Classes at the Attic

APPS DUE: JAN 10: Creative Nonfiction (CNF) Studio | Jan 20 - Mar 24

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.  | Maximum 9 students  

Learn more about applying to the CNF Studio

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 purpose.

APPLICATIONS DUE: Jan 10, 2022.

NOTE: This session of the CNF Studio is slated to run virtually, via Zoom. Should CDC recommendations significantly change prior to Jan 20, 2022, it may switch to in-person. When applying, please note whether you prefer to meet virtually or in person (if you're open to either, please indicate that).

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Thursdays, 5:30 - 8:30pm(Pacific Time), Jan 20 - Mar 24, 10 weeks
Total Fee: 
Discounted Early Registration is due seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Registration: $538 (cash/check); $558 (Paypal).

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.

FALL | Zoom | Story Energy with Joanna Rose | Oct 16 - Nov 13 SPACE AVAILABLE

Tension – it’s not just for thrillers!

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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NOTE: To protect everyone during the COVID-19 pandemic, we're offering our workshops via Zoom. All students must first sign up for a free Zoom account. Setting it up is easy. And we can help you with questions, if needed. For each class, you'll receive a Zoom "invitation," from the instructor. Click the link...follow the simple directions about the settings for your microphone and in-computer video, and you're immediately in the "room" for the workshop. For critique workshops, instructors will communicate with students about the process of sharing work. For more generative workshops, students will be writing together while on Zoom.

Teacher: 
Time: 
Saturdays, 9 - 11am (Pacific Time), Oct 16 - Nov 13, 5 weeks
Location: 
Zoomoom | 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); $227 (PayPal). | Tuition Registration: $230 (cash/check); $242 (PayPal).

FALL | Zoom | Writing the Autobiographical Novel Workshop w Karen Karbo | Oct 23 - Dec 11 | FULL -- WAIT LIST ONLY

Nothing is more intriguing than the idea of telling your true-life story – until the moment you realize you have a terrible memory, there are some pesky facts that are both inconvenient and unavoidable, and your spouse (who has a terrific memory) promised to kill you in your sleep if you ever wrote about them. Enter the autobiographical novel, a timeless genre that is based on the truth but not bound by it. The AN can be a faithful recounting of an event in your life, or a loosely related tossed salad of facts seasoned with fantasy. There’s a reason why everyone from Charles Dickens to Maya Angelou has written one. Through in-class prompts and take-home assignments, this 8-week course will help students conceive, structure and begin an autobiographical novel. Participants will learn how to mingle truth and fiction, add new characters, recast conversations, alter outcomes, heighten drama, and more.  | Maximum: 10 writers

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Saturdays, 9am - 11am, Oct 23 - Dec 11, 8 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: $344 (cash/check); $355 (Paypal). | Tuition Registration: $359 (cash/check); $370 (PayPal).

FALL | Zoom | The Poet's Apron: A Poetry Exploration on Food & Drink w Matthew Dickman | Oct 24 - Nov 21 FULL -- WAIT LIST ONLY

“There is communion of more than our bodies when bread is broken and wine drunk.” ― M.F.K. Fisher

Slowly, family and friends are starting to gather again, in backyards, front porches, in kitchens, and around tables. We are breaking bread again. In this five-week class we will be exploring some of the tastiest poems written about food & drink while also writing our own. Come join me and let's eat poetry together.

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NOTE: To protect everyone during the COVID-19 pandemic, we're offering our workshops via Zoom. All students must first sign up for a free Zoom account. Setting it up is easy. And we can help you with questions, if needed. For each class, you'll receive a Zoom "invitation," from the instructor. Click the link...follow the simple directions about the settings for your microphone and in-computer video, and you're immediately in the "room" for the workshop. For critique workshops, instructors will communicate with students about the process of sharing work. For more generative workshops, students will be writing together while on Zoom.

Teacher: 
Time: 
Sundays, 1 - 3pm PT, Oct 24 - Nov 21, 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); $227 (Paypal). | Tuition Registration: $230 (cash/check); $242 (PayPal).

FALL | Zoom | The Why and How of Writing Your Life: A Creative Non-Fiction Workshop w Wayne Gregory | Oct 28 - Dec 2 FULL -- WAIT LIST ONLY

"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: 15 writers

Register for this workshop

NOTE: To protect everyone during the COVID-19 pandemic, we're offering our workshops via Zoom. All students must first sign up for a free Zoom account. Setting it up is easy. And we can help you with questions, if needed. For each class, you'll receive a Zoom "invitation," from the instructor. Click the link...follow the simple directions about the settings for your microphone and in-computer video, and you're immediately in the "room" for the workshop. For critique workshops, instructors will communicate with students about the process of sharing work. For more generative workshops, students will be writing together while on Zoom.

Teacher: 
Time: 
Thursdays, Oct 28 – Dec 2, 5:30pm – 7:30pm Pacific Time (No class Nov 25), 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); $227 (Paypal). | Tuition Registration: $230 (cash/check); $242 (PayPal).

Fall | Zoom | Flash Nonfiction II Workshop w Brian Benson | Nov 2 - Nov 30

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 eager to publish great flash.

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

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Tuesdays, Nov 2 to Nov 30, 5:30 - 7:30pm PT, 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).

FALL | Zoom | Digging Deep w Wendy Wills | Nov 8 - June 20 TWO SPOTS REMAINING

Meeting every other week for sixteen sessions, this ongoing and supportive writing community both studies aspects of craft and shares work for feedback in a multi-genre, generative approach. | Maximum: 12 writers

Required to join: email letter of interest describing your experience writing and what you're working on.

Email with required letter of interest 

Schedule

Nov 8 + 22

Dec 6 

Jan 3 + 17 + 31

Feb 7 + 21

Mar 7 + 21

Apr 4 + 18

May 2 + 16

June 6 + 20

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Mondays, Nov 8 - June 20, 2022, 5:30 - 8pm Pacific Time, every other week, 16 sessions
Location: 
Zoomoom | Online Workshop
Total Fee: 
Discounted Early Registration is due seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Discounted Early Registration $860 (cash/check); $892 (PayPal)| Tuition Registration: $875 (cash/check); $907 (PayPal). Two-payment option: $430 (cash/check) or $446 (PayPal) due Nov. 1, 2021; $430 (cash/check) or $446 PayPal due Feb. 1, 2022.

FALL | Zoom | Prose Poem Workshop w Ruben Quesada | Nov 13 NEW OFFERING -- SPACE AVAILABLE

 

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, Nov 13, 9:00am - 12:00pm PT
Total Fee: 
Discounted Early Registration is due seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Discounted Early Registration: $65 (cash/check); $68 (Paypal). | Tuition Registration: $80 (cash/check); $83 (PayPal).

WINTER | Zoom | Creating a Writer's Notebook: Artifact and Mulch w Wendy Willis | Jan 8 + 22

In this two-day workshop, we will explore the practice of creating and sustaining a writer's notebook. On the first day, we will begin to use a notebook to catch the wisps of our days and uncover the musings of the deep imagination.  Two weeks later, we will come together to discover how the raw material in the notebook can be transformed into finished pieces of writing. This workshop will have frequent breaks to ease the strain of working online for so many hours, as well as timed writings by hand (again, to ease the time on the computer), and breakout sessions to work one-on-one or small groups.

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Saturdays, Jan 8 + Jan 22, 9:30am - 1pm PT | 7 hours
Location: 
Zoom | Online Workshop
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $155 (cash/check); $161 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $170 (cash/check); $177 (PayPal).

WINTER | In Person | Story Energy with Joanna Rose | Jan 15 - Feb 19

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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NOTE ABOUT IN-PERSON WORKSHOPS: We are excited to welcome the Attic community back to in-person and on-site workshops and programs. Our goal is to do so in a manner that reduces the risk and spread of COVID-19. To determine if we are able to run this workshop in person on its start-date, we follow CDC, state of Oregon, Multnomah County, and city of Portland public health guidelines. Proof of vaccination and face-coverings are required for faculty and students to attend all Attic Institute workshops, programs, and events in person. If it's determined that it is unsafe to host this workshop in person, we will shift to Zoom.

Teacher: 
Time: 
Saturdays, 9 - 11am (Pacific Time), Jan 15 - Feb 19 (no class Jan 29), 5 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 1033 SW Yamhill, Suite 405, Portland
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 | In person | Writing and Spirit w Philip Kenney | Jan 15 - Feb 12

The courage to step up and get out of the way

". . . make a poem that does not disturb the silence from which it came." Wendell Berry

We live and write from the paradox of effort and letting go. The courage to stand in that tension is as much a matter of spirit as it is skill. Good writing requires knowing when to work hard and when to pause, be still and listen to silence. This workshop will explore the challenges and opportunities inherent in stepping up and getting out of the way. Our meetings will be structured around a question and a poem. We will consider questions that clarify what is it that gets in the way. How does self-worth and emotional trauma disturb the silence? Can vulnerability become an asset in our work? In addition, each class will take its theme from a favorite poem and will include writing prompts designed to enhance the material. Readings will be suggested as needed. | Maximum: 14 writers

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NOTE ABOUT IN-PERSON WORKSHOPS: We are excited to welcome the Attic community back to in-person and on-site workshops and programs. Our goal is to do so in a manner that reduces the risk and spread of COVID-19. To determine if we are able to run this workshop in person on its start-date, we follow CDC, state of Oregon, Multnomah County, and city of Portland public health guidelines. Proof of vaccination and face-coverings are required for faculty and students to attend all Attic Institute workshops, programs, and events in person. If it's determined that it is unsafe to host this workshop in person, we will shift to Zoom.

Teacher: 
Time: 
Saturdays, 1-3pm (PT), Jan 15 - Feb 12, 5 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute, 1033 SW Yamhill, Suite 405, Portland
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 | Art of Personal Essay and Memoir w Lee Montgomery | Jan 15 - Mar 19

Personal Essays and memoir represent some of the most adventurous writing today. Pushing narrative boundaries, utilizing traditional and nontraditional forms, this type of writing explores individuality and the minutiae of life unlike any other form. This workshop will help students explore the world of memoir and personal essay writing and understand both traditional and nontraditional narrative strategies available to them. Though the class will be run as a classic workshop, where students will submit their work to be reviewed in class, it will also combine craft lectures, outside reading, and in-class exercises. Students are expected to workshop twice. This will include their original essay submitted to class plus a revision. | Maximum: 12 writers 

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Saturdays, 10am - 12:30pm (Pacific Time), Jan 15 - Mar 19 | 10 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: $538 (cash/check); $554 (Paypal). | Tuition Registration: $553 (cash/check); $569 (PayPal).

WINTER | Zoom | Exploring the Ode w Matthew Dickman | Jan 16 - Feb 20

Description to come.

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Workshop Day: 
Time: 
Sundays, 1-3pm, Jan 16 - Feb 20 (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 | Zoom | Introduction to Flash Nonfiction w Brian Benson | Jan 18 - Feb 15

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 BarrenThe Forge to The Sun, legions of journals are eager to publish great flash.

In this prompt-driven workshop, we'll read short nonfiction by master writers, including Ross Gay, Natalie Lima, Ira Sukrungruang, Roxane Gay, Jerald Walker, Ruth Ozeki, and many more; we'll talk about what stories are suited for flash, how to tell them well, and where to publish them; and most of all, we'll write, and write, and write, via in-class exercises and take-home prompts. Students will leave the class with reams of new writing and ideas for where to publish. Maximum | 16 students.

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Tuesdays, Jan 18 - Feb 15, 5:30 - 7:30pm PT, 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 | Telling Our Stories Through Food Workshop w Zahir Janmohamed | Jan 29 - Feb 26

Did you try to bake something ambitious at the start of the pandemic and fail? Great. I did, too. That’s sort of what this class is about: what can our food stories tell us about ourselves? Food is an incredible vehicle to speak about pleasure, pain, history, family, nostalgia, place, race, gender, class, sexuality, colonialism—you name it. In this course, we will read examples of powerful, first person food essays, as well as write our own food stories. Each class will feature a mixture of generative exercises and workshop. We will also hear from a guest speaker about how to write a recipe.

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Time: 
Saturdays, Jan 29 - Feb 26, 9 -11am PT, 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 | 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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NOTE ABOUT IN-PERSON WORKSHOPS: We are excited to welcome the Attic community back to in-person and on-site workshops and programs. Our goal is to do so in a manner that reduces the risk and spread of COVID-19. To determine if we are able to run this workshop in person on its start-date, we follow CDC, state of Oregon, Multnomah County, and city of Portland public health guidelines. Proof of vaccination and face-coverings are required for faculty and students to attend all Attic Institute workshops, programs, and events in person. If it's determined that it is unsafe to host this workshop in person, we will shift to Zoom.

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 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 | In Person | 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

Register for this workshop

 

NOTE ABOUT IN-PERSON WORKSHOPS: We are excited to welcome the Attic community back to in-person and on-site workshops and programs. Our goal is to do so in a manner that reduces the risk and spread of COVID-19. To determine if we are able to run this workshop in person on its start-date, we follow CDC, state of Oregon, Multnomah County, and city of Portland public health guidelines. Proof of vaccination and face-coverings are required for faculty and students to attend all Attic Institute workshops, programs, and events in person. If it's determined that it is unsafe to host this workshop in person, we will shift to Zoom. 

Teacher: 
Time: 
Saturdays, 9 - 11am (Pacific Time), Feb 26 - Mar 26, 5 weeks
Location: 
Attic 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 II | Zoom | Exploring the Elegy Workshop w Matthew Dickman | Feb 27 - Apr 3

Description to come.

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Workshop Day: 
Time: 
Sundays, 1-3pm, Feb 27 - Apr 3 (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: 8 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).