Classes at the Attic

APPLY BY: MAY 31: The Atheneum: Master Writing Program

Portland's groundbreaking master writing program.

The 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 in fiction, nonfiction, or poetry and to seed literary life in the city. Atheneum Fellows form a special community of literary artists and citizens. Many fellows have completed manuscripts for publication and have furthered their goals as writers.

Apply by midnight, May 31, 2017.

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September 2017 - June 2018

APPS DUE APR 10: The Creative Nonfiction (CNF) Studio | Apr 27 - June 29

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. | Maximum 10 students

Learn more about the CNF Studio

Deadline to apply is April 10

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 Goals."

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Thursdays, Apr 27 - June 29, 6:00 - 8:30pm, 10 weeks
Total Fee: 
Early Registration and Tuition Deadline is seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Registration: $529 (cash/check); $549 (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.

NEW: Ed Skoog's Writing a Long Poem Workshop | Mar 22 - Apr 19

"A poet is one who knows more than she says, and bringing that excess into the public sphere...creates new knowing." ~ Shoshona Felman

In this workshop, participants will struggle through several drafts of a poem between 50 and 150 lines in length. Perhaps it seems silly to  write those numbers down as meaningful parameters, but in the instructor’s  experience that’s where a distinct kind of poem resides, one with a sustained  tone and many twists and turns: the sort of poem that nobody quite knows what  to do with, that doesn’t fit in a gift box, that sticks out like cold feet from  the end of the bed.  Some examples: Yeats’  “Easter 1916,” Bishop’s “At the Fishhouses,” and Rita Dove’s “The Venus of  Willendorf.” We will look at these and other examples to discern what  techniques, tendencies, and tics it takes in terms of premise, structure and  development to sing/say this kind of long song. Maximum 12 students

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Wednesdays, Mar 22 - Apr 19, 10am -12pm, 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: $207 (cash/check); $214 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $222 (cash/check); $229 (PayPal).

NEW: David Ciminello's Building Character Fiction Workshop | Apr 4 - May 2

“Until a character becomes a personality it cannot be believed. And without personality, a story cannot ring true to the audience.” – Walt Disney

This workshop will concern the people that populate our stories. Through a series of in-workshop prompts, exercises, and take-home assignments participants will create a series of flash pieces (snapshots) that will flesh out the complete life cycle of a character. Significant focus on radically imaginative explorations of form (monologue, biography, autobiography, etc.), point of view, scene, action, and dialogue will help bring our creations to life. Supportive in-workshop sharing and revision will be a strong part of the process. | Maximum 12 writers

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Time: 
Tuesdays, Apr 4 - May 2, 7:30 - 9:3, 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: $207 (cash/check); $214 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $222 (cash/check); $230 (PayPal).

NEW: Whitney Otto's First Chapters, or The Dark and Stormy Night Workshop | Apr 6 - May 11

It makes me so happy. To be at the beginning again, knowing almost nothing....when almost everything you thought you knew is wrong. ~ Tom Stoppard, Arcadia

How important is that first chapter of your novel or memoir?  The first paragraphs of your short story or essay?  Is there anything more exciting than those first words on the page, the invitation to the reader to come a long for the literary ride?  We will look at the elements that get the reader to turn the page, to read the next chapter and the next and the next. Everyone will turn in the first chapter of their novel or memoir (or a short story or essay) to be read and discussed. | Maximum 12 writers

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Thursdays, Apr 6 - May 11, 5:15 - 7:15pm, 6 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: $248 (cash/check); $255 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $263 (cash/check); $272 (PayPal).

NEW: Natalie Serber's Short Fiction Generative Playground Workshop | Apr 8 & 15

There's only one rule that I know of, babies—God damn it, you've got to be kind. ~ Kurt Vonnegut

Are you in need of inspiration? An injection of Oomph just the thing for your writing? Come spend two Saturday mornings with me. We'll do lots of writing, focusing on scene and character building, on creating interesting complications, developing setting and finding a multitude of beginnings. The goal for this 2 part workshop is to leave with a folder full of ideas for longer pieces and to spend two mornings with writers sharing their work, making art and doing some laughing. Back to back Saturdays. | Maximum 12 writers

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Time: 
Saturdays, Apr 8 & 15, 10am - 1pm
Location: 
Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, 4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Total Fee: 
Early Registration: $114 (cash/check); $120 (PayPal). | Late Registration: $129 (cash/check); $135 (PayPal). Tuition for Meetup workshops are non-refundable.

NEW: Wayne Gregory's So You Wanna Be A Writer? Workshop | Apr 18 - May 16

“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 write but it never feels like you’re getting where you want to go. You want to write, but you find that life seems to get in the way. You know you have a story you want to tell, but you’re not sure how to get started. The biggest culprit keeping us from writing is not lack of time, lack of skill, nor lack of things to write about. It’s 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 students

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Tuesdays, Apr 18 - May 16, 7:30-9:30pm, 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: $207 (cash/check); $214 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $222 (cash/check); $229 (PayPal).

NEW: Brian Benson's Craft of Memoir Workshop | Apr 25 - May 23

“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, writing resources, and publishing leads. | Maximum 12 students

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Tuesdays, Apr 25 - May 23, 5:15-7:15pm, 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: $207 (cash/check); $214 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $222 (cash/check); $230 (PayPal).

NEW: Whitney Otto's Writing Small While Thinking Big Fiction Workshop | May 18 - June 22

You need to let the little things that would ordinarily bore you suddenly thrill you. ~ Andy Warhol

Flash fiction, sudden fiction, short shorts--whatever you call them, these sparkling little story gems can be dramatic, funny and, at times, surprisingly epic. They can stand alone as the little pieces of art they often are, or they can help the writer find his or her way into that novel or memoir.  They can be a cure for writers' block.  In this workshop we will look at what makes flash fiction, and I will be giving you topics and prompts for your own flash fiction, which we will share in the class. | Maximum 12 writers

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Teacher: 
Time: 
Thursdays, May 18 - June 22, 5:15 - 7:15pm, 6 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: $248 (cash/check); $255 (Paypal). | Late Registration: $263 (cash/check); $272 (PayPal).