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.

FALL Online: Creating a Writer's Notebook: Artifact and Mulch w Wendy Willis | Oct 3 + 17

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.

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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.

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.

Teacher: 
Time: 
Saturdays, Oct 3 + Oct 17, 9:30am - 1pm (Pacific Time) | 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); $160 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $170 (cash/check); $175 (PayPal).

FALL Online: Doors to Elsewhere: Escape in Fiction with Elinam Agbo | Oct 15 - Nov 12

Perhaps yours was a childhood of portals. Perhaps the doors to Elsewhere closed early. Either way, portals are not simple tools. Literary escape is layered with the realities of privilege, accessibility, and colonialism. Escape can be solace and also its opposite. One character discovers a road out of a dark world, only to run into a dragon. Another finds that there is no portal out of reality and must create their own interior door. In this class, students will begin writing escapes through weekly generative prompts. They will read short fiction from writers like Ursula LeGuin, Kelly Link, Lesley Nneka Arimah, Charles Yu, and Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah. Then they will develop and workshop one short story of their own.

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.

Register for this workshop

Teacher: 
Time: 
Thursdays, 5:30 - 7:30pm, Oct 15 - Nov 12 | 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 Online: Read a Poem, Write a Poem Workshop II w Matthew Dickman | Oct 19

Three-hour workshop where we give a special poem a deep reading and conversation, then generate our own poem. 

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: 
Monday, Oct 19, 5:30 - 8:30pm (Pacific Time)
Location: 
Zoom | Online Workshop
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).

FALL Online: The Story is the Thing: Introduction to Short Fiction Workshop w Thea Chacamaty | Oct 19 - Nov 16

Reading a great short story can feel like travelling through time. We might meet our characters as babies in their cribs, and in the span of fifteen pages we’re sitting beside their deathbeds. In this generative workshop we will write a short story from beginning to end, masters of our own time machine. Works by Lucia Berlin, Alice Munro, Bryan Washington, Kristen Valdez Quade, and others will teach us craft elements that will guide us through our mission. We will also cover the art of revision and submitting to literary journals. 

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.

Register for this workshop

Teacher: 
Time: 
Mondays, 5:30 - 7:30pm (Pacific Time), Oct 19 - Nov 16, 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 Online: First Impressions: Chapter One (Nonfiction) w Whitney Otto | Oct 21 - Nov 18

You know your story—whether a memoir, biography, essay collection, or nature writing—but how to begin? Where to begin? In this workshop, we will read, write and talk about beginnings. What engages the reader? What makes the reader turn the page, or feel the excitement you feel for your subject? What makes a non-fiction work feel as inventive as a novel? There are many ways to begin a non-fiction work: an anecdote, a statement, a line of dialog, a line of poetry. You will be asked to write short, first chapter pieces using something that you are currently working on, or maybe something new. This workshop could be the beginning of your beginning.  

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: 
Wednesdays, 6-8pm, Oct 21 - Nov 18, 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 Online: Experiments in Poetic Revision Workshop w Ashley Toliver | Oct 26 - Nov 23

THE LUMINOUS DARK - EXPERIMENTS IN POETIC REVISION

Through experimentation with radical revision and embodied writing exercises, we'll tap into our inner knowing to find more wildness in our work and more freedom in the creative process. Come armed with 10-20 unfinished poems and an openness to pursuing intuitive pathways in this dynamic class. | Maximum: 14 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: 
Mondays, 5:30 - 7:30pm, Oct 26 - Nov 23, 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 Online: Craft of Memoir Workshop w Brian Benson | Oct 27 - Nov 24

“For who will testify, who will accurately describe our lives if we do not do it ourselves?” ~ Faye Moskowitz

 

Whether you're just getting started or looking to improve your work-in-progress, this new workshop will help you translate your personal experiences into a vivid, absorbing memoir. Through a mix of discussion, guided exercises and peer critique, we'll explore the many ways to pull compelling, relatable stories from one's life story, and we'll read and discuss a wide variety of memoir for inspiration and insight. Students will leave the workshop with many reading recommendations and writing resources. | Maximum 12 students

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: 
Tuesdays, 5:30 - 7:30pm PT, Oct 27 - Nov 24, 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 Online: Life Sketch: Pandemic Workshop w Wayne Gregory | Oct 28 - Nov 25

“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. All of us have been affected. Some on the front lines; others stuck at home, working, minding kids, and wondering what’s next. And for many, stories have begun to emerge. Stories we’ve lived. Stories we’ve created. Stories that teach. Stories that question.  This workshop is for the one who wants to discover how to identify a compelling story from the pandemic experience (as it has been and as it continues to unfold). You will work on a single life sketch - a short slice of your life experience -  with the goal of producing a completed draft by the end of the workshop. You can bring something you’ve already started to work on or just bring an empty page and a willing, eager imagination. The workshop will help you explore what story you have 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.  You will walk away from the workshop with tools and resources to help you create your pandemic life sketch and polish it into a final piece that’s ready for readers.  Telling our story is an invitation to make connections: story to story, one human to another. Sign up if you have a story you want to tell.  | Maximum 12 students

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: 
Wednesdays, 5:30 - 7:30pm, Oct 28 - 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 Online: So You Wanna Be a Writer Workshop w Wayne Gregory | Oct 29 - Dec 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.

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, 5:30 - 7:30pm, Oct 29 - Dec 3, 5 weeks | No class Thanksgiving Day
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 Online: Successful Methods and Habits of Composition w David Biespiel | Nov 1 | 9am-4pm

This workshop, led by Attic Institute founder David Biespiel, is the kind of study every writer needs, from beginners to the most advanced. It's an opportunity to practice successful methods and habits of writing that all writers eventually adopt. The approach demands a fresh unworking of your current practice for a day, so that you allow yourself a new, fresh approach to thining, imagining, noticing, and writing. Our focus will be almost entirely on making new pieces of writing with hardly any time dedicated to critique or revision. 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. [Because this workshop is seven hours, there will be frequent, scheduled breaks to step away from the computer screen and rest.]

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.

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.

Teacher: 
Time: 
Sunday, Nov 1, 9 - 4pm
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); $160 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $170 (cash/check); $175 (PayPal).

FALL Online: Story Energy with Joanna Rose | Nov 7 - Dec 5

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 written by participants to explore how the use of tension can create a vivid, visceral narrative.

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Saturdays, 9am - 11am, Nov 7 - Dec 5, 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 Online: Read a Poem, Write a Poem Workshop III w Matthew Dickman | Nov 16

Three-hour workshop where we give a special poem a deep reading and conversation, then generate our own poem. 

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: 
Monday, Nov 16, 5:30 - 8:30pm (Pacific Time)
Location: 
Zoom | Online Workshop
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).