FAQ

General Questions

Our main office is in Bethesda, Md right off of Wisconsin Ave. We also hold classes in D.C. and Glen Echo. To view all of the venue information including directions, click here.

Bethesda: Public parking is available directly across Walsh Street from The Writer’s Center in a county parking lot. The meters in this lot are effective Monday through Friday, 9:00am – 10:00pm and free on weekends. Meters accept payment through the ParkMobile and MobileNOW! apps. Please note that The Writer’s Center is not able to make change for meters. Additional pay parking is available in the Capital Crescent Garage (7171 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814), just a 5-minute walk from the Center.

Hill Center:  There is no parking lot, but limited metered street parking is available around the building.

Glen Echo: A free parking lot for Glen Echo Park is located just off MacArthur Boulevard on Oxford Road, across from the Glen Echo Shopping Center.

The Writer’s Center follows the lead of the federal government in delayed openings and closures due to severe inclement weather. Workshop participants can check www.opm.gov/ status for the daily government status. If the government announces a two hour delay, all morning workshops and rentals beginning before 11 AM will be canceled. In the event of a government closure, all workshops and rentals, including evening sessions, will be canceled. Workshop leaders will schedule a make-up class with their participants, typically running the following week after the scheduled end date of the workshop. Rentals can be rescheduled once the office is reopened. If hazardous weather develops during the day while the office is open and evening workshops must be canceled, all workshop participants and leaders will be notified by email. The website and social media pages will also be updated.

If you are already a registered member, you need to log in to view the membership prices.

Please note that it can take 5 – 10 minutes to receive your login information after signing up for a new membership. You will receive an email with you username and password as soon as it is ready.

If The Writer’s Center has to cancel a workshop for any reason, you will be notified via email and offered your choice of either a refund or a credit, which you have a year to use. If you withdraw from a course within the drop period, you will be given a credit good for up to a year. For our full refund and withdrawal policies, click here.

To withdraw from a course, please click here or call us at 301-654-8664. You will receive a credit code to apply to a future workshop or membership purchase. Credit is good for up to one year after you withdraw from a course. Participants can not receive a refund for withdrawing from a course.

Online Workshops

Our online workshops are through Moodle by Blackboard, a forum based platform that allows you to log in at anytime to view weekly lessons from the instructor, post assignments, and respond to fellow writer’s work in discussion threads.

Online workshops are wonderful for many reasons. You can telecommute, you can plan and post content on your own schedule, and you can access a whole variety of resources (videos, readings, and written lesson plans) that you might not be able to during your typical workshop. You can complete the workshop entirely at your own pace, on your own time.

After your purchase, you will receive a confirmation from The Writer’s Center via the e-mail address you provided at checkout. This confirmation will not include information on how to access your online workshop. Within 48 hours of the start of your online workshop, you will receive an e-mail from The Writer’s Center with a link to the online workshop space as well as information about your personal account, which will be your entry way to your online workshops. Simply follow the directions in the email.

All you need is yourself, your computer, and internet access! No microphones or webcams required.

The Writer’s Center encourages workshop leaders to personalize their workshop space with their biographies, images, and syllabi which give you access to your workshop leader’s expectations for the workshop. You’ll also be able to write questions specifically to your workshop leader via forums, chats, or e-mail.

The wonderful thing about online workshops is that there is no official hour your workshop will start. All your assignments for a given week will be posted on the day of the week your workshop is scheduled to begin. But for all of your assignments, you’ll have a whole week to read, post responses, and prepare work. If you miss a day, or even six days, there’s no need to worry! With online workshops there are plenty of opportunities to submit assignments and participate when you’re ready.

Once the workshop has ended, the workshop web space will be available for one month. After this point, the workshop will be archived, so it is advisable to keep your own copies of any of the documents/resources you upload.

If you have any additional questions, please contact us.