015 will be selected and announced in early February.

To start the application process, send an email to: