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.

David Ciminello's Poetry of Prose Workshop | Sep 21 - Oct 19

“To me, writing is not what it’s about, but the inner music the words make.” — Truman Capote

How can poetic elements be used to make your writing sing? This workshop marries elements of poetry and poetic license with the art of fiction and non-fiction. Through a series of prompt-based in-class exercises and at-home writing assignments participants will explore literary and poetic techniques to help unleash the music in their writing. Strong focus on character, setting, scene, wordsmithing, form, and theme. | Maximum 12 writers

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Time: 
Thursdays, 7:30-9:30pm, Sep 21 - Oct 19 | 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).

Whitney Otto's Not Your High School English Class Essay Workshop | Sep 21 - Nov 9

"Personal essay — a story comprised of found fact, of analyzed emotion, of fictive memory." Barry Lopez

A good essay can have the power of a good story. Michel Montaigne, the 16th century nobleman, is said to be the father of the personal essay.  His topics ran from the profound (grief at losing a friend) to questions of society to the whimsical (wondering about his cat’s social interactions). No topic was off limits. Ralph Waldo Emerson said he felt “written” into Montaigne’s timeless essays. The beauty of the form is it’s flexibility, and the way it can move from personal to academic to narrative. Do you want to write about love? Nature? Your own cat? The origins of string theory? The story of the Empire State Building? A trip you took one summer? As Montaigne wrote, of his 107 essays, Que sais-je? French for, What do I know? Come and let’s explore what you know. Anything goes in this essay writing class where we will talk about the elements of essay-writing that make this delightful literary form a joy to write and to read. | Maximum 12 students

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Thursdays, 5:15 - 7:15pm, Sep 21 - Nov 9, 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: $332 (cash/check); $347 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $347 (cash/check); $362 (PayPal).

Matthew Dickman's Small Rooms & Big Worlds Chapbook Workshop | Sep 23 - Dec 9 FULL -- WAIT LIST ONLY

“Poetry is eternal graffiti written in the heart of everone.” Lawrence Ferlinghetti

I have always been interested in and beguiled by chapbooks. I have read them, collected them, and coveted them. In this special three-month class we will be looking at chapbooks by well-known and new poets, discussing their themes and how they are put together, finding our own subjects, writing new poems and producing our own chapbooks. The class will end with a reading and presentation of our work! | Maximum: 10 writers

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Saturdays, Sep 23 - Dec 9, 10am-12pm, 12 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: $498 (cash/check); $518 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $513 (cash/check); $533 (PayPal).

WEEKEND WORKSHOP: Wayne Gregory's Writer's Tool Kit Workshop | Oct 6-8

“Learn the rules like a pro so you can break them like an artist.” ~ Pablo Picasso

Sizzling plot ideas. Dynamic characters. Your inspiration is bubbling over. Your story is begging to be written. Time now to learn the nuts and bolts of the craft so your creativity can find it’s way into a story that grabs and holds your readers. This workshop will help you learn some of the basic conventions for good writing that successful writers use. You will learn how to avoid common errors, how to show rather than tell, and how to develop writing strategies to organize your ideas into an engaging narrative that keeps your readers turning the pages. You will learn by doing in-class writing exercises that will focus on writing tools and resources that will help you hone your craft long after the workshop is over. Come learn the rules and discover the tools that will strengthen your writing and help you be intentional and effective when you tell your stories.  | Maximum 12 students

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Weekend: Oct 6-8, Fri 6-8pm, Sat 1-5pm, 1-5pm, 10 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: $207 (cash/check); $219 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $222 (cash/check); $234 (PayPal).

WEEKEND WORKSHOP: Kate Carroll de Gutes' Breaking Down the Walls Workshop | Oct 7-8

We all have periods when we feel stuck, and the best way to bust down the walls of our self-imposed cells is through prompts, walking in the world and taking notice, and even pulling from other writers. In this day-long workshop, we'll work from prompts, walk through the Hawthorne neighborhood and eavesdrop on conversations, and also pull random lines from The Attic's extensive library--and drop the latter two into our work. This technique works for any genre, but is particularly suited to prose writers.

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Time: 
WEEKEND: Oct 7-8, 1-5pm both days | 8 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: $166 (cash/check); $172 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $181 (cash/check); $187 (PayPal).

NEW FOR FALL: Merridawn Duckler's Fiction Workshop | Oct 23 - Nov 20

“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. Plot 101 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: 
Mondays, Oct 23-Nov 20, 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); $219 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $222 (cash/check); $234 (PayPal).

NEW FOR FALL: Edward Derby's Creative Writing Workshop | Oct 24 - Nov 21

Beware of advice—even this.” —Carl Sandburg

The first paragraph is the rest of the story.  The first paragraph is written last. We will read and discuss a short story each class and examine how this works for different authors. We will craft and workshop our own stories with special attention to beginnings.

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Tuesdays, 7:30-9:30pm, Oct 24 - Nov 21, 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).

NEW FOR FALL: John Morrison's Goofball Poetry Workshop | Oct 24 - Nov 21

“[Theirs is] a passionate conviction that everything matters intensely, most especially the freedom of play” Tony Hoagland

What can Goofballs teach us? They create and take us into a world, a narrative, that makes absolute sense in a wacky-slant kind of way, all the while with a wild reverence for the imagination and a pure commitment to fun. And that word, fun, is one we often ignore in the pursuit of our poems. By reading deeply and following faithfully the poems of some of our sweetest Goofballs – think James Tate, Ross Gay, Heather Christle, Dean Young --  we’ll explore and build up our own generative joy as we draft and share new poems. Come ready to scribble and follow where surprise, odd logic, and wordplay take you. Open to poets of any and all experience who are willing to set aside the somber to recharge their poetic batteries.

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Tuesdays, 5:15-7:15, Oct 24 - Nov 21, 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).

NEW FOR FALL: Jon Raymond's Fiction Writing Workshop | Oct 24 - Nov 21

"If you write one story, it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favor." – Edgar Rice Burroughs

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

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Tuesdays, Oct 24 - Nov 21, 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); $219 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $222 (cash/check); $234 (PayPal).

NEW FOR FALL: David Ciminello's Building Character Fiction Workshop | Oct 26 - Nov 23

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. | Maximum 12 writers

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Time: 
Thursdays, Oct 26 - Nov 23, 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); $219 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $222 (cash/check); $234 (PayPal).

NEW FOR FALL: Brian Benson's Craft of Memoir Workshop | Oct 31 - Nov 28

“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. No class Thanksgiving Day. | Maximum 12 students

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Tuesdays, 5:15 - 7:15pm, Oct 31 - Nov 28, 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).

NEW FOR FALL: Natalie Serber's Short Fiction Workshop | Nov 13 - Dec 11

Fiction is condensed reality; and that's why its flavor is more intense, like bouillon or frozen orange juice.— Allison Lurie

There are no fixed rules you must follow to get your story onto the page. You have to want to do it, have the confidence to dive in and try things out (making mistakes and discoveries along the way), and you must have the tenacity to keep going. In this workshop we will exercise our story-telling muscles: structure, conflict, characterization, dialog, compelling stakes, true sentences, precise details, all in the service of creating unique and shining narratives that stay with our readers. We will dig into a few stories from Junot Diaz, 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.

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Mondays, 5:15 - 7:15, Nov 13 - Dec 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); $219 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $222 (cash/check); $234 (PayPal).