Classes at the Attic

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.

FREE: Attic Atheneum Application Information Meeting

The Atheneum master wrirting program will improve your productivity as a writer. Because while your life can get hectic with endless needs to be met, from work to doing the dishes, there are ways to spend your time as a writer more wisely. And every writer can benefit from one-on-one conferences with supportive and succesful writers alongside seeding a literary community to last you a lifetime.

Register for the Information Meeting

Applications accepted from May 1 - May 31

Teacher: 
Time: 
Friday, May 2, 4pm
Location: 
Attic Institute, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
Free
Deposit: 

Poets Studio: Steady. Supportive. Comprehensive.

Poets Studio is a fundamentally new way to study poetry at the Attic Institute. Poets who join the Poets Studio attend continuously throughout the year. This continuity creates the Poets Studio's special experience of steady and transformative improvement of writing poems. All participants receive David Biespiel's private reading list, "The First One-Fifty," which is comprised of 150 poems from anonymous to Auden, selected from The Norton Anthology of Poetry. By joining the Poets Studio, you confirm that writing and publishing poetry is a practice that calls for extended and sustained study.

Learn more about the Poets Studio.

Join the Poets Studio

Teacher: 
Time: 
Wednesdays, 5:30-8pm, September - July
Location: 
Attic Institute, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
Poets Studio meets from September-July. There are 40 workshops and 12 weeks of breaks built into the workshop calendar. Members/Auditors make four payments: Members: $395 (cash/check; $407 (Paypal), Auditors: $250 (check/cash); $258 (Paypal.) Payments are due on Feb 1, May 1, Aug 1, and Nov 1.

The Attic Atheneum: Master Writing Program | Apply by May 31

Portland's groundbreaking master writing program.

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.

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Time: 
September 2014 - June 2015
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MICRO CLASS: Liz Prato's ABC's of Literary Journal Submission Workshop | Sat., Apr 19

What Submission Guidelines Don’t Tell You: An Insider’s Guide to Submitting to Literary Journals That Can Work For You

Whether you’re just thinking  about sending your work out to literary journals, or you’ve already received a  handful of rejections, this class will explain how the dizzying process really works. We’ll cover targeting  markets, formatting work, handling rejections, and what happens when you get  accepted. After this lively class, you’ll be ready to charge the world of  publishing. (Note: Not for book-length publishing)

“I attended  a Liz Prato’s mini-workshop on publishing, & it was great. I walked away  with reassuring statistics on how many rejections to expect as opposed to  acceptances, models for cover letters, an online source for literary journals,  & lots of good, practical advice.” ~ Cindy Stewart-Rinier

Register for this class

Teacher: 
Time: 
Saturday, April 19, 1 - 3pm, one day
Location: 
Attic Institute, 4232 SE Hawthorne
Total Fee: 
$50 (cash/check); $59 (Paypal). Because this is a two-hour workshop and space is limited, registration is non-refundable.

MICRO CLASS: The New Self-Publishing ABC's with Art Edwards | Apr 27

You've completed your manuscript and now you want to get it out to the world. How do you go from A to B? Art Edwards, award-winning self-published author, employs his decade of knowledge in the field to help you create the book you've always dreamed of, and get it to the folks who want it. This one-day seminar, which will cover both book-book and ebook formats, explores every aspect of self-publishing, from editing and formatting to print options (traditional press, print-on-demand, ebook) to marketing. The goal of the course is to take the fogginess out of the process for you and get you on a path toward successful self-publication.

Register for this class now

Time: 
Sunday, April 27, 10am - 4pm, one day only
Location: 
Attic Institute, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
$95 (cash/check); $103 (Paypal)

Jennifer Lauck's Craft of Memoir Workshop (P.M.) | Apr 28 - July 7 FULL: WAIT LIST ONLY

Write a memoir that hooks and holds the reader

This class is for the writer with a true story (memoir or fictionalized) and a desire to finish a sellable manuscript.  Learn to whittle huge volumes of material into an interesting and compelling read. 

  • Learn:  Plot, structure, character, scene. 
  • Learn how to make your writing cinematic, imagistic & engaging. 
  • Learn the rules of memoir and fictionalizing life stories.
  • Learn to be a better writer through reading great writing. 
  • Hear your own work and the work of others and get great feedback.

Beginning to advanced, everyone is welcome and walks away with handouts, resources, examples and inspiration. Click here to see student pages created by Jennifer for her Attic writers.

Class meets on April 28, May 12, May 26, June 9, June 23, July 7

NOTE:  Fiction writer?  Yes, you are welcome too!

WAIT LIST ONLY

Teacher: 
Workshop Day: 
Time: 
Mondays, 5:30 - 8:30pm, April 28 - July 7, 6 class meetings every other week (No meeting on Memorial Day)
Location: 
Attic Institute, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
$325 (cash/check); $335 (PayPal)

Elizabeth Rusch's Book Proposal Writing Workshop | May 1 - May 29

Writing a book proposal is your best first step to writing a nonfiction or creative nonfiction book — and also enormously useful for memoir and short story collections and for help finding an agent. Often an excellent proposal helps you organize your ideas, understand the competition, and can help you land a publishing contract even before you write the book! This five-week class will take you step-by-step through the major parts of the book proposal: the query letter, overview, competitive analysis, the market, marketing and promotions, author background, and outline. Come with an idea, come ready to write, and you can leave with a rough draft of a proposal.  (For writers of books for adults and children, nonfiction, memoir and linked short story collections.)

The class gives good insight into the process and forms of writing a book proposal. It’s useful not only in practical terms (of writing the proposal) but it’s also a useful blueprint to help you discover what your book will be about. —Joseph Ahearne

Liz’s reference information was clear and helpful. I will be referring back to the handouts for a long time to come. —Christy Peterson

Liz’s class was extremely useful and inspiring. She very clearly and expertly laid out the various parts of the book proposal and got us all started writing each section so that many of us came out of class with finished proposal drafts. Liz’s responses to our writing were extremely insightful and helpful. —Stacey Vallas

Elizabeth Rusch’s class on writing a book proposal was incredibly useful in several ways. First, I learned to write a proposal by doing one. Second, it helped me think about my novel in practical, nuts & bolts terms. Last it made me hopeful, inspired even, to keep moving forward in this fabulous, grueling act of writing a book. —Julianna Waters

It’s a great class if you’re just starting your book & it’s a great class to refine your book. You will learn things you didn’t know you needed to learn. —Lou Ann Bennett

Obviously, Liz knows her stuff. Inspirational. —Susie Neighbors

Register for this workshop

Teacher: 
Time: 
Thursdays, 5-7pm, May 1 - May 29, 5 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute, 4232 SE Hawthorne
Total Fee: 
$202 (cash/check): $210 (Paypal)

Jennifer Lauck's Craft of Memoir Workshop (AM) | May 5 - June 9 | B

Write a memoir that hooks and holds the reader

This class is for the writer with a true story (memoir or fictionalized) and a desire to finish a sellable manuscript.  Learn to whittle huge volumes of material into an interesting and compelling read. 

  • Learn structure.  Theme.  Character.  Plot.  Arc.  Scene. 
  • Learn how to make your writing cinematic, imagistic and engaging. 
  • Learn the rules of memoir. 
  • Learn the rules of fictionalizing real life. 
  • Learn to be a better writer. 

Beginning to advanced, everyone is welcome and walks away with handouts, resources, examples and inspiration.   Click here to see student pages created by Jennifer for her Attic writers.

NOTE:  Fiction writer?  Yes, you are welcome too!

(NO CLASS MEMORIAL DAY)

Register for this class

 

Teacher: 
Time: 
Mondays, May 5 - June 9, 10:30 am to 1:30pm, 3hrs per class/5 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute, 4232 SE Hawthorne
Total Fee: 
$282 (cash/check); $291 (Paypal)

James Bernard Frost's Creative Writing Workshop: Telling Stories | May 6 - June 3

In this workshop we'll explore the basics of story craft. We’ll learn about how to write a great opening, how to launch the major question of the story, how to add suspense and surprises, and how to end with a bang.  We’ll be working directly with student stories for friendly conversation, examples, and critique.  Be prepared to bring in a few short stories of your own.

Taught by novelist James Bernard Frost, author of three novels: World Leader Pretend, A Very Minor Prophet, Harold's Ark.

Register for this class


 

Time: 
Tuesdays, 5 - 7pm, May 6 - June 3, 5 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
$202 (cash/check); $210 (Paypal)

Jennifer Lauck's Bones of Storytelling Workshop | May 6 - June 3 | D

Plot, structure and character study for more powerful writing

In this class, learn and practice:

  • The seven basic plots.
  • Three/four and five part structure systems.
  • Story concept and theme.
  • Seven character types. 

Jennifer will help map your story idea on her W structure chart and her expanded pillar chart.  She will also teach how to sharpen your story to impact agent, editor, publisher and reader. 

Let creativity and advance planning work together in your process.  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 the student pages, created for each class Jennifer teaches for The Attic. 

Register for this class

 

Teacher: 
Time: 
Tuesdays, May 6 - June 3, 11am - 1pm, 5 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute, 4232 SE Hawthorne
Total Fee: 
$202 (cash/check); $210 (Paypal)

John Morrison's Craft of Poetry Workshop | May 6 - June 3

Through a study of the writing process and practice, we will explore and nurture your ambitions, kindle your delight in making and revising poems, and add new discipline for you at your writing desk. Our big goal is to help you, no matter what level of experience you're at as a poet, to develop the practice that will guide and inspire you for the next six months, and beyond, as well as when you write a new poem tomorrow morning. Includes discussion of all aspects of the writing process, including print and online publication ideas.

Register for this class

Teacher: 
Time: 
Tuesdays, May 6 - June 3, 8-10pm 5 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute, 4232 SE Hawthorne
Total Fee: 
$202 (cash/check); $210 (Paypal)

Andrea Hollander's Befriending the Muse: A Generative Poetry Workshop | May 7 - June 4

 

Taking a workshop is one thing, but continuing to write after it ends is another. In this one you will learn how to establish and maintain a writing routine, how to avoid writer’s block, and how to develop valuable habits that not only keep you writing but writing well. At each session you will also draft a new poem.

Register for this class

Time: 
Wednesdays, 9:30am - 12:30pm, May 7 - June 4, five weeks/3 hours per class
Location: 
Attic Institute, 4232 SE Hawthorne
Total Fee: 
$282 (cash/check); $291 (PayPal)

Jennifer Lauck's Bones of Storytelling Workshop | May 11 - June 8 | C

Plot, structure and character study for more powerful writing

In this class, learn and practice:

  • The seven basic plots.
  • Three/four and five part structure systems.
  • Story concept and theme.
  • Seven character types. 

Jennifer will help map your story idea on her W structure chart and her expanded pillar chart.  She will also teach how to sharpen your story to impact agent, editor, publisher and reader. 

Let creativity and advance planning work together in your process.  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 the student pages, created for each class Jennifer teaches for The Attic. 

Register for this class

 

Teacher: 
Time: 
Time: Sundays, May 11 - June 8, 5:30 - 7:30pm 5 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute, 4232 SE Hawthorne
Total Fee: 
$202 (cash/check); $210 (Paypal)

Carter Sickels' Turning Life Into Fiction Workshop | May 12 - June 16

Fiction gives you the freedom to make up stories, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look at your own life for inspiration, ideas, characters, and more. This 5-week class will help you explore ways of using material from your own life to create engaging, evocative stories. The writer Tim O’Brien says, “Story-truth is truer sometimes than happening-truth.” You won’t just be writing “what you know,” but writing what you might discover—by blurring real-life experiences with whatever you dream up. Through writing prompts, you’ll mine memories and generate ideas from daily life, and, in the process, learn more about the craft of fiction.

The class meets: May 12, 19, June 2, 9, 16.

Register for this class

Time: 
Mondays, May 12 - June 16, 7:30-9:30pm, 5 weeks (the class meets: May 12, 19, June 2, 9, 16.)
Location: 
Attic Institute, 4232 SE Hawthorne
Total Fee: 
$202 (cash/check); $210 (Paypal)

Weekend Workshop: Karen Karbo's Making Your Writing Matter Workshop | June 6-8

The secret to good storytelling is simple: it must matter to the reader. Your novel or memoir can be smart, well-written and well-crafted, but the key to gaining the enthusiasm of agents, editors and readers is your ability to engage your audience. You care about your work, but will anyone else? How do you draw readers in and get them to invest? How do you create a narrative that is at once personal and universal? This three day intensive is for writers working on either fiction or non-fiction manuscripts and are looking to discover and nurture the deep, authentic story they're trying to tell, and in the process make it "matter."

Register for this workshop

Teacher: 
Time: 
Weekend: June 6-8 | Fri 6-9 | Sat 9-2 | Sun 9-2. 13 hour workshop
Location: 
Attic Institute, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
$242 (cash/check); $250 (Paypal)

Summer Writing Workshop for Young Writers

Summer Writing Camp at the Attic Institute

Back for year four, 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 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.

Led by Dave Jarecki, the camp’s overall goal is to help keep young writers engaged with the writing process so they are better prepared to utilize their creative skills through junior high, high school and beyond.

Online Enrollment Form for Writing Camp

Questions for Dave Jarecki

Teacher: 
Time: 
Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 29 — August 21, 10 a.m. — 1 p.m.
Location: 
Attic Institute, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
$250 for the entire eight sessions. A 10% discount is available for parents/families enrolling more than one student, and pro-rated discounts are available for students who will miss sessions due to scheduling conflicts. Limited to 12 students total.
Deposit: