You are invited to join the free Attic Atheneum information meeting on Friday, April 26, 4pm, at the Attic Institute. Learn about this groundbreaking alternative to the MFA. Meet faculty. Ask questions about how the program can benefit your writing. For fiction writers, nonfiction writers, and poets.
The Art of Design: Gardening, Woodworking, and Writing Poetry
January 24, 6-7:30pm at the Northwest Woodworking Studio (1002 SE 8th)
Engage your own creative side. Participate in an intimate panel discussion with three notable Portlanders.
Sean Hogan, owner of Cistus Nursery on Sauvies Island, Portland, and a world renown garden designer, lecturer, and author.
Gary Rogowski, Director of The Northwest Woodworking Studio, A School for Woodworkers. Gary is a well known woodworking designer, author, and lecturer.
David Biespiel, President of the Attic Institute, author of the Oregon Book Award winning collection of poems, The Book of Men and Women, and the inspiring book on creativity, Every Writer Has a Thousand Faces.
Join these three Portlanders as they each discuss their process, the triumphs and pitfalls, and the value of failure in the creative process. It is sure to be a lively evening of discussion. Come be inspired.
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The Attic Institute is pleased to announce that New York Times Bestselling novelist Whitney Otto, Oregon Book Award winning novelist and Sundance Film Festival screenwriter Jon Raymond, and First Unitarian Church of Portland Minister Emerita Reverend Dr. Marilyn Sewell have been appointed adjunct fellows beginning January 2013.
"These are three amazing writers, speakers, and teachers here in Portland, and we're delighted to have them join our roster of exceptional literary teachers and to work with Portland's emerging writer in fiction, film, and spiritual writing," notes David Biespiel, president of the Attic Institute. "Any writer who wants to advance and learn would do well to take course or more with these three outstanding writers."
Otto, Raymond, and Sewell join a dynamic, national faculty of teaching fellows at the Attic Institute that includes David Biespiel, Cheryl Strayed, Karen Karbo, Paulann Petersen, Jennifer Lauck, Matthew Dickman, Wendy Willis, Merridawn Duckler, Elizabeth Rusch, Vanessa Veselka, Peter Zuckerman, and others, including critics Jeff Baker, Barry Johnson, and Shawn Levy.
The publication of the Hawthorne Fellows
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Learn more about the Hawthorne Fellows
Applications to the next clas of Hawthorne Fellows are due March 25, 2013
Congratulations to Emily Harris, adjunct fellow, who will reporting from Jersusalem for NPR beginning March 2013. Emily joined the Attic in late 2011 and remain on the faculty (on leave) for the next three years when she plans to return to Portland.
LEARN TO CREATE A BLOG IN THREE HOURS
These days it's all about platform for new and up and coming writers. Writing, blogging and social media can be overwhelming. How do you juggle it all? Join Kelly Wallace for a three-hour class for writers on December 15, 2012 that will teach you the first step in the platform process: how to create a blog. Want to share the message of your small business? Campaign? Life story?
We are pleased to announce that the following faculty have been promoted to the rank of Associate Fellow at the Attic Institute: Matthew Dickman, Jennifer Lauck, Wendy Willis, John Morrison, and Dave Jarecki. Congratulations.
One of the Attic's most beloved faculty fellows begins 2013 by offering POETRY 101, a place to begin, restart, or renew your love for writing poems.
SPEICAL OFFER: The first person to register for this workshop will receive a free book of poems.
Historic first reading together of Oregon poet laureate and Attic Institute Associate Fellow Paulann Petersen and Washington poet laureate Kathleen Flenniken on the Attic Institute poetry stage.
Writers compete in the Attic Institute / Wordstock OPEN WRITE improv writing competition.
Attic Institute Adjunct Fellow Wendy Willis and John Daniel read on the Attic Institute poetry stage.
Writers gather at the Attic Institute booth.
"A writer must "learn about what is possible." —David Biespiel, President of the Attic Institute, appearing on the Back Page with Jody Sea, May 14, 2012.
Shawn Levy, Oregonian Film Critic and Adjunct Fellow at the Attic Institute
I think of writing as partly an athletic act, partly a curatorial act, partly labor, and partly (and this may be the biggest part) gratifying pleasure.
James Bernard Frost, Adjunct Fellow at the Attic Institute
“I sit at my table and wage war on myself. It seems like it’s all, it’s all for nothing.”
These are the lyrics from a song by R.E.M. called World Leader Pretend that inspired my first novel. It’s also how I feel on those days when the writing simply isn’t going well.
Weighing in on the Po Biz
Follow Attic Institute president David Biespiel's blog on the Rumpus. Part watchdog, part poetry punditry, 'David Biespiel's Poetry Wire' compliments, challenges, and comments on poems, poets, books, po-biz, reviews, controversies, and the contemporary state of affairs of the art and culture of poetry.
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.
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."