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.

NEW: Matthew Dickman's Poetry Workshop: A to Z in Five Days | Feb 25 - Apr 1 FULL - WAIT LIST ONLY

"..her [Sylvia Plath's] attitude to her verse was artisanlike: if she couldn't get a table out of the material, she was quite happy to get a chair, or even a toy. The end product for her was not so much a successful poem, as something that had temporarily exhausted her ingenuity." ~ Ted Hughes

In this workshop we are experimenting with time, expectation, and ego. We will begin by writing a new poem in class on the first day, then follow that poem through the revision process, workshopping, and wondering, in our consecutive meetings and end with a "finished" poem. What would it mean if we didn't wait for the muse to find us? What would it mean if we didn't put so much pressure on ourselves as writers? What can we make if we don't expect to make something perfect? Join me in this exciting workshop and let's find out! Maximum 12 students

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Saturdays 10am - 12pm, Feb 25, Mar 11, 18, 25, Apr 1 | 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); $214 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $222 (cash/check); $229 (PayPal).

NEW: Chuck Palahniuk's Writing Wrong Workshop | Feb 27 - May 1: FULL

No matter what Spell Check and Grammar Check say there is no perfect formula in writing fiction. More often it's what you do "wrong" that gives you a voice in the market. Join me for ten sessions of abandoning perfection for fun. Bring portions of a current project or start something new. Fiction only. We'll apply the rules of Minimalism plus the best advice from writers who found success when they gave up trying to please their eighth grade English teachers. 

Each session will begin at 6:00pm on Monday and run to accommodate as many submissions as possible. Applications for the Writing Wrong Workshop will be accepted January 9-16, 2017. To apply: Send a 200-word fiction writing sample.

NOTE: The special reduced cost is a result of Chuck's generous offer to donate all of his payment to the Pixie Project, a non-profit animal adoption center and rescue in Portland.

The application period is closed.

 

Teacher: 
Time: 
Monday, Feb 27 - May 1, 6pm, 10 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: $250(cash/check); $258 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $265 (cash/check); $273 (PayPal).

NEW: Karen Karbo's Everything's Personal: Finding your Essayist's Voice and Passion Workshop | Weekend — Mar 10-12

 

The stranger the times, the more the personal essay shines. Not to be confused with the sleep aid we learned to crank out in 6th grade, nor the over-written plea included in our college application, the best personal essay is passionate, eccentric, provocative, and about one inch from coming off the rails. Which makes them a blast to write. Come with ideas, leave with a better sense of your voice, true subjects, point of view, and power. | Maximum 12 students

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Weekend: March 10-12 | 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: $269 (cash/check); $277 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $284 (cash/check); $292 (PayPal).

NEW: Edward Derby's Fictional Journeys Workshop | Mar 13 - Apr 10

"A voice is a human gift; it should be cherished and used, to utter fully human speech as possible. Powerlessness and silence go together." ~ Margaret Atwood

All great literature is one of two stories; a person goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town." (attributed to Tolstoy) We'll write and workshop journey stories, crossing literal and figurative thresholds in search of the insights that only the wanderer can discover. Maximum 12 students

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Mondays, Mar 13 - Apr 10, 5:15 - 7:15, 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); $214 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $222 (cash/check); $229 (PayPal).

NEW: Brian Benson's Craft of Creative Nonfiction Workshop | Mar 14 - Apr 11

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.

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Tuesdays, 5:15 - 7:15pm, Mar 14 - Apr 11, 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); $214 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $222 (cash/check); $230 (PayPal).

NEW: Ed Skoog's Writing a Long Poem Workshop | Mar 15 - Apr 12

"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: 
Wednesdays, Mar 15 - Apr 12, 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); $214 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $222 (cash/check); $229 (PayPal).

NEW: Natalie Serber's Short Fiction Workshop | Mar 16 - Apr 13

“When well told, a story captured the subtle movement of change. If a novel was a map of a country, a story was the bright silver pin that marked the crossroads.” ~ Ann Patchett

There are two rules you must follow to get your story onto the page. First you have to have desire to dive in and try things out, to make mistakes and discoveries along the way. And second, you have to keep your butt in the writing chair. In this workshop we will focus on characterization, action, ideas, setting and language, all in the service of creating unique and shining narratives that stay with our readers. We will dig into a few stories from John Cheever, George Saunders, ZZ Packer, Amy Bloom. We will do a bit of generative writing together. The bulk of our time will be spent discussing each others work in supportive and critical conversations. Whether you are working on short stories, your very first story, or have a longer project in mind, you'll get thoughtful responses to your work, you'll flex your story-telling muscles and you'll be encouraged to keep you butt in the chair. 

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Thursdays, Mar 16 - Apr 13, 7:30 - 9:30pm, 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); $214 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $222 (cash/check); $229 (PayPal).

NEW: Brian Benson's Memoir Intensive | Weekend — Mar 25-26

"We live in a society in which people are allowed to tell their story, and that is what I do." ~ Salman Rushdie

This two-day intensive is designed to help writers tell vivid, absorbing stories about their lives. Through a mix of instruction, guided writes, and peer critique, writers will gain the tools they need to plan and experiment with essay and memoir. Participants will be invited to workshop a short piece, and will generate pages of new writing over the course the weekend. A perfect jump-start for writers new to memoir and essay!

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Saturday-Sunday, Mar 25-26, 9am - 2pm both days
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); $214 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $222 (cash/check); $230 (PayPal).

NEW: David Ciminello's Building Character Fiction Workshop | Apr 4 - May 2

“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. 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. | Maximum 12 writers

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Time: 
Tuesdays, Apr 4 - May 2, 7:30 - 9:3, 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); $214 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $222 (cash/check); $230 (PayPal).

NEW: Whitney Otto's First Chapters, or The Dark and Stormy Night Workshop | Apr 6 - May 11

It makes me so happy. To be at the beginning again, knowing almost nothing....when almost everything you thought you knew is wrong. ~ Tom Stoppard, Arcadia

How important is that first chapter of your novel or memoir?  The first paragraphs of your short story or essay?  Is there anything more exciting than those first words on the page, the invitation to the reader to come a long for the literary ride?  We will look at the elements that get the reader to turn the page, to read the next chapter and the next and the next. Everyone will turn in the first chapter of their novel or memoir (or a short story or essay) to be read and discussed. | Maximum 12 writers

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Thursdays, Apr 6 - May 11, 5:15 - 7:15pm, 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: $248 (cash/check); $255 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $263 (cash/check); $272 (PayPal).

NEW: Natalie Serber's Short Fiction Generative Playground Workshop | Apr 8 & 15

There's only one rule that I know of, babies—God damn it, you've got to be kind. ~ Kurt Vonnegut

Are you in need of inspiration? An injection of Oomph just the thing for your writing? Come spend two Saturday mornings with me. We'll do lots of writing, focusing on scene and character building, on creating interesting complications, developing setting and finding a multitude of beginnings. The goal for this 2 part workshop is to leave with a folder full of ideas for longer pieces and to spend two mornings with writers sharing their work, making art and doing some laughing. Back to back Saturdays. | Maximum 12 writers

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Saturdays, Apr 8 & 15, 10am - 1pm
Location: 
Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
Early Registration: $114 (cash/check); $120 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $129 (cash/check); $135 (PayPal). Tuition for Meetup workshops are non-refundable.

NEW: Wayne Gregory's So You Wanna Be A Writer? Workshop | Apr 18 - May 16

“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 write but it never feels like you’re getting where you want to go. You want to write, but you find that life seems to get in the way. You know you have a story you want to tell, but you’re not sure how to get started. The biggest culprit keeping us from writing is not lack of time, lack of skill, nor lack of things to write about. It’s 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. When you leave the class, you will know better your writing strengths and how to build on them; you will have a sense of direction about where to go with your writing; and, you will discover what 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: 
Tuesdays, Apr 18 - May 16, 7:30-9:30pm, 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); $214 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $222 (cash/check); $229 (PayPal).

NEW: Brian Benson's Craft of Memoir Workshop | Apr 25 - May 23

“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, writing resources, and publishing leads. | Maximum 12 students

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Tuesdays, Apr 25 - May 23, 5:15-7:15pm, 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); $214 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $222 (cash/check); $230 (PayPal).

NEW: Whitney Otto's Writing Small While Thinking Big Fiction Workshop | May 18 - June 22

You need to let the little things that would ordinarily bore you suddenly thrill you. ~ Andy Warhol

Flash fiction, sudden fiction, short shorts--whatever you call them, these sparkling little story gems can be dramatic, funny and, at times, surprisingly epic. They can stand alone as the little pieces of art they often are, or they can help the writer find his or her way into that novel or memoir.  They can be a cure for writers' block.  In this workshop we will look at what makes flash fiction, and I will be giving you topics and prompts for your own flash fiction, which we will share in the class. | Maximum 12 writers

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Thursdays, May 18 - June 22, 5:15 - 7:15pm, 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: $248 (cash/check); $255 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $263 (cash/check); $272 (PayPal).