Classes at the Attic

APPS DUE: SEP 12: Creative Nonfiction (CNF) Studio | Sep 22 - Dec 15,

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  

All students must show proof of Covid-19 vaccination. 

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.

NEXT APPLICATIONS DUE: SEPTEMBER 12, 2022.

 

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Teacher: 
Time: 
, in person, Thursdays, Sep 22 - Dec 15, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. (Breaks on 10/22, 11/27)
Total Fee: 
Discounted Early Registration is due seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Registration: $548 (cash/check); $583 (PayPal).

APPS DUE: SEP 18: Poets Studio 2022-2023 | Oct 3 - May 29

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Poets Studio is based on the idea that focusing on goals is the key to lasting growth as a poet. Poets Studio is a weekly workshop that will run from Sep - May for 30 weeks. 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 Sep 18, 2022

To Apply: Please send ten (10) pages of poems and a 250 words "Statement of Goals" to the Attic Institute.

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All students must show proof of Covid-19 vaccination. 

Teacher: 
Time: 
Mondays, Oct 3, 2022 - May 29, 2023, 5:30-8pm, 30 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute, 1033 SW Yamhill, Suite 405, Portland, OR 97205
Total Fee: 
Registration for the 30 weeks of Poets Studio is $1860 ($1930 via PayPal). Learn more about registration and payment plans: http://atticinstitute.com/content/poetsstudio

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.

SUMMER: Write from Life w David Biespiel | July 16 + 17

Praise for Writing from Life: "It was unbelievable. I feel like a just skied down Mt Hood." ~ Phil Meehan

This popular tune-up workshop will be run twice this summer, in July and August. It's the kind of study every writer needs, an opportunity to write from studying your own life experiences and then seeing what new subjects that leads you to. The supportive approach emphasizes observation as the route to achieve new material, new possibilities, and new pieces, whether you are writing fiction, memoir, or poems. The approach teaches you new skills that you can use for all your future writing, as well as how to transfer your observations into clear notes, jottings, studies, and pieces of new writing. This method of writing is one of the foundational skill sets that all writers should practice. It hones your concentration on details and the language that comes from those details, and it releases you into new zones for your memories and ideas to emerge. Our focus will be almost entirely on making new pieces of writing. Included in your tuition is a signed copy of the tenth anniversary edition of David's book, Every Writer Has a Thousand Faces, with a Foreword by Chuck Palahniuk, which we will use as a "textbook" for the workshop. 

Register for this Workshop

This is scheduled to be an in-person workshop. Joining via Zoom is available. 

To protect students, faculty, staff, and our community, the Attic Institute requires verification of full vaccination status of all students in order to participate in in-person workshops. Vaccinations must be completed two weeks prior to the first meeting of the workshop. 

Please email a copy of a jpg./photo of one of the following acceptable proof of vaccination to info@atticinstitute.com:   

  1. The record of immunization from a healthcare provider or pharmacy
  2. A copy of the COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card
  3. A copy of medical records documenting the vaccination
  4. A copy of immunization records from a public health, state, or tribal immunization information system 
  5. A copy of any other official documentation that contains the type of vaccine administered, date(s) of administration, and the name of the healthcare professional(s) or clinic site(s) administering the vaccine(s). 
                Teacher: 
                Time: 
                Sat + Sun, July 16 + 17, 9am - 2pm
                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: $215 (cash/check); $229 (Paypal). | Tuition Registration: $230 (cash/check); $244 (PayPal).

                SUMMER: Write from Life w David Biespiel | Aug 20-21

                Praise for Writing from Life: "I left the weekend with an agenda and a plan and realistic expectations." ~ Pat Brim-Williams

                This popular tune-up workshop will be run twice this summer, in July and August. It's the kind of study every writer needs, an opportunity to write from studying your own portrait and then seeing what subjects that leads you to. The supportive approach emphasizes observation as the route to achieve new material, new possibilities, and new pieces, whether you are writing fiction, memoir, or poems. The approach teaches you new skills that you can use for all your future writing, as well as how to transfer your observations into clear notes, jottings, studies, and pieces of new writing. This method of writing is one of the foundational skill sets that all writers should practice. It hones your concentration on details and the language that comes from those details, and it releases you into new zones for your memories and ideas to emerge. Our focus will be almost entirely on making new pieces of writing. Included in your tuition is a signed copy of the tenth anniversary edition of David's book, Every Writer Has a Thousand Faces, with a Foreword by Chuck Palahniuk, which we will use as a "textbook" for the workshop. 

                Register for this Workshop

                This is scheduled to be an in-person workshop. Joining via Zoom is available. All in-person students must show proof of Covid-19 vaccination. 

                              Teacher: 
                              Time: 
                              Sat + Sun, Aug 20 + 21, 9am - 2pm
                              Location: 
                              Attttic 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: $215 (cash/check); $229 (Paypal). | Tuition Registration: $230 (cash/check); $244 (PayPal).

                              Fall | Introduction to Flash Nonfiction w Brian Benson | Sep 21 - Oct 19

                              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 100 Word StoryThe Forge to The Sun, legions of journals are eager to publish great flash.

                              In this prompt-driven workshop, we'll read short nonfiction by masters of the form; 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.

                              Register for this workshop

                              All students must show proof of Covid-19 vaccination. 

                              Teacher: 
                              Time: 
                              Wednesdays, 5:30 - 7:30pm (Pacific Time ) Sep 21 - Oct 19, 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: $219 (cash/check); $233 (Paypal). | Tuition Registration: $234 (cash/check); $248 (PayPal).