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.

Brian Benson's Craft of Creative Nonfiction Workshop | Feb 8 - Mar 14 FULL -- WAIT LIST ONLY

The explosion of creative nonfiction has opened writers to new ways to share your stories and insight. Are you interested in writing memoir or personal essay? Literary journalism or travelogue? In this workshop, you'll learn to craft these and other styles of creative nonfiction. We'll (respectfully) pillage the works of contemporary writers and discuss form and voice, scene and structure, as we explore how to apply literary technique to real-life narratives. You'll get to try your hand at a wide range of creative nonfiction, and you'll receive in-depth feedback on your work in progress so that you can practice a range of paths. Open to writers of all levels.

Register for this workshop

 

Teacher: 
Time: 
Mondays, 7:30-9:30, Feb 8 - Mar 14, 6 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: $240 (cash/check); $249 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $255 (cash/check); $264 (PayPal).

Brian Benson's Craft of Memoir Workshop | Feb 18 - Mar 24

Whether you're new to memoir or looking to improve your work-in-process, this new workshop is all about the art of crafting compelling stories from real-life experience. We will focus on your personal experiences, but also how to translate and structure them into an unforgettable memoir. Through a mix of discussion, guided exercises and peer critique, we'll explore the many ways to pull vivid, relatable stories from one's life story, and we'll read and discuss a wide variety of memoir for inspiration and insight. Lots of recommendations of new reading and publishing leads.

Register for this workshop

Teacher: 
Time: 
Thursdays, 5:30 - 7:30 pm, Feb 18 - Mar 24, 6 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: $240 (cash/check); $249 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $255 (cash/check); $264 (PayPal).

SPRING MEETUP: Autobiographical Writers | Mar 14 AM

Meetups are 3-hour sessions designed to inspire your creative writing life.
 
Join Attic Institue Writing Fellow Franny French for this special morning meetup to give youself time to think about how to write about hard or emotional things in a way that is meaningful both to you and to others. This meetup will provide you with an amazing opportunity to explore what challenges or inspires you. David will guide and push you to learn how you can find the power to connect with and transform your stories on your writer's journey.
 
 
 
Plan ahead: When you participate in a meetup, you are also eligible to have your $15 registration fee waived for a six or eight week workshop during the same term.
 

 

Teacher: 
Time: 
Monday, Mar 14: 10am - 1pm, 3 hour
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: $57 (cash/check); $62 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $62 (cash/check); $67 (PayPal). Tuition for Meetup workshops are non-refundable: Refund policy — http://atticinstitute.com/node/1819.

SPRING MEETUP: Poets Who Love Music | Mar 14

Meetups are 3-hour sessions designed to inspire your creative writing life.

Listen to this! Join longtime music-poetry collaborator and Associate Fellow Claudia F. Savage for a poetic meetup where we let music be our guide in exploring new poetic territory. In this generative meetup, we’ll write to various genres of music, explore music inspired by poets, discuss what sounds work for us and why, and allow music to offer a way into emotions and subject matters previously unavailable to us. 

Plan ahead: When you participate in a meetup, you are also eligible to have your $15 registration fee waived for a six or eight week workshop during the same term.

Register for this workshop

 

Teacher: 
Workshop Day: 
Time: 
Monday, Mar 14, 6:30-9:30pm, 3 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: $57 (cash/check); $62 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $62 (cash/check); $67 (PayPal). Tuition for Meetup workshops are non-refundable: Refund policy — http://atticinstitute.com/node/1819.

SPRING MEETUP: Poets | Mar 15

Meetups are 3-hour sessions designed to inspire your creative writing life.

 

Join Attic Institure Associate Fellow John Morrison to explore poetic form, to play with forms and take your writing in a new direction — to experiment and revitalize those flat drafts that need an infusion. Devote yourself for three hours to new possibilties in strict and open forms, learning a new trick, and drafting — truly drafting — poems in a playful, supportive gathering. 

Plan ahead: When you participate in a meetup, you are also eligible to have your $15 registration fee waived for a six or eight week workshop during the same term.

Register for this workshop

Teacher: 
Time: 
Tuesday, March 15: 6:30-9:30, 3 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: $57 (cash/check); $62 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $62 (cash/check); $67 (PayPal). Tuition for Meetup workshops are non-refundable: Refund policy — http://atticinstitute.com/node/1819.

SPRING MEETUP: Creative Nonfiction Writers | Mar 16

Meetups are 3-hour sessions designed to inspire your creative writing life.

What are the stories your carry? Join New York Times Notable Books recipient and Attic Institute associate fellow Natalie Serber to begin mapping the marks, scars and memories we carry on our bodies. Through writing prompts and collage, explore and rediscover the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves. The meetup will read excerpts from stories and memoirs, and then share to the work we write together, either stories or essays. Participants will leave with a collection of prose pieces, or perhaps the start of a longer project.

Plan ahead: When you participate in a meetup, you are also eligible to have your $15 registration fee waived for a six or eight week workshop during the same term.

Register for this workshop

Teacher: 
Time: 
Wednesday, March 16: 6:30-9:30, 3 hours
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $57 (cash/check); $62 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $62 (cash/check); $67 (PayPal). Tuition for Meetup workshops are non-refundable: Refund policy — http://atticinstitute.com/node/1819.

SPRING MEETUP: Writers Looking for Tips on Craft | Mar 17

Meetups are 3-hour sessions designed to inspire your creative writing life.

How well-stocked is your writer's toolkit? Join Associate Fellow Wayne Gregory to get your tools in order. Picasso once said, "Learn the rules like a pro so you can break them like an artist." This meetup will help you rediscover the basic conventions for good writing that successful writers use. Learn how to avoid common errrors, how to show and not tell, and how to develop new strategies to organize your ideas and projects into engaging narrative that keeps your readers turning the pages. Great exercises to focus on tools and resources to help you keep honing your craft long after the meetup is over. 

Register for this workshop

Plan ahead: When you participate in a meetup, you are also eligible to have your $15 registration fee waived for a six or eight week workshop during the same term.

Teacher: 
Time: 
Thursday, March 17: 6:30-9:30, 3 hours
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $57 (cash/check); $62 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $62 (cash/check); $67 (PayPal). Tuition for Meetup workshops are non-refundable: Refund policy — http://atticinstitute.com/node/1819.

SPRING MEETUP: Sunday's Writers | March 20

Meetups are 3-hour sessions designed to inspire your creative writing life.
 
Join Writing Fellow Jennifer Dorner for the Sunday Writer's meetup. Take 3 hours to focus on your creative imagination and getting new ideas and stories and lines of poetry down on paper. The Sunday Writer's meetup is one of the best ways to start afresh with your writing, to retool, and to create new community as a writer.
 
 
 
Plan ahead: When you participate in a meetup, you are also eligible to have your $15 registration fee waived for a six or eight week workshop during the same term.
 
 
Teacher: 
Time: 
Sunday, March 20, 4-7pm, 3 hours
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $57 (cash/check); $62 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $62 (cash/check); $67 (PayPal). Tuition for Meetup workshops are non-refundable: Refund policy — http://atticinstitute.com/node/1819.

Jon Raymond's Fiction Writing Workshop | Apr 4 - May 9

 

Writing fiction is by nature a messy, inefficient, and often demoralizing process. In this class, we will dig in and talk honestly about each other's work while adhering to certain principles of sympathy and mutual respect. We'll also read some good stories and essays on craft and do some assignments based on prompts. | Maximum 12 students

Register for this workshop

Teacher: 
Time: 
Mondays, 7:30 - 9:30pm, Apr 4 - May 9, 6 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: $240 (cash/check); $249 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $255 (cash/check); $264 (PayPal).

Natalie Serber's Personal Essay Workshop | Apr 5 - May 24

You've got a story, a topic to explore, an observation, a memory and, best of all, a completely distinctive point of view—yours. In this course we will explore ways convert the messiness of life into an essay that impacts readers with the same vigor and vitality as our lived experiences have affected us.  For our stories to be interesting to a reader, they must connect the truth we discover about ourselves with a larger truth. We will work literary tools such as voice, structure, scenic details, characters and narrative persona to write vivid kick-ass essays. We’ll read and discuss a variety of writers such as Zadie Smith, Joan Didion, Meghan Daum, Jo Ann Beard, Charlie Baxter, James Baldwin and others. Our weekly exercises will illustrate and explore craft topics while generating new work and creating opportunities to go deeper. Our time together will culminate in a workshop of a longer piece from each member of the class. New and seasoned writers are welcome. | Maximum 12 students

Register for this workshop

Teacher: 
Time: 
Tuesdays, 5:15 - 7:15, Apr 5 - May 24, 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).

Brian Benson's Craft of Creative Nonfiction Workshop | Apr 7 - May 26

The explosion of creative nonfiction has opened writers to new ways to share your stories and insight. Are you interested in writing memoir or personal essay? Literary journalism or travelogue? In this workshop, you'll learn to craft these and other styles of creative nonfiction. We'll (respectfully) pillage the works of contemporary writers and discuss form and voice, scene and structure, as we explore how to apply literary technique to real-life narratives. You'll get to try your hand at a wide range of creative nonfiction, and you'll receive in-depth feedback on your work in progress so that you can practice a range of paths. Open to writers of all levels. | Maximum 12 students

Register for this workshop

Teacher: 
Time: 
Thursdays, 7:30 - 9:30pm, Apr 7 - May 26, 8 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: $325 (cash/check); $335 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $340 (cash/check); $350 (PayPal).

WEEKEND WORKSHOP: Karen Karbo's The Apprentice Workshop | Apr 8-10

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. | Maximum 12 students

Registration open soon.

Teacher: 
Time: 
Weekend: April 8-10 | 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: $260 (cash/check); $268 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $275 (cash/check); $284 (PayPal).

WEEKEND WORKSHOP: Matthew Dickman's Boot Camp Poetry Workshop | Apr 15-17

 

A three-day boot camp to get a poem publishable. | Maximum 12 students

Registration opens soon.

Teacher: 
Time: 
Weekend: April 15-17 | Fri 6-9pm | Sat 9am-2pm | Sun 9am-2pm. 13 hour workshop
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: $260 (cash/check); $268 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $275 (cash/check); $284 (PayPal).

Brian Benson's Writing to Your Strengths Workshop | May 17 - June 21

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.  | Maximum 12 students

Register for this workshop

 
Teacher: 
Time: 
Tuesdays, 5:15 - 7:15pm, May 17 - June 21, 6 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: $240 (cash/check); $249 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $255 (cash/check); $264 (PayPal).