John BiguenetMajor Jackson

Major Jackson is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Roll Deep, hailed in the New York Times Book Review as “a remixed odyssey.” His other volumes include Holding CompanyHoops, and Leaving Saturn. Jackson has published poems, essays, and book reviews in American Poetry ReviewCallalooThe New YorkerThe Paris ReviewPloughsharesPoetry, Tin House, and in several volumes of Best American Poetry. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, and the National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, among other honors. Major Jackson is the Richard A. Dennis Green & Gold Professor and University Distinguished Professor at the University of Vermont. He serves as the Poetry Editor of The Harvard Review.

Dinah LenneyDinah Lenney

Dinah Lenney is the author of The Object Parade and Bigger than Life: A Murder, a Memoir and co-edited, Brief Encounters: A Collection of Contemporary Nonfiction. Her work has been published in a wide range of publications including The Paris Review Daily, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Alimentum, The Washington Post, AGNI, and Creative Nonfiction, and she serves as a senior editor for the Los Angeles Review of Books, as well as on the core faculty of the Bennington Writing Seminars MFA program. The co-author of Acting for Young Actors, Dinah most recently played Frannie-the-Building-Inspector on Showtime's Shameless. @DinahLenney

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 seven languages. His second book, Marco Polo Didn't Go There, was the first American-authored travel book to win Italy's prestigious Bruce Chatwin Award. Potts has taught nonfiction writing at Yale University, and he has served as the Paris American Academy writing workshop program director since 2005. @rolfpotts

Robin WassermanRobin Wasserman

Robin Wasserman is the author of the novel Girls on Fire (May 2016), as well as more than ten books for young adults, one of which was adapted into a television mini-series. She is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller whose books have appeared on the Kirkus, Booklist, and Locus best of year lists and been translated into nine languages worldwide. Her essays and reviews have appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Tin House, The New York Times and, and her short stories have been published in several anthologies, including Press Start to Play and Robot Uprisings. A former editor and recent MacDowell Colony fellow, she teaches on the faculty of the Southern New Hampshire University low-residency MFA program. @robinwasserman


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 essayist Leslie Jamison, literary agent Julie Barer; poets Major Jackson, Stuart Dischell, Marvin Bell and Peter Cooley; novelists Lauren Grodstein, Binnie Kirschenbaum, Laura van den Berg, Irina Reyn, and Thomas Fox Averill; memoirists Philip Lopate, Eddy L. Harris, and Elisabeth Eaves; critic Jessa Crispin; film composer Rolfe Kent; travel writers Jeffrey Tayler, Elliott Hester and Rory MacLean; and bestselling author Tim Ferriss



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 2018 are Lauren Klein of Mill Valley, California and Amanda Bestor-Siegal of Paris.

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. PAA Fellows for 2017 were Linda Becchetti of Smartsville, California; Julie Callahan of Paris; Luke Campbell of Roanoke, Virginia; Linda Kaufman of San Francisco; Renee Ozburn of Lansing, Michigan; and Jennabeth Taliaferro of Austin, Texas. 2018 PAA Fellows will be announced in January. 

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