Author of Every Writer Has a Thousand Faces, David Biespiel appears at Wordstock Festival on Sunday, Oct. 10th at 11am on the Powell’s Books Stage and Sunday, October 10th at 3pm on the McMenamins Stage
Congratulations to Ansel Elkins, recipient of the 2011 "Discovery"/Boston Review Award.
"My classes create a community of writers whom I encourage to become more expressive, more themselves, better at craft, with a love of language and its uses on the page."
...a book to read:
"Can’t get enough of Damon Galgut’s In a Strange Room Yesterday? All about James Welch’s The Indian Lawyer On frequent repeat? Christopher Bollas, Tolstoy, Levinas and Thurber."
"Revise with your heart in hand. As Melville writes in Moby Dick: 'That protection could only consist in his own predominating brain and heart and hand, backed by a heedful, closely calculating attention to every minute atmospheric influence which it was possible for his crew to be subjected to…'"
Amy Knauer: "I am free! I know I will write a novel as well as I know my name."
"Suzy Harris: "The weekend gave me time to reflect, to connect, to learn and to practice new skills."
Debra Holbrook: "As my first ever event lke this I encourage anyone interested in writing to make it a priority to invest in this experience. The Creative Renewal Weekend delivered exactly what those words mean!"
Susannah Carver: "Going to the Creative Renewal Weekend was one of the best things I have ever done for myself. I now feel much more confident, inspired and, indeed, renewed. I have found my passion and joy once again."
Tell the story of your life
Sunday, Mar 27, 1-4pm
Central Library, 801 SW 10th Ave.
REGISTER WITH LIBRARY ONLY: Call 503.988.5123
Life Sketches is the Attics one-of-kind writing workshop for 55-over participants. In this 3-hour workshop called "Snapshots", participants get to experience the pleasure of writing their personal stories, share them with peers, and preserve them in print. Designed to ease you into writing about your life, you will spark your memories into words! An Attic Institute staff member will facilitate.
The "Angry Filmmaker," Kelley Baker, who has directed features, shorts, and documentaries, and been the sound designer for multiple Gus Van Sant and Todd Haynes films, joins the Attic Institute to lead you from your idea to your neighborhood screen in a new screen writing experience.
If you're 55-over, try out a Life Sketches class and create the legacy of your life.
Dao Strom's introduces the mythical archetypes that writers can use.\
"Keenly perceptive advice founded on careful reading of the student's work...The Attic Atheneum is a precious resource for writers of all persuasions."
~ Mike Wynn, Atheneum class of 2011
The Attic Athteneum is an 11-month certificate program that melds independent study under close faculty supervision, student receptions, public readings, and other special Atheneum events created around good food and great conversation, dialogue, and literary community.
Poetry: David Biespiel, Kathleen Halme
Fiction: Merridawn Duckler, G. Xavier Robillard
Nonfiction: Karen Karbo, Cheryl Strayed
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That's where our Creative Renewal weekend at the Balch Hotel comes in. Join this inspiring experience with Attic director David Biespiel,
RENEW your imaginative energy.
RE-FOCUS on your creative process.
REWARD yourself with a new beginning for your writing.
Drop in to a free Life Sketches class at any one of three area bookstores.
Snapshots is our 3-hour workshop designed to ease you into writing about your life and sparking memories into words. For participants age 55-over.
Start 2011 with a fresh focus on your writing.
Congratulations to Greg for his first novel, Captain Freedom: A Super Hero's Quest for Truth, Justice, and the Celebrity He So Richly Deserves, being named a semi-finalist for the James Thurber Prize for American Humor.
A call to all:
I wrote Every Writer Has a Thousand Faces because thinking about creativity is just as important for a writer as thinking about syntax, plot, and metaphor.
What I want to say is, a lot of the time just sticking with it is what this whole business of writing, making art, playing music, making songs, performing, and living a creative life is all about.
I’ve been a faithful adherent to that idea for over twenty years, and during that time one particular experience still inspires me. When I was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University in the 1990s, the social activist and poet Adrienne Rich paid a visit to our workshop. Rich, who had just retired from teaching literature and women’s studies at Stanford, was famous for spending as little time as she could with the creative writing fellows. I always admired her for that. Some of the students were excited that she was coming that Tuesday afternoon to our weekly workshop because they hoped she would look closely at our poems and give advice earned from years in the vineyard. Praise from Adrienne Rich, if it were to be given, would be high praise for sure. A couple of us, however, weren’t much thrilled with that prospect.
Not because we didn’t admire Rich—we did. Certainly I did. But we’d also grown weary of workshops in general. It doesn’t take long in even a decent writing workshop for a writer to know without any doubt what each person is going to say about a new poem or story. Any workshop can devolve into a set piece: One person speaks about how the writing under review made her feel, another person speaks about this or that detail being earned or un-earned, and still another person compares the writing to something he’s read and if the writing was more like that it’d be great (“some three-eyed monkeys would be good on page three!”). Was it Gertrude Stein who once said, “A workshop is a workshop is a workshop?”
This is not to denigrate all writing workshops, of course. Some are spectacularly inspirational. But it’s important for everyone in a workshop to remain focused on why you’re there. To my mind, you go into writing workshops to broaden your self-understanding of how you work on your writing and on what you value in writing. If an individual story or poem gets improved, that’s a bonus. A good workshop is one that focuses on the making of writing.
Merridawn Duckler's "The Relatives"
Writing the Classical Essay
If you've never taken a workshop with John Morrison, you've missed out on a generous, supportive, and insightful experience devoted to your writing.
Teachers! This fall take a writing workshop and receive graduate credit from Western Oregon University.
Congratulations to James Crews!
James' manuscript, The Book of What Stays, will be published in 2011. James has previously published two chapbooks and is a graduate of the MFA program at the University of Wisconsin. He currently works as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer.
"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."