Paris Writers’ Workshop 2016 is being organized by a diverse group of new and returning volunteers. If you have any questions once you arrive, these are the faces of people who are ready to assist you.
Monique Amaudry-Jordan, a former journalist with leading US and French magazines, has been a PR/Media executive with organizations in New York, Washington D.C., London and Paris. Amaudry-Jordan taught public relations at the American University of Paris, and holds a diploma in literary translation from the University of London in Paris.
While serving as president of WICE, a well-regarded Anglophone cultural and educational organization, she was impressed by the association’s “flagship program,” the Paris Writers’ Workshop. This is her fourth year as director of the Paris Writers’ Workshop, now in its 28th year.
Dimitri Keramitas is originally from the state of Connecticut, but has lived in Paris for many years. He was educated at the University of Hartford, Sorbonne and University of London. After years teaching in the French university system, he created a company that trains legal professionals, as well as a legal translation agency. In addition he is an award-winning writer, whose stories have appeared in many reviews. He writes on film for Bonjour Paris, France Today, and Southern World Arts News. He contributed to Movies in American History (2010) and to the upcoming Race in American Film. He is the director of the creative writing program at WICE, an associate director of the PWW organizing committee, and a director of PAN (the Paris Alumni Network) and editor-in-chief of its newsletter. He has two children.
Ella Wardle graduated from Newcastle University with a degree in English Language. Following her graduation, she worked as a restaurant manager in Newcastle for two years before leaving England to travel. Since then she has worked in hospitality roles in both Sicily and the South of France, making the move to Paris to teach English in 2014. Having a keen interest in languages and the arts, she joined WICE as a volunteer in September this year to get involved in the Anglophone and Literary communities that are so prevalent in Paris.
Amanda Williams is from the East coast of the United States. She graduated from the University of North Carolina with a degree in English. She worked in corporate executive support positions for 10 years before returning to literary pursuits. After moving to Belgium, she earned two master’s degrees in literature. She now lives outside Paris, and is working to make her life-long hobby of writing an occupation. This is Amanda’s first year volunteering with the PWW team.
Kirby Williams worked in the Secretariat of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) from 1967 to 2000, advancing into the Directorial and Diplomatic ranks of the organization. A published novelist (Rage in Paris, 2014), he has served as the European editor of the prestigious Pushcart Prize since its first Volume I was published in 1975. He was elected to the Board of Directors of the Pushcart Prize Fellowships in 2015. He is also assisting in the organization of activities to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Pushcart Prize (Volume XL), in collaboration with its founder, Bill Henderson, as well as with the novelist, Joyce Carol Oates, the poet, Philip Schultz and the editor, Pat Strahan.