A masterclass with Eric-Emmanuel SCHMITT
Masterclass with EE Schmitt

A MASTERCLASS WITH ERIC-EMMANUEL SCHMITT

Our Gr10 and 11 students met with the famous French-Belgian writer Eric-Emmanuel SCHMITT and were thrilled!

Four Gr11 students - Anaïs, Charlotte, Matteo and Tilo - interviewed the playwright with their French Literature Teacher Emilie ARMATAFFET. Students asked him questions about his play "Madame Pylinska et le secret de Chopin" that was presented at the TLF and that they studied in class. They also got to learn about what influences his writing, his sources of inspiration and his work as a writer but all his passion for music and his role on the Prix Goncourt jury. All students had the opportunity to read and comment on extracts from Éric-Emmanuel SCHMITT's novels and ask him about it. They then shared texts they had written, inspired by the first sentence of Madame Pylinska et le secret de Chopin: "Dans la maison de mon enfance vivait un intrus" ("In the house of my childhood lived an intruder"). The author offered writing tips to each of them. He particularly liked Raphaël's text, Gr(11B): "It's beautiful, it's well constructed, and you know exactly where you're taking your reader. You have to write. That's what you're made for," enthused Éric-Emmanuel SCHMITT.

Thank you to Eric-Emmanuel SCHMITT for his time and to Artistic Director of the TLF Frederic PATTO and French Literature Teacher Emilie ARMATAFFET for their involvement!

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