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.

The Creative Nonfiction (CNF) Studio | Applications due Jan 26

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 the CNF Studio

Deadline to apply is January 26

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, Feb 9 - Apr 13, 5:15-7:45pm, 10 weeks
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Registration: $529 (cash/check); $549 (Paypal).

NEW: POP UP WORKSHOP: Writing the Resistance with Wendy Willis | Dec 10 | WAIT LIST ONLY

"Too old to carry arms and fight like the others / they graciously gave me the inferior role of chronicler   / I record—I don’t know for whom—the history of the siege..." ~  Zbigniew Herbert

The election is over. So begins the epoch of us asking ourselves, “What can I do?” Since we’re writers, I guess the first answer is: “Write.” In that spirit, we’ve decided to offer a pop-up workshop with poet, essayist, and lawyer, Wendy Willis. We will spend the day reading those who have written in times of political turmoil and repression and who have kept the light on for the rest of us. Think Allende, Milosz, Szymborska. And we’ll leave plenty of time to think and write and share and commiserate. All genres and writing experience welcome.

Wait list only: Add your name

Teacher: 
Time: 
Saturday, December 10, 9am - 3pm
Location: 
Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
Early Registration: $105 (cash/check); $109 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $114 (cash/check); $118 (PayPal). Tuition for Meetup workshops are non-refundable.

NEW WRITERS' MEETUP: New Year's Resolutions for Your New Writing | Jan 17

It’s been said that it’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not. Perhaps this New Year one of your resolutions is to change your thinking about your writing and about yourself as a writer. In this workshop, Wayne Gregory will lead you through some writing activities that will help you explore your potential as a writer and develop the confidence you need to get started or keep moving on telling those stories that only you can tell. 

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Tuesday, Jan 17, 6-9pm
Location: 
Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
rly Registration: $57 (cash/check); $62 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $64 (cash/check); $69 (PayPal). Tuition for Meetup workshops are non-refundable.

POETS' MEETUP | Reckless Revision | Jan 17

“Those who are willing to be vulnerable move among mysteries.” ~ Theodore Roethke

Don't we all have poems we know we can take to a new place? A new level or landscape? We love them, we like their undercurrents, but something keeps us from finding the poem’s next movement. We are going to have to practice an artistic vulnerability to turn a poem loose to find what’s next. Be ready to bring two reluctant poems and we’ll practice a few dynamic strategies to propel them forward in a way that eludes us now. This one-time poetry meetup welcomes poets of any experience level.

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Tuesday, Jan 17, 6-9pm
Location: 
Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
Early Registration: $57 (cash/check); $62 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $64 (cash/check); $69 (PayPal). Tuition for Meetup workshops are non-refundable.

FICTION WRITERS' MEETUP | Jan 19

Strange and interesting characters, we all know them. How can the brilliance of character description, action, and dialogue create and advance story? In this one-time meetup workshop we will create and bring to life character snapshots that are in and of themselves stories or flash fiction portals into a much larger slice of life. 

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Time: 
Thursday, Jan 19, 6-9pm
Location: 
Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
Early Registration: $57 (cash/check); $62 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $64 (cash/check); $69 (PayPal). Tuition for Meetup workshops are non-refundable.

SREENWRITERS' MEETUP | Jan 19

You have a great idea for a screenplay but you aren’t sure what to do next? The first thing I do is write an outline. Writing an outline is a good way to test out if your idea can work before your write a screenplay. In this workshop Kelley Baker will walk you through the steps to do an outline. How important is an outline?  Do I need to write an outline before I write my screenplay?  Kelley will answer these questions as well as explain the differences between treatments, beat sheets, outlines, elevator pitches, and a synopsis. Come prepared with your ideas as well as paper and pen, so Kelley can help you get started in writing that outline.

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Thursday, Jan 19, 6-9pm
Location: 
Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
Early Registration: $57 (cash/check); $62 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $64 (cash/check); $69 (PayPal). Tuition for Meetup workshops are non-refundable.

WEEKEND WORKSHOP: Brian Benson's Memoir Intensive | Jan 21-22

"We live in a society in which people are allowed to tell their story, and that is what I do." ~ Salman Rushdie

This two-day intensive is designed to help writers tell vivid, absorbing stories about their lives. Through a mix of instruction, guided writes, and peer critique, writers will gain the tools they need to plan and experiment with essay and memoir. Participants will be invited to workshop a short piece, and will generate pages of new writing over the course the weekend. A perfect jump-start for writers new to memoir and essay!

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Saturday-Sunday, Jan 21-22, 9am-2pm both days
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); $214 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $222 (cash/check); $230 (PayPal).

WINTER: David Ciminello's Flash Fiction Workshop | Jan 23 - Feb 20

"You can do anything you can get away with..." ~ Flannery O'Connor

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."

 

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Time: 
Mondays, 7:30 - 9:30pm, Jan 23 - Feb 20, 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); $214 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $222 (cash/check); $229 (PayPal).

WINTER: Kelley Baker's Screenwriting Workshop | Jan 23 - Feb 20

“Now, what is it which makes a scene interesting? If you see a man coming through a doorway, it means nothing. If you see him coming through a window - that is at once interesting.” ~ Billy Wilder

We all have ideas that we think, “would make a great movie." We tell our friends and family all about it, but we never get around to writing it. This class will help you put your ideas on paper.  Writing a good screenplay can be intimidating. What are the rules?  How do you the format a script?  What is the three-act structure that everyone is always talking about? How do you write visually and how come my dialog never sounds like real people talk? This workshop will walk you through the writing process and give you the advice and tips you need to write your story. Through books, classic screenplays and writing exercises you’ll learn the craft behind screen writing.  Kelley emphasizes the importance of the idea, character development, dialogue, and conflict and resolution. You will pitch an idea and work on it during this class. Beginning & Intermediate Screenwriters are welcome.

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Mondays, 7:30 - 9:30pm, Jan 23 - Feb 20, 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); $214 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $222 (cash/check); $229 (PayPal).

WINTER: Brian Benson's Craft of Memoir Workshop | Jan 24 - Feb 21

“For who will testify, who will accurately describe our lives if we do not do it ourselves?” ~ Faye Moskowitz

Whether you're just getting started or looking to improve your work-in-progress, this new workshop will help you translate your personal experiences into a vivid, absorbing memoir. Through a mix of discussion, guided exercises and peer critique, we'll explore the many ways to pull compelling, relatable stories from one's life story, and we'll read and discuss a wide variety of memoir for inspiration and insight. Students will leave the workshop with many reading recommendations, writing resources, and publishing leads. | Maximum 12 students

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Tuesdays, Jan 24 - Feb 21, 5:15-7:15pm, 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); $214 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $222 (cash/check); $230 (PayPal).

WINTER: Emily Whitman's Middle Grade and YA Novel Workshop | Jan 24 - Mar 14 FULL - WAIT LIST ONLY

"I am a former child, and I haven't forgotten a thing." ~ Ursula Nordstrom

This workshop is for people who want to grow their work, whether that’s churning out new pages or shaping and deepening a full draft. Get and give feedback on pages, explore questions of craft, and work though places where you’re stuck. We’ll work on setting goals and clearing obstacles that may be holding you back. Come find a supportive, inspiring environment to develop your work, whatever stage it’s at. | Maximum: 8 people.

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Tuesdays, Jan 24 - Mar 14, 5:15 - 7:15pm, 8 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: $349 (cash/check); $360 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $364 (cash/check); $374 (PayPal).

WINTER: John Morrison's Poetry Workshop | Jan 24 - Feb 21

“Be one of those people on whom nothing is lost, and all will be possible.” ~ Keith Flynn

Revision Strategies and Workshop: In our time together, through workshop and exercises, we’ll push our poetry out into the wilderness where the great discoveries are. This could be most valuable for poets who want to explore the possibilities of revision, or just feel a little stuck or want to explore new territory. So be prepared to join a warm supportive community of poets. Our mission: to experiment with and employ new strategies to stretch and jar and energize your work. Let’s see where this devil-may-care recklessness takes us! This workshop welcomes poets of any experience level.

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Tuesdays, Jan 24 - Feb 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: $207 (cash/check); $214 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $222 (cash/check); $229 (PayPal).

WINTER: Wayne Gregory's So You Wanna Be A Writer? Workshop | Jan 24 - Feb 21

“Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.” ~ E. L. Doctorow

You write but it never feels like you’re getting where you want to go. You want to write, but you find that life seems to get in the way. You know you have a story you want to tell, but you’re not sure how to get started. The biggest culprit keeping us from writing is not lack of time, lack of skill, nor lack of things to write about. It’s lack of self-confidence. This workshop is designed for those who want to be writers, but are not sure they can be. If you have never published anything or even successfully completed a work of fiction or non-fiction, this class will help you gain the confidence you need to enter the community of writers. When you leave the class, you will know better your writing strengths and how to build on them; you will have a sense of direction about where to go with your writing; and, you will discover what is about you that makes your stories worth telling and makes you the only writer who can tell them. | Maximum 12 students

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Tuesdays, Jan 24 - Feb 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: $207 (cash/check); $214 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $222 (cash/check); $229 (PayPal).

WINTER: Kate Carroll de Gutes' Personal Essay Workshop | Jan 26 - Feb 23

"I mean that I was in love with the city, the way you love the first person who ever touches you and you never love anyone quite that way again." ~ Joan Didion

Changing Point of View in Essays with the Command of Second Person: Consider the ways changing point of view from first to second person can transform an essay from something that is simply about the writer’s experience to a piece that completely engages the reader and encourages them to enter fully into the story. Class will be a mix of experiential prompts that get you working in second person to looking at text in second person and how it radically alters a reader's perception.

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Time: 
Thursdays, Jan 26 - Feb 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: $207 (cash/check); $214 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $222 (cash/check); $229 (PayPal).

WINTER: Vanessa Veselka's Short Fiction Workshop | Jan 26 - Mar 16

Writing precisely—the tricky art of the short story: The short story is often held aloft as the highest form of prose but also the most finicky. But what makes a short story? How is it different from an anecdote or a vignette or a chapter in a novel? In this class, we will explore the short story form through our own work and that of others. We will kick the tires and check the engine. We will work with complete stories, rather than fragments, but these can be rough, new and short, or longer and more polished. All students at all levels in all genres are welcome. 

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Thursdays, Jan 26 - Mar 16, 8-10pm, 8 weeks
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $349 (cash/check); $360 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $364 (cash/check); $374 (PayPal).

WEEKEND WORKSHOP: Ed Skoog's Poetry Workshop | Feb 4-5

“Heron, whose ghost are you?” ~ Carolyn Kizer

In this two-day workshop we will read, discuss, and write poems revolving around the concept, via the critic Shoshona Felman, that "the poet is one who knows more than he or she realizes, always delivering that excess into the social field disruptively and in ways that renew dialogue and thought, spurring the activity of knowing onward, bringing it to life," and the somewhat aligned idea, from critic Allen Grossman, that poetry is "speech of last resort." The instructor's hope is that these are encouraging ideas for those poets who are interested in challenging themselves to new approaches and habits of writing and discovering. What is happening when you begin to write a poem? What does it mean to be called to speech, to break into song?

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Teacher: 
Time: 
February 4-5, 9am-2pm both days
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); $214 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $222 (cash/check); $230 (PayPal).

NEW: Chuck Palahniuk's The Bad Workshop | Feb 27 - May 1

Writing Wrongs: No matter what Spell Check and Grammar Check say there is no perfect formula in writing fiction. More often it's what you do "wrong" that gives you a voice in the market. Join me for ten sessions of abandoning perfection for fun. Bring portions of a current project or start something new. Fiction only. We'll apply the rules of Minimalism plus the best advice from writers who found success when they gave up trying to please their eighth grade English teachers. Each session will begin at 6:00pm on Monday and run to accommodate as many submissions as possible. 

Application process to be posted soon.

Teacher: 
Time: 
Monday, Feb 27 - May 1, 6pm, 10 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: $414 (cash/check); $427 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $429 (cash/check); $442 (PayPal).