Classes at the Attic

FREE: Consult about Your Writing

Call us. Let us help you with your writing.

You're invited to schedule a free 15-minute conference call consult to describe your writing situation and focus. During the call, we listen to your writing situation and help you out -- sometimes writers will register for an upcoming workshop. Other times, after a consult, writers will initiate a formal Introductory Consult through our Individual Consult Group to find a writing coach selected specifically for your project.

To initiate a Free Consult, e-mail us -- and when you do, please let us know specifically what you're working on and want to discuss. Then we'll get back in touch and begin to talk together about your writing.

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Time: 
By appointment only.
Location: 
Telephone Conference Call
Total Fee: 
Free.

WINTER: John Morrison's Great Approaches for Revising Your Poetry Workshop | Jan 16 - Feb 13

I think we could do more with style, more assonance, more èlan, more verve, more animal spirits, more fun. These are not solemn matters. ~ Theodore Roethke

 

Sure, we welcome the poem that comes to us whole or nearly so, but what of the poems we must step through various revisions? Those take a special, gentle touch, to listen and see where and how they want to blossom. And if the gentle attention won’t coax the poem along, it’s time for drastic, maybe reckless measures. Let’s explore both approaches with your draft poems. We will deeply read the work of powerful poets and explore generative activities and revision strategies, some light and playful, some ruthless, as we find an inspiration to new and stronger poetry. | Maximum 12 writers

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Tuesdays, Jan 16 - Feb 13, 8-10pm, 5 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $207 (cash/check); $219 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $222 (cash/check); $234 (PayPal).

WINTER: Natalie Serber's Short Story Palooka Workshop | Jan 16 - Feb 13 FULL WAIT LIST ONLY

I want to try to capture in writing the mysterious process of a life unfolding and how it feels as it happens. We often imagine that mystery is buried deep inside our lives, but it’s also hidden around us. ~ Tessa Hadley

For five weeks we’ll put our storytelling muscles to work. Reading great stories, writing from prompts, working with stories you may already have. Through peer support and critical discussion you’ll get thoughtful responses to your work with an eye toward making your stories shimmer. | Maximum 12 students

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Tuesdays, Jan 16 - Feb 13, 8-10pm, 5 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $207 (cash/check); $219 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $222 (cash/check); $234 (PayPal).

WINTER: David Ciminello's Building Character Fiction Workshop | Jan 18 - Feb 15

“Until a character becomes a personality it cannot be believed. And without personality, a story cannot ring true to the audience.” – Walt Disney

This workshop will concern the people that populate our stories. Through a series of in-workshop prompts, exercises, and take-home assignments participants will create a series of flash pieces (snapshots) that will flesh out the complete life cycle of a character or characters. Significant focus on radically imaginative explorations of form (monologue, biography, autobiography, etc.), point of view, scene, action, and dialogue will help bring our creations to life. Supportive in-workshop sharing and revision will be a strong part of the process. No class on Thanksgiving Day. | Maximum 12 writers

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Time: 
Thursdays, 8-10pm, Jan 18 - Feb 15, 5 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $207 (cash/check); $219 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $222 (cash/check); $234 (PayPal).

WINTER: Matthew Dickman's Poetry Writing Workshop | Jan 20 - Feb 17 --ONE SPOT LEFT

Maybe You Are Not Who You Think You Are: an inquiry beyond "voice"

The American playwright and film director, Bill Gunn, once responded to an accusation that James Dean was copying Marlon Brando's style of acting this way: "Imitating someone is a way of becoming yourself through endorsing yourself" In this class we are going to explore endorsing ourselves beyond what we have come to understand as our own voice or style through discussion, writing exercises, and workshopping. Is it possible that we are more than who we think we are, that we have the capacity to explore uncharted parts of The Self, and that the style in which we write is not part of our character but an illusion we have agreed to accept? | Maximum 12 students

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Saturdays, 10am - 12pm, Jan 20 - Feb 17, 5 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $207 (cash/check); $219 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $222 (cash/check); $234 (PayPal).

WINTER: Wayne Gregory's So, You Wanna Be A Writer? Workshop | Jan 20 - Feb 17

“Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.” ~ E. L. Doctorow

You have a thousand stories inside your head. You dabble on the page but rarely if ever finish anything, much less share with others. “Is my work good enough?” you wonder.  “Do I have something original and interesting to say? What makes me think I can be a writer?”  The biggest obstacle for emerging writers is not lack of time nor lack of skill nor lack of things to write about. It’s a lack of self-confidence. This workshop is designed for those who want to be writers, but are not sure they can be.  It provides a safe space for you to explore your interest in writing within a community of others who are on the same journey of exploration that you are. You will have an opportunity to share your writing and receive feedback that will help you identify your creative strengths and build on them. If you have work to share, bring it. If you haven’t written anything, bring an open mind to the possibilities that the class may open for you. Learn about the craft and, in the process, discover what it is about you that makes your stories worth telling and makes you the only writer who can tell them. | Maximum 12 students

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Saturdays, 10am - 12pm, Jan 20 - Feb 17, 5 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $207 (cash/check); $219 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $222 (cash/check); $234 (PayPal).

WINTER II: Merridawn Duckler's Fiction Workshop | Feb 11 - Mar 11

“Fiction was invented the day Jonah arrived home and told his wife that he was three days late because he had been swallowed by a whale.”  ― Gabriel García Márquez

The fundamental elements of plot make for useful, exciting and inspiring study for writers at all levels of creative practice. For this Plot 101 workshop we will use weekly writing prompts and a close reading of individual work to view your fiction through the invaluable lens of structure, form and storyline. We’ll learn and engage technical strategies that help drive every kind of narrative from novels-in-progress to flash and micro fiction.  This class focuses on making excellent work in a group setting of like-minded, ambitious writers under strong, formal instruction that puts the unique writer first, with the ultimate goal of publication and readership.

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Time: 
Sundays, Feb 11 - Mar 11, 4 -6 pm, 5 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $207 (cash/check); $219 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $222 (cash/check); $234 (PayPal).

WINTER II: Attic Writers' League Workshop | Feb 19 - Mar 19

“Write without pay until somebody offers to pay.” 
― Mark Twain

Attic Writers' League focuses on three essential elements: imagination, metaphor, and story. Attic Writers' League's brief, affordable workshops meet the needs of the emerging writer. The motto of the Attic Writers' League is “Write another one.” The philosophy allows writers to engage, explore, and immerse yourself in the physical pleasure of writing, knowing that other workshops are available for revision, critique, and further development of original pieces. The workshop emphasizes the importance of the practice of writing regularly, even if this means simply writing a single word, and then another one. Attic Writers' League workshops meet for one hour once a week. Each hour-long session is devoted to a single focus - without the pressure or interference of sustained critical feedback and critique best accomplished in longer workshops. Learn more about Attic Writers' League

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Mondays, Feb 19 - Mar 19, 5:30-7pm, 5 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $95 (cash/check); $99 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $110 (cash/check); $114 (PayPal).

WINTER II: Edward Derby's Personal Essays Workshop | Feb 19 - Mar 19

“One of the things I know about writing is this: spend it all, shoot it, play it, lose it, all, right away, every time. Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book or for another book; give it, give it all, give it now. The impulse to save something good for a better place later is the signal to spend it now. Something more will arise for later, something better. These things fill from behind, from beneath, like well water. Similarly, the impulse to keep to yourself what you have learned is not only shameful, it is destructive. Anything you do not give freely and abundantly becomes lost to you. You open your safe and find ashes.” 
~ Annie Dillard 

For this class we'll write personal essays of discovery, transformation, and change. We'll "spend it all." We'll use our writing to tease out the meanings of our experiences, to create meaning for our readers. During class time we will share our work and discuss it. As readers of each others work we'll respond with polite honesty to what we understand a piece to mean, and with generous enthusiasm for all that each writer is giving to their work and to their readers. As essayists we shape and recreate our experiences to relive them, to discover new meaning, and to share with others. Each week we will also read a model personal essay by a published author to examine the author's strategies and possibly borrow some for our own writing. (This class requires outside time for reading and writing-- in class time will be for sharing and discussing.)

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Mondays, Feb 19 - Mar 19, 8 - 10pm, 5 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $207 (cash/check); $219 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $222 (cash/check); $234 (PayPal).

WINTER II: Brian Benson's Craft of Memoir Workshop | Feb 20 - Mar 20

“For who will testify, who will accurately describe our lives if we do not do it ourselves?” ~ Faye Moskowitz

Whether you're just getting started or looking to improve your work-in-progress, this new workshop will help you translate your personal experiences into a vivid, absorbing memoir. Through a mix of discussion, guided exercises and peer critique, we'll explore the many ways to pull compelling, relatable stories from one's life story, and we'll read and discuss a wide variety of memoir for inspiration and insight. Students will leave the workshop with many reading recommendations and writing resources. | Maximum 12 students

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Tuesdays, 5:30 - 7:30pm, Feb 20 - Mar 20, 5 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $207 (cash/check); $219 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $222 (cash/check); $234 (PayPal).

WINTER II: Ed Skoog's Writing a Long Poem Workshop | Feb 20 - Mar 20

"A poet is one who knows more than she says, and bringing that excess into the public sphere...creates new knowing." ~ Shoshona Felman

In this workshop, participants will struggle through several drafts of a poem between 50 and 150 lines in length. Perhaps it seems silly to  write those numbers down as meaningful parameters, but in the instructor’s  experience that’s where a distinct kind of poem resides, one with a sustained  tone and many twists and turns: the sort of poem that nobody quite knows what  to do with, that doesn’t fit in a gift box, that sticks out like cold feet from  the end of the bed.  Some examples: Yeats’  “Easter 1916,” Bishop’s “At the Fishhouses,” and Rita Dove’s “The Venus of  Willendorf.” We will look at these and other examples to discern what  techniques, tendencies, and tics it takes in terms of premise, structure and  development to sing/say this kind of long song. Maximum 12 students

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Tuesdays, Feb 20 - Mar 20, 10am -12pm, 5 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $207 (cash/check); $219 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $222 (cash/check); $234 (PayPal).

WINTER II: David Ciminello's Building Character Fiction Workshop | Feb 22 - Mar 22

Until a character becomes a personality it cannot be believed. And without personality, a story cannot ring true to the audience.” – Walt Disney

This workshop will concern the people that populate our stories. Through a series of in-workshop prompts, exercises, and take-home assignments participants will create a series of flash pieces (snapshots) that will flesh out the complete life cycle of a character or characters. Significant focus on radically imaginative explorations of form (monologue, biography, autobiography, etc.), point of view, scene, action, and dialogue will help bring our creations to life. Supportive in-workshop sharing and revision will be a strong part of the process. No class on Thanksgiving Day. | Maximum 12 writers

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Time: 
Thursdays, Feb 22 - Mar 22, 8 - 10pm, 5 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $207 (cash/check); $219 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $222 (cash/check); $234 (PayPal).

WINTER II: David Ciminello's Flash Fiction Workshop | Feb 22 - Mar 22

"It is with words as with sunbeams. The more they are condensed, the deeper they burn." - Robert Southey

How can economy be used to a writer’s advantage? This workshop will explore the art of flash fiction: how to propel a story forward with as few words as possible. Writers will create a series of flash fiction pieces with the help of in-workshop exercises, at-home assignments, and assigned readings. Supportive workshop critique and revision will be a strong part of the process. Focus will be on radically imaginative explorations of form, plot, point of view, and dialogue as innovative means to a fast “The End." | Maximum: 12 writers

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Time: 
Mondays, 5:30 - 7:30pm, Feb 22 - Mar 22, 5 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $166 (cash/check); $172 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $181 (cash/check); $187 (PayPal).

WINTER II: Matthew Dickman's Poetry of Memory Worksop | Feb 24 - Mar. 31

"The only thing you remember is your life." ~ Pablo Neruda

That Reminds Me: the Poetry of Memory: Our memories are not a single image, or even a single experience. Often, as the memoirist Jay Ponteri suggests "Memories nest inside memories." In this class we will let one memory lead us to another and another and another. We will be generating work in class, discussing the dream-land of memory, and looking at the work of other poets who are memory-based writers. If 2017 was a time to forget let's make 2018 a time to remember! Class meets Feb 24, Mar 3, 10, 31 (4 hour session finale) | Maximum 12 writers

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Saturdays, Feb 24 - Mar 31, 10am-12pm, 5 weeks (see dates above)
Location: 
Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $207 (cash/check); $219 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $222 (cash/check); $234 (PayPal).

WINTER II: Wayne Gregory's Life Sketches Workshop | Feb 24 - Mar 24

"There is no greater burden than carrying an untold story." — Maya Angelou 

The Why and How of Writing Your Life: We live in a time when it is more important than ever for us to tell the stories of our lives. We are inundated with more information than we can ever process and while we communicate with more people via social media, we feel increasingly detached from the feeling of community. Despite the ubiquitous tweets, Facebook ® posts, and Instagram pics, we lack enough well-crafted human stories. Stories summon our imagination to experience the life of another and through that experience to better understand the other, as well as ourselves. Telling our story is an invitation to make connections: story to story, one human to another. This workshop is for the one who wants to discover how to identify her/his compelling life stories and how to create a work that will grab readers and take them on their own journeys. You will work on a single life sketch - a short slice of your life experience -  with the goal of producing a completed draft by the end of the workshop. You can bring something you’ve already started to work on or just bring an empty page and a willing, eager imagination. The workshop will help you discover what story you have to tell, why your story is important for others to hear, and how to use some of the techniques of the writing craft to create and shape that story idea.  You will walk away from the workshop with tools and resources to help you create your life sketch and polish it into a final piece that’s ready for readers.  

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Saturdays, 10am - 12pm, Feb 24 - Mar 24, 5 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $207 (cash/check); $219 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $222 (cash/check); $234 (PayPal).

WINTER II: WEEKEND WORKSHOP: Ed Skoog's Poetry Writing Workshop | Feb 24-25

In this two-day workshop we will read, discuss, and write poems revolving around the concept, via the critic Shoshona Felman, that "the poet is one who knows more than he or she realizes, always delivering that excess into the social field disruptively and in ways that renew dialogue and thought, spurring the activity of knowing onward, bringing it to life," and the somewhat aligned idea, from critic Allen Grossman, that poetry is "speech of last resort." The instructor's hope is that these are encouraging ideas for those poets who are interested in challenging themselves to new approaches and habits of writing and discovering. What is happening when you begin to write a poem? What is it to be called to speech? Please bring a draft of a poem in progress for group critique; be prepared to drafts several new poems as well.

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Weekend: Feb 24-25 | Saturday 12:30-5:30pm | Sunday 12:30-5:30pm | 10 hours
Location: 
Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $207 (cash/check); $219 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $222 (cash/check); $234 (PayPal).