CNF Studio at the Attic Institute

Write what you know you want to know.

The Creative Nonfiction Studio is based on the idea that inspiration, accountability, and community are essential to every writer’s growth. The CNF Studio meets weekly for three-month sessions, and its curriculum is designed to help you deepen your writing through a keener understanding of both literary craft and your own voice. The CNF Studio is open to applications from all writers (see application information below), and members often return for multiple sessions. This creates the Studio’s special experience: a consistent, deep, and supportive study of your writing in the company of other writers.

The Philosophy of the Creative Nonfiction Studio: The strongest creative nonfiction comes from writers who are at once adept with the techniques of literary craft and fluent in the language of their particular experience—writers, that is, who understand their voice and how to bring it to the page. The supportive, focused atmosphere of the CNF Studio encourages writers to hone their skills and embrace their voice, as they create, revise, and prepare to publish their works-in-progress. 

Becoming a member of the CNF Studio: The Creative Nonfiction Studio is open to applications from all writers. The Studio meets for 11-week sessions. By joining, writers are committing to sustained, in-depth study of their writing and themselves. To apply to join the next CNF Studio, please send a writing sample of 3,500 words or less, and a 250-word "Statement of Goals" to the Attic Institute.

Check the website's home page for the next application deadline.

Weekly Studio: Each weekly session includes a close-reading and discussion of a selected work of creative nonfiction, a roundtable reading of take-home prompts, and in-depth critique of several works-in-progress. Over the course of their time in the CNF Studio, writers can expect to read widely and gain deep insight into their own writing, all the while exploring questions of structure, form, narration, truth, memory, influence, and voice. The curriculum of the Studio will flex in response to the questions and preoccupations of the group; some sessions may include guided writes, “book club” reading assignments, or presentations by guest writers. The Studio culminates in a celebration at a nearby watering hole.   

Registration: Registration is due in full prior to the start of the session.

Led by memoirist Brian Benson, the Creative Nonfiction Studio is a unique space focused on creating, deepening, and finishing works of creative nonfiction. 

To apply to join the next Creative Nonfiction Studio, please send a writing sample of up to 3,500 words and a 250-word writing sample; let us know, too, if you’re available for the afternoon session, the evening, or both.