Poets Studio at the Attic Institute

Pour the poet into the art and the art into the poet.

Poets Studio is based on the idea that focusing on goals is the key to lasting growth as a poet. Poets Studio is a weekly workshop that runs from October 1 - May 31 each year (January - June 2020).  It is designed to give form and focus to your poetry writing. The Poets Studio is open to applications from all poets (see application information below). Poets join the Poets Studio either as members or as auditors and attend for the entire session. This creates the Poets Studio's special experience: a steady, supportive, and comprehensive study of your poetry among other poets.

Modeled after the famed Actors Studio (whose members included Marlon Brando, Robert de Niro, Norman Mailer, Eli Wallach, Sidney Poitier, Edward Albee, Marilyn Monroe, and James Dean), the Attic Institute's Poets Studio provides a private place for poets to work together in the development, experimentation, and completion of new poems and sequences of poems.

The philosophy of the Poets Studio: A poet's lifetime of experiences is the basis to develop poetic art, method, and practice— culminating in the creation, revision, and publication of new poetry. This approach to writing poems invites a wonderful sense of accountability, and it teaches you to experiment and learn more about your subjects, your style, and your capacity for growth as a poet in a highly supportive and focused atmosphere.

Becoming a member of the Poets Studio: The Poets Studio is open to all poets. Poets Studio meets for 30 weeks from September - June (24 weeks for 2020, January - June). All new members receive David's private reading list called "The First One-Fifty," which is comprised of 150 poems from anonymous to Auden that all poets in the studio are asked to read. By joining the Poets Studio, poets confirm that writing and publishing poetry is a practice that calls for extended and sustained study. To apply to join the next Poets Studio, please send ten (10) pages of poems and a 250 words "Statement of Goals" to the Attic Institute. Deadline to apply is December 15, 2019 for 2020 Poets Studio. APPLY NOW

Weekly Studio: A core group of poets makes up the members of the studio and meets weekly. Each assembly includes close readings of works-in-progress, discussion of poetic forms and theories in poetry, assessments of the role of poetry in culture and society, and a full engagement of the scope of contemporary and canonical poetry in English and translation. Each assembly has a special structure. The assembly begins with the  recitation of a single published poem followed by discussion. Then, there is the presentation, close-reading, and critique of members' works-in-progress. Some sessions an intimately-directed experimentation and prompt writing session to generate new writing. There are periodic "book group" readings and periodic assignments, too. Finally, the assembly concludes with a recitation of a poem from the traditional canon in English and American poetry, or in translation, in order to invite the entire history of poetry into the Poets Studio.

Registration: Early registration for the 2020 Poets Studio (24 weeks) is $1350 ($1390 via PayPal). Installment payment option available for accepted writers: Two payments of $710 each (50% of $1350 = $675 plus $35 Admin. Fee) due January 5, 2020 AND February 10, 2020. Installment payments made by credit card through PayPal will also include the PayPal fee for a total of $735 each.

Led by influential poet and founder of the Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, David Biespiel, the Poets Studio is a special gathering focused entirely on creating, revising, and publishing new poetry. 

To apply to join the next Poets Studio, please send ten (10) pages of poems and a 250 words "Statement of Goals" to the Attic Institute. Deadline to apply is December 15, 2019 (for 2020). APPLY NOW

Poets Studio's meets Mondays, 5:30-8pm.

Each year a special summer session runs in the summer.


2020 Schedule of Classes

Dates subject to change: All classes are made-up on Sundays, 2-4:30pm

Jan 13 - June 29, 24 weeks


Jan 13: Studio, 5:30-8pm

Jan 20: Studio, 5:30-8pm

Jan 27: Studio, 5:30-8pm

Feb 3: No Studio meeting

Feb 10: Studio, 5:30-8pm

Feb 16: Makeup Studio, Sunday 2-4:30pm

Feb 17: Studio, 5:30-8pm

Feb 24: Studio, 5:30-8pm

Mar 2: Studio, 5:30-8pm

Mar 9: Studio, 5:30-8pm

Mar 16: Studio, 5:30-8pm

Mar 23: No Studio: Break

Mar 30: No Studio: Break

Apr 6: Studio, 5:30-8pm

Apr 13: Studio, 5:30-8pm

Apr 20: Studio, 5:30-8pm

Apr 27: Studio, 5:30-8pm

May 4: Studio, 5:30-8pm

May 11: Studio, 5:30-8pm

May 18: Studio, 5:30-8pm

May 25: No Studio: Break

June 1: Studio, 5:30-8pm

June 8: Studio, 5:30-8pm

June 15: Studio, 5:30-8pm

June 22: Studio, 5:30-8pm

June 29: Studio, 5:30-8pm