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Created in 1999, the Secrets of Paris is the oldest independent and locally-owned website about Paris in English, for both visitors and residents. Discover what you've been missing:

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Calendar of Paris Events

Through February 19
Skate on the Eiffel Tower! This year the ice skating rink on the first level of the Eiffel Tower is back, free for those who already have a ticket for the Tower, open daily 10:30am-10:30pm. Skip the line by taking the stairs, it will help you warm up, too! Skates size 25-47 (EU), sleds and scooters for kids, gloves are required. This year's theme is Ice Hockey, though it will be less brutal than the NHL!

January 11 - February 21
The annual winter sales, aka Les Soldes. Honestly, the rules about when and how sales can take place in France since the economic crise have essentially made the sales irrelevant. There are sales all of the time now (often called "promotion" or "7 Jours BHV" or something like that). 

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Friends

Resource Guide > Special Interest > Writers in France

Dream of being a writer in France? There's quite a few of us expat writers making a living as writers and journalists over here, and many more who come on a regular basis to "recharge the writing batteries" as it were. I've collected some links over the years that may be of interest to anyone pursuing a writing career in Europe, including other writers' websites, local markets, journalist unions, and writing events. Enjoy!

Writers, Bloggers, Journalists and Photograhers

Stephen Clark (British expat writer and author of A Year in the Merde series and Talk to the Snail)

Lisa Pasold
(Canadian-born poet, journalist and travel writer living in Paris)

David Lebovitz
(American-born author of dessert cookbooks and Paris life blogger)

Janet Skeslien Charles (American novelist and writing instructor living in Paris)

Laura Pauli
(Paris-based cook from the USA, writes the fabulous food blog Cucina Testa Rossa)

Gary Lee Kraut
(Paris-based travel writer, private tour guide and author of Paris Revisited)

Paul Schmidtberger (American-born author living in Paris; funny blog!)

Fragment 78 (Poet and teacher Jennifer K. Dick's monthly list of literary events in Paris)

Patty's Paris (Patty Lurie is a writer, painter and art instructor)

Wild Writing Women
(A writing group with its spiritual heart in France)

Anne Woodyard
(American food & travel writer, with Music & Markets tours in France)

Original Impulse
(Cynthia Morris is another US writer whose alter ego lives in France)

Gabrielle Luthy
(A romance writer in love with France)

Gavin Banns (A photographer, actually, who sells beautiful contemporary and antique photos of Paris)

Joanna Walsh (blogs about Paris life in Badaude, and is the Paris editor of www.stylbible.com)

Practical Sites

AGESSA
(French Social Security for authors)

Press Online (Resources for journalists, in French)

WICE
(Writing classes in English in Paris)

Associations

Paris Writers Group: Founded by Mary Duncan on June 20, 2008, PWG meets monthly to discuss the business aspects of writing such as literary agents, editors, ebooks, publishers, blogs, websites, current news and trends in publishing. Each member has three minutes to discuss their writing and any other issues related to their work. We do not critique manuscripts. Membership is for published writers who live in France and is limited to approximately twenty-five people. We have a "Friends" list for writers who would like to receive our monthly news and updates. Contact Mary Duncan for more information:  maryrduncan@gmail.com.

TravelWriters UK (For British travel writers or anyone who writes for UK publications)

Anglo-American Press Association of Paris
(One of the oldest journalist clubs in France)

SACD
(An association for authors, composers, and multi-media artists)

FIJET
(World Federation of Journalists and Travel Writers)

Travel Journo (The US/Canadian branch of FIJET)

Le Press Club
(An association for French-speaking journalists)

SNJ
(French Journalist's Union)