Classes at the Attic

APPS DUE NOV 26 | WORKSHOP 8 | Jan 23 - Nov 6

8 Writers for 8 Months

There's a saying in Italian which translates to keeping "Dreams in a drawer." Everyone talks about their "desk drawer book" which is the book they kind of work on, or they wrote a single draft then put it away thinking that someday they would return to it. So you've always told yourself, "I'm going to finish that book and if I could just pull together a group of a few committed writers to work with me, I could do this." Think of this eight month workshop as that particular someday.  Take your dream (your novel or memoir, or essay or short story collection) out of the drawer and into the world.

Led by inspirational teacher and writer Whitney Otto, WORKSHOP 8 selects eight writers who are ready to write that novel or memoir or collection (essays or short stories). You can come into the group with a full draft, or a partial draft, or an idea that you are ready to make into a manuscript. We are your audience and your colleagues. We are that writing group you've wanted to help you get to the end of a workable draft. The page count turned into the workshop will be higher than most workshops, so much of your book (if not all of your book) can be read and discussed. You commit to your art, and the workshop commits to you.

One of the essential benefits of WORKSHOP 8 is the unique schedule. The workshop meets January - June breaks for a summer of concentrated writing, and finally resumes in the fall, September - November. Additionally, the workshop meets for four weeks followed by a week break because it is hard for even the most seasoned writer to maintain an unending writing schedule. Building in breaks allows the writer to write at his or her own pace while processing the discussion from the workshop. 

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Wednesdays, Jan 23 2019 - Nov 6 2019, 5:30-8pm
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: $1287 (cash/check); $1325 (Paypal). | Multiple payment options are available for accepted writers.

Creative Nonfiction (CNF) Studio | Jan 17 - Mar 21 | APPS DUE JAN 6, 2019

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.

There will be an afternoon and evening session.  | Maximum 10 students per session 

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 purpose; let us know, too, if you’re available for the afternoon session, the evening, or both.

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Thursdays, Jan 17 - Mar 21, 10 weeks | Studio A: 1:30 - 4:00pm | Studio B: 6:00 - 8:30pm

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.

WEEKEND: Wayne Gregory's Life Sketches Workshop | Nov 17-18

"There is no greater burden than carrying an untold story." ​​​​​​​ ~ Maya Angelou

 

We live in a time when it is more important than ever for us to tell the stories of our lives. We are inundated with more information than we can ever process and while we communicate with more people via social media, we feel increasingly detached from the feeling of community. Despite the ubiquitous tweets, Facebook ® posts, and Instagram pics, we lack enough well-crafted human stories. Stories summon our imagination to experience the life of another and through that experience to better understand the other, as well as ourselves. Telling our story is an invitation to make connections: story to story, one human to another. This workshop is for the one who wants to discover how to identify her/his compelling life stories and how to create a work that will grab readers and take them on their own journeys. You will work on a single life sketch - a short slice of your life experience -  with the goal of producing a completed draft by the end of the workshop. You can bring something you’ve already started to work on or just bring an empty page and a willing, eager imagination. The workshop will help you discover what story you have to tell, why your story is important for others to hear, and how to use some of the techniques of the writing craft to create and shape that story idea.  You will walk away from the workshop with tools and resources to help you create your life sketch and polish it into a final piece that’s ready for readers. | Maximum: 12 writers

Register for this workshop

Teacher: 
Time: 
Weekend, Sat/Sun, 9am - 2pm, Nov 17-18
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).

WINTER: Ashley Toliver's Poetry Workshop | Jan 14 - Feb 11

This poetry workshop offers a collaborative space to imagine new pathways and surprising possibilities for your work. With a special focus on discovery and creative process, we’ll seek to uncover the deeper mythic layers of our individual poetic fascinations. Each week we’ll engage with each other’s work, explore new hybrid and experimental forms, and exchange reflections on writing and process. You’ll leave the workshop with fresh poems, a new perspective on existing work, and a better understanding of the unique conditions that enable your creative attention to thrive.

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Mondays, 5:30 - 7:30pm, Jan 14 - Feb 11, 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: $210 (cash/check); $222 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $225 (cash/check); $237 (PayPal).

WINTER: Whitney Otto's Observation and Locating the Telling Detail Workshop | Jan 14 - Feb 11

This workshop is about craft. Writers will be working on “Thumbnail Portraiture,” where you write a family (or friends) album of short pieces. Writers will be asked to be prepared to write a series of 250/300 word profiles of people in your lives: family, friends, co-workers, the checker at the grocery store you see every day, neighbors—really anyone who is a part of your world. The idea is to encourage you to be observant of and to think deeply about the people who you see all the time. We’re looking for the telling the detail, the thing that often catches your attention about the people in your life.  | Maximum: 12 writers

Register for this workshop

Teacher: 
Time: 
Mondays, 8 - 10pm, Jan 14 - Feb 11, 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: $210 (cash/check); $222 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $225 (cash/check); $237 (PayPal).

WINTER: Brian Benson's Afternoon Antidote Generative Writing Workshop | Jan 15 - Feb 12

 

"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: 
Tuesdays, 1:30 - 3:30pm, Jan 15 - Feb 12, 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: $210 (cash/check); $222 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $225 (cash/check); $237 (PayPal).

WINTER: Brian Benson's Craft of Creative Nonfiction Workshop | Jan 15 - Feb 12

“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, Jan 15 - Feb 12, 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: $210 (cash/check); $222 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $225 (cash/check); $237 (PayPal).

WINTER: Emily Whitman's Writing Middle-Grade and Young Adult Novels | Jan 15 - Feb 26 FULL -- WAIT LIST ONLY

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 feedback on pages, ask questions, and work though places where you’re stuck. Each week you’ll come with five double-spaced pages of your work in progress. Every other week you’ll share your pages with the group; on alternate weeks you’ll give me a copy for comments and to keep going. Come find a supportive, inspiring environment to develop your work, whatever stage you're at in this journey. Maximum: 8 writers.

WAIT LIST ONLY

Teacher: 
Time: 
Tuesdays, 5:30 – 7:30, Jan 15 - Feb 26, 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: $294 (cash/check); $304 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $309 (cash/check); $319 (PayPal).

WINTER: Patrick Dundon's Time To Write Workshop | Jan 15 - Feb 12

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

Led by Teaching Fellow Patrick Dundon

Time to Write focuses on three essential elements: imagination, metaphor, and story. Time to Write is ideal for the needs of the emerging writer. The motto of the Time to Write 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. Each 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.

Register for this workshop

Teacher: 
Time: 
Tuesdays, 8-10pm, Jan 15 - Feb 12, 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: $210 (cash/check); $222 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $225 (cash/check); $237 (PayPal).

WINTER: Attic Writers' League | Jan 15 - Feb 12

Led by Teaching Fellow Liz Lampmann

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

Register for this workshop

Teacher: 
Time: 
Tuesdays, 8 - 9pm, Jan 15 - Feb 12, 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).

WINTER: Edward Derby's Beginning Poetry Workshop: Writing the Sonnet and Other Short Poems | Jan 16 - Feb 13

At the heart of writing poetry is beuaty of brevity. Structure and constraint can free your creativity. Explore the power of short forms to develop your poetic expression. We will read, write and workshop sonnets and other verse forms to discern how structure can help you find expression as a developing poet. Allow time outside of class for completing weekly writing assignments and reading.

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Wednesdays, 5:30 - 7:30pm, Jan 16 - Feb 13, 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: $210 (cash/check); $222 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $225 (cash/check); $237 (PayPal).

WINTER: Lee Montgomery's Art of Story Workshop | A Morning Workshop for Women | Jan 16 - Feb 13

This is primarily a workshop of student’s work but will also include outside reading assignments and in-class discussions around story. Students will workshop their work at least once, and also lead a discussion around a particular story or essay for the class. Our focus is storytelling in all its forms and possibilities including the formal elements of narrative, including voice, point of view, characterization, imagery, plot, and theme. I’d also to explore form, particularly fiction and nonfiction stories that inhabit different vessels, such as letters, instructions, rants, and so forth. 

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Wednesdays, 10am -12pm, Jan 16 - Feb 13, 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: $210 (cash/check); $222 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $225 (cash/check); $237 (PayPal).

WINTER: David Ciminello's Building Character Fiction Workshop | Jan 17 - Feb 14

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

Register for this workshop

Time: 
Thursdays, 5:30 - 7:30pm, Jan 17 - Feb 14 5 weeks
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $210 (cash/check); $222 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $225 (cash/check); $237 (PayPal).

WINTER: John Morrison's Monthly Poetry Gathering and Workshop | Jan 19 - May 18

"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

Register for all five (5) sessions

Teacher: 
Time: 
Saturdays, 12:30 -2:30pm, Jan 19, Feb 16, Mar 16, Apr 13, May 18
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 and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $210 (cash/check); $222 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $225 (cash/check); $237 (PayPal). To register for four workshops: $183 (cash/check); $197 (PayPal). To register for three workshops: $143 (cash/check); $155 (PayPal). To register for two workshops: $100 (cash/check); $112 (PayPal). To register for one workshop: $48 (cash/check); $57 (Paypal).