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.

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 1 - May 31, 30 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
Registration for the 30 weeks of Poets Studio is $1,392. Members pay in four installments ($348 cash/check; $360 PayPal). Learn more about registration: http://atticinstitute.com/content/poetsstudio

PLAN AHEAD: The Atheneum: Master Writing Program | Apply May 1 - May 31

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

SPRING: Andrea Hollander's Fixed and Open Forms Poetry Workshop AM | Apr 29 - May 27

 

We’ve often heard that we must learn the rules before we can break them. Whether or not you believe this adage, there is certainly nothing to be lost and much to be gained from attempting to write in traditional forms, as well as from crafting poems that depend upon the (open) forms of our own creation. The former is often a springboard to the latter. In this workshop for poets of all levels of experience, we will learn by reading, discussing, and of course by doing. Come with an open (rather than fixed) mind, an empty notebook, and your favorite pen or pencil.

Register for this workshop

Time: 
Wednesdays, 9:30am - 12:30pm, Apr 29 - May 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: $282 (cash/check); PayPal ($291). | Late Registration: $297 (cash/check); $306 (PayPal).

SPRING: Jennifer Lauck's Advanced Craft of Memoir Workshop PM (B) | Apr 30 - May 28

You're an advanced writer of creative non-fiction and fiction. You have experience with scene writing and have mastered your use of language.  You understand plot, structure and character development.  You've studied writing for many years and even work as a writing professional. Now, what you need, is an stable and seasoned group of peers. 

Let's talk.

This is an intensive workshop with writers who have studied with me (and have been pre-approved) or who are willing to pre-submit work and set up an interview.  The group has been meeting for a year now and have studied together, in other classes, for several years.  We are invested, deeply, in the full length projects of one another and we work on the higher level concepts of climax, rising and falling action, inciting incidents, positive and negative charges within scenes and structure.  We watch movies together, read longer works that we discuss indepth and we workshop each week. 

If you've been pre-approved, sign up, and we'll see you soon.  If 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 class

 
Teacher: 
Time: 
Time: Thursday, 5:30 - 8:30pm, Apr 30 - May 28, 5 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 4232 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Total Fee: 
Early Registration: $282 (cash/check); $291 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $297 (cash/check); $306 (PayPal).

SPRING: Jennifer Lauck's Methods of Memoir Workshop: Turn Life into Story (B) | May 4 - June 1

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 May 4 - June 1 | 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: $282 (cash/check); $291 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $297 (cash/check); $306 (PayPal).

SPRING: Brian Benson's Writing to Your Strengths Workshop | May 6 - June 3

If all writers did everything equally well, a visit to the bookstore would be pretty boring, right? You'd stroll the aisles, skimming the strikingly similar jackets, trying to choose from a thousand slight variations on the same theme, story and voice. Luckily, that's not the case. Every writer has their own set of strengths and "weaknesses," and the most unique, engaging work comes from those who know how to play to the latter and with the former. In this workshop, we'll look at the many ways successful authors write to their strengths, and we'll learn how to do the same with our own work. Open to writers of all levels, fiction and nonfiction.

Register for this workshop

 
Teacher: 
Time: 
Wednesday, 7:30 - 9:30pm, May 6 - June 3, 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: $202 (cash/check); $210 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $217 (cash/check); $225 (PayPal).

SPRING: Jennifer Lauck's Bones of Storytelling Workshop AM (B) May 6 - June 3

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. 

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

Register for this workshop

Teacher: 
Time: 
Wednesdays 11am - 1pm May 6 - June 3 | 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: $202 (cash/check); $210 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $217 (cash/check); $225 (PayPal).

SPRING: Jennifer Lauck's Bones of Storytelling Workshop PM (B) May 6 - June 3

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.

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

Register for this workshop

Teacher: 
Time: 
Wednesdays 5:15 - 7:15pm May 6 - June 3 | 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: $202 (cash/check); $210 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $217 (cash/check); $225 (PayPal).

SPRING: Jennifer Lauck's Craft of Memoir Workshop AM (B) | May 7 - June 4

 

This class is all about you, the writer creating a mosaic of their lived experience via memoir and essay. Pure fiction writer?  You're writing a novel or a short story?  YES, you are most welcome too! Story is story.  Let me show you how.

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.

 

You will learn:

Structure

Characterization

The rules of memoir

The rules of fictionalizing real life

The secrets of how to become an excellent writer

Beginning to advanced, you are welcome, and in the end, will walk away with handouts, resources, examples and, most importantly, lasting inspiration.  Click here to see student pages created by Jennifer for Attic Institute writers.

 

Register for this class

 

 
Teacher: 
Time: 
Thursday, 10:30am - 1:30pm, May 7 - June 4, 5 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 4232 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Total Fee: 
Early Registration: $282 (cash/check); $291 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $297 (cash/check); $306 (PayPal).

SPRING: Paulann Petersen's Second Sight Poetry Workshop | May 7 - June 4

The word "revision" offers us a bracing truth. To truly revise is to do much more than mere editing and tinkering: it's learning to see our poems anew, moving them toward their strengths. In this workshop, we'll spend the sessions critiquing your poems, looking at possible directions for revision. I'll use these critiques as opportunities for short lessons, addressing issues of craft raised by the particular poem we're looking at. There's no way to predict exactly which craft issues will emerge, but surely line integrity (line breaks), sound form (musical devices), compression, tone, effectiveness of trope, and dramatic strategy will be among them. This workshop is open to writers of all levels of experience. 

Register for this workshop

Time: 
Thursdays, 7:30 - 9:30pm, May 7 - June 4, 5 weeks
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: $202 (cash/check); $210 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $217 (cash/check); $225 (PayPal).
Deposit: 

SPRING: Wayne Gregory's Writers's Toolbox Workshop | May 9 - Jun 6

You know you want to write and you have a story to tell. Now, you want to dig in and find out how. This workshop will help you learn some of the basic conventions for good writing that successful writers use.  You will learn how to avoid common errors that beginning writers often make and how to show rather than tell your story.  You will gain strategies for organizing your ideas into a narrative that engages your readers and keeps them turning the pages for more. Students will learn by doing writing exercises with their own work each week and will take away a wealth of writing tools and resources to keep honing their craft after the workshop is over.  Discover the tools you need to take your stories to the next level.

Register for this workshop

Teacher: 
Time: 
Saturdays, 10am - 12pm, May 9 - Jun 6, 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: $202 (cash/check); $210 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $217 (cash/check); $225 (PayPal).
Deposit: 

SPRING: Whitney Otto's Every Picture Tells a Thousand Stories Workshop | May 11 - June 15

Using photographs and paintings as visual prompts, along with written prompts, writers will be asked to write a series of short pieces (either fiction or nonfiction).  We will look at the way narrative is used in visual art, and the way it relates to literary art. Each short piece will build upon the previous piece, so that by the end of the class you'll have something larger than a simple response to a single image.   

Register for this workshop

Teacher: 
Time: 
Mondays, May 11 - June 15 (no class May 25), 6:30-8:30pm, 5 weeks
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: $202 (cash/check); $210 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $217 (cash/check); $225 (PayPal).

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 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.

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 23, 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: $305 (cash/check); $315 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $320 (cash/check); $330 (PayPal).

SUMMER: Jennifer Lauck's Methods of Memoir Workshop: Turn Life into Story | June 15 - July 27

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 27, 7 weeks
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $305 (cash/check); $315 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $320 (cash/check); $330 (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 | 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, 5:30-7:30pm, June 17 - July 29
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).
Deposit: 

SUMMER: Jennifer Lauck's Craft of Memoir Workshop AM | June 18 - July 30

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 30, 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: $305 (cash/check); $315 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $320 (cash/check); $330 (PayPal).

SUMMER: Natalie Serber's Personal Essay Workshop | July 14 - Aug 11

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 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