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.

FALL: John Morrison's Monthly Poetry Gathering and Workshop | Sep 22 - Jan 12 | FULL: WAIT LIST ONLY

"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

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Saturdays, 12:30 -2:30pm, Sep 22, Oct 13, Nov 17, Dec 15, Jan 12
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. To register for the full package of five workshops: $207 (cash/check); $219 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $222 (cash/check); $234 (PayPal). To register for four workshops: $180 (cash/check); $194 (PayPal). To register for three workshops: $140 (cash/check); $152 (PayPal). To register for two workshops: $97 (cash/check); $109 (PayPal). To register for one workshop: $45 (cash/check); $54 (Paypal).

FALL: Liz Lampman's Sensualizing Sex (and Everything Else) Workshop | Sep 24 - Oct 22

Sex can be many things, but it's almost certainly difficult to write about. In this workshop, writers will free their imaginations and write memorable sex scenes, from smutty to divine. Together, we'll examine strong examples in multiple genres, stretch our sexual vocabularies, and practice seeing sensuality in the banal. This is a generative workshop for writers of all genres. Content and discussion will be non-heteronormative. | Maximum: 12 writers

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Mondays, 7-9pm, Sep 24 - Oct 22, 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); $219 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $222 (cash/check); $234 (PayPal)

WEEKEND: Wendy Willis' Digging the Well | Oct 6-7

"Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” ~ C. G. Jung

This motivational workshop for writers of all genres will deepen your writing practice by showing you how to access stories and images from your deepest imagination. Finding inspiration from writers such as Adrienne Rich, W. G. Sebald, Frank Stanford, Virginia Woolf, Italo Calvino, Salman Rushdie, and Isabelle Allende, we will use a series of exercises throughout the workshop, plus one overnight writing assignment, to expand your access to the unconscious and generate wilder, more surprising work. Maximum: 14 writers

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Sat/Sun, Oct 6-7, 9am - 2pm, 10 hours
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).

NEW: Brian Benson's Afternoon Antidote Generative Writing Workshop | Oct 23 - Nov 27

"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, 1:30pm - 3:30pm, Oct 23 - Nov 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); $219 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $222 (cash/check); $234 (PayPal).

NEW: Brian Benson's Craft of Memoir Workshop | Oct 23 - Nov 20

“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 and writing resources. | Maximum 12 students

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Tuesdays, 5:30 - 7:30pm, Oct 23 - Nov 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); $219 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $222 (cash/check); $234 (PayPal).

NEW: Emily Whitman's Writing Middle-Grade and Young Adult Novels | Oct 23 - Nov 20 | ONE SPOT OPEN

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.

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Tuesdays, 5:30 – 7:30, October 23 – November 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); $219 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $222 (cash/check); $234 (PayPal).

NEW: Natalie Serber's Writers’ Lunch Date Workshop | Oct 23 - Nov 20

Writing is lonely business. In this workshop we will write through lunch, in community. Working on a novel, personal essays, memoir, short stories, bring it! Come with work in progress or just at the cusp of something new. The focus will be on flexing our creativity, generating new work, with opportunities to share what’s happening on the page, and at your desk.  Each session Natalie will provide multiple prompts that can be geared to your specific project or toward something entirely new.  We’ll have short readings, some craft talks, but most of all, we will write together. | Maximum: 12 writers

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Tuesdays, Oct 23 - Nov 20, 11am - 1pm, 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); $219 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $222 (cash/check); $234 (PayPal).

NEW: Patrick Dundon's Poetry Workshop | Oct 23 - Nov 20

This is a workshop for all levels, whether you’ve just written your first poem or have been seriously writing for years. Each week, we’ll read and discuss one another’s work, emphasizing both craft (the shaping and forming of language) as well as the vision that's unique to each individual. All aesthetics are welcome, experimentation is encouraged, and we will strive to meet each piece of writing on its own terms. Our conversations will rest upon the assumption that there is no “correct” answer in art—that is, the thoughts and feelings that each piece of writing evokes will be a welcome part of the discussion. We will also closely read and discuss the work of a variety of  contemporary writers, focusing on the diverse ways that form and content can inform one another. As time allows, we will conduct in-class writing exercises based on the readings. | Maximum: 12 writers

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Mondays, 8-10pm, Oct 23 - Nov 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); $219 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $222 (cash/check); $234 (PayPal)

NEW: Edward Derby's Get Published Workshop | Oct 24 - Nov 28

Submitting Poetry and Short Fiction for Publication: Researching, Choosing, Planning, Tracking, Doing!

This is a five week working session to get you in the habit of submitting your work for publication.  Stop talking about it and do it.  Each two hour session you will submit at least one prose piece or group of poems in class. This class is best for those who have only submitted a little, or none at all, and want some structure and guidance to get in the habit of seeking publication for their creative work. We will work on: identifying the three tiers of best fit publications for your work, composing cover letters, proofreading and making final revisions, tracking submissions, building a submissions calendar, building a habit of seeking publication. Students will need work they consider ready to submit, a wifi-enabled computer, a credit card or paypal account (for submission fee payments where applicable). No class week of Thanksgiving. | Maximum: 12 writers

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Wednesday, Oct 24 - Nov 28, 5:30 - 7:30pm, 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); $219 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $222 (cash/check); $234 (PayPal).

NEW: David Ciminello's Building Character Fiction Workshop | Oct 25 - Dec. 6

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

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Time: 
Thursdays, 5:30 - 7:30pm, Oct 25 - Dec. 6 5 weeks (no workshop on Nov. 1 or Thanksgiving Day)
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).

NEW: David Ciminello's Fiction Factory | Oct 25 - Dec. 6

“Having just a vision's no solution, Everything depends on execution. The art of making art Is putting it together.” ~ Stephen Sondheim

The sum is greater than the whole, meaning there is a connection among the individual items that it is better than what each one would be alone. In this generative prompt-driven workshop participants will create and utilize a writer’s toolkit full of literary and poetic devices to draft and revise a series of short pieces that can be connected or expanded upon. Strong focus on character, setting, scene, form, and theme. We will experiment with various forms and break the rules, turning drafted pieces upside down and inside out. The process will include in-workshop writing, homework assignments, shares, and supportive feedback. Mostly we will have fun. Open to all genres. | Maximum: 12 writers

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Time: 
Thursdays, 8-10pm, Oct 25 - Dec. 6, 5 weeks (no workshop on Nov. 1 or Thanksgiving Day)
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)

NEW: Liz Lampman's So You Wanna Be a Writer Workshop | Oct 29 - Nov 26

“Anyone who is going to be a writer knows enough at 15 to write several novels.” —May Sarton

You have a thousand stories inside your head. You have experiences you know would make killer essays, maybe even a memoir. You love language and write poems on napkin corners. But can you call yourself a writer, you wonder. Sharing your work with others sounds terrifying at best. The biggest obstacles for emerging writers is not lack of skill or experiences to write about. Instead, it's the lack of self-confidence. This workshop is designed for those who want to be writers, but are not sure they can be. In it you will experience a safe space for you to explore your interest in writing within a community of others who are on a similar journey as you. You will have the opportunity to share your writing with an encouraging audience and to receive feedback that will help you identify and build your creative strengths. If you have work to share, bring it. If you have nothing prepared, just bring an open mind to the possibilities this class may open for you. You're the only possible author of your truth—come discover that you ARE the writer you've always wanted to be. | Maximum: 12 writers

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Mondays, 8-10pm, Oct 29 - Nov 26, 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); $219 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $222 (cash/check); $234 (PayPal).

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

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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).