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.

APPS DUE AUG 31: The Creative Nonfiction (CNF) Studio | Sep 21 - Dec 14

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 multi-month 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. No class Oct 12 and Thanksgiving Day. | Maximum 10 students

Learn more about the CNF Studio

Deadline to apply is Aug 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 21 - Dec 14, 6:00 - 8:30pm, 11 weeks
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Registration: $582 (cash/check); $604 (Paypal).

APPS DUE SEP 10: Poets Studio | Oct 4 - June 6

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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 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 4 - June 6, 30 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
Registration for the 30 weeks of Poets Studio is $1574 ($1630 via PayPal). There is a discount for members who register in full, a one-time payment of $1475 by cash or check ($1524 via PayPal). Members can also make registration payments in four installments: $393.50 cash/check ($408 via PayPal) per payment. Installment registrations are due Oct 1, Nov 1, Jan 15, Mar 1. Learn more about registration: http://atticinstitute.com/content/poetsstudio

WEEKEND: Karen Karbo's Everything's Personal: Finding your Essayist's Voice and Passion (Back-to-School Edition) Workshop | Sep 15-17

“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

The stranger the times, the more the personal essay shines. Not to be confused with the boring essay we learned to crank out in 6th grade, nor the over-written plea included in our college application, the best personal essay is passionate, eccentric, provocative, and about one inch from coming off the rails. Which makes them a blast to write. Come with ideas, leave with a better sense of your voice, true subjects, point of view, and power.

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Weekend: Sep 15-17 | Fri 6-9pm | Sat 9am-2pm | Sun 9am-2pm | 13 hour workshop
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $269 (cash/check); $282 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $284 (cash/check); $297 (PayPal).

NEW: Merridawn Duckler's Craft of Fiction Workshop | Sep 18 - Oct 16

“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 designs and ambitions. | Maximum: 12 writers

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Time: 
Mondays, Sep 18 - Oct 16, 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: $207 (cash/check); $219 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $222 (cash/check); $234 (PayPal).

NEW: Brian Benson's Craft of Creative Nonfiction Workshop | Sep 19 - Oct 17

“Nonfiction is never going to die.” Tom Wolfe

The explosion of creative nonfiction has opened writers to new ways to share your stories and insight. Are you interested in writing memoir or personal essay? Literary journalism or travelogue? In this workshop, you'll learn to craft these and other styles of creative nonfiction. We'll (respectfully) pillage the works of contemporary writers and discuss form and voice, scene and structure, as we explore how to apply literary technique to real-life narratives. You'll get to try your hand at a wide range of creative nonfiction, and you'll receive in-depth feedback on your work in progress so that you can practice a range of paths. Open to writers of all levels. | Maximum: 12 writers

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Tuesdays, 5:15 - 7:15pm, Sep 19 - Oct 17, 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: Ed Skoog's Write to Understand, Not to Explain Poetry Workshop A.M. | Sep 19 - Oct 17

“I do not use language, I cooperate with it.” — Robert Duncan

This course will explore ways to follow poetic language into the imagination and subconscious, without the burdens of explanation and explication. We will allow ourselves to write with passion and sensibility by letting sentences, metaphors, and images unfold, and to make associations, without fretting about earthly matters such as readership, genre, and tradition, to permit ourselves to “be in uncertainties, mysteries, and doubts” as Keats praised in Shakespeare, “without any irritable reaching after fact and reason.” We will read some correspondence between Denise Levertov and Robert Duncan, and look at poems by Emily Dickinson, Josephine Miles and the early Twentieth-Century Portland poet Hazel Hall. 

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Tuesdays, 10am-12pm, Sep 19 - Oct 17, 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 Creative Writing Workshop | Sep 19 - Oct 17

“The first sentence can’t be written until the final sentence is written.” —Joyce Carol Oates

But you've got to start somehwere. More description to come...

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Tuesdays, 7:30-9:30pm, Sep 19 - Oct 17, 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: John Morrison's Poetry Workshop: Titles, First Lines and Last Lines | Sep 19 - Oct 24

“The trick is to end on the right word. It’s that simple. And that’s what makes it so hard.” — Peter Sears

A whole universe can be in a title, the entire strategy derived from the first line and crisply executed in the last. What can we bring to our poetry by a deep consideration of these principles? How to arrest the reader, propel a poem, and leave the reader in a new place? Through discussion and generative activities, we will explore what makes for successful, even great poems, study craft, tone, pace, counterpoint, and employ tricks to keep our writing practice lively. Count on leaving w/several poem-drafts, another set of poetic tools, and a fresh dose of inspiration. Open to poets of any and all experience. | Maximum: 12 writers

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Tuesdays, 7:30 - 9:30pm, Sep 19 - Oct 24, 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: Wayne Gregory's So You Wanna Be A Writer Workshop A.M. | Sep 20 - Oct 18

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, 10am - 12pm, Sep 20 - Oct 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: $207 (cash/check); $219 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $222 (cash/check); $234 (PayPal).

NEW: David Ciminello's Poetry of Prose Workshop | Sep 21 - Oct 19

“To me, writing is not what it’s about, but the inner music the words make.” — Truman Capote

How can poetic elements be used to make your writing sing? This workshop marries elements of poetry and poetic license with the art of fiction and non-fiction. Through a series of prompt-based in-class exercises and at-home writing assignments participants will explore literary and poetic techniques to help unleash the music in their writing. Strong focus on character, setting, scene, wordsmithing, form, and theme. | Maximum 12 writers

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Time: 
Thursdays, 7:30-9:30pm, Sep 21 - Oct 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: $207 (cash/check); $219 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $222 (cash/check); $234 (PayPal).

NEW: Whitney Otto's Not Your High School English Class Essay Workshop | Sep 21 - Nov 9

"Personal essay — a story comprised of found fact, of analyzed emotion, of fictive memory." Barry Lopez

A good essay can have the power of a good story. Michel Montaigne, the 16th century nobleman, is said to be the father of the personal essay.  His topics ran from the profound (grief at losing a friend) to questions of society to the whimsical (wondering about his cat’s social interactions). No topic was off limits. Ralph Waldo Emerson said he felt “written” into Montaigne’s timeless essays. The beauty of the form is it’s flexibility, and the way it can move from personal to academic to narrative. Do you want to write about love? Nature? Your own cat? The origins of string theory? The story of the Empire State Building? A trip you took one summer? As Montaigne wrote, of his 107 essays, Que sais-je? French for, What do I know? Come and let’s explore what you know. Anything goes in this essay writing class where we will talk about the elements of essay-writing that make this delightful literary form a joy to write and to read.

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Thursdays, 5:15 - 7:15pm, Sep 21 - Nov 9, 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: $332 (cash/check); $347 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $347 (cash/check); $362 (PayPal).

NEW: David Ciminello's Writing Our Queer History Workshop | Sep 23 - Nov 11

“Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.” — Oscar Wilde

Queer here is defined as the strange or the odd from a conventional viewpoint; the unusually different; certainly the singular. This workshop will give participants the opportunity to develop the practice of creative non-fiction and fiction writing about queer personal and family histories. The main goal will be a written exploration of our queer selves. What is strange or different about us? Students will be encouraged to write memoir and/or fact-based fiction. Writings will be advanced with the help of in-workshop exercises, at-home assignments, and assigned readings. Supportive workshop critique and revision will be a strong part of the process. | Maximum: 12 writers

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Time: 
Saturdays, 10am-12pm, Sep 23 - Nov 11, 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: $332 (cash/check); $347 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $347 (cash/check); $362 (PayPal).

NEW: Matthew Dickman's Small Rooms & Big Worlds Chapbook Workshop | Sep 23 - Dec 9

“Poetry is eternal graffiti written in the heart of everone.” Lawrence Ferlinghetti

I have always been interested in and beguiled by chapbooks. I have read them, collected them, and coveted them. In this special three-month class we will be looking at chapbooks by well-known and new poets, discussing their themes and how they are put together, finding our own subjects, writing new poems and producing our own chapbooks. The class will end with a reading and presentation of our work! | Maximum: 10 writers

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Saturdays, Sep 23 - Dec 9, 10am-12pm, 12 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: $498 (cash/check); $518 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $513 (cash/check); $533 (PayPal).

WEEKEND: Wayne Gregory's Writer's Tool Kit Workshop | Oct 6-8

“Learn the rules like a pro so you can break them like an artist.” ~ Pablo Picasso

Sizzling plot ideas. Dynamic characters. Your inspiration is bubbling overyou’re your story is begging to be written. Time now to learn the nuts and bolts of the craft so your creativity can find it’s way into a story that grabs and holds your readers. 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, how to show rather than tell, and how to develop writing strategies to organize your ideas into an engaging narrative that keeps your readers turning the pages. You will learn by doing in-class writing exercises that will focus on writing tools and resources that will help you hone your craft long after the workshop is over. Come learn the rules and discover the tools that will strengthen your writing and help you be intentional and effective when you tell your stories.  | Maximum 12 students

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Weekend: Oct 6-8, Fri 6-8pm, Sat 1-5pm, 1-5pm, 10 hour workshop
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: Kate Carroll de Gutes' Breaking Down the Walls Workshop | Oct 7-8

We all have periods when we feel stuck, and the best way to bust down the walls of our self-imposed cells is through prompts, walking in the world and taking notice, and even pulling from other writers. In this day-long workshop, we'll work from prompts, walk through the Hawthorne neighborhood and eavesdrop on conversations, and also pull random lines from The Attic's extensive library--and drop the latter two into our work. This technique works for any genre, but is particularly suited to prose writers.

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Time: 
WEEKEND: Oct 7-8, 1-5pm both days | 8 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: $166 (cash/check); $172 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $181 (cash/check); $187 (PayPal).