Classes at the Attic

A SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY FOR NONFICTION WRITERS: Atheneum Master Writing Program | Apps due: July 29

We invite all nonfiction writers to apply for this special opportunity in our Atheneum program.

Unexpectedly we have two spots open in nonfiction for the 2019-2020 Atheneum class. Come on up! Send us your applications by July 29.

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

Please Note: In lieu of a letter of reference, we're asking only that you provide only a name and contact for a reference, a person who can speak to your writing and your experience working with a group.

APPS DUE SEP 8: Creative Nonfiction (CNF) Studio | Sep 26 - Dec 19

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.  The Studio culminates in a celebration at a nearby watering hole.

There will be an afternoon and evening session.

Studio A: Thursdays, 1-4pm, Sep 26 - Dec 19 (with two breaks, on 10/31 and 11/28). 

Studio B: Thursdays, 6-9pm, Sep 26 - Dec 19 (with two breaks, on 10/31 and 11/28). 

Maximum 10 students per session 

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; let us know, too, if you’re available for the afternoon session, the evening, or both.

APPLICATIONS DUE SEPTEMBER 8.

APPLY NOW

Teacher: 
Time: 
Thursdays, Sep 26 - Dec 19, 11 weeks | Studio A: 1 - 4:00pm | Studio B: 6:00 - 9pm
Total Fee: 
Registration: $582 (cash/check); $604 (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.

Monthly Poetry Gathering w John Morrison | Second Saturdays | Sep - Jan

"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 afternoon of each month, we’ll gather and share one or two 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 ones you want ready to submit for publication, to experimental pieces that need a supportive but critical eye. Along the way we’ll talk about craft and how to grow and sustain a fulfilling practice. Come ready to share your poems and insights and to carry generous feedback home to your writing desk. | Maximum: 9 writers 

Register for this workshop

Teacher: 
Time: 
Saturdays, 12:30 -2:30pm, Sep 14, Oct 12, Nov 9, Dec 14, Jan 11
Location: 
Attic Institute, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $210 (cash/check); $222 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $225 (cash/check); $237 (PayPal).

Writing the Poem Workshop w Ashley Toliver | Sep 16 - Oct 14

What happens when we expand our creative focus and let go of our expectations? In this workshop, we'll use writing practices and generative techniques, explore poems and strategies, all with the goal of completing the workshop with a handful of new poems. Can we find liberation from the pressures we place on ourselves and our work? Join the experiment and let's find out! Maximum: 12 writers. [Note: This workshop is designed to be paired with Ashley's Revising the Poem workshop in Session II. Poets are welcome to take both, or just one.]

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Mondays, Sep 16 - Oct 14, 5:30 - 7:30pm, 5 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $210 (cash/check); $222 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $225 (cash/check); $237 (PayPal).

Intro to Flash Nonfiction w Brian Benson | Sep 17 - Oct 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 River Teeth, The Rumpus to The Sun, legions of great journals are eager to publish great flash. In this prompt-driven workshop, we'll read masters of the flash nonfiction form, including Anna Vodicka, Ross Gay, Brenda Miller, Ira Sukrungruang, Abigail Thomas, and 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: 12 writers

Register for this workshop

Teacher: 
Time: 
Tuesdays, 5:30 - 7:30pm, Sep 17 - Oct 15, 5 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $210 (cash/check); $222 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $225 (cash/check); $237 (PayPal).

Generative Exercises & Critique Workshop w Patrick Dundon | Sep 17 - Oct 15

What makes a piece of writing come alive? What gives it emotional resonance, energy, and depth? How do we transform the raw material of our lives—our observations, memories, insights, dreams—into compelling poems, stories or essays that lure in a reader? In this class, we’ll dive into these questions, drawing inspiration from a diverse array of writers as we investigate the craft elements (image, narrative, syntax, metaphor, etc) that make a piece of writing vibrate with feeling and energy. And we’ll dive into our own work, immersing ourselves in our creative processes to find new doorways into ourselves and our writing. Whether you’re new to writing or have been at it for years, this class will provide you with a supportive, inspiring environment in which to explore. | Open to all writers. Maximum: 12 writers.

[Note: This workshop is designed to be paired with Patrick's Revision Strategies workshop in Session II. Writers are welcome to take both, or just one.]

Register for this workshop

Teacher: 
Time: 
Tuesdays, 7:45 - 9:45pm, Sep 17 - Oct 15, 5 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $210 (cash/check); $222 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $225 (cash/check); $237 (PayPal).

Intro to Short Stories Workshop w Wayne Gregory | Sep 18 - Oct 16

“A short story is a love affair, a novel is a marriage. A short story is a photograph; a novel is a film.” ― Lorrie Moore

If you want to fall in love with the short story -- or you already have -- this is the workshop for you.  We will practice how the short story form can open up unlimited possibilities for your creative writing as we explore the short story as a form and delve into elements of the writing craft, such as setting, point of view, scene-building, dialogue, plot, and character. We will work on a short story project during the class with the goal of completing a draft by the end of the course. 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: 12 writers

Register for this workshop

Teacher: 
Time: 
Wednesdays, 7:45 - 9:45pm, Sep 18 - Oct 16, 5 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute, 4232 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $210 (cash/check); $222 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $225 (cash/check); $237 (PayPal).

Craft of Fiction Workshop w Wayne Gregory | Sep 19 - Oct 17

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

The Craft of Fiction: Building Scenes

When we write creatively, we have to 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 has to 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 also reveal something important about the characters. In this workshop, we will focus on 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: 12 writers

Register for this workshop

 

Teacher: 
Time: 
Thursdays, Sep 19 - Oct 17, 6:30 - 8:30pm, 5 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute, 4232 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $210 (cash/check); $222 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $225 (cash/check); $237 (PayPal).

Fiction Workshop I with Joanna Rose | Sep 21 - Oct 19

Sentences are the Lego of Story

 

A critique workshop for writers of all levels designed to lead you deeper into the experience of your story, true or imagined. Any story depends on its sentences, and this workshop is built on defining what the job of its sentences is, and how they are doing their work. We’ll look into voice and language in the terms of the stories at hand. | Maximum: 12 writers

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Saturdays, 9am - 11am, Sep 21 - Oct 19, 5 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $210 (cash/check); $222 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $225 (cash/check); $237 (PayPal).

Self-Portraits: Writing from Life (A) w David Biespiel | Sep 24 - Oct 29

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 write from studying your own self-portrait via photos, drawings, snapshots, b&ws, candids, distortions, &c. The workshop approach empahsizes the concept of obseravtional writing as a direct route to achieve new imaginative possibilities, whether you're writng fiction, memoir, or poems. The approach demands careful observation and the translation of those obserations into clear and precise notes, jottings, and studies. Self-protrait writing is one of the foundational skill sets that all writers should practice. It hones your concentrtation on details and the language that comes from those details, and it releases you into new zones for your memories and projections to emerge. Our focus will be almost entirely on making new pieces of writing with hardly any time dedicated to critique or revision. 

Register for this Workshop

Teacher: 
Time: 
Tuesdays, Sep 24 - Oct 29, 4-5:30pm, 6 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute, 4232 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $189 (cash/check); $195 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $204 (cash/check); $210 (PayPal).

Self-Portraits: Writing from Life (B) w David Biespiel | Sep 26 - Oct 31

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 write from studying your own self-portrait via photos, drawings, snapshots, b&ws, candids, distortions, &c. The workshop approach empahsizes the concept of obseravtional writing as a direct route to achieve new imaginative possibilities, whether you're writng fiction, memoir, or poems. The approach demands careful observation and the translation of those observations into clear and precise notes, jottings, and studies. Self-portrait 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 projections to emerge. Our focus will be almost entirely on making new pieces of writing with hardly any time dedicated to critique or revision. 

Register for this Workshop

Teacher: 
Time: 
Thursday, Sep 26 - Oct 31, 4-5:30pm, 6 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute, 4232 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $189 (cash/check); $195 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $204 (cash/check); $210 (PayPal).

Writing Middle-Grade and Young Adult Novels: A Critique-Based Workshop w Emily Whitman | Oct 1 - Oct 29 | FULL -- WAIT LIST ONLY

This workshop is for people who want to grow their work, whether that’s churning out new pages or shaping and deepening a full draft. Get feedback on pages, ask questions, and work though places where you’re stuck. Each week you’ll come with five double-spaced pages of your work in progress. Every other week you’ll share your pages with the group; on alternate weeks you’ll give me a copy for comments and to keep going. We'll work on setting goals, and discovering and clearing obstacles. Come find a supportive, inspiring environment to develop your work, whatever stage you're at in this journey. | Maximum: 8 writers

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Tuesdays, Oct 1 - Oct 29, 6-8pm, 5 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute, 4232 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $210 (cash/check); $222 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $225 (cash/check); $237 (PayPal).

Conveying Emotion: A Workshop for Writers of Middle Grade, Young Adult, and Adult Fiction w Emily Whitman | Oct 7 - Oct 28

A reader falls into a book by seeing through a character’s eyes, and that means feeling what the character is feeling. But how many times can a character’s heart pound in their chest, or a shiver run down their spine? In this workshop we’ll explore fresh, effective ways of expressing emotion. Each week we’ll focus on a method or two, including physical signs, using the surrounding scene, metaphor, dialogue tricks and tools, and even naming emotions outright. We’ll do exercises in class to explore and break through some barriers. Then you’ll go home and use the techniques on your work-in-progress (or a new piece inspired by your explorations). By the end of the workshop you’ll have a big toolbox to use in conveying emotion, practice in putting the tools to use, and a stronger work-in-progress. For writers at all levels. | Maximum: 12 writers

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Mondays, Oct 7 - Oct 28, 6-8:30pm, 10 hours over 4 weeks (2.5 hours/week)
Location: 
Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $210 (cash/check); $222 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $225 (cash/check); $237 (PayPal).

Saturday Poetry Workshop I: Strict Forms w John Morrison | Oct 19

​​​​​​​“To talk about formal verse is meaningless – poetry is form” Robert Pinsky

For those of us born into the free verse tradition, the study of prosody can sound like the poetic equivalent of “eat your peas.” Well, you can really like peas, fresh peas, anyway, and they are great for your skin. Prosody is the study and practice of the deep music in poetry (think meter, rhyme, cadence) and all the strict forms like sonnet, villanelle, and sestina that can drive a poem forward. In our Saturday session, along with drafting a few forms, we’ll explore how to “crack open” our own reluctant poems, discover our own rhythmic tendencies, and sharpen our tools for revision. Come ready to playfully scribble like crazy and to never look at a line of poetry the same way again. | Maximum: 14 writers

[Note: This workshop is designed to be paired with John's Open Forms workshop in Session II. Poets are welcome to take both, or just one.]

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Saturday, Oct 19, 10am - 4:30pm, six hours (including 30-min. lunch break)
Location: 
Attic Institute, 4232 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $126 (cash/check); $134 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $141 (cash/check); $149 (PayPal).

PREVIEW: Revising the Poem Workshop w Ashley Toliver | Oct 21 - Nov 18

Where can revision take us when we're not too attached to our creative work? What new avenues can we discover by taking risks and having the courage to experiment? In this workshop, we'll share works-in-progress and engage deeply with each other's drafts as we write our way into new poems. You'll learn different ways of looking at your own work, acquire new strategies for tackling creative indecision, and come away with a more concrete understanding of how to know when a poem is "finished." | Maximum: 12 writers

[Note: This workshop is designed to be paired with Ashley's Writing the Poem workshop in Session I. Poets are welcome to take both, or just one.]

Register for this workshop beginning Sep 3

Teacher: 
Time: 
Mondays, Oct 21 - Nov 18, 5:30 - 7:30pm, 5 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $210 (cash/check); $222 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $225 (cash/check); $237 (PayPal).

PREVIEW: Craft of Memoir Workshop w Brian Benson | Oct 22 - Nov 19

“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 beginning Sep 3

Teacher: 
Time: 
Tuesdays, 5:30 - 7:30pm, Oct 22 - Nov 19, 5 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $210 (cash/check); $222 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $225 (cash/check); $237 (PayPal).

PREVIEW: Revision Strategies Workshop w Patrick Dundon | Oct 22 - Nov 19

What do we do with a piece of writing that feels stuck, stagnant, that we want to transform? Revision can be difficult: we don’t want to lose the raw energy, the life-blood, of our original draft, yet sometimes we need to let go of our original ideas and inspiration in service of the poem or story. Too often revision is thought of as a process refinement and clarification, but revision literally means to “see again,” and in this class we’ll do just that: seeking out ways to enliven old drafts and see them from a fresh perspective, with a sense of curiosity and wonder. Through both in-class exercises and critique, we’ll explore a wide variety of revision strategies designed to bring our drafts to life again. Open to all writers. Maximum: 12 writers

[Note: This workshop is designed to be paired with Patrick's Generateive Exercises workshop in Session II. Writers are welcome to take both, or just one.]

Register for this workshop beginning Sep 3

Teacher: 
Time: 
Tuesdays, 7:45 - 9:45pm, Oct 22 - Nov 19, 5 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $210 (cash/check); $222 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $225 (cash/check); $237 (PayPal).

PREVIEW: So You Wanna Be A Writer Workshop w Wayne Gregory | Oct 23 - Nov 20

You know you have a story to tell and you want to tell it, but you’re not sure how to get started. You write but it never feels like you’re getting where you want to go. Or, you want to write, but you find that life seems to get in the way. There are a lot of obstacles to interfere with emerging writers. But, it’s not lack of time, lack of skill, nor lack of things to write about. The biggest problem is lack of self-confidence. This workshop is designed for those who want to be writers, but are not sure they can be. If you have never published anything or even successfully completed a work of fiction or non-fiction, this class will help you gain the confidence you need to enter the community of writers. When you leave the class, you will know better your writing strengths and how to build on them; you will have a sense of direction about where to go with your writing; and, you will discover what is about you that makes your stories worth telling and makes you the only writer who can tell them. | Maximum: 12 writers

Register for this workshop beginning Sep 3

Teacher: 
Time: 
Wednesdays, 7:45 - 9:45pm, Oct 23 - Nov 20, 5 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $210 (cash/check); $222 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $225 (cash/check); $237 (PayPal).

PREVIEW: Queer Writing w Wayne Gregory | Oct 24 - Nov 21

How does being queer shape the stories we write and the way we write them? Does character, plot, or theme make a narrative queer or is it something in the way a queer writer sees the world that colors a narrative? This class will invite writers to explore and express their identity and how it informs what they write and the way they write it.  Whether you are writing fiction or non-fiction, or just writing for yourself this class will help you make connections between who you are becoming and what you are imagining through your writing. Writers with little or a lot of experience are welcome to this workshop-style class. Bring something you’re already working on or start from scratch, but either way our goal will be to have a completed piece at the end – it could be a paragraph, a multi-page piece, or something in-between. All genres are welcome. Supportive in-class critique and revision will be a strong part of the process. At the end of the class, you’ll have a better sense of who you are and why you are writing.

Register for this workshop beginning Sep 3

Teacher: 
Time: 
Thursday, Oct 24 - Nov 21, 6:30 - 8:30pm, 5 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $210 (cash/check); $222 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $225 (cash/check); $237 (PayPal).
Deposit: 

PREVIEW: Fiction Workshop II with Joanna Rose | Oct 26 - Nov 23

Sentences are the Lego of Story

A critique workshop for writers of all levels designed to lead you deeper into the experience of your story, true or imagined. Any story depends on its sentences, and this workshop is built on defining what the job of its sentences is, and how they are doing their work. We’ll look into voice and language in the terms of the stories at hand. | Maximum: 12 writers

Register for this workshop beginning Sep 3

Teacher: 
Time: 
Saturdays, 9am - 11am, Oct 26 - Nov 23, 5 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $210 (cash/check); $222 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $225 (cash/check); $237 (PayPal).

PREVIEW: Techniques for Starting Any New Piece of Writing (A) w David Biespiel | Nov 5 - Dec 10

Being able to write joyfully in an encouraging environment without the constant fear of negative critique can be incredibly freeing. In this workshop, led by Attic Institute founder David Biespiel, short, timed, directed writing sessions allow you to quickly make dramatic pieces of writing--in fiction, memoir, or poems--that encourage your personal sense of expression. These exercises are designed to establish easy-to-follow strategies that free up your imagination and let you discover something new, or something long percolating. These writing or "sketch" sessions build confidence, enabling you to concentrate on the material that's right before you. Our focus will be almost entirely on making new pieces of writing with hardly any time dedicated to critique or revision.

Register for this workshop beginning Sep 3

Teacher: 
Time: 
Tuesdays, Nov 5 - Dec 10, 4-5:30pm, 6 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute, 4232 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $189 (cash/check); $195 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $204 (cash/check); $210 (PayPal).

PREVIEW: Techniques for Starting Any New Piece of Writing (B) w David Biespiel | Nov 7 - Dec 12

Being able to write joyfully in an encouraging environment without the constant fear of negative critique can be incredibly freeing. In this workshop, led by Attic Institute founder David Biespiel, short, timed, directed writing sessions allow you to quickly make dramatic pieces of writing--in fiction, memoir, or poems--that encourage your personal sense of expression. These exercises are designed to establish easy-to-follow strategies that free up your imagination and let you discover something new, or something long percolating. These writing or "sketch" sessions build confidence, enabling you to concentrate on the material that's right before you. Our focus will be almost entirely on making new pieces of writing with hardly any time dedicated to critique or revision.

Register for this workshop beginning Sep 3

Teacher: 
Time: 
Thursdays, Nov 7 - Dec 12, 4-5:30pm, 6 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute, 4232 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $189 (cash/check); $195 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $204 (cash/check); $210 (PayPal).

PREVIEW: Saturday Poetry Workshop II: Open Forms w John Morrison | Nov 16

“Originality relies on a deep knowledge of traditions.” TS Eliot

In this session, we’ll open up and explore archetypal forms that power great poetry. We’ll consider the music and strategy of model poems, and then through generative activities, we’ll draft our version of several open forms, such as the Aubade, Letter, List, Ode, and Elegy. We’ll all leave the session with a greater appreciation and deeper understanding of our poetic tradition, and take home potent drafts to polish and shine. Come ready to read, discuss, and scribble away! | Maximum: 14 writers

[Note: This workshop is designed to be paired with John's Strict Forms workshop in Session I. Poets are welcome to take both, or just one.]

Register for this workshop beginning Sep 3

 

Teacher: 
Time: 
Saturday, Nov 16, 10am - 4:30pm, six hours (including 30-min. lunch break)
Location: 
Attic Institute, 4232 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Early Registration: $126 (cash/check); $134 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $141 (cash/check); $149 (PayPal).