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. @JohnBiguenet

Dinah LenneyDinah Lenney

Dinah Lenney is the author of The Object Parade and Bigger than Life: A Murder, a Memoir and, with Judith Kitchen, edited, Brief Encounters: A Collection of Contemporary Nonfiction (W.W. Norton, 2015). She serves as core faculty in the Bennington Writing Seminars and the Rainier Writing Workshop, and teaches writing at the University of Southern California where she is a fellow at the Center for Excellence in Teaching. Dinah's essays and reviews have been published in a wide range of publications and anthologies including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, AGNI, Creative Nonfiction, the Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly,, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, where she is the senior editor of creative nonfiction. @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 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 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 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 2016 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 were Edward Derby of Portland, Oregon, Amanda Bestor-Siegal of New York City, and Austin Weihmiller of Honolulu. Stacey Resnkioff of Boston, Massachusetts will serve as the 2016 Senior Fellow. PAA Fellows for 2016 will be in announced in early February.

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