APRIL 2 TO MAY 7, 2020

Writing With Atticus: A Six-Week Writing Course

Join author and teacher Jonathan Rogers as we examine 

To Kill a Mockingbird with a writer’s eye. 

To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the most beloved novels in American literature. One reviewer called it “a novel of such rare excellence that it will no doubt make a great many readers slow down to relish its simple distinction.”

In Writing with Atticus, we will take six weeks to do just that: reading a few chapters together each week, we will slow down and relish what makes this book so great. But then we’ll take the next step: We will look at how to apply Harper Lee’s principles and methods to our own writing.

Writing with Atticus includes six 90-minute live lectures* via Zoom, as well as a dedicated online forum for discussion and optional writing exercises. 

*Recordings of the lectures will also be available for learners who can’t attend the live lectures.

Date and Time: 
Thursday afternoons, April 2 to May 7, 2020 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. Central

Intended Audience:
Adults and High-Schoolers

Cost: $69

Course Topics

First-Person Narration



Writing In-Scene and Out-of-Scene

Character Development

Narrative Pacing

Managing Time and Space in a Story

Direct and Indirect Dialogue



Reading Plan

All readings are from
To Kill a Mockingbird

April 2: Chapters 1–6

April 9: Chapters 7-11

April 16: Chapters 12-15

April 23: Chapters 16-19

April 30: Chapters 20-25

May 7: Chapters 26-31

About the Instructor

Jonathan Rogers is the author or the Wilderking Trilogy, The Charlatan’s Boy, The Terrible Speed of Mercy, and other books. 

He hosts The Habit Membership, an online library of teaching resources and gathering place for writers. He also hosts The Habit Podcast and teaches and encourages thousands of writers every Tuesday through The Habit Weekly newsletter. 

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