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.

WINTER | Zoom | Exploring the Ode w Matthew Dickman | Jan 23 - Feb 27

The beginning of the New Year is a good time to celebrate the things and people we love. In this six-week class we will be exploring the celebratory form of The Ode through reading famous (and infamous) Odes by writers such as Pablo Neruda, Rita Dove, Lorca, and Galway Kinnell among others while writing and sharing our own. This is not a critical workshop but an exploratory one. Come celebrate with me! 

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Workshop Day: 
Time: 
Sundays, 1-3pm, Jan 23 - Feb 27 (PT), 6 weeks
Location: 
Zoom | Online Workshop
Total Fee: 
Discounted Early Registration is due seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Discounted Early Registration: $258 (cash/check); $268 (PayPal). | Tuition Registration: $273 (cash/check); $284 (PayPal).

WINTER | In Person | Beginning with Poetry w John Morrison | Feb 2 - Mar 2

“Those who are willing to be vulnerable move among mysteries.”  ~ Theodore Roethke

There is so much pleasure in poetry. Yes, there’s heartache, and mystery, and play, and drama, but there’s pure pleasure in the writing, the reading, and the sharing. Honestly, there’s just pleasure in joining the company of poets. This session is for those who are interested writing or sharing your poetry but you’re not quite sure. What will a workshop be like? What will others think? Will I belong? “Beginning with Poetry” is your opportunity and now is your time. Although the session is available to all, we will always be mindful of writers who haven’t been in a workshop or haven’t been for a long time. For inspiration and edification, we’ll read marvelous poems from a range of established writers, generate some of our own work, and share. Expect not only a lot of fun, expect the doors of the House of Poetry to open and welcome you inside. | Maximum: 14 writers

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Time: 
Wednesdays, 6 - 8pm, Feb 2 - Mar 2, 5 weeks
Location: 
Attttic Institute, 1033 SW Yamhill, Suite 405, Portland, OR 97205
Total Fee: 
Discounted Early Registration is due seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Discounted Early Registration: $215 (cash/check); $229 (Paypal). | Tuition Registration: $230 (cash/check); $244 (PayPal).

WINTER | Zoom | Putting It Together: Bringing Narrative Order to Your Chaotic Imagination w Wayne Gregory | Feb 2 – Mar 2

It has to come to life!
Bit by bit, putting it together
Piece by piece, only way to make a work of art
--- Stephen Sondheim ---
 
No, this is NOT a songwriting class. It’s a class about helping the emerging writer take her pile of random chapters, character sketches, fragments, scenes, ramblings, and moments of literary brilliance, into something of a coherent and emotionally resonant story. During this class we will explore how a writer can look within their narrative to identify the key scenes, to understand the most critical trajectory for the character(s) from beginning to end, and to build the necessary narrative to connect those key scenes and move the journey of the characters forward. Finally, each student will develop their own revision practice and understand better what their story is revealing it wants to say and what needs to be omitted.  Students will take what they learn, work on their projects outside of class, then bring back examples of what they have discovered in their revision work to share with the class. This class is designed for those who already have a significant portion of their writing project (novel, short story, or creative non-fiction piece) completed in at least a rough draft form. | Maximum: 15 writers
 

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Wednesdays, Feb 2 – Mar 2, 7 - 9pm (PST) | 5 weeks
Location: 
Zoom | Online Workshop
Total Fee: 
Discounted Early Registration is due seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Discounted Early Registration: $215 (cash/check); $229 (Paypal). | Tuition Registration: $230 (cash/check); $244 (PayPal).

WINTER | Zoom | So, You Wanna Be A Writer Workshop w Wayne Gregory | Feb 3 - Mar 3

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 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 not lack of time nor lack of skill nor 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.  It provides a safe space for you to explore your interest in writing within a community of others who are on the same journey of exploration that you are. You will have an opportunity to share your writing and receive feedback that will help you identify your creative strengths and build on them. If you have work to share, bring it. If you haven’t written anything, bring an open mind to the possibilities that the class may open for you. Learn about the craft and, 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. | Maximum 15 students

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Thursdays, Feb 3 – Mar 3 | 7 - 9pm (PST) | 5 weeks
Location: 
Zoom | Online Workshop
Total Fee: 
Discounted Early Registration is due seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Discounted Early Registration: $215 (cash/check); $229 (Paypal). | Tuition Registration: $230 (cash/check); $244 (PayPal).

WINTER | Zoom | Prose Poem Workshop w Ruben Quesada | Feb 5 - Feb 26

 

A generative workshop that explores the boundaries of poetry. The intersection of poetry and prose offers a range of possibilities for style and subject. In this course, we will write together, and we will discuss poetic elements found in sentences. No previous writing experience is needed.

"Thank you Ruben Quesada for an incredible class. It was full of fascinating information and the prompts Ruben gave us inspired my generative work (and from the other poets, you could tell it was the same for them)! Ruben also cultivated a space of openness and sharing that was truly remarkable for such a short class. He is a fantastic addition to the Attic, and I sincerely hope to take classes with him in the future. I most definitely would be interested to continue learning from and writing with Ruben." ~ Emma Nelson, student

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Saturday, Feb 5 - Feb 26, 9:00am - 11:30am PT | 10 hours
Total Fee: 
Discounted Early Registration is due seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Discounted Early Registration: $215 (cash/check); $229 (Paypal). | Tuition Registration: $230 (cash/check); $244 (PayPal).

WINTER II | Zoom | Monthly Poetry Gathering and Workshop w John Morrison | Feb 19 - June 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 morning of each month, we’ll gather and share 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 one you want ready to submit for publication, to an experimental piece that needs a supportive but critical eye. Along the way we’ll talk about craft and how to grow and sustain a fulfilling practice, which includes the company of fellow poets.  Come ready to share your poems and insights and to carry generous feedback home to your writing desk. 

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Workshop Day: 
Time: 
Saturdays, 10am - 12:00pm, Monthly: Feb 19, Mar 19, Apr 16, May 21, June 18
Location: 
Zoom | Online Workshop
Total Fee: 
Discounted Early Registration is due seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Discounted Early Registration: $215 (cash/check); $229 (PayPal). | Tuition Registration: $230 (cash/check); $244 (PayPal).

WINTER II | Zoom | Flash Nonfiction II w Brian Benson | Feb 22 - Mar 22

Flash nonfiction, simply put, is true-to-life writing defined by extreme compression. It's saying what you've got to say using as few words, and as much beauty, as possible. An endlessly accessible, playful, potent form, flash nonfiction is evermore popular; from Brevity to Barren, The Forge to The Sun, legions of journals are publishing great flash.

This class is designed for writers who have taken Intro to Flash Nonfiction, but it's open to all. Over five weeks, students will read stellar flash, begin new pieces, workshop works-in-progress, and move toward submitting work for publication. | Maximum: 12 writers.

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Tuesdays, 5:30 - 7:30pm (Pacific Time), Feb 22 - Mar 22, 5 Weeks
Location: 
Zoom | Online Workshop
Total Fee: 
Discounted Early Registration is due seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Discounted Early Registration: $215 (cash/check); $229 (Paypal). | Tuition Registration: $230 (cash/check); $244 (PayPal).

WINTER II | Zoom | Story Energy with Joanna Rose | Feb 26 - Mar 26

Tension draws writer and reader into any story and evokes more deeply human experience. The constant adjusting of tension affects pacing and drives story in countless ways:  interactions among characters, sentence structure,  and even word choice. We’ll use excerpts from published works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry as well as work submitted weekly by participants to explore how the use of tension can create a vivid, visceral narrative.  | Maximum: 12 students

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Saturdays, 9 - 11am (Pacific Time), Feb 26 - Mar 26, 5 weeks
Location: 
Online/Zoom
Total Fee: 
Discounted Early Registration is due seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Discounted Early Registration: $215 (cash/check); $229 (PayPal). | Tuition Registration: $230 (cash/check); $244 (PayPal).

WINTER II | Zoom | Exploring the Elegy Workshop w Matthew Dickman | Mar 6 - Apr 10

There has been a lot of loss in each of our lives over the last two years: from the deaths of friends and family to an upheaval of social norms and interactions. In this class we will be exploring The Elegy in various ways. We will be reading and discussing examples of The Elegy by writers such as Kevin Young, Dorianne Laux, Marie Howe and others while writing and sharing our own. This is not a critical workshop but an exploratory one. The elegy is perhaps the most important poetic form of the moment-- let's explore it together!

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Teacher: 
Workshop Day: 
Time: 
Sundays, 1-3pm, Mar 6 - Apr 10 (PT), 6 weeks
Total Fee: 
Discounted Early Registration is due seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Discounted Early Registration: $258 (cash/check); $268 (PayPal). | Tuition Registration: $273 (cash/check); $284 (PayPal).

WINTER II | Zoom | The Why and How of Writing Your Life Workshop w Wayne Gregory | Mar 17 - Apr 21

"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. In short, 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. This workshop is for the one who wants to discover how to identify her/his compelling story and how to create a work that will grab readers and take them on their own journeys. You will work on a single piece—memoir or essay—with the goal of producing a completed rough draft by the end of the workshop. You can bring something you’ve already started to work on or just bring an empty page, an idea, and a willing, eager imagination. The workshop will help you discover what story 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. | Maximum: 12 writers
 

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Thursdays, Mar 17 – Apr 21 (no class on Mar 24)  | 7 - 9pm (PST) 5 weeks
Location: 
Zoom | Online Workshop
Total Fee: 
Discounted Early Registration is due seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Discounted Early Registration: $215 (cash/check); $229 (Paypal). | Tuition Registration: $230 (cash/check); $244 (PayPal).

WINTER II | Zoom | Weekly Writing Group: A Critique Group w Wayne Gregory | Mar 23 - Apr 20

This class will create a writing group for students who are currently working on a specific short writing project (fiction or non-fiction).  The emphasis will be on peer feedback, with direction and guidance, tips, and resources from the instructor. At the end of the class, the students will present an online public reading of their work. The class will begin with a workshop on giving and receiving workshop feedback. After this, students in the class will meet each week and share their work and receive feedback from the students and teacher. | Maximum: 15 writers

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Wednesdays, Mar 23 – Apr 20 | 7 - 9pm (PST) | 5 weeks
Location: 
Zoom | Online Workshop
Total Fee: 
Discounted Early Registration is due seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Discounted Early Registration: $215 (cash/check); $229 (Paypal). | Tuition Registration: $230 (cash/check); $244 (PayPal).