Classes at the Attic

5th Annual Creative Renewal Retreat | Mar 27-29 AVAILABLE

Spend a weekend writing with New York Times Bestseller Jennifer Lauck

Get out of town for two nights for great writing inspiration, delicious food, outstanding literary friendship, generative workshops with Jennifer Lauck — along with some high desert sun.

Bring that essay, short story, chapter, or bubbling idea.  Share with Jennifer personally and/or share with the group in order to see how it sounds to other objective thinkers.  The weekend is also a great place to launch a project.  You can write a few hundred words (or thousands if you're so inclined), and then share what arose spontaneously.  You will be amazed if you do this.  The clean mountain air has a way of really shaking things loose. 

Jennifer will cover aspects of craft (scene, summary), discuss expectations within genre's (fiction, creative non-fiction, short story, essay), and teach specific aspects of story (plot, structure, character development, theme, setting, concepts).  She'll also be sharing published essays, short stories, novel excerpts which will be sent to you prior to the workshop weekend so you can enjoy them. 

Everyone will be advised to bring a computer, in case Jennifer gets a wild hair and sends a handout during the workshop (this happened last year).  There will be wi-fi, so you can connect up, get the handouts, and send your work to the others in the group too.

She will gear her teaching/sharing with what the group needs at the time.  It's a very fluid experience, both laid back but also pointed toward your needs, personally, and as a group.

The weekend is fantastic way to refresh your writing life.

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Draft Schedule (actual schedule may vary):

Friday
7pm Wine and cheese reception and talk: We'll get together, introduce ourselves, review the plan for the weekend, and talk a little about creativity and inspiration. This is mostly social with a half-hour to 45-minute organization session too.
 
Saturday
7-9am: Early morning writing: Early morning writing is an opportunity to clear your mind, imagine projects, sketch, and write.
9am: Breakfast: Delivered to the hotel.
9:30-10:45am: Introductory prompts and discussion.
10:45 Break
11am: Workshop.
12:30: Lunch: Delivered to the hotel.
1:30-3 Afternoon writing.
3:15-5:15: Workshop.
5:15-6pm: Break
6pm Dinner: Delivered to the hotel.
7:30pm: Reading Hour and Celebration.
 
Sunday
7-9am Early morning writing.
9am Breakfast delivered to the hotel.
9:30-11am Workshop.
11am Late morning writing.
12pm: Final meeting. Q & A and Discovery.
1pm Checkout

Register for this workshop

Teacher: 
Time: 
March 27-29, 2015
Location: 
Balch Hotel, Dufur, Oregon.
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the retreat. | Early Registration: $165 (cash/check); $174 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $180 (cash/check); $189 (PayPal). || Writers must make hotel and meals reservation separately with the Balch Hotel: http://www.balchhotel.com/ or 541-467-2277. Hotel registration and meals: Traditional room $75, Queen w/en suite bath $115, Suite $145. Breakfast & Tax is included in room pricing. Lunch on Saturday: $15 pre-paid. Dinner on Saturday: $30 pre-paid. Hors $5 pre-paid. Beer and wine available for purchase by glass or bottle

FREE: Consult about Your Writing

Let us help you with your writing. Call us.

We invite you 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.

 

Register for a free consult

 

Time: 
By appointment only.
Location: 
Telephone Conference Call
Total Fee: 
Free.

PLAN AHEAD: Poets Studio | Apply by 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 from October 1 - May 31 each year. It is designed to give form and focus to your poetry writing. The Poets Studio is open to applications from all poets (see application information below). Poets join the Poets Studio either as members or as auditors 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.

To Apply: To apply to join the next Poets Studio, please send ten (10) pages of poems and a 250 words "Statement of Goals" to the Attic Institute.

Deadline to apply is September 10.

APPLY NOW

Teacher: 
Time: 
Wed, 5:30 - 8pm, Oct 1 - May 31, 30 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
Registration for the 30 weeks of Poets Studio is $1,392. Members pay in four installments ($348 cash/check; $360 PayPal). Learn more about registration: http://atticinstitute.com/content/poetsstudio

PLAN AHEAD: The Atheneum: Master Writing Program | Apply May 1 - May 31

Portland's groundbreaking master writing program.

The Atheneum melds independent study under close faculty supervision, student receptions, public readings, and other special Atheneum events created around good food and great conversation, dialogue, and literary community.

Running for just under a year, the Atheneum is designed to advance your writing in fiction, nonfiction, or poetry and to seed literary life in the city. Atheneum Fellows form a special community of literary artists and citizens. Many fellows have completed manuscripts for publication and have furthered their goals as writers.

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Time: 
September 2014 - June 2015

SPRING: Jennifer Lauck's Advanced Craft of Memoir Workshop PM (A) | Mar 19 - Apr 16

You're an advanced writer of creative non-fiction and fiction. You have experience with scene writing and have mastered your use of language.  You understand plot, structure and character development.  You've studied writing for many years and even work as a writing professional. Now, what you need, is an stable and seasoned group of peers. 

Let's talk.

This is an intensive workshop with writers who have studied with me (and have been pre-approved) or who are willing to pre-submit work and set up an interview.  The group has been meeting for a year now and have studied together, in other classes, for several years.  We are invested, deeply, in the full length projects of one another and we work on the higher level concepts of climax, rising and falling action, inciting incidents, positive and negative charges within scenes and structure.  We watch movies together, read longer works that we discuss indepth and we workshop each week. 

If you've been pre-approved, sign up, and we'll see you soon.  If are interested, please sign up but also contact me directly.  jennifer@Jenniferlauck.com.   Click here to see student pages created by Jennifer for Attic Institute writers.

Register for this class

 

Teacher: 
Workshop Day: 
Time: 
Thursday, 5:30 - 8:30pm, Mar 19 - Apr 16, 5 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 4232 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Total Fee: 
Early Registration: $282 (cash/check); $291 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $297 (cash/check); $306 (PayPal).

SPRING: Jennifer Lauck's Craft of Memoir Workshop AM (A) | Mar. 19 - Apr. 16

 

This class is all about you, the writer with a true story (memoir or fictionalized). Pure fiction writer?  YES, you are most welcome too! 

In this class, as in all of my classes, I create a unique space for sharing, learning and thinking about the methods behind excellent story telling.  I also help you toward the madness of writing, which is that magical infusion of soul that can rise (if you allow it) from a much deeper place within.

 

 

You will learn:

Structure

Characterization

The rules of memoir

The rules of fictionalizing real life

The secrets of how to become an excellent writer

    Beginning to advanced, you are welcome and in the end, will walk away with handouts, resources, examples and, most importantly, lasting inspiration.  Click here to see student pages created by Jennifer for Attic Institute writers.

    Register for this class

    Teacher: 
    Workshop Day: 
    Time: 
    Thursday, 10:30am - 1:30pm, Mar. 19 - Apr. 16, 5 weeks
    Location: 
    Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
    Total Fee: 
    Early Registration: $282 (cash/check); $291 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $297 (cash/check); $306 (PayPal).

    SPRING: Jennifer Lauck's Methods of Memoir Workshop: Turn Life into Story (A) | Mar 30 - Apr 27

     

    I'm an senior level memoir writer and an apprentice fiction writer.  I teach to both genres with a cross weave approach in order to help you see what is possible--not just for your current project--but for your writing career. 

    This is a workshop based, lab style writing class where you will be reading your work out loud, creating new work from prompts, and studying hard.  We'll read essay's, short stories, and watch a few movies. I'll incorporate profound advice from Debra Qwartney, Bernard Cooper, Jane Smiley, Robert McKee, Sue Monk Kidd and Stephen King (to name a few). This is a terrific class for the writer who has experience and needs a community, as well as mentorship.  You will leave this class with resources and insight that will help you toward acheiving your goals.  

    NOTE:  Former students of The Bones of Storytelling and AM Craft Class will be very happy here.  This is the next step for you!

    Register for this workshop

     

    Teacher: 
    Time: 
    Mondays 5:30- 8:30pm Mar 30 - Apr 27 | 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: $282 (cash/check); $291 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $297 (cash/check); $306 (PayPal).

    SPRING: Jon Raymond's Fiction Writing Workshop | Mar 30 - Apr 27

    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.

     

    Register for this workshop

    Teacher: 
    Time: 
    Mondays, 7:30 - 9:30pm, Mar 30 - Apr 27, 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); $210 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $217 (cash/check); $225 (PayPal).

    SPRING: Emily Whitman’s Young Adult and Middle Grade Novel Workshop | Mar 31 - Apr 28

     

    Are you writing a Young Adult or Middle Grade novel, and looking for a fresh jolt of inspiration? Or are you hoping to find a spark, a voice, to launch something new? This class is about making discoveries. We’ll do exercises to liberate ideas and surprise us into finding new directions. We’ll explore techniques and discuss what helps and hinders our work. While this will be a wide-ranging class, expect a focus on characters—how to deepen, enrich, and understand them, and how to let them show the way. This might lead us to work with expressing emotion, using setting and space, giving information without slowing the story, and maintaining tension to keep the pages turning. This generative, no-homework class is for writers at all levels and stages. Come set your writing voice free.

    Register for this workshop

    Teacher: 
    Time: 
    Tuesdays, 5 - 7pm, Mar 31 - Apr 28
    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); $210 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $217 (cash/check); $225 (PayPal).

    SPRING: John Morrison's Spring Training Poetry Workshop | Mar 31 - Apr 28

    We have a long season of poetry in front of us, let’s limber up our writing! We’ll begin with a community of writers willing to explore, play, and work off the winter sluggishness. This five-week session and poetry workshop will energize you for your own practice with generative exercises and directed strategies for potent revision. Grab your notebook and pen and come workout with us!

    Register for this workshop


     

    Teacher: 
    Time: 
    Tuesdays, 5 - 7pm, Mar 31 - Apr 28
    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); $210 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $217 (cash/check); $225 (PayPal).

    SPRING: Natalie Serber's Personal Essay Workshop | Mar 31 - Apr 28

    You've got a story, a topic to explore, an observation, a memory and, best of all, a completely distinctive point of view—yours. In this course we will explore ways convert the messiness of life into an essay that impacts readers with the same vigor and vitality as our lived experiences have affected us.  For our stories to be interesting to a reader, they must connect the truth we discover about ourselves with a larger truth. We will employ literary tools such as voice, structure, scenic details, characters and narrative persona to write vivid kick-ass essays. We’ll read and discuss a variety of writers such as Zadie Smith, Joan Didion, Meghan Daum, Jo Ann Beard, Charlie Baxter, Wells Tower and others. Our weekly exercises will illustrate and explore craft topics while generating new work and creating opportunities to go deeper. Our time together will culminate in a workshop of a longer piece from each member of the class. New and seasoned writers are welcome.

    Learn more about Writing Fellow Natalie Serber

    Register for this workshop

    Time: 
    Tuesdays, 7:30 - 9:30 pm, Mar 31 - Apr 28
    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); $210 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $217 (cash/check); $225 (PayPal).

    SPRING: Brian Benson's Creative Nonfiction Workshop | Apr 1 - Apr 29

     

    Are you interested in writing memoir or personal essay? Literary journalism or travelogue? In this workshop, you'll have the chance to try your hand at a wide range of creative nonfiction, and you'll get in-depth feedback on your work in progress. Throughout the workshop, we’ll (respectfully) pillage the works of contemporary writers and explore how to apply literary techniques to real-life narratives. A mix of close-reading, discussion, guided exercises and peer critique, this workshop will invigorate your writing. Open to writers of all levels.

    Register for this workshop

    Teacher: 
    Time: 
    Wednesdays 7:30 - 9:30pm Apr 1 - Apr 29 | 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); $210 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $217 (cash/check); $225 (PayPal).

    SPRING: Jennifer Lauck's Bones of Storytelling Workshop AM (A) Apr 1 - Apr 29

     

     

    This is a truly extraordinary class that will change everything about the way you think about writing and your own work.  Beginner to advanced, all who take this class are blown away.  You will leave this class 100% clear about what needs to happen to finish your novel, essay, short story or memoir. Learn about story at the core level and more, how story reaches a reader.  Leave empowered with tools to finish a quality draft. 

     

    You will learn: 

    The seven basic plots.

    Three/four and five part structure systems.

    Story concept and theme.

    Seven character types. 

    Jennifer will help map your story idea on her W structure chart, and her expanded pillar chart.  She will also teach how to sharpen your story to impact agent, editor, publisher and reader. 

    Let creativity and advance planning work together.  Save yourself years of confusion, wasted time, frustration and rejection.  Leave this class with clarity, knowledge and a plan to finish (and publish) your novel, memoir and/or short story/creative non-fiction collection.

    Click here to see Jennifer's Student page for outline of class.

    Register for this workshop

    Teacher: 
    Time: 
    Wednesdays 11am - 1pm Apr 1 - Apr 29 | 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); $210 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $217 (cash/check); $225 (PayPal).

    SPRING: Jennifer Lauck's Bones of Storytelling Workshop PM (A) Apr 1 - Apr 29

    This is a truly extraordinary class that will change everything about the way you think about writing and your own work.  Beginner to advanced, all who take this class are blown away.  You will leave this class 100% clear about what needs to happen to finish your novel, essay, short story or memoir. Learn about story at the core level and more, how story reaches a reader.  Leave empowered with tools to finish a quality draft. 

    You will learn: 

    • The seven basic plots.
    • Three/four and five part structure systems.
    • Story concept and theme.
    • Seven character types. 

    Jennifer will help map your story idea on her W structure chart, and her expanded pillar chart.  She will also teach how to sharpen your story to impact agent, editor, publisher and reader. 

    Let creativity and advance planning work together.  Save yourself years of confusion, wasted time, frustration and rejection.  Leave this class with clarity, knowledge and a plan to finish (and publish) your novel, memoir and/or short story/creative non-fiction collection.

    Click here to see Jennifer's Student page for outline of class.

    Register for this workshop

    Teacher: 
    Time: 
    Wednesdays 5:15 - 7:15pm Apr 1 - Apr 29 | 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); $210 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $217 (cash/check); $225 (PayPal).

    SPRING: Wayne Gregory's So You Wanna Be A Writer Workshop | Apr 4 - May 2

    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 neither a lack of time nor a lack of skill nor a 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. 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. Find out your writing strengths and build on them. 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.

    Register for this workshop

    Teacher: 
    Time: 
    Saturdays, 10am - 12pm, Apr 4 - May 2, 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); $210 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $217 (cash/check); $225 (PayPal).

    SPRING: Jennifer Lauck's Craft of Memoir Workshop AM (B) | Apr 23 - May 21

     

    This class is all about you, the writer creating a mosaic of their lived experience via memoir and essay. Pure fiction writer?  You're writing a novel or a short story?  YES, you are most welcome too! Story is story.  Let me show you how.

    In this class, as in all of my classes, I create a unique space for sharing, learning and thinking about the methods behind excellent story telling.  I also help you toward the madness of writing, which is that magical infusion of soul that can rise (if you allow it) from a much deeper place within.

     

    You will learn:

    Structure

    Characterization

    The rules of memoir

    The rules of fictionalizing real life

    The secrets of how to become an excellent writer

    Beginning to advanced, you are welcome, and in the end, will walk away with handouts, resources, examples and, most importantly, lasting inspiration.  Click here to see student pages created by Jennifer for Attic Institute writers.

     

    Register for this class

     

     
    Teacher: 
    Time: 
    Thursday, 10:30am - 1:30pm, Apr 23 - May 21, 5 weeks
    Location: 
    Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 4232 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
    Total Fee: 
    Early Registration: $282 (cash/check); $291 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $297 (cash/check); $306 (PayPal).

    SPRING: Andrea Hollander's Fixed and Open Forms Poetry Workshop AM | Apr 29 - May 27

     

    We’ve often heard that we must learn the rules before we can break them. Whether or not you believe this adage, there is certainly nothing to be lost and much to be gained from attempting to write in traditional forms, as well as from crafting poems that depend upon the (open) forms of our own creation. The former is often a springboard to the latter. In this workshop for poets of all levels of experience, we will learn by reading, discussing, and of course by doing. Come with an open (rather than fixed) mind, an empty notebook, and your favorite pen or pencil.

    Register for this workshop

    Time: 
    Wednesdays, 9:30am - 12:30pm, Apr 29 - May 27, 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: $282 (cash/check); PayPal ($291). | Late Registration: $297 (cash/check); $306 (PayPal).

    SPRING: Jennifer Lauck's Advanced Craft of Memoir Workshop PM (B) | Apr 23 - May 21

    You're an advanced writer of creative non-fiction and fiction. You have experience with scene writing and have mastered your use of language.  You understand plot, structure and character development.  You've studied writing for many years and even work as a writing professional. Now, what you need, is an stable and seasoned group of peers. 

    Let's talk.

    This is an intensive workshop with writers who have studied with me (and have been pre-approved) or who are willing to pre-submit work and set up an interview.  The group has been meeting for a year now and have studied together, in other classes, for several years.  We are invested, deeply, in the full length projects of one another and we work on the higher level concepts of climax, rising and falling action, inciting incidents, positive and negative charges within scenes and structure.  We watch movies together, read longer works that we discuss indepth and we workshop each week. 

    If you've been pre-approved, sign up, and we'll see you soon.  If are interested, please sign up but also contact me directly.  jennifer@Jenniferlauck.com.   Click here to see student pages created by Jennifer for Attic Institute writers.

    Register for this class

     
    Teacher: 
    Time: 
    Time: Thursday, 5:30 - 8:30pm, Apr 30 - May 28, 5 weeks
    Location: 
    Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 4232 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
    Total Fee: 
    Early Registration: $282 (cash/check); $291 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $297 (cash/check); $306 (PayPal).

    SPRING: Jennifer Lauck's Methods of Memoir Workshop: Turn Life into Story (B) | May 4 - June 1

    This is a workshop based, lab style writing class where you learn how to hone your lived experience into a well told story.  Since we are culling our teaching from literature, fiction writers are welcome and will learn as much about craft as the memoir writer.  You will be reading your work out loud, creating new work from prompts, and studying essay's, short stories, movies (for structure). I'll also be incorporating great advice from other writers including Debra Qwartney, Bernard Cooper, Jane Smiley, Robert McKee and Stephen King. This is a terrific class for the writer who had some experience with their craft and needs a community, as well as mentorship.  You will leave these classes inspired and energized.  

    NOTE:  Former students of The Bones of Storytelling and AM Craft Class will be very happy here as well.

    Register for this workshop

     

    Teacher: 
    Time: 
    Mondays 5:30- 8:30pm May 4 - June 1 | 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: $282 (cash/check); $291 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $297 (cash/check); $306 (PayPal).
    Deposit: 

    SPRING: Brian Benson's Writing to Your Strengths Workshop | May 6 - June 3

    If all writers did everything equally well, a visit to the bookstore would be pretty boring, right? You'd stroll the aisles, skimming the strikingly similar jackets, trying to choose from a thousand slight variations on the same theme, story and voice. Luckily, that's not the case. Every writer has their own set of strengths and "weaknesses," and the most unique, engaging work comes from those who know how to play to the latter and with the former. In this workshop, we'll look at the many ways successful authors write to their strengths, and we'll learn how to do the same with our own work. Open to writers of all levels, fiction and nonfiction.

    Register for this workshop

     
    Teacher: 
    Time: 
    Wednesday, 7:30 - 9:30pm, May 6 - June 3, 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); $210 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $217 (cash/check); $225 (PayPal).

    SPRING: Jennifer Lauck's Bones of Storytelling Workshop AM (B) May 6 - June 3

    This is a truly extraordinary class that will change everything about the way you think about writing and your own work.  Beginner to advanced, all who take this class are blown away.  You will leave this class 100% clear about what needs to happen to finish your novel, essay, short story or memoir. Learn about story at the core level and more, how story reaches a reader.  Leave empowered with tools to finish a quality draft. 

    You will learn: 

    • The seven basic plots.
    • Three/four and five part structure systems.
    • Story concept and theme.
    • Seven character types. 

    Jennifer will help map your story idea on her W structure chart, and her expanded pillar chart.  She will also teach how to sharpen your story to impact agent, editor, publisher and reader. 

    Let creativity and advance planning work together.  Save yourself years of confusion, wasted time, frustration and rejection.  Leave this class with clarity, knowledge and a plan to finish (and publish) your novel, memoir and/or short story/creative non-fiction collection. 

    Click here to see Jennifer's Student page for outline of class.

    Register for this workshop

    Teacher: 
    Time: 
    Wednesdays 11am - 1pm May 6 - June 3 | 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); $210 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $217 (cash/check); $225 (PayPal).

    SPRING: Jennifer Lauck's Bones of Storytelling Workshop PM (B) May 6 - June 3

    This is a truly extraordinary class that will change everything about the way you think about writing and your own work.  Beginner to advanced, all who take this class are blown away.  You will leave this class 100% clear about what needs to happen to finish your novel, essay, short story or memoir. Learn about story at the core level and more, how story reaches a reader.  Leave empowered with tools to finish a quality draft. 

    You will learn: 

    • The seven basic plots.
    • Three/four and five part structure systems.
    • Story concept and theme.
    • Seven character types. 

    Jennifer will help map your story idea on her W structure chart, and her expanded pillar chart.  She will also teach how to sharpen your story to impact agent, editor, publisher and reader. 

    Let creativity and advance planning work together.  Save yourself years of confusion, wasted time, frustration and rejection.  Leave this class with clarity, knowledge and a plan to finish (and publish) your novel, memoir and/or short story/creative non-fiction collection.

    Click here to see Jennifer's Student page for outline of class.

    Register for this workshop

    Teacher: 
    Time: 
    Wednesdays 5:15 - 7:15pm May 6 - June 3 | 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); $210 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $217 (cash/check); $225 (PayPal).

    SPRING: Paulann Petersen's Second Sight Poetry Workshop | May 7 - June 4

    The word "revision" offers us a bracing truth. To truly revise is to do much more than mere editing and tinkering: it's learning to see our poems anew, moving them toward their strengths. In this workshop, we'll spend the sessions critiquing your poems, looking at possible directions for revision. I'll use these critiques as opportunities for short lessons, addressing issues of craft raised by the particular poem we're looking at. There's no way to predict exactly which craft issues will emerge, but surely line integrity (line breaks), sound form (musical devices), compression, tone, effectiveness of trope, and dramatic strategy will be among them. This workshop is open to writers of all levels of experience. 

    Register for this workshop

    Time: 
    Thursdays, 7:30 - 9:30pm, May 7 - June 4, 5 weeks
    Location: 
    Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 4232 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
    Total Fee: 
    Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $202 (cash/check); $210 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $217 (cash/check); $225 (PayPal).
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    SPRING: Wayne Gregory's Writers's Toolbox Workshop | May 9 - Jun 6

    You know you want to write and you have a story to tell. Now, you want to dig in and find out how. 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 that beginning writers often make and how to show rather than tell your story.  You will gain strategies for organizing your ideas into a narrative that engages your readers and keeps them turning the pages for more. Students will learn by doing writing exercises with their own work each week and will take away a wealth of writing tools and resources to keep honing their craft after the workshop is over.  Discover the tools you need to take your stories to the next level.

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    Saturdays, 10am - 12pm, May 9 - Jun 6, 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); $210 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $217 (cash/check); $225 (PayPal).
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