June 7 2020
Everyday, for some twenty years now, I've always had a good feeling walking up the narrow stairwell to the Attic Institute's offices and libraries, where our writing workshops take place. It's always exciting to enter this haven for writers, a place of so many literary struggles and triumphs. And, it's always inspiring to be greeted by the special message for writers from Walt Whitman that is stenciled on the wall at the top of the stairs --
Not I, nor anyone else can travel that road for you.
You must travel it by yourself.
It is not far. It is within reach.
Perhaps you have been on it since you were born, and did not know.
I'm excited about our upcoming Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 seasons of workshops -- all online, of course. Already the first of dozens of new workshops for the fall are open for registration, as well as summer workshops. Soon, over the next few weeks, we'll be adding new fall workshops from new faculty from around the country -- a first for the Attic.
Since we migrated all our Portland workshops to Zoom back in March, already over 150 writers, from as far as Alaska to Pennsylvania, have registered and participated.
At the same time, it's with a heavy heart that I am giving you the news today that on July 1, we will be moving out of our location because of the public health crisis. We're going to miss our wonderful, funky, brick building on Hawthorne Boulevard so much, a place we proudly think of as the birthplace of Portland's literary renaissance.
Sadly, social-distancing and intimate in-person writing workshops don't go together.