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.

WORKSHOP 8: Apps due Nov 7

8 Writers for 8 Months

There's a saying in Italian which translates to keeping "Dreams in a drawer." Everyone talks about their "desk drawer book" which is the book they kind of work on, or they wrote a single draft then put it away thinking that someday they would return to it. So you've always told yourself, "I'm going to finish that book and if I could just pull together a group of a few committed writers to work with me, I could do this." Think of this eight month workshop as that particular someday.  Take your dream (your novel or memoir, or essay or short story collection) out of the drawer and into the world.

Led by inspirational teacher and writer Whitney Otto, WORKSHOP 8 selects eight writers who are ready to write that novel or memoir or collection (essays or short stories). You can come into the group with a full draft, or a partial draft, or an idea that you are ready to make into a manuscript. We are your audience and your colleagues. We are that writing group you've wanted to help you get to the end of a workable draft. The page count turned into the workshop will be higher than most workshops, so much of your book (if not all of your book) can be read and discussed. You commit to your art, and the workshop commits to you.

One of the essential benefits of WORKSHOP 8 is the unique schedule. The workshop meets January - June breaks for a summer of concentrated writing, and finally resumes in the fall, September - November. Additionally, the workshop meets for four weeks followed by a week break because it is hard for even the most seasoned writer to maintain an unending writing schedule. Building in breaks allows the writer to write at his or her own pace while processing the discussion from the workshop. 

Learn more and apply by Nov 7

 

Teacher: 
Time: 
Wednesdays, Jan 18 - Nov 8, 5:30-8pm
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: $1232 (cash/check); $1270 (Paypal). | Multiple payment options are available for accepted writers.

Attic Writers' League Workshop | Sep 26 - Oct 24

“Write without pay until somebody offers to pay.” ― Mark Twain
The Attic Writers' League focuses on three essential elements: imagination, metaphor, and story. The 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 Attic Writers' League was created and is led by Attic Institute president David Biespiel. The workshop emphasizes the importance of the practice of writing regularly, even if this means simply writing a single word, and then another one. The 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 the Attic Writers' League
 

Teacher: 
Time: 
Mondays, Sep 26 - Oct 24, 4-5pm, 5 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard | Maximum 12 students
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).

Poets MEETUP | Sep 28 | 6-9pm

Explore poetic form, 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. Taught by Associate Fellow John Morrison.

Register for this workshop

Teacher: 
Time: 
Tuesday | Sep 13 | 6-9pm
Location: 
Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
Early Registration: $57 (cash/check); $62 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $62 (cash/check); $67 (PayPal). Tuition for Meetup workshops are non-refundable.

Ed Skoog's Poetry Workshop | Oct 15 - Nov 12

"You don't make a poem with ideas, but with words."  ~ Stephanie Mallarme

This is a workshop for poets who are interested, as I am, not only in writing new poems but also continually questioning the nature of poetry, examining our assumptions about its techniques (particularly metaphor, line endings, and imagery), and wandering into the scary territories of feeling and meaning. I enjoy helping each student find new ways to develop poems, to push past the merely satisfactory draft, past virtuosity and even “mastery” into human moments of poetic truth, which are by nature unexpected and fleeting. We will discuss both the “call to speech” moment at the beginning of writing a poem and the way constructed audiences in our mind affect our revisions, all in light of West Coast poet Robert Duncan’s quote that “I do not use language, I cooperate with it, and that is a great distinction.” We will read and discuss poems and parts of essays by Denise Levertov, Ellen Bass, Ben Lerner, W.S. Merwin and Kevin Young. Students will write and share a new poem for each class, for group discussion. Workshop participants are encouraged not only to bring new poems but also to bring new ideas and questions to invigorate class discussion.

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Saturdays, Oct 15 - Nov 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: $202 (cash/check); $209 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $217 (cash/check); $224 (PayPal).

WEEKEND WORKSHOP: Wendy Willis' Digging the Well | Oct 22-23

"Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” ~ C. G. Jung

This motivational workshop for writers of all genres will deepen your writing practice by showing you how to access stories and images from your deepest imagination. Finding inspiration from writers such as Adrienne Rich, W. G. Sebald, Frank Stanford, Virginia Woolf, Italo Calvino, Salman Rushdie, and Isabelle Allende, we will use a series of exercises throughout the workshop, plus one overnight writing assignment, to expand your access to the unconscious and generate wilder, more surprising work.

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Weekend: October 22-23 | Saturday 9am-2pm | Sunday 9am - 1pm | 9 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: $182 (cash/check); $188 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $197 (cash/check); $203 (PayPal).

NEW: Zahir Janmohamed's Personal Essay Writing Workshop | Oct 24 - Nov 21

“The problem, you realize, is that while you have been raised to speak quietly and little, the notions of where you come from and who you are need a maximal approach.” Chang-rae Lee

Are you frustrated by the lack of diversity in today’s media landscape? Yeah me too. The good news is media outlets are increasingly becoming aware of this lack of diversity and today they are actively seeking new voices to write about race, religion, sexuality, gender, disability, abuse, trauma, mental illness, and class. In this class about writing from the margins, you will learn how to write personal essays that are vulnerable, nuanced, sensitive, and challenging. I know from my own struggles with this genre that part of the blockage many of us have in writing about ourselves is actually off the page. To address this, we will focus on writing prompts and readings to help you think about issues of identity/trauma/pain in new ways. We will then apply these craft tools to our own work and review each other's essays. Finally, we discuss how you can write email pitches to editors to get your piece published. | Maximum 12 students

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Time: 
Mondays, 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: $202 (cash/check); $209 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $217 (cash/check); $224 (PayPal).

NEW: John Morrison's Poetry Workshop | Oct 25 - Nov 22

“I’ve got my duty; and I shall, as is the fashion nowadays, take pride in setting it aside.” Arthur Rimbaud

Are you ready to start writing new poems with the power of discover — because what is more seductive in a poem than discovery? Be it fresh, new language, an overwhelming image, or simply an inescapable momentum like the current of a fierce river, we might all die of boredom if poetry couldn’t strike new sparks and lead us to a new worlds. So how do we invite discovery into our work? We often must think like a child and return to our original poetic self. Our five week session will include discussion and exercises, where we will share our drafts and be open to opportunities for new possibilities and strategies. We will also ask about the bloodlines and life-blood of our poems, and move the pen across the paper in vibrant explorations. We will make a mess and maybe not even clean it up. As time allows, we may share our own writing “practice,” the rituals we employ to move us from first notion through revision to the version we are willing to send to a journal. We may also step into a few models from contemporary poetry. | Maximum 12 students

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Tuesdays, Oct 25 - Nov 22, 7:30-9:30pm, 5 weeks
Location: 
attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard | Maximum 12 students
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $202 (cash/check); $209 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $217 (cash/check); $224 (PayPal).

NEW: Merridawn Duckler's From Character to Story Workshop | Oct 25 - Nov 22

“Everything I know about human nature, I learned from myself.” Anton Chekhov

Character development in fiction is at the root of short stories When you create compelling, multi-dimensional characters, your stories take on a life you never expected — and the discoveries are essential. In this workshop we will focus on developing characters and story arcs. Using your writing we will discuss the differences between plot driven and a character driven short stories. We will emphasize discovering where the story starts, whose story it is, and expanding a story's dramatic potential by narrowing its focus. We will review contemporary short stories for inspiration and practical advice, and critique student stories according to their their designs and ambitions.

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Time: 
Tuesdays, Oct 25 - Nov 22, 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: $202 (cash/check); $209 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $217 (cash/check); $224 (PayPal).

NEW: Natalie Serber's Short Stories 2 Workshop | Oct 25 - Nov 22

Session #2

"...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, on the surface." ~ Tessa Hadley

Short Story-Palooza - A deep dive into story craft

In this two part -10 week class we’ll begin with a deep dive into craft. For five weeks we’ll discuss and dissect storytelling features such as place, character & conflict, point of view, scene & dialog. We’ll have readings from great writers like John Cheever, Jhumpa Lahiri, Junot Diaz, Jenny Ofill and more. We’ll write from prompts and have plenty of opportunity to generate new work. During the second five week session we’ll put our storytelling muscles to work, expanding the prompts from session one into unique and shining stories, or, working with stories you may already have filed away. The bulk of our time in session two will be in workshop. Through peer support and critical discussion you’ll get thoughtful responses to your work with an eye toward making the stories shimmer.

Session two is open to students from session one, and by instructor approval.  | Maximum 12 students

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Tuesdays, Oct 25 - Nov 22, 7:30-9:30pm, 5 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard | Maximum 12 students
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $202 (cash/check); $209 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $217 (cash/check); $224 (PayPal).

NEW: Brian Benson's Craft of Creative Nonfiction Workshop | Oct 26 - Nov 23

"Stories are compasses and architecture; we navigate by them, we build our sanctuaries and our prisons out of them, and to be without a story is to be lost in the vastness of a world that spreads in all directions like arctic tundra or sea ice. To love someone is to put yourself in their place, we say, which is to put yourself in their story, or figure out how to tell yourself their story.” ― Rebecca Solnit

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

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Teacher: 
Workshop Day: 
Time: 
Wednesdays, Oct 26 - Nov 23, 5:15 - 715pm, 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: $202 (cash/check); $209 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $217 (cash/check); $224 (PayPal).

NEW: Wayne Gregory's Writer's Toolbox: Essentials of the Craft | Oct 27 - Dec 1

“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 overyou’re 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. No class on Thanksgiving. | Maximum 12 students

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Thursdays, Oct 27 - Dec 1, 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: $202 (cash/check); $209 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $217 (cash/check); $224 (PayPal).

NEW: Edward Derby's Time to Write Workshop | Oct 29 - Nov 26

“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.” —Annie Dillard

Time for exploring with language in a directed and supportive atmosphere. Each session uses unique assignments to help you discover and develop your voice as well as create new material. Unlike a critique workshop, we’ll focus on the process, not the result, so that you’ll have many new pieces to pursue and revise. Develop a variety of tips and techniques that will enable you to create writing time and space in your own life after the class is complete.

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Saturdays, Oct 29-Nov 26, 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: $202 (cash/check); $209 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $217 (cash/check); $224 (PayPal).

NEW: Whitney Otto's Mixed Genre Workshop | Nov 2 - Dec 7

"The process of writing has something infinite about it. Even though it is interrupted each night, it is one single notation." ~Elias Canetti

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. | Maximum 12 students

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Wednesdays, Nov 2 - Dec 7, 7:30-9:30pm, 5 weeks (No class the week of Thanksgiving)
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: $202 (cash/check); $209 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $217 (cash/check); $224 (PayPal).

NEW: Attic Writers' League Workshop | Nov 7 - Dec 5

“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. Attic Writers' League was created and is led by Attic Institute president David Biespiel. 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

Register for this workshop

Teacher: 
Time: 
Mondays, Nov 7 - Dec 5, 4-5pm, 5 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard | Maximum 12 students
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).