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Bethesda Magazine's 2017 Best of Bethesda Editors' Pick for "Best Place for Literary Inspiration"

 

The Writer's Center Workshop Registration

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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 10/20/2017–11/10/2017
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: T. Greenwood
Whether participants are planners or writers who fly by the seats of their pants, a novel still needs structure. In this workshop, participants will study the architecture of a novel and devise plans for plotting their novels.
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 10/21/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Alan Orloff
Having trouble getting your dialogue to sparkle? In this workshop, you will see that writing realistic-sounding dialogue has little to do with how people actually speak. You’ll learn how to use dialogue to advance the plot and reveal character, and we’ll c...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 2:00 PM-4:30 PM
Dates: 10/21/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Alan Orloff
In this workshop for beginning fiction writers, you’ll learn how to excise excess prose to streamline your work. Improve clarity, pacing, and readability using fewer words! We’ll cover concepts like: show, don’t tell; in late, out early; in media res; redund...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Sunday
Time: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 10/22/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Sue Ellen Thompson
Robert Frost said, "It's tone I'm in love with; that's what poetry is, tone." The ability to control tone in a poem is what makes the poet credible and his or her intention clear. But tone has not always been easy to define, let alone control. In...
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$270.00
Days: 8 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 10/23/2017–12/11/2017
Location: Online
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Mathias Svalina
Have you ever found yourself inspired, but can't quite get the poem right? This workshop will support your creative & personal poetic expressions by helping you to refine your unique set of writing tools. We will explore & develop the too...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Mondays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 10/23/2017–12/11/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Elizabeth Rees
In this eight-week workshop, beginning and intermediate writers will have the chance to explore three different genres: memoir writing, short fiction, and poetry. Each week participants will be given a writing assignment and...
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$215.00
Days: 6 Tuesdays
Time: 7:30 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 10/24/2017–11/28/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Gina Hagler
Theory is great but writing is better! In this class students will have the chance to try their hand at writing narrative nonfiction. A variety of readings and exercises will get students started. We'll also use our time to share s...
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$135.00
Days: 4 Wednesdays
Time: 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
Dates: 10/25/2017–11/15/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Alicia Oltuski
Every component of this workshop takes place in class: craft discussion, writing, editorial feedback, revision (with the option to begin second or third pieces) and advice on where to go with what you’ve produced. Participants may wish...
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$80.00
Days: 2 Thursdays
Time: 7:30 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 10/26/2017–11/2/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Brenda W. Clough
Vampires, zombies, and halflings with swords! Participants will build a world and write in it. The first session of this workshop will be devoted to the basics of fiction and story construction. In the second session, participants will do a...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Thursday
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 10/26/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Claire Handscombe
What are the different options for the serious study of writing, and which is right for you? This one day class will answer your many questions and give details about options such as low residency programs, genre-focused writing programs, a...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 10/28/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Virginia Hartman
Learn the skills to identify precisely the right word to express your meaning, feeling, or subtext. We’ll look at examples in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, and discuss what makes an expression fresh rather than expected, where and how to f...
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$80.00
Days: 1 Saturday/Sunday
Time: 1:00 PM-5:00 PM
Dates: 10/28/2017–10/29/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Basil White
If you can read this and you can laugh, you can write humor! Learn the basic psychology of how your brain gets a joke to discover what's "gettable" about your subject matter, real or fictional, for humor writing or other ironic purp...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 10/28/2017–12/2/2017
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Jenny J. Chen
This is a prompt-based workshop that will focus on how writers can use their craft to re-connect as a explore painful experiences. Writers can work in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or hybrid genre. Each week will begin with several prompts that explore b...
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$65.00
Days: 1 Wednesday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Dates: 11/1/2017
Location: Capitol Hill
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: John DeDakis
A practical 16-point plan that takes you from the mere germ of an idea all the way through the creative process, with an eye on getting a finished book into the hands of potential fans. We'll discuss how to transform the nub of an idea...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Wednesdays
Time: 10:30 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 11/1/2017–12/13/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Beth Kanter
This course is for individuals who want to tone up their writing muscles so they can go the distance. Each class will begin with a short warm up exercise followed by a prompt for a longer piece. We will then focus on specifics like effectiv...
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$145.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Dates: 11/4/2017
Location: Capitol Hill
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: John DeDakis
A day-long workshop that deconstructs and demystifies the novel-writing process for struggling and/or aspiring writers. We'll go all the way from getting the nub of an idea to getting your book into the hands of expectant fans. Along the way you'll ...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 11/4/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Kathryn Johnson
It's often said that without conflict there's no story. It also holds true that strengthening the conflict in any type of fiction will bump up the tension and turn a limp, ordinary tale into an extraordinary adventure. Whether you choose to write ...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 11/6/2017–11/27/2017
Location: Online
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Meg Eden
Over the course of four weeks, we’ll discuss four key elements of poems: image, sound, form and realization. Participants will produce a variety of poems and learn tips for maintaining the practice of writing. Participants will have the opportunity to workshop and rev...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 11/6/2017–12/11/2017
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Tyrese L. Coleman
Writing a full story or creative essay under 1,000 words sounds like it would be easy. However, in practice, distilling memories down to essential moments is very hard. Writing flash, whether memoir or fiction, depends on concrete imagery, voice,...
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$80.00
Days: 2 Tuesdays
Time: 10:30 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 11/7/2017–11/14/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Adults Write for Children

Workshop Leader: Jacqueline Jules
While a good plot may intrigue, readers only become absorbed when they connect with the main character. How do you create a fictional character who will engage young readers from the first page? How can you make dial...
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$80.00
Days: 2 Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 11/7/2017–11/14/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Aaron Hamburger
Many of the skills we need to write vivid stories, poems, and creative non-fiction (e.g., slowing down, looking intensely and patiently at an object, precision) are directly in line with one of the hottest philosophies on the spiritua...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Thursday
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 11/9/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Claire Handscombe
Looking to build your social media presence beyond Facebook and Twitter? This session gives an overview of Goodreads, Litsy, and Li.st, and looks into what they might offer readers and writers. We will set up profiles and go over their fea...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 11/10/2017–12/1/2017
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: T. Greenwood
When writing a novel, a writer must know their primary characters inside and out. They need to understand their desires, motivations and frustrations, and their histories and futures. This workshop will focus on the development of authentic characters. P...
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$115.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Dates: 11/11/2017
Location: Glen Echo
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Stage and Screen

Workshop Leader: Khris Baxter
These are exciting times to be a screenwriter. With more shows and television channels than ever, the opportunities for inventive ways of storytelling increase daily. This hands-on workshop will guide beginning and intermediate screenwriters t...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 11/13/2017–12/18/2017
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Meg Eden
In this workshop, we’ll explore why form is relevant for contemporary poets, and how we can take advantage of form to strengthen both traditional and free-verse poems. Poetic form isn’t just meter and rhyme--it encompasses a diverse range of vessels that poems can ...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 11:00 AM-2:00 PM
Dates: 11/11/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levells
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Annie Finch
This workshop will explore the deep roots and traditions of women’s literature as a way to enrich your poetry and prose, as we discuss some of the most important themes and techniques of women’s writing down the millennia. You will write several pie...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Thursday
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 11/16/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Claire Handscombe
Always wanted to try your hand at writing? Or maybe your writing brain is a little rusty? In this class, we’ll spend 15-20 minutes writing in response to prompts, and a few of those who want to will then share their work. Then we’ll play ag...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 11/18/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Kathryn Johnson
Because literary agents and acquiring editors for publishing houses are so overwhelmed with submissions, they often judge a short story, novella, or novel by a quick read of the work's opening pages. How does a writer ensure the person judging th...
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$80.00
Days: 2 Wednesdays
Time: 7:30 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 11/29/2017–12/6/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Brenda W. Clough
Vampires, zombies, and halflings with swords! Participants will build a world and write in it. The first session of this workshop will be devoted to the basics of fiction and story construction. In the second session, participants will do ...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Dates: 12/2/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Tara Campbell
Flash fiction (stories told in 1,000 words or less) is an exciting genre attracting increased interest in the publishing world. This two-hour course will provide an introduction to the genre, including model examples of flash, techniques of flash, and t...
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$135.00
Days: 4 Thursdays
Time: 7:30 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 11/30/2017–12/21/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Gina Hagler
What makes a great piece of narrative nonfiction a great piece of narrative nonfiction? Simple question. Complex answer. In this course we'll read the work of McPhee, Orleans, Skloot, Kidder, Grann, and others to identify the ways in which t...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:30 AM-1:30 PM
Dates: 12/2/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Professional Development and Publishing

Workshop Leader: Meg Eden
Want to submit your work to magazines but don't know how? In this workshop, we'll talk about what literary magazines are, what editors are looking for in submissions, have a “translation” exercise, tips on how to get the most out ...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 12/2/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Lynn Schwartz
Whether you want to write a memoir, blog, college essay, letter to your granddaughter, or use your own life as the basis for fiction, life story writing requires that we tell where we come from and who we are. Learn to identify your story...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Wednesday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Dates: 12/6/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: John DeDakis
A practical 16-point plan that takes you from the mere germ of an idea all the way through the creative process, with an eye on getting a finished book into the hands of potential fans. We'll discuss how to transform the nub of an idea in...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Wednesday
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 12/6/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Professional Development and Publishing

Workshop Leader: Hank Wallace
Lead with the future -- not background. That's the most important of eight journalism skills that will transform your writing. The others: write your readers' language, be positive (to be both clear and upbeat), lay out lo...
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$115.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Dates: 12/9/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: John DeDakis
A day-long workshop that deconstructs and demystifies the novel-writing process for struggling and/or aspiring writers. We'll go all the way from getting the nub of an idea to getting your book into the hands of expectant fans. Along the way you'll lear...
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$80.00
Days: 1 Sunday
Time: 12:00 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 12/10/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Sue Ellen Thompson
Why do so many poems being written today sound like prose broken up into lines? A familiarity with prosody—the study of the patterns of rhythm and sound in poetry—is essential if you want to make your poems sound more musical. In this class we w...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:30 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 12/16/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Meg Eden
Most editors of both magazines and presses will say that they read the first, last, and middle page of a story before deciding if they want to read more. Potential readers are even less forgiving. So how do we snag our readers and make them want to read mo...
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