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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

October 21-30 A bit like a smaller, cozier version of the Foire de Paris, the Foire d'Automne at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles is a trade show of food and wine, home decor, beauty and fashion, and all French arts de vivre. Open 10am-7pm, entry €9. 

October 27-29
The last big electronic music festival of the year, the Pitchfork Festival, takes place over three days at the Grande Halle de la Villette (Parc de la Villette, 19th). One-day passes €54,  three-day passes €120.

October 28 - November 1
Stuff yourself with all kinds of chocolately goodies at the annual Salon du Chocolat, at the Paris-Expo - Porte de Versailles (metro line 12), 10am-7pm. Entrance €14. You can get advance tickets online or ask at your favorite chocolate shop if they have any extra invitations. Avoid the weekend unless you're a masochist! Here are some Salon du Chocolat tips from a previous article by Secrets of Paris intern Tara Oakes. 

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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

(French Social Security for authors)

Press Online (Resources for journalists, in French)

(Writing classes in English in Paris)


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)

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

(World Federation of Journalists and Travel Writers)

Travel Journo (The US/Canadian branch of FIJET)

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

(French Journalist's Union)