If your main character is a welder or a chef, if your novel is set in Renaissance Italy or Nazi Germany, you've probably felt the need to do research. The right source materials can help you clothe your characters, put convincing slang on their lips, and fill out the world around them - as well as inspiring you to write more.
Sure, it's almost Valentine's Day, but it's not too late to set some writing goals for the new-ish year. What are your resolutions for 2016?
To write daily (or just more often)? Share your work at a reading? Join a writing group? Apply to an MFA program or submit a piece for publication? Finish something (anything!)?
Poems Hold the Mysteries of the Present, Dreams of the Future
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."
Pat Mullarkey focuses on the Attic writers' workshops and the Atheneum.
"If you're interested in writing, this is a wonderful place to be. Communities define themselves in terms of exclusiveness or inclusiveness. Portland defines itself by inclusiveness."
"This was so much more than I had hoped I would gain from the experience. This is a great service for the Attic to provide!" -- Pam Ledbetter, children's book consultation
We've updated our one-on-one services. Check out the lineup of offerings. Plus, you can always devise your own plan.
From David Biespiel, President of the Attic Institute of Arts and Letters
"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."
"Poetry connects us to our past, and poets unmask both private and civic memories, dreams, and urgencies. By harmonizing the body with the mind, serving both young and old, poetry is a guide to deliver us into a fresh engagement with our inner lives and with modernity."
"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."