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.

The 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

Poets Studio Summer Session | June 29 - July 20 | WAIT LIST ONLY

The Attic Institute's groundbreaking way to study writing poetry.

A poet's lifetime of experiences is the basis to develop poetic art, method, and practice — culminating in the creation and even publication of new poetry. The Poets Studio approach to writing and revising your poems inspires accountability, and it teaches you to experiment and learn more about your subjects, your style, and your capacity for growth as a poet. The Poets Studio special summer session provides an introduction to the steady, supportive, and comprehensive study of poetry among poets that characterizes the Poets Studio experience. Summer session is open to all poets. The summer session runs two hours each night. There is no application process. All participants take the summer class as "members." | Maximum: 12 students.

Learn more about the Poets Studio Oct - May program.

Sign up for wait list

Teacher: 
Time: 
Wednesdays: Wednesday, June 29: 5:30-7:30pm Wednesday, July 6: 5:30-8:30pm Wednesday, July 13: 5:30-7:30pm Wednesday, July 20: 5:30-8:30pm
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).

Emily Whitman's Working on your YA/MG Novel or Story | July 12 - Aug 9

“When you write, it’s like braiding your hair. Taking a handful of coarse unruly strands and attempting to bring them unity. Your fingers have still not perfected the task. Some of the braids are long, others are short. Some are thick, others are thin. Some are heavy. Others are light. Like the diverse women of your family. Those whose fables and metaphors, whose similes and soliloquies, whose diction and je ne sais quoi daily slip into your survival soup, by way of their fingers.” 
― Edwidge Danticat

This workshop is for people who want to grow their work, whether that’s churning out new pages (maybe something you started in the June workshop Spinning Gold from Straw) or shaping and deepening a full draft. We’ll scatter in some exercises to spur ideas and learn craft, but the main focus will be working on your novel or story. Get feedback on pages, ask questions, and work though places where you’re stuck. Each week will include setting goals for your writing week to come, and discovering and clearing obstacles that may be holding you back. Come find a supportive, inspiring environment to develop your work, whatever stage it’s at. If your summer schedule makes you miss a week, I’ll gladly catch you up with individual review and feedback. | Maximum: 8 people.

Register for this workshop

Teacher: 
Time: 
Tuesdays, July 12 - Aug 9, 5:15 - 7:15, 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).

Brian Benson's Craft of Creative Nonfiction Workshop | July 14 - Aug 11

"Stories are compasses and architecture; we navigate by them, we build our sanctuaries and our prisons out of them, and to be without a story is to be lost in the vastness of a world that spreads in all directions like arctic tundra or sea ice. To love someone is to put yourself in their place, we say, which is to put yourself in their story, or figure out how to tell yourself their story.” ― Rebecca Solnit

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 students

Register for this workshop

Teacher: 
Time: 
Thursdays, 5:15 - 715pm, Jul 14 - Aug 11, 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).

Summer Writing Camp for Middle Schoolers | July 18 - July 29

Summer Writing Camp is led by Dave Jarecki

Summer Writing Camp at the Attic is back for its sixth year, and this year we're doubling down with two separate writing camps to give young writers more opportunities.

Designed for writers entering 6th, 7th or 8th grades, the middle grade writing camp will help young writers re-engage with the written word during the summer. We'll focus on craft and voice, and delve deeper into the wonderful world of revision and peer review.

WHEN: July 18 thru July 29 (six sessions over two weeks, every Monday/Wednesday/Friday)
WHERE: Attic Institute (4232 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland)
WHAT TIME: 10 a.m. thru 1 p.m.
HOW MUCH: $215 for all six sessions (prorated discounts are available for students who will miss sessions due to scheduling conflicts)
TO ENROLL: Use the Middle Grades online enrollment form
Teacher: 
Location: 
Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
Learn more: http://davejarecki.com/blog/writing-workshops-for-young-writers-in-se-portland

Jennifer Dorner's Summer Retreat Workshop | July 24 - Aug 21

“All morning I lay down sentences, erase them, and try new ones. Soon enough, when things go well, the world around me dwindles: the sky out the window, the furious calm of the big umbrella pine ten feet away, the smell of dust falling onto the hot bulb in the lamp. That's the miracle of writing, the place you try to find--when the room, your body, and even time itself cooperate in a vanishing act.”  ― Anthony Doerr 

Compression, metaphor, precision, humility.  While studying poetry and the lyric works of others, this generative workshop in poetry and prose will look at ways to select, refine and intensify the language in your writing. Ready to take some risks in your writing? Let's risk finding our best words. This is a great summer retreat workshop for writers of all levels.

Led by Writing Fellow Jennifer Dorner: Jennifer Dorner was a 2013-2014 Atheneum Fellow and studied in the Poets Studio from 2014-2016. Her poetry has appeared in The Timberline Review, VoiceCatcher, and is forthcoming in Verseweavers, and she has received literary awards from Willamette Writers, Oregon Quarterly, and the Oregon Poetry Association. Jennifer earned her B.A. in English from the University of Oregon. She coordinates the Attic Institute's popular monthly all-genre open mic, Fridays on the Boulevard, and co-founded the Vault Voices reading series.

Register for this workshop

Teacher: 
Time: 
Sundays, July 24 - Aug 21, 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).

Summer Writing Camp for High Schoolers/College Prep | Aug 1 - Aug 19

Summer Writing Camp is led by Dave Jarecki

Summer Writing Camp at the Attic is back for its sixth year, and this year we're doubling down with two separate writing camps to give young writers more opportunities.

Our high school writers have always driven the writing camp, and this year they'll have greater access to a college-style writing seminar. We'll explore passages from different pieces of literature, will work on generative prompts and revisions, and will create space for high-level critique and review of their work.

WHEN: August 1 thru August 19 (nine sessions over three weeks, every Monday/Wednesday/Friday)
WHERE: Attic Institute (4232 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland)
WHAT TIME: 10 a.m. thru 1 p.m.
HOW MUCH: $275 for all nine sessions (prorated discounts are available for students who will miss sessions due to scheduling conflicts)
TO ENROLL: Use the High School/College Prep online enrollment form

 

Teacher: 
Location: 
Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
Learn more: http://davejarecki.com/blog/writing-workshops-for-young-writers-in-se-portland