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The Atlanta Creative Nonfiction Writing Workshop

This class is a 8-week course that meets Wednesdays, Jan. 23–March 19, 2014, 7:30-9:30 pm


Does sitting in a room with 10 writers telling you what they think of your writing scare the crap out of you? Good! It should! But it’s also an excellent way to hone your craft. Under the direction of instructor Suzanne Van Atten, you’ll find an honest but nurturing environment that will help you develop your writing skills and inspire you to produce your best work. This 8-week class is designed for writers working in any nonfiction form (short or book-length), including memoir, travel stories, food features, humor pieces or narrative journalism.

In this class, you will learn how to:

— Craft a compelling lead
— Build a structure
— Create vivid scenes
— Develop tension or humor
— Write authentic dialogue
— Craft a resonant ending

Sign up below!

“[Instructor] Suzanne created an atmosphere of trust and camaraderie in her class that enabled us to not only share our writing, but to comfortably offer earnest critiques of our classmates’ writing without fear of rebuke or resentment. Her encouragement to find my own “voice” in my writing has been immeasurable.” Kathleen Shearer

I have now taken four classes from Suzanne, most of them in creative nonfiction. Under her guidance, my writing has reached levels I never imagined and won praise from my readers. Suzanne is remarkably insightful and her teaching style invigorating. She exposes her students to new ideas and fills them with creative energy. Above all I find her teaching style to be nurturing. Suzanne has not given me rules to follow but instead helped me find my own unique voice. The writing process, once painful and intimidating to me, is now fun and creative. It is not an overstatement to say that Suzanne’s guidance has been life-altering for me. Louis Cahill

Suzanne has a knack for understanding a writer’s individual style and helping him or her refine it rather than redefine it according to her own standards. Jamie Hughes

Suzanne is a master of the art of constructive criticism, able to ferret out a writer’s weaknesses without sacrificing kindness or compassion. I actually wanted to revise again and again for her, because she was so certain that I could reach new heights each time that I grew to believe it too. Alison Auerbach

new mug glassesInstructor Suzanne Van Atten is Features Enterprise Editor for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a writing instructor at Emory Continuing Education, a travel book author for Avalon Travel Publishers, and an essayist who has been published in The Gettysburg Review and The Chattahoochee Review.

SIGN UP by clicking the green arrow! (Alumni: Use the drop-down menu directly below to sign up at a discount). The 8-wk course is $300 and meets Wednesdays, Jan. 23–March 19, 2014, 7:30-9:30 pm.

SRL Writing Workshop

Limited to 10 students.


The Shocking Real Life Learning Center Location:

We are located in the historic Virginia Highlands artsy community in Atlanta, Georgia at 695 Pylant St., Atlanta, GA, 30306! Click HERE for directions from your location to our space!

We’re located just north of Downtown Atlanta in the Virginia Highlands area. Our Atlanta creative writing students come from Fulton, Dekalb, Cobb, and Gwinnett County. They come from midtown, Marietta, Norcross, Sandy Springs, near the perimeter, outside the perimeter, on Peachtree or north of metro Atlanta. That includes Suwanee, Lithonia, Lawrenceville, Kennesaw, Emory, Douglasville, Decatur, Chamblee, Conyers, Buford, Alpharetta, Saturn, Pluto, and the occasional escapee from the nearest black hole.