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.

Poets Studio | Applications due 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 for 30 weeks (October-June) each year. It is designed to give form and focus to your poetry writing. The Poets Studio is open to applications from all poets. Poets join the Poets Studio as members 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.

Read more about the Poets Studio.

Deadline to apply is September 10

To Apply: Please send ten (10) pages of poems and a 250 words "Statement of Goals" to the Attic Institute.

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Wed, 5:30 - 8pm, Oct 5 - June 7, 30 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
Registration for the 30 weeks of Poets Studio is $1550. There is a discount for membrs who register in full, a one-time payment of $1450 by cash or check ($1495 via PayPal). Members can also make registration payments in four installments: $387.50 cash/check ($399 via PayPal) per payment. Registration is due Oct 1, Nov 1, Jan 15, Mar 1. Learn more about registration: http://atticinstitute.com/content/poetsstudio

The Creative Nonfiction (CNF) Studio | Applications due Aug 31

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 three-month (11 week) 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. | Maximum 10 students

Learn more about the CNF Studio

Deadline to apply is August 31

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 Goals."

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Thursdays, Sep 22 - Dec 8, 5:30-8pm, 11 weeks
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Registration: $568 (cash/check); $586 (Paypal).

Poets MEETUP | Sep 13 | 6-9pm

Explore poetic form, play with forms, and take your writing in a new direction — to experiment and revitalize those flat drafts that need an infusion. Devote yourself for three hours to new possibilties in strict and open forms, learning a new trick, and drafting — truly drafting — poems in a playful, supportive gathering. Taught by Associate Fellow John Morrison.

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Tuesday | Sep 13 | 6-9pm
Location: 
Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
Early Registration: $57 (cash/check); $62 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $62 (cash/check); $67 (PayPal). Tuition for Meetup workshops are non-refundable.

Fiction MEETUP | Sep 15 | 6-9pm

Dream Images in Fiction | In this class, we'll examine "irreducible images" in the work of authors like Stephen King, Jeff Vandermeer, and Angela Carter that have their roots in the archetypes of myth and dream (as established by Joseph Campbell and Carl Jung). We'll also take a look at how such archetypes--and dream images of our own--can help us create stronger, stranger, more compelling fiction. This class is ideal for writers of speculative fiction but open to all.

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Thursday, Sep 15, 6-9pm
Location: 
Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard | Maximum 12 students
Total Fee: 
Early Registration: $57 (cash/check); $62 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $62 (cash/check); $67 (PayPal). Tuition for Meetup workshops are non-refundable.

Edward Derby's Time to Write Workshop | Sep 17 - Oct 15

“Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book, or for another book; give it, give it all, give it now.” —Annie Dillard

Time for exploring with language in a directed and supportive atmosphere. Each session uses unique assignments to help you discover and develop your voice as well as create new material. Unlike a critique workshop, we’ll focus on the process, not the result, so that you’ll have many new pieces to pursue and revise. Develop a variety of tips and techniques that will enable you to create writing time and space in your own life after the class is complete.

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Saturdays, Sep 17 - Oct 15, 10am - 12pm, 5 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard | Maximum 12 students
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $202 (cash/check); $209 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $217 (cash/check); $224 (PayPal).

Jon Raymond's Fiction Writing Workshop | Sep 19 - Oct 17

"If you write one story, it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favor." – Edgar Rice Burroughs

Writing fiction is by nature a messy, inefficient, and often demoralizing process. In this class, we will dig in and talk honestly about each other's work while adhering to certain principles of sympathy and mutual respect. We'll also read some good stories and essays on craft and do some assignments based on prompts. | Maximum 12 students

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Mondays, Sep 19 - Oct 17, 7:30-9:30pm, 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: $202 (cash/check); $209 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $217 (cash/check); $224 (PayPal).

Susan DeFreitas' Revising for Publication Workshop | Sep 19 - Oct 17

"Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong." ~ Neil Gaiman

In this workshop, we'll venture beyond the typical concerns of the fiction workshop to address the way editors and agents will view your work. Participants will learn how to approach their creative work from two different perspectives — that of the editor and that of the writer — and make the best possible use of critical feedback, with an eye toward producing publishable work. | Maximum 12 students

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Mondays, Sep 19 - Oct 17, 5:15 - 7:15pm, 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); $209 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $217 (cash/check); $224 (PayPal).

Zahir Janmohamed's Personal Essay Writing Workshop | Sep 19 - Oct 17

“The problem, you realize, is that while you have been raised to speak quietly and little, the notions of where you come from and who you are need a maximal approach.” Chang-rae Lee

Are you frustrated by the lack of diversity in today’s media landscape? Yeah me too. The good news is media outlets are increasingly becoming aware of this lack of diversity and today they are actively seeking new voices to write about race, religion, sexuality, gender, disability, abuse, trauma, mental illness, and class. In this class about writing from the margins, you will learn how to write personal essays that are vulnerable, nuanced, sensitive, and challenging. I know from my own struggles with this genre that part of the blockage many of us have in writing about ourselves is actually off the page. To address this, we will focus on writing prompts and readings to help you think about issues of identity/trauma/pain in new ways. We will then apply these craft tools to our own work and review each other's essays. Finally, we discuss how you can write email pitches to editors to get your piece published. | Maximum 12 students

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Time: 
Mondays, Sep 19 - Oct 17, 7:30-9:30pm, 5 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard | Maximum 12 students
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $202 (cash/check); $209 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $217 (cash/check); $224 (PayPal).

FULL - WAIT LIST ONLY Natalie Serber's Short Stories 1 Workshop | Sep 20 - Oct 18

". . . try to capture in writing the mysterious process of a life unfolding and how it feels as it happens. We often imagine that mystery is buried deep inside our lives, but it’s also hidden around us, on the surface." ~ Tessa Hadley

Short Story-Palooza: A Deep Dive into Story Craft | In this two part -10 week class we’ll begin with a deep dive into craft. For five weeks we’ll discuss and dissect storytelling features such as place, character & conflict, point of view, scene & dialog. We’ll have readings from great writers like John Cheever, Jhumpa Lahiri, Junot Diaz, Jenny Ofill and more. We’ll write from prompts and have plenty of opportunity to generate new work. During the second five week session we’ll put our storytelling muscles to work, expanding the prompts from session one into unique and shining stories, or, working with stories you may already have filed away. The bulk of our time in session two will be in workshop. Through peer support and critical discussion you’ll get thoughtful responses to your work with an eye toward making the stories shimmer.

Session One is open to all. Session two is open to students from session one, and by instructor approval.  | Maximum 12 students.  

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Tuesdays, Sep 20 - Oct 18, 7:30-9:30pm, 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: $202 (cash/check); $209 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $217 (cash/check); $224 (PayPal).

John Morrison's Forms of Poetry Workshop | Sep 20 - Oct 18

“Originality relies on a deep knowledge of traditions.” ~ T. S. Eliot

For those of us born into the free verse era, the study of prosody or form can sound like the poetic equivalent of “eat your peas.” Well, you can really like peas, fresh peas, anyway, and they are great for your skin. Prosody is the practice of the musical current underneath a poem: think meter, rhyme, cadence and all the forms (e.g., sonnet, villanelle, sestina) that can hold a poem together and drive it forward. In our five weeks, we’ll explore form to “crack open” your own reluctant poems, discover your unique rhythmic tendencies, and sharpen tools for revision. We’ll also explore strict and open forms and take home drafts to sharpen and shine. Be ready to playfully scribble like crazy and to never look at a line of poetry the same way again. | Maximum 12 students

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Tuesdays, Sep 20 - Oct 18, 7:30-9:30pm, 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: $202 (cash/check); $209 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $217 (cash/check); $224 (PayPal).

Brian Benson's Craft of Memoir Workshop | Sep 21 - Oct 19

“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, writing resources, and publishing leads. | Maximum 12 students

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Wednesday, Sep 21 - Oct 19, 5:15-7:15pm, 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); $209 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $217 (cash/check); $224 (PayPal).

Whitney Otto's Mixed Genre Workshop | Sep 21 - Oct 19

"The process of writing has something infinite about it. Even though it is interrupted each night, it is one single notation." ~Elias Canetti

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. In addition to writing a nonfiction piece, then a fictionalizing it, you will also be given a weekly prompt to be read and shared with the workshop. 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. | Maximum 12 students

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Wednesdays, Sep 21 - Oct 19, 7:30-9:30pm, 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: $202 (cash/check); $209 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $217 (cash/check); $224 (PayPal).

Kate Carroll De Gutes' Essay Writing Workshop | Sep 22 - Oct 20

I write entirely to find out what I'm thinking, what I'm looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear. ~ Joan Didion

Illness, death, divorce, money: these are all loaded subjects to talk about, much less commit to the page. And if you make a joke about your mother's Alzheimer's or how Ikea facilitated your divorce, is it even more inappropriate? Not necessarily. Humor can be used to write essays about tricky subjects, give your readers some breathing room, and develop stories from a life without sounding like you're on a soapbox. And this workshop is ideal for those who want to use humor in short pieces to navigate the rocky shoals that make up a life. | Maximum 12 students

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Time: 
Thursdays, Sep 22 - Oct 20, 5:15-7:15pm, 5 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard | Maximum 12 students
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $202 (cash/check); $209 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $217 (cash/check); $224 (PayPal).

Wayne Gregory's So You Wanna Be A Writer? Workshop | Sep 22 - Oct 20

“Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.” -- E. L. Doctorow

You write but it never feels like you’re getting where you want to go. You want to write, but you find that life seems to get in the way. You know you have a story you want to tell, but you’re not sure how to get started. The biggest culprit keeping us from writing is not lack of time, lack of skill, nor lack of things to write about. It’s 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. When you leave the class, you will know better your writing strengths and how to build on them; you will have a sense of direction about where to go with your writing; and, you will discover what is about you that makes your stories worth telling and makes you the only writer who can tell them. | Maximum 12 students

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Thursdays, Sep 22 - Oct 20, 7:30-9:30pm, 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: $202 (cash/check); $209 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $217 (cash/check); $224 (PayPal).

Vanessa Veselka's Creative Nonfiction Workshop AM | Sep 23 - Oct 21

This time we'll be working on short-story length nonfiction, focusing on the question of what makes a story. Writers will not be writing memoir chapters but essays, or journalism, or creative nonfiction. Open to fiction writers with the idea that all participants will be working and revising an entire piece. A great opportunity to figure out how to frame creative nonfiction into a wonderful story. | Maximum 12 students

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Fridays, Sep 23 - Oct 21, 10am-12pm, 5 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard | Maximum 12 students
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $202 (cash/check); $209 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $217 (cash/check); $224 (PayPal).

Attic Writers' League Workshop | Sep 26 - Oct 24

“Write without pay until somebody offers to pay.” ― Mark Twain
The Attic Writers' League focuses on three essential elements: imagination, metaphor, and story. The 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 Attic Writers' League was created and is led by Attic Institute president David Biespiel. The workshop emphasizes the importance of the practice of writing regularly, even if this means simply writing a single word, and then another one. The 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. Learn more about the Attic Writers' League
 

Teacher: 
Time: 
Mondays, Sep 26 - Oct 24, 4-5pm, 5 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard | Maximum 12 students
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).

Ed Skoog's Poetry Workshop | Oct 15 - Nov 12

"You don't make a poem with ideas, but with words."  ~ Stephanie Mallarme

This is a workshop for poets who are interested, as I am, not only in writing new poems but also continually questioning the nature of poetry, examining our assumptions about its techniques (particularly metaphor, line endings, and imagery), and wandering into the scary territories of feeling and meaning. I enjoy helping each student find new ways to develop poems, to push past the merely satisfactory draft, past virtuosity and even “mastery” into human moments of poetic truth, which are by nature unexpected and fleeting. We will discuss both the “call to speech” moment at the beginning of writing a poem and the way constructed audiences in our mind affect our revisions, all in light of West Coast poet Robert Duncan’s quote that “I do not use language, I cooperate with it, and that is a great distinction.” We will read and discuss poems and parts of essays by Denise Levertov, Ellen Bass, Ben Lerner, W.S. Merwin and Kevin Young. Students will write and share a new poem for each class, for group discussion. Workshop participants are encouraged not only to bring new poems but also to bring new ideas and questions to invigorate class discussion.

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Saturdays, Oct 15 - Nov 12, 10am - 12pm, 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); $209 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $217 (cash/check); $224 (PayPal).

WEEKEND WORKSHOP: Wendy Willis' Digging the Well | Oct 22-23

"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.

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Weekend: October 22-23 | Saturday 9am-2pm | Sunday 9am - 1pm | 9 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: $182 (cash/check); $188 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $197 (cash/check); $203 (PayPal).

NEW: Merridawn Duckler's From Character to Story Workshop | Oct 25 - Nov 22

“Everything I know about human nature, I learned from myself.” Anton Chekhov

Character development in fiction is at the root of short stories When you create compelling, multi-dimensional characters, your stories take on a life you never expected — and the discoveries are essential. In this workshop we will focus on developing characters and story arcs. Using your writing we will discuss the differences between plot driven and a character driven short stories. We will emphasize discovering where the story starts, whose story it is, and expanding a story's dramatic potential by narrowing its focus. We will review contemporary short stories for inspiration and practical advice, and critique student stories according to their their designs and ambitions.

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Time: 
Tuesdays, Oct 25 - Nov 22, 7:30-9:30pm, 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: $202 (cash/check); $209 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $217 (cash/check); $224 (PayPal).