We are delighted to be EVERYWHERE at Wordstock October 13-14, including creating the 'Open Write' writing competition, hosting the poetry stage, and our faculty fellows giving talks, readings, sitting on panels, and more.
OPEN WRITE: Wordstock and the Attic Institute team up for an action-packed, fast-paced, improv writing competition. Hosted live from Wordstock's weekend Book Fair at the Oregon Convention Center, Open Write gives brave writers the chance to showcase what they can do with only a writing prompt, a computer, and nine minutes. Their prose is posted to the web, the digital audience and the judges each select a champion. Winners announced daily at 5:30pm from the Open Write podium next to the Drinkery.
ATTIC INSTITUTE POETRY STAGE
Saturday, October 13
Sunday, October 14
12pm: Poetry Northwest
Attic Institute faculty fellows read at the following times:
Peter Zuckerman, 11am, Saturday, October 13
James Bernard Frost, 1pm, Saturday, October 13
Yuvi Zalkow, 5pm, Saturday, October 13
Paulann Petersen, Sunday 11am, October 14
Karen Karbo, Sunday 12pm, October 14
Wendy Willis, Sunday 4pm, October 14
Attic Institute faculty fellows sit on panels or giving talks at the following times:
James Bernard Frost, panelist, "Putting Words in the Mouth of God," 11am, Oct 13
Peter Zuckerman, talk, "Triage: A Better Way to Revise," 1:30pm, October 13
Karen Karbo, panelist, "The Allure of the Lives of Others," October 13
Yuvi Zalkow, panelist, "What Sex Does To a Story," 4pm, October 13
Yuvi Zalkow, talk, "Obsession X Voice," 12pm, October 14
Lee Montgomery, panelist, "The Art of the Ending," 3pm, October 14
James Bernard Frost, talk, "The Anti-Hero's Journey," 3pm, October 14
New visual arts assemblages to begin January 2013.
The Attic Institute is delighted to announce the appointment of artist and teacher Margaret Eccles Yost as a senior fellow and director of our new visual arts program which will offer workshops, or "assemblages," to beginning, emerging, and established visual artists beginning January 2013.
Emerging in the late 1980s as a visual artist in Portland, Margaret's work can be found in public and private art collections both in the United States and abroad, and has been seen in numerous exhibitions worldwide in galleries, on-site installations, museums, and film festivals. Interviews and reviews of her work have been featured in Art in America, The New York Times, The Oregonian, The New Jersey Star Ledger, Willamette Week, and other national publications.
Adjunct Fellow Martha Gies invites you to write amazing stuff in her popular and inspirational creative writing workshop.
In this workshop, we will look at ways of showing and telling that make character come alive on the page. "...every feeling waits upon its gesture," said Eudora Welty, who learned her craft traveling around Mississippi during the Depression and photographing people for the WPA. In addition to writing short sketches in class, we will read assigned fiction by Dagoberto Gilb, Susan Minot, John Sayles and Miss Welty, in order to study how they how they deliver characters that we may hate or love, but always hear and see.
Associate Fellow and New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Lauck helps you hone the art and craft of your autobiographical tales.
Says Jennifer: "This is the first of what I hope will be an ongoing critique circle or "good in the morning" writers. Each week, three to four writers will have the opportunity to read aloud, hear their own voice and get facilitated feedback from their peers and myself. If you are in this class, you have a story to tell and are on your way. This is not a beginning level memoir group. This class is for those who know what they want to write, or have a pretty good idea and are ready to improve their writing in a significant way. All elements of craft will be discussed in this class but most of all, this is your community of support."
Also with Jennifer:
"So Many Essay Forms, So Little Time" begins on Sept. 17.
"How Did They Do That" begins on Sept. 18.
Adjunct Fellow Matthew Dickman gives you his advice for reentering and repairing your poems.
During the five weeks of this poetry workshop each writer will be taking one new poem through a battery of, sometimes radical, exercises as a way to explore the wild world of redrafting.
Associate Fellow Jennifer Lauck works with you on your novel while she writes hers -- and she leads you through the writing of your memoir too.
"A NOVEL IDEA" STARTS SEPT. 18: Jennifer Lauck's own novel, Let it Be, is being created in this workshop series, too, and she will keep this special novel-writing group going at least 18 months. We are a group eager for new fiction writers who are willing to work hard to get the book done. Are you? .
"CRAFT OF MEMOIR" STARTS SEPT. 9: This is an immersion class where every aspect of your craft is examined and discussed. Memoir, fiction, essay. All forms are welcome and workshopped. You can expect to have your writing reviewed at least three, perhaps four times in the term.
Adjunct Fellow John Morrison walks you through the elements of poetry.
Whether you're a poetry-writing veteran, returning to writing poems after a break, or just starting out, there's a lot here for you and for your poems as we set our poetry on firm ground through exercises, discussion, and a supportive workshop dedicated to exploration, fun and camaraderie.
Associate Fellow Liz Prato is the 'manuscript medic' ready to diagnose and help you treat your writing -- a great kick-starter for any writer.
Students can submit essays, short stories, or excerpts from a novel or memoir to be examined. You will learn how to identify common failings of early drafts and – most importantly – how to fix them! For all prose writers.
Associate Fellow Elizabeth Rusch shares with you her secrets for publishing success -- step by step.
An excellent proposal helps you organize your ideas, understand the competition, and can help you land a publishing contract even before you write the book. This seven-week class will take you step-by-step through the major parts of the nonfiction book proposal: the query letter, overview, competitive analysis, marketing and promotion, author background, outline and sample chapter.
Adjunct Fellow and former Oregonian art critic Barry Johnson is looking for a few good reviewrs for Arts Watch.
The workshop will consider the basics of preparation and research, structure and writing and attempt to create a "platform" for writing about the arts in an engaging and useful way. Says Barry: "We'll read; we'll write; we'll edit. And we'll think and talk a lot about art."
Associate Fellow Karen Karbo runs you through her loving, supportive, and kick a** boot camp for writers.
If you've got a novel, memoir, collection of essays or stories you're going to write "someday," (or one halfway done that refuses to catch fire) someday has arrived. This workshop will offer advice, inspiration, motivation and techniques to get you started, keep you going, help you get out of your own way, and make writing a daily part of your life.
Adjunct Fellow Kerry Cohen, author of six books, guides you with skill and humor.
This class will be part workshop, part discussion of the unique craft that makes up young adult novels. We will examine what elements make up a novel meant for young adults: characterization, emotional arcs, plotting, form, and crafting scenes.
Adjunct Fellow Matthew Dickman reads and critiques your newest poems.
Like in a wedding, the students in this class will bring something old, something new, and something borrowed. We will bring in a poem that feels stuck, a new poem, and we will be generating writing in class, borrowing from each other, and sharing poems of favorite poets.
Award goes for her first novel, Zazen, published last year.
"An ambitious encapsulation of our modern times, Zazen tackles counter-culture hipsters, geology, Buddhism, consumerism, terrorism, veganism, family drama, and, above all, love." ~ PEN/Robert W. Bingham Award in Fiction citation
Meet Vanessa Veselka. Keep an eye out for her next workshops at the Attic Institute.
The Portland offices for Rattapallax to be hosted and operated independently at the Attic Institute.
From 2005-2010, Poetry Northwest was the Attic Institute's first 'magazine-in-residence.' Beginning September 1, 2012, Portland-based editor Flavia Rocha will be editing Rattapallax as the Attic Institute's newest 'magazine-in-residence.' Operating independently, Rattapallax is an online journal focusing on litearture, poetry, music, and film.
Learn more about Rattapallax.
ATTENTION ALL PORTLAND AREA WRITERS INTERESTED IN WRITING FOR CHILDREN OR YOUNG ADULT AUDIENCES
The Attic Institute is pleased to host Hamline University’s Low-Residency MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults’ special opportunity for you to attend a workshop session and have lunch with faculty and the director of the acclaimed program. You’ll get a sneak preview of life inside an accredited MFA program.
Saturday, September 8, 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m., at the Attic Institute. Cost: $25.
Award-winning children’s and young adult authors Phyllis Root and Ron Koertge, both professors in Hamline’s MFAC program (based in Saint Paul, Minnesota), will present workshops so you can experience learning just as you would in the MFAC program. Workshops include:
9:30-10:30: The Heart of Your Story. Using the tools of storyboarding and dummying up, Phyllis Root will show you how to locate the essential heart of your picture book and, once found, how to make that heart beat more strongly. (This is also useful when thinking about novels.)
10:45-11:45: Structuring Your Novel. Ron Koertge will discuss the important differences between a novel and a novel-in-verse, introducing you to the key elements of fiction necessary to structuring a novel: Point of view, character, and plot.
After the second workshop, participants are invited to have lunch with the faculty and the director of The Creative Writing Programs at Hamline. Here you will hear more information about what the MFAC program at Hamline offers.
You can attend both workshops or just one. If you choose to do only The Heart of Your Story, you can meet briefly afterward with the director of The Creative Writing Programs.
You should arrive ten or fifteen minutes early so the first workshop can begin on time.
To register: Click this link to attend this special session.
Get an agent and sell your idea
A three hour crash course for writers to focus on honing and crafting a query letter for literary agents. When we’re done, you’ll have a query letter to send, ideas where to send it, a network of people to support you and next steps for how to continue the good work.
When: Saturday, September 15 from 9am-noon with a follow-up cocktail party a month later to share our finished query letter and/or success stories.
Price of admission to cocktail party: Your finished query letter. Location of cocktail party TBA.
This class is led by Kelly Wallace, currently a Hawthorne Fellow at The Attic Institute. She owns and operates the West Coast chapter of Writers Boot Camp and is a Member of the Pinewood Table writer’s group led by Stevan Allred and Joanna Rose.
To register for the class please visit: http://www.bootcamp4writers.com/register/west-coast-boot-camp-portland/
Blood Sisters of the Republic to be published in the fall.
"Here's a full-out 21st century poet -- wrangler with history, domestic confidante, disrupter of narratives, down-home story teller, linguistic fire breather. " — Greg Glazner, author of Opening the World
Have a look at the cover Jack Daniels wants changed -- and the polite letter the distiller sent to Patrick Wesnick to cease and desist.
Read the New York Times article about Patrick Wensick's novel, Broken Piano for President, and the run in with Jack Daniels.
Reminder: Classes sometimes fill up fast. It's always best to register early.
Shawn Levy on reading and writing film.
For enthusiasts, film buffs, and writers.
We're delighted to announce that Oregonian film critic Shawn Levy will join the Attic Institute to teach "Reading Film / Writing Film" during Fall session 2. Look for his course information to be posted in August -- and register then.
Sign up today.
PLUS: Sneak in a summer class in July and August, too.
Fiction. Poetry. Nonfiction. Essay. Memoir. Arts Writing. Young Adult.
G. Xavier Robillard, author of Captain Freedom: A Super Hero's Quest Truth, Justice and the Celebrity He So Richly Deserves, and contributor to "Livewire" will begin working with new fellows in October.
Deadline to apply for October-February Hawthorne Fellows: September 25, 2012.
Where Are You From?
Reconnecting to the places we live by Wendy Willis, from Oregon Humanities
"Recently, driving home from a soccer game in the pouring rain, I looked into the rearview mirror and asked my two young and very wet daughters, “If someone from another country asked you where you were from, what would you say?”
Without a heartbeat’s hesitation, they responded in unison, “Portland, Oregon.” I drew a sharp breath. For them, it’s not even a question to ponder. When I am asked, I always say, “I live in Portland, but I’m from Springfield, Oregon—from East Lane County.” When my husband is asked, he always answers, “Harris County, Texas,” though he was born in Tulsa, has lived in a dozen states, and has bounced around the same two zip codes in Southeast Portland for more than fifteen years."
Notes from David Biespiel, President of the Attic Institute
"Eleven years have gone by in a blink. But today begins a new era as we renew our dedication both to the word and to the world."
"All sorts of excellent pieces of writing get started and finished here. That's what it means to be a literary studio."
"I realize now that the divide between Modernist American poetry and, let's call it, Rilkean American poetry is largely unnecessary. Poetry can be both a repository of wisdom and contain revolutionary feeling -- even in the same poem."
"America's poets have a minimal presene in American civic discourse and a miniscule public role in the life of American democracy. I find this condition perplexing and troubling -- both for poetry and for democracy."