Classes at the Attic

2018 SUMMER WORKSHOPS FOR YOUNG WRITERS

Led by Dave Jarecki

WHAT: Three separate, one-week intensives, each following a different thread of thought. 

AGES: 12 thru 18 (though age is less important than attitude). Please contact me directly if you have a younger writer who wants to be a part of the program.

Week 1 (July 23 - 27): "Conflict and change” - writers will power through friction in our fiction, poems and essays in order to see what's waiting on the other side. Ideal for writers who want to tackle issues, enjoy arguing, are in the middle of a long project, or just want to rage on the page. 

Week 2 (July 30 - Aug 3): "Generation character count
“ - writers will focus on moments of micro expression, and such  as flash fiction, micro essays, and broken poems. A great workshop for writers who enjoy short forms, or who get off to strong starts but get lost in the weeds. 

Week 3 (Aug 6 - 10): "Getting it all down” - writers will focus on voice, narrative, and form, and explore the fine line between suspense, shock and surprise. Great for writers who are in the midst of a long project, college essays, or want to set the framework for a book or collection. 

Enroll now to reserve a spot! 

Visit http://davejarecki.com/workshops/young-writers to learn more and to enroll in the summer 2018 workshops for young writers. 

Time: 
Monday thru Friday, starting July 23, and ending August 10. Sessions start at 10 a.m. and end at 1 p.m.
Location: 
Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
$150 for one week | $250 for two weeks | $325 for three weeks

APPS DUE: Atheneum Master Writing Program for 2018-2019 | Apply by May 31

An annual certificate program, the Attic Atheneum melds independent study under close faculty supervision, student receptions, public readings, and other special Atheneum events created around good food and great conversation, dialogue, and literary community.

Running for just under a year, the Atheneum is designed to advance your writing and seed literary life in the city. Atheneum Fellows form a unique community of literary artists and citizens.

Atheneum Faculty for 2018-2019: Matthew DickmanEd Skoog, Merridawn Duckler, Vanessa Veslka, Whitney Otto, Karen Karbo

Learn more and apply

Teacher: 
Time: 
Sep 2018 - June 2019
Location: 
Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
TBA

APPS DUE: Creative Nonfiction (CNF) Studio for July 12 - Aug 30 | Apply by June 25

Write what you know you want to know

The Creative Nonfiction (CNF) Studio is based on the idea that inspiration, accountability, and community are essential to every writer’s growth. The CNF Studio meets weekly for multi-month sessions, and its curriculum is designed to help you deepen your writing through a keener understanding of both literary craft and your own voice. The CNF Studio is open to applications from all writers, and members often return for multiple sessions. This creates the Studio’s special experience: a consistent, deep, and supportive study of your writing in the company of other writers. Each weekly session includes a close-reading and discussion of a selected work of creative nonfiction, a roundtable reading of take-home prompts, and in-depth critique of several works-in-progress. Over the course of their time in the CNF Studio, writers can expect to read widely and gain deep insight into their own writing, all the while exploring questions of structure, form, narration, truth, memory, influence, and voice.  The Studio culminates in a celebration at a nearby watering hole. | Maximum 10 students

Learn more about applying to the CNF Studio

To Apply: To apply to join the next Creative Nonfiction Studio, please send a writing sample of up to 3,500 words and a 250-word “Statement of Goals."

APPLY NOW

Teacher: 
Time: 
Thursdays, July 12 - Aug 30, 6:00 - 8:30pm, 7 weeks (No class Aug 2)
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Registration: $375 (cash/check); $390 (Paypal).

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.

Register for a free consult

 

Time: 
By appointment only.
Location: 
Telephone Conference Call
Total Fee: 
Free.

SUMMER: Poets Studio | June 23

Pour the poet into the art and the art into the poet.

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. Each summer, we offer a Summer Introduction session for poets interested in the program (although enrollment is open to anyone whether you're thinking about Poets Studio for next year or not). Poets Studio is designed to give form and focus to your poetry writing. This creates the Poets Studio's special experience: a steady, supportive, and comprehensive study of your poetry among other poets. Maximum writers: 12.

Register for this workshop

Teacher: 
Time: 
Saturday, June 23, 11am - 4pm.
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: $115 (cash/check); $121 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $130 (cash/check); $136 (PayPal)

SUMMER: David Ciminello's Flash Fiction Workshop | June 28 - July 26

"It is with words as with sunbeams. The more they are condensed, the deeper they burn." - Robert Southey

How can economy be used to a writer’s advantage? This workshop will explore the art of flash fiction: how to propel a story forward with as few words as possible. Writers will create a series of flash fiction pieces with the help of in-workshop exercises, at-home assignments, and assigned readings. Supportive workshop critique and revision will be a strong part of the process. Focus will be on radically imaginative explorations of form, plot, point of view, and dialogue as innovative means to a fast “The End." | Maximum: 12 writers

Register for this workshop

Time: 
Thursdays, 8-10pm, June 28 - July 26, 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)

SUMMER: Brian Benson's Craft of Creative Nonfiction Workshop | July 10 - Aug 21

“Nonfiction is never going to die.” Tom Wolfe

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 writers

Register for this workshop

 

Teacher: 
Time: 
Tuesdays, 5:30 - 7:30pm, July 10 - Aug 21, No class July 31, 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); $270 (PayPal).

SUMMER: Ed Skoog's Describing Your Life Workshop | July 23 - 27

This multi-genre workshop will assist writers who wish to go deep into what Toni Morrison called, in her Nobel lecture, "the vitality of language," which "lies in its ability to limn the actual, imagined and possible lives of its speakers, readers, writers." Through reading and writing exercises, we will concentrate on the craft of description, the techniques of characterization, and the impressionist approach, as described by Ford Madox Ford, "to produce the effect of life on the reader." This one-week course would be suitable for those interested in exploring these concepts in poetry, fiction, essay, memoir, drama, or any creative written medium, though the course will be led by a writer whose focus is poetry. Participants will write at least ten pages of new work in a variety of forms and styles. | Maximum: 12 writers

Register for this workshop

Teacher: 
Time: 
Mon-Fri, 10am-12pm, July 23 - July 27,
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)

SUMMER: Edward Derby's Poetry Workshop | July 30 - Aug 27

Finding the Truth in a Lie: Writing Poetry of Paradox, Persona, Non-sequitur, and Fallacy.

In this poetry workshop we will write and workshop your poems. Assignments and discussions will invite an investigation of where sense emerges from logical tension. Is the speaker the poet? Can a rhyme make trouble? What if you personify the furniture? Make false claims? We'll experiment with the unexpected, how insight and metaphor can spring from reversals, and from words and images energized with tension. Each week will bring a new writing assignment and an examination of published poems to help establish a frame of reference for work-shopping your poems. | Maximum writers: 12

Register for this workshop 

Teacher: 
Time: 
Mondays, 5:30 - 7:30pm, July 30 - Aug 27, 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).

SUMMER II: Ed Skoog's Describing Your Life Workshop | Aug 27 - 31

This multi-genre workshop will assist writers who wish to go deep into what Toni Morrison called, in her Nobel lecture, "the vitality of language," which "lies in its ability to limn the actual, imagined and possible lives of its speakers, readers, writers." Through reading and writing exercises, we will concentrate on the craft of description, the techniques of characterization, and the impressionist approach, as described by Ford Madox Ford, "to produce the effect of life on the reader." This one-week course would be suitable for those interested in exploring these concepts in poetry, fiction, essay, memoir, drama, or any creative written medium, though the course will be led by a writer whose focus is poetry. Participants will write at least ten pages of new work in a variety of forms and styles. | Maximum: 12 writers

Register for this workshop

 

Teacher: 
Time: 
Mon-Fri, 10am-12pm, Aug 27 - 31
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)