Classes at the Attic

APPS DUE DEC 15: Poets Studio | January - June 2020

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Poets Studio is based on the idea that focusing on goals is the key to lasting growth as a poet. Poets Studio is a weekly workshop that will run from January 6 until the end of June (dates TBA) for 24 weeks.  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 Dec 15

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: 
Mon, 5:30 - 8pm, Jan - June, 24 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
Registration for the 24 weeks of Poets Studio is $1350 ($1416 via PayPal). Learn more about registration: http://atticinstitute.com/content/poetsstudio

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 - Nov (Exact Schedule TBA), 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: $1324 (cash/check); $1365 (Paypal). | Multiple payment options are available for accepted writers.

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.

Saturday Poetry Workshop I: Strict Forms w John Morrison | Oct 19

​​​​​​​“To talk about formal verse is meaningless – poetry is form” Robert Pinsky

For those of us born into the free verse tradition, the study of prosody 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 study and practice of the deep music in poetry (think meter, rhyme, cadence) and all the strict forms like sonnet, villanelle, and sestina that can drive a poem forward. In our Saturday session, along with drafting a few forms, we’ll explore how to “crack open” our own reluctant poems, discover our own rhythmic tendencies, and sharpen our tools for revision. Come ready to playfully scribble like crazy and to never look at a line of poetry the same way again. | Maximum: 14 writers

[Note: This workshop is designed to be paired with John's Open Forms workshop in Session II. Poets are welcome to take both, or just one.]

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Saturday, Oct 19, 10am - 4:30pm, six hours (including 30-min. lunch break)
Location: 
Attic Institute, 4232 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $126 (cash/check); $134 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $141 (cash/check); $149 (PayPal).

Revising the Poem Workshop w Ashley Toliver | Oct 21 - Nov 18

Where can revision take us when we're not too attached to our creative work? What new avenues can we discover by taking risks and having the courage to experiment? In this workshop, we'll share works-in-progress and engage deeply with each other's drafts as we write our way into new poems. You'll learn different ways of looking at your own work, acquire new strategies for tackling creative indecision, and come away with a more concrete understanding of how to know when a poem is "finished." | Maximum: 12 writers

[Note: This workshop is designed to be paired with Ashley's Writing the Poem workshop in Session I. Poets are welcome to take both, or just one.]

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Mondays, Oct 21 - Nov 18, 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: $210 (cash/check); $222 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $225 (cash/check); $237 (PayPal).

Craft of Memoir Workshop w Brian Benson | Oct 22 - Nov 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 and writing resources. | Maximum 12 students

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Tuesdays, 5:30 - 7:30pm, Oct 22 - Nov 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: $210 (cash/check); $222 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $225 (cash/check); $237 (PayPal).

Revision Strategies Workshop w Patrick Dundon | Oct 22 - Nov 19

What do we do with a piece of writing that feels stuck, stagnant, that we want to transform? Revision can be difficult: we don’t want to lose the raw energy, the life-blood, of our original draft, yet sometimes we need to let go of our original ideas and inspiration in service of the poem or story. Too often revision is thought of as a process refinement and clarification, but revision literally means to “see again,” and in this class we’ll do just that: seeking out ways to enliven old drafts and see them from a fresh perspective, with a sense of curiosity and wonder. Through both in-class exercises and critique, we’ll explore a wide variety of revision strategies designed to bring our drafts to life again. Open to all writers. Maximum: 12 writers

[Note: This workshop is designed to be paired with Patrick's Generateive Exercises workshop in Session II. Writers are welcome to take both, or just one.]

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Tuesdays, 7:45 - 9:45pm, Oct 22 - Nov 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: $210 (cash/check); $222 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $225 (cash/check); $237 (PayPal).

So You Wanna Be A Writer Workshop w Wayne Gregory | Oct 23 - Nov 20

You know you have a story to tell and you want to tell it, but you’re not sure how to get started. You write but it never feels like you’re getting where you want to go. Or, you want to write, but you find that life seems to get in the way. There are a lot of obstacles to interfere with emerging writers. But, it’s not lack of time, lack of skill, nor lack of things to write about. The biggest problem is 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 writers

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Wednesdays, 7:45 - 9:45pm, 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: $210 (cash/check); $222 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $225 (cash/check); $237 (PayPal).

Queer Writing w Wayne Gregory | Oct 24 - Nov 21

How does being queer shape the stories we write and the way we write them? Does character, plot, or theme make a narrative queer or is it something in the way a queer writer sees the world that colors a narrative? This class will invite writers to explore and express their identity and how it informs what they write and the way they write it.  Whether you are writing fiction or non-fiction, or just writing for yourself this class will help you make connections between who you are becoming and what you are imagining through your writing. Writers with little or a lot of experience are welcome to this workshop-style class. Bring something you’re already working on or start from scratch, but either way our goal will be to have a completed piece at the end – it could be a paragraph, a multi-page piece, or something in-between. All genres are welcome. Supportive in-class critique and revision will be a strong part of the process. At the end of the class, you’ll have a better sense of who you are and why you are writing.

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Thursday, Oct 24 - Nov 21, 6:30 - 8:30pm, 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: $210 (cash/check); $222 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $225 (cash/check); $237 (PayPal).

Fiction Workshop II with Joanna Rose | Nov 2 - Dec 7

Sentences are the Lego of Story

A critique workshop for writers of all levels designed to lead you deeper into the experience of your story, true or imagined. Any story depends on its sentences, and this workshop is built on defining what the job of its sentences is, and how they are doing their work. We’ll look into voice and language in the terms of the stories at hand. | Maximum: 12 writers

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Saturdays, 9am - 11am, Nov 2 - Dec 7, 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).

WEEKEND: Life Writing Workshop w David Biespiel | Oct 26-27

In this weekend workshop to refresh your writing, attention will be devoted to the quality of remembering and remaking your past experiences and stories on the page. Our focus will be on observation, with discussion and demonstration-writing exercises designed to include new techniques to frame your writing, draw out the details of place, use images to make fresh comparisons, and to pay attention to landmarks that anchor your imagination. While this in-class writing workshop is useful as preparation for large-scale pieces of writing (stories, novels, essays, poems), it also serves as a complete experience in and of itself. Prompts range in length from several minutes to an hour, allowing you to build from feelings to scenes and beyond. Each session will feature new techniques and strategies. | Maximum: 20 writers

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Sat + Sun 12-5pm, Oct 26-27 | 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: $210 (cash/check); $222 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $225 (cash/check); $237 (PayPal).

Techniques for Starting Any New Piece of Writing w David Biespiel | Nov 12 - Dec 17

Being able to write joyfully in an encouraging environment without the constant fear of negative critique can be incredibly freeing. In this workshop, led by Attic Institute founder David Biespiel, short, timed, directed writing sessions allow you to quickly make dramatic pieces of writing--in fiction, memoir, or poems--that encourage your personal sense of expression. These exercises are designed to establish easy-to-follow strategies that free up your imagination and let you discover something new, or something long percolating. These writing or "sketch" sessions build confidence, enabling you to concentrate on the material that's right before you. Our focus will be almost entirely on making new pieces of writing with hardly any time dedicated to critique or revision.

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Tuesdays, Nov 12 - Dec 17, 4-5:30pm, 6 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute, 4232 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $189 (cash/check); $195 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $204 (cash/check); $210 (PayPal).

Saturday Poetry Workshop II: Open Forms w John Morrison | Nov 16

“Originality relies on a deep knowledge of traditions.” TS Eliot

In this session, we’ll open up and explore archetypal forms that power great poetry. We’ll consider the music and strategy of model poems, and then through generative activities, we’ll draft our version of several open forms, such as the Aubade, Letter, List, Ode, and Elegy. We’ll all leave the session with a greater appreciation and deeper understanding of our poetic tradition, and take home potent drafts to polish and shine. Come ready to read, discuss, and scribble away! | Maximum: 14 writers

[Note: This workshop is designed to be paired with John's Strict Forms workshop in Session I. Poets are welcome to take both, or just one.]

Register for this workshop

 

Teacher: 
Time: 
Saturday, Nov 16, 10am - 4:30pm, six hours (including 30-min. lunch break)
Location: 
Attic Institute, 4232 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $126 (cash/check); $134 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $141 (cash/check); $149 (PayPal).

WEEKEND: Life Writing Workshop: End of Year Resolutions w David Biespiel | Nov 23-24

In this weekend workshop to focus your writing for 2020, we will try to help you get organized for the year ahead. As with Life Writing (weekend workshop in October) attention will be devoted to the quality of remembering and remaking your past experiences and stories on the page. Our focus will be on observation, with discussion and demonstration-writing exercises designed to include new techniques to frame your writing, draw out the details of place, use images to make fresh comparisons, and to pay attention to landmarks that anchor your imagination. While this in-class writing workshop is useful as preparation for large-scale pieces of writing (stories, novels, essays, poems), it also serves as a complete experience in and of itself. Prompts range in length from several minutes to an hour, allowing you to build from feelings to scenes and beyond. Each session will feature new techniques and strategies. | Maximum: 20 writers

Note: This workshop can be taken as Part 2 of Life Writing (Oct 26-27) or as a standalone class. There will be some review from the October workshop, but all the prompts and direction will be unique to this weekend's class.

Register for this workshop

Teacher: 
Time: 
Sat + Sun 12-5pm, Nov 23-24 | 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: $210 (cash/check); $222 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $225 (cash/check); $237 (PayPal).

WEEKEND: Poets Studio: Introduction | Dec 7-8

Pour the poet into the art and the art into the poet.

Poets Studio is based on the idea that focusing on goals is the key to lasting growth as a poet. Poets Studio is a weekly workshop that will run from January - June 2002.

"Poets Studio: Introduction" is a special, late fall weekend workshop for poets interested in applying to the Jan-June program. (Note: "Poets Studio: Introduction" enrollment is open to anyone whether you're thinking about Poets Studio for next year or not). Poets Studio is designed to give form and focus to your poetry writing. This creates the Poets Studio's special experience: a steady, supportive, and comprehensive study of your poetry among other poets. Maximum writers: 20.

Register for this workshop

Teacher: 
Time: 
Sat + Sun 12-5pm, Dec 7-8| 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: $210 (cash/check); $222 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $225 (cash/check); $237 (PayPal).