Classes at the Attic

APPS DUE APR 2: Creative Nonfiction (CNF) Studio | Apr 13 - June 22 | In-person

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 10 students  

All students must show proof of Covid-19 vaccination. 

Learn more about 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.

Send your application to: cnfstudio@atticinstitute.com

Teacher: 
Time: 
Thursdays, Jan 19 - Mar 30, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., via Zoom (Break on 3/16)
Total Fee: 
Discounted Early Registration is due seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Registration: $575 (cash/check); $610 (PayPal).

APPS DUE MAY 16: Atheneum Master Writing Program for 2023-2024

An annual certificate program, the Attic 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 and seed literary life in the city. Atheneum Fellows form a unique community of literary artists and citizens.

Learn more and apply

 

Art of the Scene w David Biespiel | Feb 2 - Mar 9 | In-person

We'll devote our time to practicing the components of scene-making. We'll explore different approaches, reflect on what makes a successful scene, and make and assess scenes from a sequence of exercises. This daytime workshop is geared for writers of short stories novels, young adult, as well as memoirs and personal essays. You will leave this workshop with a stronger sense of the many possibilities as well as the many different approaches to scene writing. Registration includes copy of David Biespiel's memoir, A Place of Exodus. | Maximum: 14 writers

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Time: 
Thursdays, Feb 2 - Mar 9, 10am - 12pm, 6 weeks
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At
Total Fee: 
Discounted Early Registration is due seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Discounted Early Registration: $290 (cash/check); $300 (Paypal). | Tuition Registration: $305 (cash/check); $315 (PayPal).

Monthly Poetry Gathering w John Morrison | Feb 18 - July 15 | Online

 "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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Zoom link provided prior to start of workshop.

Teacher: 
Time: 
Every Third Saturday, 10am - 12:00pm (Pacific Time). Monthly: Feb 18, Mar 18, Apr 15, May 20, June 17, July 15
Location: 
Online via Zoom
Total Fee: 
Discounted Early Registration is due seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Discounted Early Registration: $263 (cash/check); $273 (Paypal). | Tuition Registration: $278 (cash/check); $288 (PayPal).

Stories of Our Lives w Wayne Gregory | Feb 21 - Mar 21 | Online

The Why and How of Writing Your Life

"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 students

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Zoom link provided prior to start of workshop

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Time: 
Tuesdays, Feb 21 - Mar 21, 6 - 8pm (Pacific Time), 5 weeks
Location: 
Online via Zoom
Total Fee: 
Discounted Early Registration is due seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Discounted Early Registration: $219 (cash/check); $233 (Paypal). | Tuition Registration: $234 (cash/check); $248 (PayPal).

A Writer’s Toolkit: Creating Compelling Scenes in Fiction and Non-Fiction w Wayne Gregory | Feb 23 - Mar 23 | Online

“Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” ― Anton Chekhov

When we write creatively, we must craft the words by making intentional choices about words, vocabulary, person, voice, and more. Each choice produces different art. Just like the visual artist thinks carefully about which color she will choose and what kind of brushstroke to make, the creative writer must make intentional choices about what and how she represents her story on the literary canvas. Stories need not just give readers information, but more importantly, provide them an experience. One of the best ways to do this is to create scenes that move the story forward and reveal something important about the characters. In this workshop, you will learn how to create compelling scenes that engage your readers and draw them into the story.  We will focus on integrating dialogue, action, interior monologue, sensory description, and narrative into scenes that grab the reader. We will also explore when to create scenes and how to decide when and how to use them. No prior experience with writing workshops is needed and every effort is made to personalize the experience for each writer. The workshop will feature in-class writing, readings during the week, and sharing/group critique in class. Maximum 15 students

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Zoom link provided prior to start of workshop

Teacher: 
Time: 
Thursdays, Feb 23 - Mar 23, 6 - 8pm (Pacific Time), 5 weeks
Location: 
Online via Zoom
Total Fee: 
Discounted Early Registration is due seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Discounted Early Registration: $219 (cash/check); $233 (Paypal). | Tuition Registration: $234 (cash/check); $248 (PayPal).

The Joy of Creative Nonfiction w Paige Thomas | Mar 15 - Apr 12 | In-Person

If you’ve been feeling inhibited about your writing, if you’ve been feeling frustrated and bottled-up, Joy of CNF is designed to liberate you. Every writer goes through periods of dissatisfaction, because it’s easy to overlook one of the most uninhibited creative tools available to a writer: joy. Joy of CNF is the kind of generative experience every writer needs to help them discover, and rediscover, how to write exhilarating, unexpected, illuminating, and gratifying pieces of writing—no matter the gravity of the subject matter. Following a series of playful and imaginative exercises, each week you can expect to leave the workshop with fresh pieces and techniques. Together, we’ll cultivate an entirely new perspective on what it means to write about life.

Register for this workshop

Teacher: 
Time: 
Wednesdays, 6 - 8pm, Mar 15 - Apr 12, 5 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 1033 SW Yamhill, Suite 405
Total Fee: 
Discounted Early Registration is due seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Discounted Early Registration: $219 (cash/check); $233 (PayPal). | Tuition Registration: $234 (cash/check); $248 (PayPal).

Introduction to Creative Writing w Ruben Quesada | Apr 4 - May 2 | Online

Learn the critical elements of creative writing through interactive and generative writing. We will read and write new pieces together. Aspects covered will include the sounds of words, meanings of words, arranging the words, and images. No previous writing experience is needed.

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Tuesdays, Apr 4 - May 2, 6 -8pm, Pacific Time, 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: $259 (cash/check); $268 (Paypal). | Tuition Registration: $264 (cash/check); $283 (PayPal).

Prose Poetry w Ruben Quesada | Apr 6 - May 4 | Online

Make It, Don't Break It

Explore imaginative and innovative possibilities in writing poetry without line breaks. Our practice will employ the craft of lineated poetry and traditional narrative, including attention to language, syntax, and sound; rhythmic or imagistic patterning; repetition; precision; compression. This is generative class focused on the foundations of poetic prose. The intersection of poetry and prose offers a range of possibilities for style and subject. I encourage a diversity of styles and subject matters, and I encourage you to take risks in your work. We will write together and discuss elements of writing. No previous writing experience is needed.

Register for this workshop

Zoom link provided prior to start of workshop.

Teacher: 
Time: 
Thursdays, Apr 6 - May 4, 6 - 8pm Pacific Time, 5 weeks
Location: 
Online via Zoom
Total Fee: 
Discounted Early Registration is due seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Discounted Early Registration: $259 (cash/check); $268 (Paypal). | Tuition Registration: $264 (cash/check); $283 (PayPal).

The Joy of Creative Nonfiction w Paige Thomas | Apr 19 - May 17 | In-Person

If you’ve been feeling inhibited about your writing, if you’ve been feeling frustrated and bottled-up, Joy of CNF is designed to liberate you. Every writer goes through periods of dissatisfaction, because it’s easy to overlook one of the most uninhibited creative tools available to a writer: joy. Joy of CNF is the kind of generative experience every writer needs to help them discover, and rediscover, how to write exhilarating, unexpected, illuminating, and gratifying pieces of writing—no matter the gravity of the subject matter. Following a series of playful and imaginative exercises, each week you can expect to leave the workshop with fresh pieces and techniques. Together, we’ll cultivate an entirely new perspective on what it means to write about life.

Register for this workshop

Teacher: 
Time: 
Wednesdays, 6 - 8pm, Apr 19 - May 17, 5 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 1033 SW Yamhill, Suite 405
Total Fee: 
Discounted Early Registration is due seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Discounted Early Registration: $219 (cash/check); $233 (PayPal). | Tuition Registration: $234 (cash/check); $248 (PayPal).

SUMMER WORKSHOP: Introduction to Creative Writing w Ruben Quesada | May 5 - June 2 | Online

Learn the critical elements of creative writing through interactive and generative writing. We will read and write new pieces together. Aspects covered will include the sounds of words, meanings of words, arranging the words, and images. No previous writing experience is needed.

Register for this workshop

NOTE: Click to sign up for a free Zoom account.

Teacher: 
Time: 
Fridays, May 5 - Jun 2, 12 - 2 pm Pacific Time, 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: $259 (cash/check); $268 (Paypal). | Tuition Registration: $264 (cash/check); $283 (PayPal).

SUMMER WORKSHOP: Prose Poetry w Ruben Quesada | May 6 - June 3 | Online

Explore imaginative and innovative possibilities in writing poetry without line breaks. Our practice will employ the craft of lineated poetry and traditional narrative, including attention to language, syntax, and sound; rhythmic or imagistic patterning; repetition; precision; compression. This is generative class focused on the foundations of poetic prose. The intersection of poetry and prose offers a range of possibilities for style and subject. I encourage a diversity of styles and subject matters, and I encourage you to take risks in your work. We will write together and discuss elements of writing. No previous writing experience is needed.

Register for this workshop

Zoom link provided prior to start of workshop.

Teacher: 
Time: 
Saturdays, May 6 - June 3, 9 -11 am, Pacific Time, 5 weeks
Location: 
Online via Zoom
Total Fee: 
Discounted Early Registration is due seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Discounted Early Registration: $259 (cash/check); $268 (Paypal). | Tuition Registration: $264 (cash/check); $283 (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.

Register for a free consult

 

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

Highgate: The One-on-One Workshop

Each year, Attic Institute founder David Biespiel accepts 2-4 writers into Highgate, a private, one-on-one workshop for writers interested close, in-depth feedback.

Highgate consists of guidance, instruction, and mentoring based on the idea that accountability, ambition, and tailored goals lead to acheivement, growth and joy as a writer.

Learn more

Teacher: 
Time: 
Scheduled each month.
Location: 
In-person or Zoom