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.

ONE DAY WORKSHOP: Coming Through the Crucible Workshop w Philip Kenney | Jan 18

Using Writing To Illuminate Our Way

Even the most successful writers are subject to troubling insecurity, episodes of self-doubt and the persistent narrative that insists, “I am not good enough.” Navigating the turbulent, emotional waters of a creative life is a challenge we must all take up to ensure our work is not undermined by the vulnerabilities of our internal world. Using writing, especially poems, to illuminate the way, this workshop will explore the psychological and emotional underpinnings of the not-good-enough narrative. Participants will learn ways to relate to these challenges and loosen the binds that restrict creative work. A few of the writers who will guide us through the day are Emily Dickenson, Ellen Bass, Raymond Carver and Wendell Berry. Open to all writers in every genre. | Maximum: 14 writers

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Sat, 12 - 5pm, Jan 18 | 5 hours
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: $105 (cash/check); $111 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $120 (cash/check); $126 (PayPal).

WINTER: Fiction Workshop w Joanna Rose | Jan 25 - Feb 22

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, Jan 25 - Feb 22, 5 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
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).sh/check); $242 (PayPal).

WINTER: New Decade, New Poems, New You Poetry Workshop w Matthew Dickman | Jan 25 - Mar 14

In this 8 week class we will be taking a look at poems we have written in the last couple years, identifying our habits as well as our unique voices and then exploring new ways of writing and being within our poetry practice. There will be rich conversations, time to write and fun prompts. We will all leave with a better understanding of ourselves, our work, and a couple new poems in our pockets!

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Saturdays, 12:30 -2:30pm, Jan 25 - Mar 14, 8 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
Discounted Early Registration is due seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Discounted Early Registration: $345 (cash/check); $356 (Paypal). | Tuition Registration: $360 (cash/check); $370 (PayPal).

WINTER: The Writer’s Crucible Workshop w Philip Kenney | Jan 25 - Feb 22

This workshop is designed for writers who wish to deepen their understanding of the ideas presented in the “Coming Through the Crucible” workshop. We will use the text of The Writer’s Crucible as a starting point for an exploration of the emotional vulnerabilities we encounter in our work. Why the Crucible? Crucible is defined as: A situation of severe trial, or in which different elements interact, leading to the creation of something new. Writers know what it is to go through the crucible. It is trial by fire and the joy of making something new. This is the agony and the ecstasy of our work. We will explore in depth, the psychological, emotional and creative aspects that interact in this dynamic process and move us to experience such a tremendous range of feeling. Writers will come to a better understanding of their own psychology and develop improved ways of providing self-support through difficult times. In particular, this workshop will delve into material related to emotional flooding, shame-based reactions to rejections and critique, managing and confronting negative self-talk and the ways in which trauma lives in the body and psyche. We will also look at spiritual methods of understanding the creative process and in short meditations to transform states of emotional constriction into states of openness. This workshop will offer both an intellectual understanding of the material and experiential processes that make what we learn personally relevant. Each class will include exercises designed to connect us with and accept our emotional life. We will use writing prompts to explore the psychological material and have small group sessions to share insights and experiences that come up in the course of the program. There will be ample time to question and comment on the readings and class presentations.    

Schedule for the class:

Week One:  The Paradox of Self: We are one and many in the Theater of the Mind              

Week Two:  Understanding the Psychology of Vulnerability: Dealing with insecurities

Week Three: Trauma and the Problem of Shame: The epidemic of unworthiness

Week Four:  Internal Self-Attack: Three approaches to standing up to the inner critic

Week Five:  Writing as Spiritual Practice: The challenge of getting out of our way

 

Maximum: 12 writers

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Saturdays, 10am - 12pm, Jan 25 - Feb 22, 5 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
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).sh/check); $242 (PayPal).

NEW: Writing in New Poetic Forms Workshop w Ashley Toliver | Feb 17 - Mar 16

Liberate your writing practice and bust open the boundaries of your work with this genre-bending workshop. Each week, you'll be introduced to fresh hybrid and mixed genre work while exploring new possibilities in your own poems. What can a poem do when it isn't hemmed-in by convention? How can we achieve poetry's effects without received forms? With plenty of in-class exercises and weekly feedback, this class is an invigorating and sunny literary joy ride for writers of all experience levels. Maximum: 12 writers

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Mondays, Feb 17 - Mar 16, 5:30 - 7:30pm, 5 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
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).sh/check); $242 (PayPal).

NEW: Brian Benson's Craft of Creative Nonfiction Workshop | Feb 18 - Mar 17

“Nonfiction is never going to die.” Tom Wolfe

The explosion of creative nonfiction has opened writers to new ways to share your stories and insight. Are you interested in writing memoir or personal essay? Literary journalism or travelogue? In this workshop, you'll learn to craft these and other styles of creative nonfiction. We'll (respectfully) pillage the works of contemporary writers and discuss form and voice, scene and structure, as we explore how to apply literary technique to real-life narratives. You'll get to try your hand at a wide range of creative nonfiction, and you'll receive in-depth feedback on your work in progress so that you can practice a range of paths. Open to writers of all levels. | Maximum: 12 writers

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Tuesdays, 5:30 - 7:30pm, Feb 18 - Mar 17, 5 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
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).

NEW: Life Sketches Workshop w Wayne Gregory | Feb 19 - Mar 18

Life Sketch: 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. Despite the ubiquitous tweets, Facebook posts, and Instagram pics, 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. Telling our story is an invitation to make connections: story to story, one human to another.   This workshop is for the one who wants to discover how to identify her/his compelling life stories and how to create a work that will grab readers and take them on their own journeys. 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 discover 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 life sketch and polish it into a final piece that’s ready for readers. Sat. July 6 - no class. | Maximum | 12 writers

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Wednesdays, 7:45-9:45pm, Feb 19 - Mar 18, 5 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
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).sh/check); $242 (PayPal).

NEW: The Voice of Stories Fiction Workshop w Joanna Rose | Feb 29 - Mar 28

A critique workshop for writers of all levels designed to lead you deeper into the experience of your story, true or imagined. Any story, from a sketch to a novel, 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

Teacher: 
Time: 
Saturdays, 9am - 11am, Feb 29 - Mar 28, 5 weeks
Location: 
Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
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).sh/check); $242 (PayPal).