Writing Workshops


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I offer creative writing workshops at the Attic Institute. My classes involve a mix of close-reading, freewrites, discussion and peer critique, and I’m especially interested in helping emerging writers find and focus their strengths.


Jun 6 – Jun 27: Craft of CNF @ Attic Institute, Portland, OR
In this four-week workshop, you’ll get to read and experiment with personal essay, literary journalism, among other forms of creative nonfiction. Full description→

Jul 11 – Aug 1: Craft of Memoir @ Attic Institute, Portland, OR
In this four-week workshop, we’ll explore the many ways you can translate your life experiences into vivid, absorbing memoir. Full description→

Coaching & Consultation: All year long, I offer one-on-one consultation, in person or via Skype, on all works of creative writing. More info→


Student Testimonials


“Brian does a great job of making everyone feel at ease in class… It feels as though he’s one of us.”

“A terrific facilitator… Brian is upbeat, positive, astute, enthusiastic, and not overbearing.”

“He provided valuable critique with a great understanding that we all came with different levels of experience.”

“Brian was exemplary, with incredible perception and gentle prompting toward improvement of our work.”

“Brian is a pro and we all achieved much more than we expected because of his skill.”

“His enthusiasm, experience and guidelines for compassion and kindness in critiquing each others’ writing made his class very enjoyable.”


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