Classes at the Attic

APPLY NOW: The Poets Studio | Apps Due: Sep 10

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Poets Studio is based on the idea that focusing on goals is the key to lasting growth as poet. Poets Studio is a weekly workshop that runs from October 1 - May 31 each year. It is designed to give form and focus to your poetry writing. The Poets Studio is open to applications from all poets (see application information below). Poets join the Poets Studio either as members or as auditors and attend for the entire session. This creates the Poets Studio's special experience: a steady, supportive, and comprehensive study of your poetry among other poets.

To Apply: To apply to join the next Poets Studio, please send ten (10) pages of poems and a 250 words "Statement of Goals" to the Attic Institute.

Deadline to apply is September 10.

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Wed, 5:30 - 8pm, Oct 1 - May 31, 30 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
Registration for the 30 weeks of Poets Studio is $1,300 for members and $860 for auditors to paid in four installments ($325: Members / $215: Auditors) every 8 weeks.

FREE: Consult about Your Writing

Let us help you with your writing. Call us.

We invite you 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.

WEEKEND WORKSHOP: Karen Karbo's The Apprentice Workshop | Sep 5 - 7

It's back-to-school time, which for many is also half-thinking-about-that-writing-thing-we-want-to-do time. I say half-thinking because often that's as far as your idea gets. You possess stories, anecdotes, feelings, thoughts, musings, scraps of dialogue, images — but how do you get them from In There to Out Here? How do you find them, free them, turn them into something, and keep going with them once they're out in the world and on the page? Hemingway famously said  "We are all apprentices in a craft where no one becomes a master." This 3-day intensive workshop is for anyone who is beginning (or has allowed a project to languish for so long you find yourself beginning again).  Whether you've written ten books or ten sentences, the only pre-requisite is the desire to get started and a willingness to make a commitment to keep going. All writing will be done in workshop.

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Teacher: 
Time: 
September 5-7 | | Fri 6-9pm | Sat 9am-2pm | Sun 9am-2pm. 13 hour workshop
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $242 (cash/check); $250 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $257 (cash/check); $265 (PayPal).

Brian Benson's Writing to Your Strengths Workshop | Sep 15 - Nov 17

If all writers did everything equally well, a visit to the bookstore would be pretty boring, right? You'd stroll the aisles, skimming the strikingly similar jackets, trying to choose from a thousand slight variations on the same theme, story and voice. Luckily, that's not the case. Every writer has their own set of strengths and "weaknesses," and the most unique, engaging work comes from those who know how to play to the latter and with the former. In this workshop, we'll look at the many ways successful authors write to their strengths, and we'll learn how to do the same with our own work. Open to writers of all levels, fiction and nonfiction.

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Mon, 7:30 - 9:30pm, Sep 15 - Nov 17, 10 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $399 (cash/check); $415 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $414 (cash/check); $427 (PayPal).

Whitney Otto's Revision Workshop | Sep 15 - Nov 3

Do you have a story? A chapter or two? An essay? A piece of memoir that you feel is finished, but not polished? This is a workshop for anyone with existing work wanting to understand the rewriting process. Most of writing is rewriting, and this workshop will offer a way to see your work through the eyes of the other writers, and therefore allowing you to see your work more objectively. If you feel the need to write another draft of your work but are unsure about the focus of the next draft because you are too close to the work, this would be a good place to start. Our goal is to look for another perspective, or helping the writing to see your work with new eyes, and new resolve on how to go about the task of rewriting the piece and to bring the piece to place where you know it should be. 

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Mondays, 5 - 7pm, Sep 15 - Nov 3, 8 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $325 (cash/check); $335 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $340 (cash/check); $350 (PayPal).

John Morrison's Forms of Poetry Workshop | Sep 16 - Nov 11

The Deep Music of Poetry: Prosody and Potent Forms

Where is the deep music in poetry? What can our free verse cadences gain from a poet’s practical study of the underpinnings of poetry: form and meter? More than just learning the language of our poetic inheritance, we will explore form to “crack open” our own reluctant poems, and dance along with the beats and feet to discover our own rhythmic tendencies. In our exploration, weekly we’ll range from strict forms (think sonnet and villanelle) to open forms (like the aubade and the list) to bolster our poetic toolkit, and take home new drafts to shape and shine. Be ready to play and write, and never look at a line of poetry the same way again.

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Tuesdays, 7:30 - 9:30pm, September 16 - Nov 11, 9 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $387 (cash/check); $398 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $402 (cash/check); $414 (PayPal).

Merridawn Duckler's Introduction to Fiction Writing Workshop | Sep 16 - Nov 18

The secret to writing fiction begins with learning to build in with being proud of your imagination and ideas and wanting to test and review your writing. Emphasizing one or more key elements — character, setting, dialogue, plot —while all the while fostering your strong original voice, we'll devote our time together to learning how to get started crafting and revising short stories, sketches, and fictional drafts. We'll talk about topics in the craft of fiction writing from various approaches, and with exercises and discussion, with selected readings that you'll love, we'll provide support, encouragement, and personal feedback for your writing goals.

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Time: 
Tuesdays, 5 - 7pm, Sep 16 - Nov 18, 10 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $399 (cash/check); $415 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $414 (cash/check); $427 (PayPal).

Merridawn Duckler's Writing Short Stories Workshop | Sep 16 - Nov 18

You will remember the lessons from this workshop long after it's over. This workshop will help you figure out how to tell a compelling story, turn stick figures into fascinating, multi-dimensional characters that readers will care deeply about, and get a handle on plot, structure, drafts, revision, and the components of fiction writing. With practical, supportive feedback and suggestions for publishing, too, this workshop is for all fiction writers who want to write and revise drafts into interesting stories.

Register for this class

Time: 
Tue, 7:30 - 9:30pm, Sep 16 - Nov 18, 10 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $399 (cash/check); $415 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $414 (cash/check); $427 (PayPal).

Whitney Otto's Mixed Genre Workshop | Sep 16 - Nov 4

 

This workshop is a mix of memoir and fiction, working with their similarities and differences. The special focus of this workshop is that you'll have the opportunity to write a nonfiction/memoir piece that you will then be asked to fictionalize. This workshop could help you understand if your story needs to be told factually, or fictionally, and what makes the difference (or similarity) between the two. It's a great workshop for those writers interested in learning about the varieties of story and how changing from nonfiction to fiction, and back again, can crack open your best work.

Register for this workshop

Teacher: 
Time: 
Tuesdays, 5 - 7pm, Sep 16 - Nov 4, 8 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $325 (cash/check); $335 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $340 (cash/check); $350 (PayPal).

Jennifer Lauck's Bones of Storytelling Workshop AM | Sep 17 - Nov 19

If you are writing a novel, memoir, essay, or short story, this is a necessary and essential class.  You will learn about story at the core level and more, how story reaches a reader.  You will leave empowered with tools to finish a quality draft. 

You will learn: 

  • The seven basic plots.
  • Three/four and five part structure systems.
  • Story concept and theme.
  • Seven character types. 

Jennifer will help map your story idea on her W structure chart, and her expanded pillar chart.  She will also teach how to sharpen your story to impact agent, editor, publisher and reader. 

Let creativity and advance planning work together.  Save yourself years of confusion, wasted time, frustration and rejection.  Leave this class with clarity, knowledge and a plan to finish (and publish) your novel, memoir and/or short story/creative non-fiction collection.

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Teacher: 
Workshop Day: 
Time: 
Wed., 11 a.m. - 1pm, Sep 17 - Nov 19, 10 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $399 (cash/check); $415 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $414 (cash/check); $430 (PayPal).

Jennifer Lauck's Bones of Storytelling Workshop PM | Sep 17 - Nov 19

 

 

 

If you are writing a novel, memoir, essay, or short story, this is a necessary and essential class.  You will learn about story at the core level and more, how story reaches a reader.  You will leave empowered with tools to finish a quality draft. 

 

 

You will learn: 

  • The seven basic plots.
  • Three/four and five part structure systems.
  • Story concept and theme.
  • Seven character types. 

Jennifer will help map your story idea on her W structure chart, and her expanded pillar chart.  She will also teach how to sharpen your story to impact agent, editor, publisher and reader. 

Let creativity and advance planning work together.  Save yourself years of confusion, wasted time, frustration and rejection.  Leave this class with clarity, knowledge and a plan to finish (and publish) your novel, memoir and/or short story/creative non-fiction collection.

Click here to see the student pages, created for each class Jennifer teaches for the Attic Institute. 

Register for this class

Teacher: 
Time: 
Wed, 5 - 7 pm, Sep 17 - Nov 19, 10 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $399 (cash/check); $415 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $414 (cash/check); $430 (PayPal).

Jennifer Lauck's Advanced Craft of Memoir Workshop PM | Sep 18 - Nov 6 FULL -- WAIT LIST ONLY

 

This class is for the advanced writer with a true story (memoir or fictionalized), and fiction, who has experience with scene writing, has mastered their use of language, understands plot, structure and character and needs an excellent group to study with. 

This is an intensive workshop with writers who have studied with Jennifer or have submitted work for approval to attend.  There are ongoing teachings of advanced craft including the study of one book, essays, handouts.  

You are welcome to enroll but must be pre-approved by Jennifer.  Click here to see student pages created by Jennifer for Attic Institute writers.

Register for this class

Teacher: 
Time: 
Thur, 5:30 p.m.- 8:30pm, Sep 18 - Nov 6, 8 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $399 (cash/check); $415 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $414 (cash/check); $427 (PayPal).

Jennifer Lauck's Craft of Memoir Workshop AM | Sep 18 - Nov 6 FULL -- WAIT LIST ONLY

This class is for the writer with a true story (memoir or fictionalized) and a desire to finish a sellable manuscript. Learn to whittle huge volumes of material into an interesting and compelling read. 

 

 

 

  • Learn structure. Theme. Character. Plot. Arc. Scene. 
  • Learn how to make your writing cinematic, imagistic and engaging. 
  • Learn the rules of memoir. 
  • Learn the rules of fictionalizing real life. 
  • Learn to be a better writer. 

Beginning to advanced, everyone is welcome and walks away with handouts, resources, examples and inspiration. Click here to see student pages created by Jennifer for Attic Institute writers.

Register for this class

Teacher: 
Time: 
Thurs, 10:30am - 1:30pm, Sep 18 - Nov 6, 8 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $399 (cash/check); $415 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $414 (cash/check); $427 (PayPal).

Wayne Gregory's So You Wanna Be A Writer Workshop | Sep 20 - Oct 18

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. If you have never published anything or even successfully completed a work of fiction or non-fiction, this class will help you gain the confidence you need to enter the community of writers. Find out your writing strengths and build on them. 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.

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Saturdays, 10am - 12pm, Sep 20 - Oct 18, five weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $202 (cash/check); $210 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $217 (cash/check); $224 (PayPal).

Andrea Hollander's Making Poems Matter Workshop | Sep 24 – Oct 22

Don’t all poets try to create poems that will matter to other people? What constitutes a powerful poem, anyway? Isn’t taste involved? What about specific elements? In order to help us write poems that matter, we will explore and define the notion of the powerful poem, as well as the elements that contribute to its lasting quality. Be prepared to let go of any preconceived ideas about both reading and writing poems.

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Time: 
Wednesdays, 9:30am - 12:30pm, Sep 24 - Oct 22, five weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $282 (cash/check); PayPal ($291). | Late Registration: $297 (cash/check); $306 (PayPal).

Emily Whitman's Writing Middle Grade and Young Adult Novels Workshop | Sep 24 - Nov 12

Novels for kids and teens must have honesty, heart, and motion. These same qualities will guide our work together. We’ll workshop five-page sections of your work at a time, finding its strengths and building out from there. You’ll learn as much from discussions of others’ work as from your own. Come find focused insight on your work-in-progress, inspiration and energy for your writing, and a community of like-minded souls to support you in your journey. For writers at all levels and stages, whether your work-in-progress is first pages or a full draft.

Register for this class

Teacher: 
Time: 
Wed, 7:30 - 9:30pm, Sep 24 - Nov 12, 8 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $325 (cash/check); $335 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $340 (cash/check); $350 (PayPal).

Natalie Serber's Inspiration to Revision Workshop | Sep 25 - Nov 13

Get It Down! Inspiration to Revision — the story you’ve been wanting to write.

In this eight week workshop we’ll begin by generating ideas and pages with writing exercises. Once something catches our fancy, we’ll dig in, building characters through action and dialog, creating full scenes, vivid settings, exploring story arc, point of view and being certain that something real is at stake. We’ll deepen and expand our drafts through supportive peer critique and with tools for revision. The goal of this workshop is to walk away with a story in hand.

Taught by Natalie Serber, author of Shout Her Lovely Name, a New York Times Editor's Choice book

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Time: 
Thursdays, 7:30 - 9:30pm, Sep 25 - Nov 13, 8 weeks
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $325 (cash/check); $335 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $340 (cash/check); $350 (PayPal).

Franny French's Exploring Emotion in Your Writing Workshop | Oct 6 - Nov 3

Connecting With the Reader Over Your Shoulder

The main focus of this writing workshop is to imbue your work with emotion and speak to your audience with a gut level of honesty. We will look at ways to build momentum; pile up suspense and tension; and create credible, believable psychological turns for characters through dialogue, pacing, timing and the musicality of language. Students working on novels or short stories are welcome.

Led by Teaching Fellow Franny French.

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Time: 
Mondays, Oct 6 - Nov 3, 7:30 - 9:30pm, five weeks
Total Fee: 
Early registration and tuition deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $202 (cash/check); $210 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $217 (cash/check); $224 (PayPal).
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Wayne Gregory's Kill Your Darlings: Learning How to Revise Your Writing | Oct 25 - Nov 22

Congratulations! You’ve completed your first draft and now it’s time to fashion it into a polished piece. What should you cut? What should you keep? How do you make it compelling enough to draw in your readers and keep them hooked? In this workshop, you will learn how to take a fresh look at your writing and apply strategies that will help strengthen your work. Learn how to track the emotional arc of your characters and how to sequence your plot. Discover how creative and revealing the revision process can be and why it makes you a better writer. You will leave this workshop with practical tools and confidence to help make your writing ready for your readers.

Register for this class

Teacher: 
Time: 
Saturdays, 10am - 12pm, Oct 25 - Nov 22, five weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $202 (cash/check); $210 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $217 (cash/check); $224 (PayPal).

MICRO WORKSHOP: The New Self-Publishing ABC's with Art Edwards | Nov 2

You've completed your manuscript and now you want to get it out to the world. How do you go from A to B? Art Edwards, award-winning self-published author, employs his decade of knowledge in the field to help you create the book you've always dreamed of, and get it to the folks who want it. This one-day seminar, which will cover both book-book and ebook formats, explores every aspect of self-publishing, from editing and formatting to print options (traditional press, print-on-demand, ebook) to marketing. The goal of the course is to take the fogginess out of the process for you and get you on a path toward successful self-publication.

Register for this class now

Time: 
Sunday, 10am - 4pm, one day only
Location: 
Attic Institute, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $98 (cash/check); $103 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $113 (cash/check); $118 (PayPal).

MICRO WORKSHOP: Claudia Savage's Introduction to Poetry Workshop | Nov 9

Capturing the Wild Storm: A Poetry Workshop for Beginners

We've all wished we could capture a moment in our lives more deeply—the precise way it felt in the body, the sounds and colors, the essence of the experience. Poetry gives us this chance. A way to intensify a moment. In this three-hour workshop we will share the work of poets we love, uncover new ones, make our own poems, collaborate together, and begin to discover how creating poems can help us awaken more fully to the magnificence of life.

Taught by 2012 Hawthorne Fellow Claudia Savage

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Time: 
Sunday, 10am - 1pm, Nov 9, 3 hours
Location: 
Attic Institute, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $48 (cash/check); $55 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $63 (cash/check); $70 (PayPal).

MICRO WORKSHOP: Kelly Wallace's Introduction to Memoir Workshop | Nov 9

If you're like most writers, you've got a story to tell. Whether you've done some amazing travel, come from an extraordinary family, have experienced insight into your everyday encounters, or just want to write about your life in these times, this intro to writing memoir is a good place to start. This workshop is a place to ask questions and try out some writing and supportive listening. What is memory? How do you find compelling details from your experiences? We'll tease out some answers and help you take the first step to writing the langauge of your life.

Taught by 2013 Hawthorne Fellow and 2013-2014 Atheneum Fellow Kelly Wallace

Register for this workshop

Time: 
Saturday, 10am - 1pm, Nov 9, 3 hours
Location: 
Attic Institute, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $48 (cash/check); $55 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $63 (cash/check); $70 (PayPal).