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Attic Institute: Successful Methods and Habits of Composition w David Biespiel

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…

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Livestream Reading: David Biespiel and Vanessa Veselka

Annie Bloom’s welcomes Portland authors David Biespiel and Vanessa Veselka for a livestream reading and conversation about their new books. Signed copies of both books are available! Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUqcuCuqj8vG92lnXWQqd8GA8L86yBLrlOH (Please note the new date of 10/27/20; this event was originally scheduled for 10/22.) About David Biespiel’s A Place of Exodus: Literary Nonfiction. Poetry. Jewish Studies. Memoir. Are we ever done leaving home? Acclaimed poet and memoirist David Biespiel tells the story of the rise and fall of his Jewish boyhood in Texas, and his search for the answer to his life’s central riddle. After a near-forty-year exile, Biespiel returns for a day to the world he left behind as a different person. He creates a moving meditation on the meaning of home, uncovering bittersweet…

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David Biespiel in Conversation With David Naimon

In his new book, A Place of Exodus: Home, Memory, and Texas (Kelson), acclaimed writer David Biespiel tells the story of the rise and fall of his Jewish boyhood in Texas, and his search for the answer to his life’s central riddle: Are we ever done leaving home? Raised in the 1970s in Meyerland, the historic Jewish neighborhood of Houston, Biespiel explores the story of triumph and shame that changed his relationship to the world around him. With cinematic fluidity, he writes of his early years as a teenager who yearns for bold self-invention as he grapples with the enigmas of illness, death, love, and the meaning of faith. Growing up in a family devoted to Jewish identity, Biespiel comes under the tutelage of the…

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FALL Online: Self-Portraits: Writing from Life w David Biespiel

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…

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SUMMER Online: Poets Studio Summer Sessions | July 13 – Aug 31

Apps due July 8 One of the things I feel Poets Studio participants, regardless of experience and skill, can benefit from, is an extended concentration on only a few pieces over a couple months. That’s my goal for the Summer Sessions, which would progress as follows: Sessions 1-3: Making. We’ll start from scratch on a few poems, developing strategies of imagination, research, trial and error, and writing several “test” drafts over several weeks. Sessions 4-6: Noticing. Here we’ll begin to be attentive to what might be possible with various drafts of poems, in the writing process — noticing what they are doing and not doing, what they are implying and avoiding, and what they are potentially able to become, and what they can’t ever become…

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CANCELED – Poetry Reading: Linda Bierds & David Biespiel

Annie Bloom’s welcomes Northwest poets Linda Bierds & David Biespiel. The Hardy Tree is Washington poet Linda Bierds’s latest collection. Focusing on figures such as Thomas Hardy, Alan Turing, Virginia Woolf, and the World War One poets, The Hardy Tree examines power, oppression and individual rights in ways that reverberate through our lives today. Uniting these themes is the issue of communication–the various methods and codes we use to reach one another. The book is arranged in four sections. The first visits Vladimir Nabokov as a child with alphabet blocks, Alan Turing at eleven writing home from boarding school with a “pen of his own making,” Virginia Woolf as a teenager practicing her penmanship, and Wilfred Owen trying to draw a musical note from a…

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Poetry Reading: Linda Bierds & David Biespiel

Annie Bloom’s welcomes these two wonderful Northwest poets. The Hardy Tree is Washington poet Linda Bierds’s latest collection. Focusing on figures such as Thomas Hardy, Alan Turing, Virginia Woolf, and the World War One poets, The Hardy Tree examines power, oppression and individual rights in ways that reverberate through our lives today. Uniting these themes is the issue of communication–the various methods and codes we use to reach one another. The book is arranged in four sections. The first visits Vladimir Nabokov as a child with alphabet blocks, Alan Turing at eleven writing home from boarding school with a “pen of his own making,” Virginia Woolf as a teenager practicing her penmanship, and Wilfred Owen trying to draw a musical note from a blade of…

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WEEKEND: Life Writing Workshop w David Biespiel

In this weekend workshop to refresh your writing, attention will be devoted to the quality of remembering and remaking your past experiences and stories on the page. Our focus will be on observation, with discussion and demonstration-writing exercises designed to include new techniques to frame your writing, draw out the details of place, use images to make fresh comparisons, and to pay attention to landmarks that anchor your imagination. While this in-class writing workshop is useful as preparation for large-scale pieces of writing (stories, novels, essays, poems), it also serves as a complete experience in and of itself. Prompts range in length from several minutes to an hour, allowing you to build from feelings to scenes and beyond. Each session will feature new techniques and strategies. | Maximum: 20 writers Register for this…

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Floyd Skloot in Conversation With David Biespiel

Floyd Skloot’s Far West (LSU) intertwines the past and present, as time alternates between racing and standing still. Crafting poems that confront memory lapses and painful recollections, Skloot traces his moments of purest perception and expression. Skloot will be joined in conversation by David Biespiel, author of The Education of a Young Poet and Republic Café.

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Michael Collier in Conversation with David Biespiel

Join Michael Collier — poet, teacher, essayist, former poet laureate of Maryland, and former director of the Bread Loaf Writers Conference Michael Collier — as he reads from his new book, My Bishop and Other Poems on Friday, May 10 at 7pm. Collier will be joined in conversation wtih Attic Institute founder David Biespiel. Michael Collier was born in Phoenix, Arizona in 1953. He studied with William Meredith as an undergraduate at Connecticut College, and earned his MFA at the University of Arizona. Poet laureate of Maryland from 2001-2004, His books of poetry include The Clasp and Other Poems (1986), The Folded Heart (1989), The Neighbor (1995), The Ledge (2000), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Dark Wild Realm (2006). Collier’s poems often reveal a fascination with objects and their significance;…

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