Classes at the Attic

APPS DUE AUG 30 Creative Nonfiction (CNF) Studio | Sep 20 - Dec 13

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. The studio meets for 11 weeks in the fall 2018. No classes on Oct 18 and November 22. | 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."

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Thursdays, 6:00 - 8:30pm, Sep 20 - Dec 13, 11 weeks
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Registration: $582 (cash/check); $604 (Paypal).

APPS DUE SEP 10: Poets Studio | Sep 24 - May 27

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Poets Studio is based on the idea that focusing on goals is the key to lasting growth as a poet. Poets Studio is a weekly workshop that runs for 30 weeks (October-June) each year. It is designed to give form and focus to your poetry writing. The Poets Studio is open to applications from all poets. Poets join the Poets Studio as members 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.

Read more about the Poets Studio.

Deadline to apply is September 10

To Apply: Please send ten (10) pages of poems and a 250 words "Statement of Goals" to the Attic Institute.

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Mon, 5:30 - 8pm, Sep 24 - May 27, 30 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
Registration for the 30 weeks of Poets Studio is $1574 ($1630 via PayPal). There is a discount for members who register in full, a one-time payment of $1475 by cash or check ($1524 via PayPal). Members can also make registration payments in four installments: $393.50 cash/check ($408 via PayPal) per payment. Installment registrations are due Oct 1, Nov 1, Jan 15, Mar 1. Learn more about registration: http://atticinstitute.com/content/poetsstudio

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: 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

SUMMER: Liz Lampman's Submitting Your Work Workshop | July 18

​Send It!: Submitting Your Work 

 

Ever browse the lit mags in Powell's and think, My work could live here, but how?' The publishing world can be mysterious and daunting, but in this workshop, we'll demystify the submission process. Writers will investigate a wide variety of publications and find future, potential homes for their writing. We will also explore tools to organize and systematize submissions. This workshop will be a community of encouragement and accountability as we work to meet our respective goals. This workshop is for writers of all genres; we recommend that you have at least one piece ready for submission, but this is not a pre-requisite. | Maximum: 14 writers

Register for this workshop

 

Teacher: 
Time: 
Wednesday, July 18, 6-9pm, 3 hours
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. *For our 3-hour workshops, the tuition is non-refundable.

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

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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: Omar El Akkad's Fiction of Resistance Workshop | July 28

"Resistance and change often begin in art, and very often in our art, the art of words.” ~ Ursula Le Guin

Create fiction that is political, incendiary and focused on resistance. Workshop your writing and check out contemporary resistance-focused novels, with a particular emphasis on writing from outside the United States. | Maximum: 14 writers

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Saturday, 10am-1pm, July 28, 3 hours
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. *For our 3-hour workshops, the tuition is non-refundable.

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

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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: Ed Skoog's Describing Your Life Workshop II | 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)

FALL: Attic Writers' League Workshop: Time To Write | Sep 18 - Oct 16

“Write without pay until somebody offers to pay.” 
― Mark Twain

Led by Teaching Fellow Patrick Dundon

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. 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.  | Maximum: 12 writers.

Learn more about Attic Writers' League

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Tuesdays, 8-9pm, Sep 18 - Oct 16, 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: $95 (cash/check); $99 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $110 (cash/check); $114 (PayPal).

FALL: Brian Benson's Craft of Creative Nonfiction Workshop | Sep 18 - Oct 16

“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

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Tuesdays, 5:30 - 7:30pm, Sep 18 - Oct 16, 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).

FALL: Emily Whitman's Young Adult Fiction Workshop | Sep 11 – Oct 16 | Wait List Only

Writing Middle-Grade and Young Adult Novels: Conveying Emotion FULL - WAIT LIST ONLY

This is a different kind of critique-based workshop, where you’ll use specific tools on pages of your work in progress. Each week we’ll review a method of conveying emotion--sentence structure, sense perceptions, the body, dialogue, the surrounding scene. You’ll go home and apply that technique to writing or revising pages. The next week, you’ll bring several pages to share and discuss with the group in friendly, focused critique. We'll learn from our own and others’ discoveries, and widen our sense of the possible. | Maximum: 8 writers

Register for Wait List

Teacher: 
Time: 
Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30, September 11 – October 16, 5 weeks (no meeting Sep 25)
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).

FALL: Natalie Serber's Writers’ Lunch Date Workshop | Sep 18 - Oct 16

“No art ever came out of not risking your neck.” ~ Eudora Welty

Writing is lonely business. In this workshop we will write through lunch, in community. Working on a novel, personal essays, memoir, short stories, bring it! Come with work in progress or just at the cusp of something new. The focus will be on flexing our creativity, generating new work, with opportunities to share what’s happening on the page, and at your desk.  Each session Natalie will provide multiple prompts that can be geared to your specific project or toward something entirely new.  We’ll have short readings, some craft talks, but most of all, we will write together. | Maximum: 12 writers

Register for this workshop

Teacher: 
Time: 
Tuesdays, Sep 18 - Oct 16, 11am - 1pm, 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).

FALL: Edward Derby's Personal Essays Workshop | Sep 19 - Oct 17

One of the things I know about writing is this: spend it all, shoot it, play it, lose it, all, right away, every time. 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. The impulse to save something good for a better place later is the signal to spend it now. Something more will arise for later, something better. These things fill from behind, from beneath, like well water. Similarly, the impulse to keep to yourself what you have learned is not only shameful, it is destructive. Anything you do not give freely and abundantly becomes lost to you. You open your safe and find ashes.” 
~ Annie Dillard 

For this class we'll write personal essays of discovery, transformation, and change. We'll "spend it all." We'll use our writing to tease out the meanings of our experiences, to create meaning for our readers. During class time we will share our work and discuss it. As readers of each others work we'll respond with polite honesty to what we understand a piece to mean, and with generous enthusiasm for all that each writer is giving to their work and to their readers. As essayists we shape and recreate our experiences to relive them, to discover new meaning, and to share with others. Each week we will also read a model personal essay by a published author to examine the author's strategies and possibly borrow some for our own writing. (This class requires outside time for reading and writing-- in class time will be for sharing and discussing.)

Register for this workshop

Teacher: 
Time: 
Wednesdays, 5:30 - 7:30pm, Sep 19 - Oct 17, 5 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute, 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).

FALL: Brian Benson's Afternoon Antidote Generative Writing Workshop | Sep 20 - Mar 18

 

"This is how you do it: You sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until it's done. It's that easy, and that hard." ~ Neil Gaimon

Each session includes a mix of generative exercises, readings, and take-home prompts, and you’ll end the workshop with a bunch of ideas, a community of fellow writers, and pages and pages of new writing. This workshop is an antidote to your doubts. You’ll get all sorts of time, inspiration, and encouragement.  | Maximum: 12 writers

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Thursdays, 1:30 - 3:30pm, Sep 20 - Oct 18, 5 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute, 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).

FALL: David Ciminello's Building Character Fiction Workshop | Sep 20 - Oct 18

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, Sep 20 - Oct 18, 5:30 - 7:30pm, 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).

FALL: David Ciminello's Flash Fiction Workshop | Sep 20 - Oct 18

"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

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Time: 
Thursdays, 8-10pm, Sep 20 - Oct 18, 5 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute, 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)

FALL: John Morrison's Monthly Poetry Gathering and Workshop | Sep 22 - Jan 12

"If I write, the dark shadows move away from my desk." ~ Donald Murray

 

Here’s a workshop that can flow with the longer rhythms of your writing. A Saturday afternoon of each month, we’ll gather and share one or two poems in a comfortable but focused fashion. You choose the poem to share based on what feedback you are looking for; the poems could range from ones you want ready to submit for publication, to experimental pieces that need a supportive but critical eye. Along the way we’ll talk about craft and how to grow and sustain a fulfilling practice. Come ready to share your poems and insights and to carry generous feedback home to your writing desk. | Maximum: 9 writers

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Saturdays, 12:30 -2:30pm, Sep 22, Oct 13, Nov 17, Dec 15, Jan 12
Location: 
Attic Institute, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. To register for the full package of five workshops: $207 (cash/check); $219 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $222 (cash/check); $234 (PayPal). To register for four workshops: $180 (cash/check); $194 (PayPal). To register for three workshops: $140 (cash/check); $152 (PayPal). To register for two workshops: $97 (cash/check); $109 (PayPal). To register for one workshop: $45 (cash/check); $54 (Paypal).

FALL: Liz Lampman's Sensualizing Sex (and Everything Else) Workshop | Sep 24 - Oct 22

Sex can be many things, but it's almost certainly difficult to write about. In this workshop, writers will free their imaginations and write memorable sex scenes, from smutty to divine. Together, we'll examine strong examples in multiple genres, stretch our sexual vocabularies, and practice seeing sensuality in the banal. This is a generative workshop for writers of all genres. Content and discussion will be non-heteronormative. | Maximum: 12 writers

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Mondays, 8-10pm, Sep 24 - Oct 22, 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)

FALL: Ed Skoog's Describing Your Life Workshop A.M. | Sep 27 - Nov 15

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 course would be perfect 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: 
Thursdays, 11am - 1pm, Sep 26 - Nov 15, 8 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $335 (cash/check); $345 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $350 (cash/check); $360 (PayPal)

WEEKEND: Wendy Willis' Digging the Well | Oct 6-7

"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. Maximum: 14 writers

Teacher: 
Time: 
Sat/Sun, Oct 6-7, 9am - 2pm, 10 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: $207 (cash/check); $219 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $222 (cash/check); $234 (PayPal).