Classes at the Attic

APPLICATION DEADLINE MAY 31: The Atheneum: Master Writing Program

Portland's groundbreaking master writing program.

The 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 in fiction, nonfiction, or poetry and to seed literary life in the city. Atheneum Fellows form a special community of literary artists and citizens. Many fellows have completed manuscripts for publication and have furthered their goals as writers.

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Time: 
September 2014 - June 2015

FREE: Consult about Your Writing

Let us help you with your writing. Call us.

We invite you 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.

PLAN AHEAD: Poets Studio | Apply by Sep 10

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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. It is designed to give form and focus to your poetry writing. The Poets Studio is open to applications from all poets (see application information below). Poets join the Poets Studio either as members or as auditors and attend for the entire session. This creates the Poets Studio's special experience: a steady, supportive, and comprehensive study of your poetry among other poets.

To Apply: To apply to join the next Poets Studio, please send ten (10) pages of poems and a 250 words "Statement of Goals" to the Attic Institute.

Deadline to apply is September 10.

APPLY NOW

Teacher: 
Time: 
Wed, 5:30 - 8pm, Oct 7 - June 1, 30 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
Registration for the 30 weeks of Poets Studio is $1505. There is a discount for membrs who register in full, a one-time payment of $1420 by cash or check ($1463 via PayPal). Members can also make registration payments in four installments: $376 cash/check ($388 via PayPal) per payment. Registration is due Oct 1, Nov 1, Jan 15, Mar 1. Learn more about registration: http://atticinstitute.com/content/poetsstudio

SUMMER: David Biespiel's Poets Studio [Summer Session] | June 10 - July 1

Get a taste of this groundbreaking way to study writing poetry

A poet's lifetime of experiences is the basis to develop poetic art, method, and practice — culminating in the creation and even publication of new poetry. The Poets Studio approach to writing and revising your poems inspires accountability, and it teaches you to experiment and learn more about your subjects, your style, and your capacity for growth as a poet. The Poets Studio special summer session provides an introduction to the steady, supportive, and comprehensive study of poetry among poets that characterizes the Poets Studio experience. Summer session is open to all poets. The workshops runs 2.5 hours each night. There is no application process. All participants take the summer class as "members." No class: July 16.

Learn more about the Poets Studio Oct - May program.

Register for this workshop

Teacher: 
Time: 
Wednesdays, 5:30 - 8pm, June 10 - July 1, four 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: $175 (cash/check); $181 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $190 (cash/check); $196 (PayPal).

SUMMER: Jennifer Lauck's Advanced Craft of Memoir Workshop PM | June 11 - July 16

This class is all about you, the writer with a true story (memoir or fictionalized). Pure fiction writer?  YES, you are most welcome too! In this class, as in all of my classes, I create a unique space for sharing, learning and thinking about the methods behind excellent story telling.  I also help you toward the madness of writing, which is that magical infusion of soul that can rise (if you allow it) from a much deeper place within.

If you've been pre-approved, sign up, and we'll see you soon.  If you are interested, please sign up but also contact me directly.  jennifer@Jenniferlauck.com.   Click here to see student pages created by Jennifer for Attic Institute writers.

 

Register for this workshop

Teacher: 
Time: 
Thursdays, 5:30 - 8:30pm, June 11 - July 16, 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: $338 (cash/check); $349 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $353 (cash/check); $364 (PayPal).

SUMMER: Jennifer Lauck's Methods of Memoir Workshop: Turn Life into Story | June 15 - July 20

This is a workshop based, lab style writing class where you learn to hone your lived experience into a well told story.  Novelists are also welcome as this class is a fusion of both CNF (creative non-fiction) and ficton.  We study literature and screenwriting (films) as a way to deepen our understanding story.  You will read your work out loud, create new work from prompts, and study essay's, short stories, movies (for structure).  I'll also help you set goals for your writing practice and be incorporating great advice from other writers including Jane Smiley, Robert McKee, Robert Olin Bulter, and Stephen King. This is a terrific class for the writer whose had some experience with their craft and needs a community, as well as mentorship.  You will leave these classes inspired and energized.  

NOTE:  Former students of The Bones of Storytelling and AM Craft Class will be very happy here as well.

Register for this workshop

 

Teacher: 
Time: 
Mondays, 5:30- 8:30pm, June 15 - July 20, 6 weeks
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $338 (cash/check); $349 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $353 (cash/check); $364 (PayPal).

SUMMER: Wayne Gregory's Telling Stories: How to Write Fiction Workshop | June 16 - July 14

As soon as humans could speak, they gathered around the fire to tell stories. We’ve been doing it ever since.  We love to tell stories and to hear them because they have the power to change us. But how to take that story in your head and craft it into a fictional form that will grab and hold your readers? This class will show you! You will learn about some of the basic elements of fiction (plot, character development, point of view, description, and dialogue) and you will gain strategies to bring all these elements together into well-crafted writing. You will walk away with a clear sense of where to go with your fiction and how to move to the next level. Create a new, short work of fiction or bring in excerpts from something that you have already been working on. Get tips, resources, and the valuable feedback of your fellow fiction writers. Register now and get ready to tell your story.

Register for this workshop

Teacher: 
Time: 
Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30pm, June 16 - July 14
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); $210 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $217 (cash/check); $225 (PayPal).

SUMMER: Jennifer Lauck's Bones of Storytelling Workshop AM | June 17 - July 29

This is a truly extraordinary class that will deepen your understanding of story.  Beginner to advanced, you will leave with a plan to start (or finish) your novel, essay, short story, or memoir.

We study:

Concept and theme.

The seven basic plots.

Three, four, and five part structure systems.

Character types. 

Four dimensions of setting.

An interactive class, you'll use these tools to map your story idea on the W structure chart.  Jennifer will also teach how to sharpen your story idea to have a powerful impact agent, editor, publisher, and reader. 

Let creativity and advance planning work together.  Save yourself years of confusion, wasted time, frustration and rejection.  Leave this class with clarity, knowledge and a plan to finish (and publish) your novel, memoir and/or short story/creative non-fiction collection.

Click here to see Jennifer's Student page for outline of class.

Register for this workshop

Teacher: 
Time: 
Wednesday, 11am - 1pm, June 17 - July 29, 7 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: $265 (cash/check); $274 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $280 (cash/check); $289 (PayPal).

SUMMER: Jennifer Lauck's Craft of Memoir Workshop AM | June 18 - July 23

This class is all about you, the writer with a true story (memoir or fictionalized). Pure fiction writer?  YES, you are most welcome too! In this class, as in all of my classes, I create a unique space for sharing, learning and thinking about the methods behind excellent story telling.  I also help you toward the madness of writing, which is that magical infusion of soul that can rise (if you allow it) from a much deeper place within.

Register for this workshop

Teacher: 
Time: 
Thursdays, 10:30am - 1:30pm, June 18 - July 23, 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: $338 (cash/check); $349 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $353 (cash/check); $364 (PayPal).

SUMMER: Merridawn Duckler's One-Day Weeknight Get Writing Workshop | Thursday July 9

Kick-start your writing with a four-hour workshop focused on your new ideas. Whether you are a beginning writer or have been writing for years, this workshop will provide you with some materials for a fresh start. Open to fiction and nonfiction writers, and anyone looking to receive some gentle encouragement and expert guidance in realizing your literary potential -- and also a good place to test the waters for the autumn workshops at the Attic.

Register for this workshop

 

Time: 
Thursday, July 9, 4-8pm, 4 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: $80 (cash/check); $83 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $95 (cash/check); $99 (PayPal).
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SUMMER: Merridawn Duckler's One-Day Get Writing Workshop | Sunday July 12

Kick-start your writing with a four-hour workshop focused on your new ideas. Whether you are a beginning writer or have been writing for years, this workshop will provide you with some materials for a fresh start. Open to fiction and nonfiction writers, and anyone looking to receive some gentle encouragement and expert guidance in realizing your literary potential -- and also a good place to test the waters for the autumn workshops at the Attic.

Register for this workshop

Time: 
Sunday, July 12, 4-8pm, 4 hours
Location: 
Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 4232 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $80 (cash/check); $83 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $95 (cash/check); $99 (PayPal).

SUMMER: Natalie Serber's Personal Essay Workshop | July 14 - Aug 11 (NEW DATES to be announced soon)

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 to 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 employ 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, Wells Tower 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.

Register for this workshop

Teacher: 
Time: 
Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30pm, July 14 - Aug 11
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); $210 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $217 (cash/check); $225 (PayPal).

Summer Writing Camp for Teens

Back for year FIVE, the Summer Writing Camp is a great way for teen writers to stay engaged with the writing process during the summer. For writers ages 13-17, the camp provides a unique, supportive and cooperative learning environment where they can write, create and share their work with confidence. Students in this open-ended workshop will meet eight times over three weeks to work on personal narrative, fantasy, fiction, essays, poetry, and any other type of writing they wish. Writers will be heavily engaged in peer critiques, feedback, and revision. The camp’s overall goal is to help keep teens and pre-teens engaged with the writing process so they are better prepared to utilize their creative skills through junior high, high school and beyond.
 

Learn more and register

Time: 
The summer writing camp meets a total of 8 times over 3 weeks at Attic Institute, located at 4232 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland. Each session is three hours long (10 a.m to 1 p.m.) Dates Mon, Wed., Fri., Aug. 5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 17, 19 and 21
Location: 
Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 4232 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Total Fee: 
Fees vary. Learn more: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PTRBZRN