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.

 

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

Franny French's Exploring Emotion in Your Writing Workshop | Oct 6 - Nov 3

Connecting With the Reader Over Your Shoulder

The main focus of this writing workshop is to imbue your work with emotion and speak to your audience with a gut level of honesty. We will look at ways to build momentum; pile up suspense and tension; and create credible, believable psychological turns for characters through dialogue, pacing, timing and the musicality of language. Students working on novels or short stories are welcome.

Led by Teaching Fellow Franny French.

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Time: 
Mondays, Oct 6 - Nov 3, 7:30 - 9:30pm, five weeks
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); $224 (PayPal).
Deposit: 

Kids Write on Saturdays | For Writers Ages 13-17 | Oct 18 - Dec 6

Now that school is in full swing and fall schedules are a bit more set, I'm pleased to announce the launch of Write on Saturdays, a six-week writing workshop for teen writers. I'd like to credit the young writers I've worked with in the past as helping to brainstorm and encourage me to launch this workshop, especially those I worked with in the past year. There seems to be a growing hunger among young writers and their parents for more literary-based education, and I'm happy to expand my workshop offerings to create more options. Write on Saturdays gives young writers ages 13 – 17 a chance to gather with peers, generate new work, and workshop their writing projects, whether they wish to improve a school assignment or their own creative piece. The workshop builds upon core literary fundamentals, and creates the type of workshop experience that’s typically unavailable for teen writers during the school day. 

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HOW TO ENROLL

 

Teacher: 
Time: 
Saturdays, 6 meetings between Oct 18 - Dec 6 (NO MEETING ON 11/1 OR 11/29), 1 - 4 PM.
Location: 
Attic Institute, 4232 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97215
Total Fee: 
$30 drop-in cost per session, or $150 when paying for all six sessions in advance. (To receive the reduced rate, total must be paid prior to or at the first session.) A 10% discount is available for families enrolling two or more writers.
Deposit: 

Wayne Gregory's Kill Your Darlings: Learning How to Revise Your Writing | Oct 25 - Nov 22

Congratulations! You’ve completed your first draft and now it’s time to fashion it into a polished piece. What should you cut? What should you keep? How do you make it compelling enough to draw in your readers and keep them hooked? In this workshop, you will learn how to take a fresh look at your writing and apply strategies that will help strengthen your work. Learn how to track the emotional arc of your characters and how to sequence your plot. Discover how creative and revealing the revision process can be and why it makes you a better writer. You will leave this workshop with practical tools and confidence to help make your writing ready for your readers.

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Saturdays, 10am - 12pm, Oct 25 - Nov 22, five 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: $202 (cash/check); $210 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $217 (cash/check); $224 (PayPal).

MICRO WORKSHOP: The New Self-Publishing ABC's with Art Edwards | Nov 2

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.

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Time: 
Sunday, 10am - 4pm, one day only
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: $98 (cash/check); $103 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $113 (cash/check); $118 (PayPal).

MICRO WORKSHOP: Claudia Savage's Introduction to Poetry Workshop | Nov 9

Capturing the Wild Storm: A Poetry Workshop for Beginners

We've all wished we could capture a moment in our lives more deeply—the precise way it felt in the body, the sounds and colors, the essence of the experience. Poetry gives us this chance. A way to intensify a moment. In this three-hour workshop we will share the work of poets we love, uncover new ones, make our own poems, collaborate together, and begin to discover how creating poems can help us awaken more fully to the magnificence of life.

Taught by 2012 Hawthorne Fellow Claudia Savage

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Time: 
Sunday, 10am - 1pm, Nov 9, 3 hours
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: $48 (cash/check); $55 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $63 (cash/check); $70 (PayPal).

MICRO WORKSHOP: Kelly Wallace's Introduction to Memoir Workshop | Nov 9

If you're like most writers, you've got a story to tell. Whether you've done some amazing travel, come from an extraordinary family, have experienced insight into your everyday encounters, or just want to write about your life in these times, this intro to writing memoir is a good place to start. This workshop is a place to ask questions and try out some writing and supportive listening. What is memory? How do you find compelling details from your experiences? We'll tease out some answers and help you take the first step to writing the langauge of your life.

Taught by 2013 Hawthorne Fellow and 2013-2014 Atheneum Fellow Kelly Wallace

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Time: 
Sunday, 10am - 1pm, Nov 9, 3 hours
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: $48 (cash/check); $55 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $63 (cash/check); $70 (PayPal).

Jennifer Lauck's Bones of Storytelling Workshop AM | Jan 14 - Mar 18 | 11am - 1pm

This is a truly extraordinary class that will change everything about the way you think about writing and your own work.  Beginner to advanced, all who take this class are blown away.  You will leave this class 100% clear about what needs to happen to finish your novel, essay, short story or memoir. Learn about story at the core level and more, how story reaches a reader.  Leave empowered with tools to finish a quality draft. 

You will learn: 

  • 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.  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.

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Teacher: 
Workshop Day: 
Time: 
Wed., 11 a.m. - 1pm, Jan 14 - Mar 18 , 10 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: $399 (cash/check); $415 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $414 (cash/check); $430 (PayPal).