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.

UPCOMING DEADLINE: Hawthorne Fellows | Jan 26 - Jun 29 | Led by Jennifer Lauck | Apps Due: Jan 10

Write. Edit. Publish.

 

This 6-month program for prose writers is designed to turn your goals into a reality with 3 simple words: write, edit, publish.

We'll focus on the ins and outs of literary publishing, especially magazines and quarterlies. It's part seminar, part editorial team, and part literary assembly line. Hawthorne Fellows eliminates the loneliness of trying to revise and submit your writing for publication and replaces that with a community of supportive, focused writers intent on revision and publication and broadening the knowledge pool about literary experience.

To apply, please e-mail up to 25 pages of writing plus a written statement about your writing and publishing goals during your Hawthorne Fellow period. New, current, and past fellows are welcome to apply. Ideal for writers looking to take the step toward publication and publishing regularly.

Application deadline: January 10, 2015

Learn more about the Hawthorne Fellows program

Apply by January 10 to the Hawthorne Fellows

Teacher: 
Time: 
Mondays, 5-8pm, Jan 26 - Jun 29, meets every other week for six months
Location: 
Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
$944 cash or check; $975: Paypal, Information about payment options provided upon acceptance. Writers accepted into Hawthorne Fellows register with a $250 non-refundable deposit due January 23. We offer two payment options: 1. If you register with the full payment in advance by January 23, your total registration will be $895 cash/check or $925 Paypal. 2. If you chose to register with multiple payments, we offer a two-payment plan: Following the payment of the $250 non-refundable deposit that is due on Jan 23, writers pay: $377 due Feb 1 and $377 due Apr 1.
Deposit: 
A $250 non-refundable deposit is required upon acceptance.

UPCOMING DEADLINE: The Institute Workshop | Novels-in-Progress | Jan 13 - May 19 | Led by Whitney Otto | Apps due: Dec 15

For writers working a novel or short story cycle

Led by Attic Institute of Arts and Letters Associate Fellow, Whitney Otto, the Institute Workshop is a special six-month offering designed to give select writers time and attention and support. The 2015 Institute Workshop will focus on novels-in-progress and short story cycles.

This workshop is designed for the writer working on book-length work. A small group of writers will have large sections of their books read and discussed, focusing on the usual elements of narrative, with special attention to story structure and pacing, two things not always easy to address in a more traditional workshop. We will meet over a six-month period, once a week, for two-and-a-half hours a session. The numbers of participating writers is limited in order to read more pages.  Recommended for anyone who already has a full or partial draft of a book.

This workshop meets: Jan 13-Feb 13, Feb 17-Mar 10, Mar 24-Apr 14, Apr 28-May 19. We will take three breaks: Feb 10, Mar 17, Apr 21.

Application Due: Dec 15.  GUIDELINES: Please send a two page writing sample (this can be an excerpt, not a stand-alone piece), and a 3-4 sentence description of what you would be working on.

To enhance the experience and allow for ample time to read more pages, only 6-8 students will be admitted.

Apply by December 15 for the Institute Workshop

Teacher: 
Time: 
Tuesdays, Jan 13 - May 19, 7:30 - 10pm, 16 weeks
Total Fee: 
$749 cash or check; $772 Paypal. Information about payment options provided upon acceptance. Writers accepted into the Institute Workshop register with a $200 non-refundable deposit due January 10. We offer two payment options: 1. If you register with the full payment in advance by January 10, your total registration will be $695 cash/check or $716 Paypal. 2. If you chose to register with multiple payments, we offer a two-payment plan: Following the payment of the $200 non-refundable deposit that is due on Jan 10, writers pay: $304 due Feb 1 and $304 due Apr 1.

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.

Whitney Otto's Mixed Genre Workshop | Jan 12 - Mar 16

 

This workshop is a mix of memoir and fiction, working with their similarities and differences. The special focus of this workshop is that you'll have the opportunity to write a nonfiction/memoir piece that you will then be asked to fictionalize. This workshop could help you understand if your story needs to be told factually, or fictionally, and what makes the difference (or similarity) between the two. It's a great workshop for those writers interested in learning about the varieties of story and how changing from nonfiction to fiction, and back again, can crack open your best work.

Register for this workshop

 

Teacher: 
Time: 
Mondays, 5 - 7pm, Jan 12 - Mar 16, 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: $325 (cash/check); $335 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $340 (cash/check); $350 (PayPal).

John Morrison's Writing Weather Poetry Workshop | Jan 13 - Mar 17

Feel that coming, invigorating chill? Yep, that’s writing weather. This full ten-week workshop, designed to fire up and build your poetry practice, welcomes both novice and experienced poets. This is your chance to gather in a warm, playful community to workshop your poems, talk craft, experiment with some generative exercises, and discuss publication opportunities. You’ll want to bring your pen and notebook, your energy and sense of wonder.

Register for this workshop

Teacher: 
Time: 
Tuesdays, Jan 13 - Mar 17, 7:30 - 9:30pm, 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: $399 (cash/check); $415 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $414 (cash/check); $430 (PayPal).

Merridawn Duckler's Plot 101 Workshop | Jan 13 - Mar 17

"The king died and then the queen died is a story. The king died, and then queen died of grief is a plot." ~ E. M. Forster

How do you turn your ideas and story starts into a complete, well-written piece of fiction? Learn how to develop unique characters, intense plots, and dynamic dialogue. A workshop on the craft of story-telling and bringing your stories into a fictional framework. Specific feedback related to all aspects of working on and completing short stories, including revision and publication ideas.

Register for this class

Workshop Day: 
Time: 
Tuesdays, Jan 13 - Mar 17, 5-7pm, 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: $399 (cash/check); $415 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $414 (cash/check); $430 (PayPal).

Franny French's Get Closer to Your Characters Workshop | Jan 14 - Feb 11

Emotional Moments and Authentic Characters

This workshop will focus on shortening the emotional distance between you and your reader by sharpening the funny, sad, shocking, and startling moments in your fiction. You will learn to create memorable, relatable characters, moving them believably through their trials, triumphs, failures and surprising situations. We will look at ways to build momentum, pile up suspense and tension, and create credible psychological turns through dialogue, pacing, timing and the musicality of language. Students working on novels or short stories are welcome.  

Led by Attic Institute of Arts and Letters Writing Fellow Franny French.

Register for this workshop

 

 

 

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

Jennifer Lauck's Bones of Storytelling Workshop AM | Jan 14 - Mar 18

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 ourline of class. 

Register for this class

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

Jennifer Lauck's Bones of Storytelling Workshop PM | Jan 14 - Mar 18

 

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 the student pages, created for each class Jennifer teaches for the Attic Institute. 

Register for this class

Teacher: 
Time: 
Wed, 5:15 - 7:15 pm, 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).

Jennifer Lauck's Advanced Craft of Memoir Workshop PM | Jan 15 - Mar 5 | WAIT LIST ONLY

 

This class is for the advanced writer with a true story (memoir or fictionalized), and fiction, who has experience with scene writing, has mastered their use of language, understands plot, structure and character and needs an excellent group to study with. 

This is an intensive workshop with writers who have studied with Jennifer or have submitted work for approval to attend.  There are ongoing teachings of advanced craft including the study of one book, essays, handouts.  

You are welcome to enroll but must be pre-approved by Jennifer.  Click here to see student pages created by Jennifer for Attic Institute writers.

Sign up for the wait list

Teacher: 
Time: 
Thursday, 5:30 p.m.- 8:30pm, Jan 15 - Mar 5, 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: $399 (cash/check); $415 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $414 (cash/check); $430 (PayPal).

Jennifer Lauck's Craft of Memoir Workshop AM | Jan 15 - Mar 5

 

This class is for the writer with a true story (memoir or fictionalized) and a desire to finish a sellable manuscript. Fiction writer?  You are most welcome too! 

Learn to whittle huge volumes of material into an interesting, and compelling read. 

 

 

  • Learn structure. Theme. Character. Plot. Arc. Scene. 
  • Learn how to make your writing cinematic, imagistic and engaging. 
  • Learn the rules of memoir. 
  • Learn the rules of fictionalizing real life. 
  • Learn to be a better writer. 

Beginning to advanced, everyone is welcome and walks away with handouts, resources, examples and 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, Jan 15 - Mar 5, 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: $399 (cash/check); $415 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $414 (cash/check); $427 (PayPal).

Natalie Serber's Personal Essay Workshop | Jan 15 - Feb 19

You've got an idea, a story, a topic to explore, an observation, a memory and, best of all, a completely distinctive point of view—yours. The perfect storm to write a personal essay. In this course we will explore what it means to write compellingly and convincingly about our personal lives. We will work to beat back the paralyzing question “who cares what I have to say?” For our stories to be interesting to a reader, we must make them interesting to ourselves. We will work with voice, structure and scenic details to write vivid kick-ass essays. We’ll read and discuss a variety of personal essays by such writers 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.

Led by New York Times Editor's Choice author and Attic Institute of Arts and Letters Writing Fellow Natalie Serber.

Dates for workshop are as follows: Jan 15, 22, 29, Feb 12, 19

Register for workshop


 

Teacher: 
Time: 
Thursdays, 7:30 - 9:30pm, Jan 15 - Feb 19, 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).

Matthew Dickman's Poetry Workshop | Jan 17 - Feb 14

Take your poems on a ride

This is a great workshop to create a strong community of poets around your writing. We will bring in a poem that feels stuck, a new poem, and we will be generating writing in class, borrowing from each other, and sharing poems of favorite poets. It's a thrill a minute as we take your poems through the twists and loops and thrills of your talent and imagination.

Register for this workshop

 
Teacher: 
Time: 
Saturdays, 10am - 12pm, Jan 17 - Feb 14, 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).

Wayne Gregory's So You Wanna Be A Writer Workshop | Jan 17 - Feb 14

You have a thousand stories inside your head. You dabble on the page but rarely if ever finish anything, much less share with others. “Is my work good enough?” you wonder. “Do I have something original and interesting to say? What makes me think I can be a writer?” The biggest obstacle for emerging writers is neither a lack of time nor a lack of skill nor a lack of things to write about. It’s a 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. Find out your writing strengths and build on them. In the process, discover what it is about you that makes your stories worth telling and makes you the only writer who can tell them.

Register for this workshop

Teacher: 
Time: 
Saturdays, 10am - 12pm, Jan 17 - Feb 14, 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: 

Vanessa Veselka's Short Fiction Workshop | Jan 22 - Feb 19

 

Whether we are novelists, short story writers, lovers of essay or nonfiction, we all need to know how get our characters on the page quickly and vividly. In this workshop, you will need to commit to writing two, new short pieces over the course of the class as we explore voice and character through the medium of very short and flash fiction (focusing on your writing pieces in the range of 1500 words or fewer). The workshop will include examples, exercises, writing prompts, and resources for those seeking publication. 

Register for this workshop

Teacher: 
Time: 
Thursdays, 5 - 7pm, Jan 22 - Feb 19, 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).

Emily Whitman's Middle Grade and Young Adult Novels Workshop | Feb 5 - Mar 5

A Springboard Class

Are you writing a Middle Grade or Young Adult novel, and feeling in need of a fresh jolt of inspiration? Or have you always wanted to write one and need to find a way in? This class is about making discoveries together. We'll do exercises to liberate ideas and surprise us into finding new directions. We'll explore techniques and discuss what helps and hinders our work. While this will be a wide-ranging class, expect a focus on characters--how to deepen, enrich, and understand them; how to let them lead the way (yes, plotters, that goes for you, too). This might lead us to work with emotion, dialogue, age and voice, using place to shape and show character, and creating sparks with bad-guy friction. For writers at all levels and stages.

Register for this workshop

 

Teacher: 
Time: 
Thursdays, 10am - 12pm, Feb 5 - Mar 5, 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); $224 (PayPal).
Deposit: 

Franny French's Short Fiction Workshop | Feb 18 - Mar 18

Less Is the New Black

“Get in, get out. Don’t linger,” Raymond Carver famously said. In this class, we’ll do Carver one better by work-shopping 500- to 2,000-word stories. We’ll learn to tell by omission—in other words, what to leave out—and strip language to its core to discover what makes a short-short story really sing. In the course of five weeks, we’ll focus on voice, dialogue, scene, summary, and how to come in and go out with a bang. Student working on novels with micro chapters that can stand alone as works of fiction are also welcome.

Led by Attic Institute of Arts and Letters Writing Fellow Franny French.

Register for this workshop

Teacher: 
Time: 
Wednesdays, 7:30 - 9:30pm, Feb 18 - Mar 18 , 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).

Wayne Gregory's Writers's Toolbox Workshop | Feb 21 - Mar 21

Essentials of the Craft

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, Feb 21 - Mar 21, 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: 

5th Annual Creative Renewal Retreat | Mar 27-29

Spend a weekend writing with New York Times Bestselling writer Jennifer Lauck

Get out of town for two nights for great writing inspiration, delicious food, outstanding literary friendship, generative workshops with Jennifer Lauck — along with some high desert sun. A fantastic way to refresh your writing life.

 

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Draft Schedule (actual schedule may vary):

Friday
7pm Wine and cheese reception and talk: We'll get together, introduce ourselves, review the plan for the weekend, and talk a little about creativity and inspiration. This is mostly social with a half-hour to 45-minute organization session too.
 
Saturday
7-9am: Early morning writing: Early morning writing is an opportunity to clear your mind, imagine projects, sketch, and write.
9am: Breakfast: Delivered to the hotel.
9:30-10:45am: Introductory prompts and discussion.
10:45 Break
11am: Workshop.
12:30: Lunch: Delivered to the hotel.
1:30-3 Afternoon writing.
3:15-5:15: Workshop.
5:15-6pm: Break
6pm Dinner: Delivered to the hotel.
7:30pm: Reading Hour and Celebration.
 
Sunday
7-9am Early morning writing.
9am Breakfast delivered to the hotel.
9:30-11am Workshop.
11am Late morning writing.
12pm: Final meeting. Q & A and Discovery.
1pm Checkout

Check back soon to register

Teacher: 
Time: 
March 27-29, 2015
Location: 
Balch Hotel, Dufur, Oregon.
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the retreat. | Early Registration: $165 (cash/check); $174 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $180 (cash/check); $189 (PayPal). || Writers must make hotel and meals reservation separately with the Balch Hotel: http://www.balchhotel.com/ or 541-467-2277. Hotel registration and meals: Traditional room $98, Queen w/en suite bath $159, Suite $189. Booking two nights stay = 15% discount. Breakfast is included in room pricing. Lunch on Saturday: $15 pre-paid. Dinner on Saturday: $30 pre-paid. Hors $5 pre-paid. Beer and wine available for purchase by glass or bottle.