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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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$50.00
Days: 1 Wednesday
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Dates: 3/1
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
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 into a book-length pro...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Wednesdays
Time: 10:30 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 3/1–4/12
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/ Intermediate
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Emily Rich and Desiree Magney
Having a great story is just the first step to writing a compelling piece of memoir. In this class, we will explore what takes a piece of personal writing “from draft to...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Wednesdays
Time: 10:30 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 3/1–4/19
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Kathryn Brown Ramsperger
This multi-session critique-based course takes a writer through all the nonfiction writing paces. Participants will do online research, write a query, start a blog or journal, submit an article to a print or online publication,...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Time: N/A (Online workshops are flexible and forum based, letting participants log-in when it's convenient for them)
Dates: 3/3–3/24
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 arch...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Time: N/A (Online workshops are flexible and forum based, letting participants log-in when it's convenient for them)
Dates: 3/3–3/24
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 hi...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Dates: 3/4
Location: Capitol Hill
Level: Intermediate
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Cherrie Woods
You’ve published your first book over one year ago and you’ve had some moderate success at sales, but now you want to increase your book sales. Attend this workshop and learn how! You will learn where to look for reading opportunities, how to develo...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:30 AM-1:30 PM
Dates: 3/4
Location: Annapolis
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Professional Writing

Workshop Leader: Meg Eden
In this workshop, participants will discuss the importance and function of having an author website, and walk through the process of getting a custom domain, as well as actually building the website through Squarespace. Participants will be able to get rea...
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$115.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Dates: 3/4
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
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 learn how t...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Sunday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Dates: 3/5
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Jeanne Marie Beaumont
How do poets use the techniques of historians and journalists to develop great poems? We will look at model poems to uncover the different methods that poets have used to transform source materials into poetry. Historic records, family documents...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Wednesday
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 3/8
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Julie Wakeman-Linn
Where will your writing go if you let it go off the map? In this generative workshop, participants will write from a timed prompt and then share for positive constructive feedback. This generative workshop allows a writer to shake off bad habits an...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Thursdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 3/9–4/13
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/ Intermediate
Genre(s): Professional Writing

Workshop Leader: James Alexander
In this six-week course, participants will learn the concepts and techniques for conceiving and developing message-driven persuasive writing materials and articles for publication. The focus will be on the process of craftin...
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$115.00
Days: 2 Saturdays
Time: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 3/11–3/18
Location: Capitol Hill
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Patricia Gray
Spring! This can be your time to plant the seeds of creativity. Begin by exploring imaginative forms of writing in a supportive environment. The fun exercises in this workshop can circumvent the analytic brain and give creativity a chance to thri...
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$135.00
Days: 1 Saturday/Sunday
Time: 1:00 PM-5:00 PM
Dates: 3/11–3/12
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 to apply 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 purpose...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 2:00 PM-4:30 PM
Dates: 3/11
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! Participants will learn concepts like: show, don’t tell; in late, out early; in media res; ...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 3/11
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 cover t...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Weeks
Time: N/A (Online workshops are flexible and forum based, letting participants log-in when it's convenient for them)
Dates: 3/13–4/17
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...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Time: N/A (Online workshops are flexible and forum based, letting participants log-in when it's convenient for them)
Dates: 3/13-4/3
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Rae Bryant
In this course, participants will read short works and excerpts from foundational magic realism authors such as Virginia Woolf, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Diane Williams, Ku...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 2:00 PM-4:30 PM
Dates: 3/18
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/ Intermediate
Genre(s): Professional Writing

Workshop Leader: Alan Orloff
You’ve spent months (or years) of your life—not to mention copious amounts of blood, sweat, and tears—writing a dynamite novel. Don’t simply spend five minutes slapping together a weak query letter; you owe it to yourself to write a grea...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 3/18
Location: Annapolis
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Sue Ellen Thompson
Poets who are putting together their first chapbook or full-length book often agonize over what they can do to make their manuscript “hang together” and grab the attention of an editor or contest judge. But there is no one approach to arranging a se...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 3/18
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Alan Orloff
If you’ve always wanted to write a mystery novel but didn’t know where to start, this workshop is for you. We’ll discuss writing fundamentals as they apply to the mystery. We’ll examine characteristics of the many subgenres (thrillers, too!) and lea...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 3/18
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Lynn Schwartz
What do your characters yearn for? Examine how a character's wants and desires drive key elements of story, including narrative, dialogue, conflict, and plot. Short exercises and readings will illustrate ways to identify and depict a characte...
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$80.00
Days: 2 Thursdays
Time: 7:30 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 3/23–3/30
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 start-up e...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:30 AM-1:30 PM
Dates: 3/18
Location: Annapolis
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

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, tips on how to get the most out of a lit mag, and the secrets to writing a great cover letter t...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 4/1
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Kathryn Johnson
Because literary agents and editors 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 that the person judging their work will read past page 2? Le...
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$100.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 11:00 AM-4:00 PM
Dates: 3/25
Location: Capitol Hill
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Nicole E. Miller
"Let us think about this for a moment. A stranger enters a room. How do we immediately begin to take his measure?" James Wood asks in How Fiction Works, and it is the novelist who answers. While it takes “a very few brushstrokes to get a portrait wal...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Saturdays
Time: 1:30 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 3/25–4/29
Location: Bethesda
Level: Advanced
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Virginia Hartman
You’re sick of sitting alone in your room. You’ve reached a certain level of mastery with your fiction writing, but you want some feedback you can trust, and moreover, you want to see what other good writers are doing with their fiction. This works...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Wednesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 3/29–5/3
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Kathryn Johnson
Whether you’re penning a mystery, family saga, action-adventure tale, Western, science fiction, love story, historical novel, or a book based on personal experiences—understanding today’s readers’ (and therefore, publishers’) preferences will smoot...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Time: N/A (Online workshops are flexible and forum based, letting participants log-in when it's convenient for them)
Dates: 3/31–4/21
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: T. Greenwood
Point of view may be the most important decision you make as a writer. But how do you decide who will tell your story? This workshop will examine the many point o...
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$135.00
Days: 4 Saturdays
Time: 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Dates: 4/1–4/22
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/ Intermediate
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Abdul Ali
You're Busy, I'm Busy: who has time to read a poem that hides from its true feelings? In this workshop, writers will practice being honest with their emotions so that they can write the poems they are afraid to write but that readers are desperately ...
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$100.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Dates: 4/1
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 through ...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Weeks
Time: N/A (Online workshops are flexible and forum based, letting participants log-in when it's convenient for them)
Dates: 4/3–5/22
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Joshua Young
This workshop will focus on creating work that utilizes practices from other genres and art forms; work that can be hard to categorize, but at its core, poetry. Hybrid...
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$225.00
Days: 5 Mondays
Dates: 4/3–5/1
Location: Online
Level: Intermediate/ Advanced
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Ross White
Strangeness wakes us up and heightens our attention. And oddly enough, strangeness can make our poems more tender, more sensible, more human. This course will encourage participants to examine what strangeness is and why earned strangeness can have a profound effect on a reader’s ...
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$80.00
Days: 2 Sundays
Time: 11:00 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 4/2–4/9
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Lucinda Marshall
Writing political poetry is an act of bravery, and a potent tool for social and political change. In this workshop, we will examine current and historic examples of this genre as well as use writing prompts to talk about ways in which we can make ou...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Time: N/A (Online workshops are flexible and forum based, letting participants log-in when it's convenient for them)
Dates: 4/3–4/24
Location: Online
Level: Advanced
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Meg Eden
This workshop provides participants with the tools for forming and submitting poetry chapbooks. Lessons will focus on identifying what makes a chapbook, exploring your voice in ...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Wednesday
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 4/5
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/ Intermediate
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Julie Wakeman-Linn
Before your story heads out to an editor, add the finishing touches to the opening sentence, the closing paragraph, and to the syntax and imagery for publication. This workshop will feature a discussion on the opening line strategies, h...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Wednesday
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 4/5
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Professional Writing

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 logically, be consistent, b...
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$135.00
Days: 3 Thursdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 4/6–4/20
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Adults Write for Children

Workshop Leader: Mary Quattlebaum
Learn how to write a picture book from a successful author of more than two dozen award-winning books for children. Each session will begin with a short discussion of an aspect of writing for children, including story openings an...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 4/8
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Kathryn Johnson
Writing a novel involves a huge commitment of time and energy. But it doesn’t need to be a daunting experience. Learn how to generate a handful of plots from which to choose, how to effectively plan your book, and why basic fiction skills (such as point...
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$135.00
Days: 4 Saturdays
Time: 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Dates: 4/8–4/29
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Maritza Rivera
What is your favorite meal? What was your first job? What customs and traditions do you follow? Although these may sound like security questions, these and other topics will unlock commonalities among all cultures, and will be explored in this workshop...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Tuesday
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 4/18
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Aaron Hamburger
Writing about sex can cause many of us a lot of grief. Some of us try to dance around the topic, perhaps out of fear that if we include too much sex in our work or write about sex in the wrong way, we won't be taken seriously. Others are eager to write ab...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 4/22
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: C.M. Mayo
Take your travel writing to another level: the literary, which is to say, giving the reader the novelistic experience of actually traveling there with you. For both beginning and advanced writers, this workshop covers the techniques from fiction and poetry that y...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 4/22
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Kathryn Johnson
How do you breathe life into fictional characters—protagonists, antagonists, supporting cast? How do you make them so believable that readers will bond with your paper people and keep turning pages to find out what happens to them? A practical and effe...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Sunday
Time: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 4/23
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Sue Ellen Thompson
Is there a right or wrong way to end a poem? a better way? This workshop will focus on closure—the strategies that poets have traditionally used to bring their poems to a clear, resonant conclusion. Participants will also discuss anti-closure—the resis...
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$100.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 11:00 AM-4:00 PM
Dates: 4/29
Location: Capitol Hill
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Nicole E. Miller
This workshop will offer highlights from a number of the classics, including E.M. Forster’s Aspects of the Novel, Edith Wharton’s The Writing of Fiction, and Henry James’s famous prefaces to the New York Edition of his books. From thes...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 4/29
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Susan Tiberghien
In writing memoir, you are writing the story of one aspect of your life. You are looking to find its meaning. In so doing you are contributing to the greater meaning of human life. In this workshop you will look at effective ways to shape life exp...
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$195.00
Days: 5 Wednesdays
Time: 6:00 PM-8:00 PM
Dates: 6/7–7/12
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Alex Smith
The goal of this workshop is to generate fear and tension in your work, daring your readers to plunge forth into the darkness you create. In the first meeting three selected stories will be discussed, considering what scares us, what leaves us col...
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