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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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Fiction
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 1/20/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Kathryn Johnson
Writing a novel takes commitment, but it doesn’t need to be daunting. Learn how to generate a handful of plots from which to choose, methods for effectively planning your story, and simple hacks for fine tuning your basic fiction skills. Participan...
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$65.00
Days: 1 Wednesday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Dates: 1/31/2018
Location: Capitol Hill
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: John DeDakis
This one day workshop gives writers 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. Participants will discuss ...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 2/3/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Kathryn Johnson
You may think you don't have the time, energy, or inspiration to write because of your hectic lifestyle. Wrong! Join us for coffee & pastries, and learn how to organize your time, establish a productive writing routine, and get your stories writ...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 1:00 AM-3:00 PM
Dates: 2/3/2017
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 more? ...
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$115.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Dates: 2/3/2018
Location: Capitol Hill
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: John DeDakis
This day-long workshop will deconstruct and demystify the novel-writing process for struggling and/or aspiring writers. Go all the way from getting the start of an idea to getting your book into the hands of expectant fans. Along the way you'll learn ...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Saturdays
Time: 1:30 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 2/3/2018–3/10/2018
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. Th...
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$215.00
Days: 6 Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 2/6/2018–3/13/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Laura Di Franco
Participants of this course will learn powerful tools that allow them to use writing as a path to healing and happiness. Writers will explore the topics of body awareness, the inner critic, using fear as a compass, and mindset magic, in c...
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$270.00
Days: 5 Tuesdays
Time: 10:30 AM-1:30 PM
Dates: 2/6/2018–3/5/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Hildie Block
Participants will experiment with words, language, story telling, and poetry through interactive class activities and out of class readings and assignments.
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$270.00
Days: 8 Saturdays
Time: 1:30 PM-3:30 PM
Dates: 2/10/2018–3/31/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Robert Friedman
This workshop is for writers who want to use real-life characters and/or true events in their fiction. Each writer will come to class with the noted character or event they would like to novelize, and explore the nexus between journalism ...
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$135.00
Days: 2 Saturdays
Time: 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
Dates: 2/10/2018–2/17/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Hildie Block
Have a book in your mind but no idea where to start? Sometimes, especially when working with nonfiction or fiction the best place to start is to create a structure or outline that works. This two week workshop will give participants techni...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Dates: 2/12/2018–3/5/2018
Location: Online
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Professional Writing and Publishing

Workshop Leader: Meg Eden
Want to submit your work but don’t know where to start? Publishing in magazines before sending out a novel helps make your query stand out. This online workshop will discuss what editors are looking for in submissions, how to read and "translate" a l...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 2/17/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Kathryn Johnson
Are you a born planner, or a writer who loves to discover stories organically? Understanding how to structure a well-conceived story around a main character and central conflict, and paying attention to pacing, can make the difference between a fin...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Wednesday
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 2/21/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Julie Wakeman-Linn
The vast majority of successful stories have a bone structure of conflict, character, and complexity embedded in them. This workshop will uncover the pattern in three published stories and participants will learn to identify the pattern or it...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 2/23/2018–3/16/2018
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: T. Greenwood
When writing a novel, you must know your primary characters inside and out. You need to understand their desires, motivations, and frustrations, their histories and their futures. This workshop will focus on the development of authentic characters. Parti...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Dates: 2/24/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Tara Campbell
Flash fiction (stories told in 1,000 words or less) is an exciting genre attracting increasing 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...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 2/24/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Lynn Auld 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 char...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 3/3/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Kathryn Johnson
It's often said that without conflict there is 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 that will keep readers turning...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 3/3/2018
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. Learn writing fundamentals as they apply to the mystery. Participants will examine characteristics of the many subgenres (thrillers, too!) ...
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$215.00
Days: 6 Tuesdays
Time: 7:30 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 3/6/2018–4/17/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Advanced
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Gina Hagler
We examined many classic works in the first half of this class. Now we'll take a look at contemporary works by authors including Le Guin, VanderMeer, Butler, Card, and more. How do they create a world? How do they create memorable, yet believable char...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 3/6/2018–4/24/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Con Lehane
You’ve finished your first draft, put it aside, and after a suitable time, read it over. Maybe you’ve come across passages where the story flows and you’re thrilled by what you’ve created. Yet, you’ve also found passages that make you cring...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 3/9/2018–4/27/2018
Location: Online
Level: Intermediate
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: T. Greenwood
The focus of this workshop will be on character development, scene building, narrative structure and the process of writing a first draft using John Truby's The Anatomy of Story as a guiding text. Participants will be encouraged to submit a chapter of the...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Saturdays
Time: 10:30 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 3/10/2018–4/28/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Marija Stajic
This workshop is for writers who have already started working on a novel, a story, or a collection and need help getting to the finish line! Participants will workshop each other's manuscripts, apply feedback, and workshop them aga...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 3/17/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Kathryn Johnson
Learn how to breathe life into your fictional characters—protagonists, antagonists, and supporting cast. Make them so believable readers will bond with your paper people! This workshop will teach you practical, effective ways of looking at characte...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Wednesday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Dates: 3/21/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: John DeDakis
This one day workshop gives writers 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. Participants will discuss how ...
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$145.00
Days: 2 Saturdays
Time: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 3/24/2018–3/31/2018
Location: Capitol Hill
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Patricia Gray
Spring! This can be your time to plant seeds of creativity. Begin by exploring imaginative forms of writing in a supportive environment. Fun prompts will help circumvent the analytic brain and give creativity a chance to thr...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 3/24/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Alan Orloff
Having trouble getting your dialogue to sparkle? In this workshop, participants will see that writing realistic-sounding dialogue has little to do with how people actually speak. Writers will learn how to use dialogue to advance the plot and reveal character...
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$100.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Dates: 3/24/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: John DeDakis
This day-long workshop will deconstruct and demystify the novel-writing process for struggling and/or aspiring writers. Go all the way from getting the start of an idea to getting your book into the hands of expectant fans. Along the way you'll learn how...
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$135.00
Days: 4 Wednesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 3/28/2018–4/18/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Julie Wakeman-Linn
This workshop provides a chance for motivated fiction writers to work on their rough drafts with Potomac Review editor Julie Wakeman-Linn. The first two sessions will explore the strengths of the story draft through discussion and ...
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$115.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 11:00 AM-4:00 PM
Dates: 3/31/2018
Location: Capitol Hill
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Nicole E. Miller
This workshop will reintroduce you to the elements of fairy tales and folk tales familiar to us as children, but so often transformed when we become adults—from Scheherazade to The Brothers Grimm to J.M. Barrie. In class discussion will examine w...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Tuesdays
Time: 10:30 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 4/3/2018–4/24/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Hildie Block
This workshop will look at what makes short stories work (and by extension, novels and memoirs). Participants will be read and discuss stories from American Best Short Stories 2017 edited by Meg Wolitzer, as well as workshop their sho...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Thursday
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 4/5/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Lisa Leibow
Learn to show the power of what your characters say and don't say. Well-crafted dialogue reveals layers of subtext: what is said vs. underlying meaning. It contributes to development of conflict, character, and more. Each scene we write should serv...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Dates: 4/6/2018–4/27/2018
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 four week online workshop, participants will study the architecture of a novel and devise plans for plotting their novels. Required texts: Hooked by Les Edge...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Dates: 4/6/2018–4/27/2018
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: T. Greenwood
When writing a novel, you must know your primary characters inside and out. You need to understand their desires, motivations, and frustrations, their histories and their futures. This workshop will focus on the development of authentic characters. Participants will examine cha...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Dates: 4/16/2018–5/7/2018
Location: Online
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Mathangi Subramanian
Do you have a memoir, novel, or chapbook trapped inside you? Set it free with this course introducing the basic elements of creative writing through a series of fun and interactive activities. Every week, participants will read examples of fiction, nonfiction, an...
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$80.00
Days: 2 Thursdays
Time: 7:30 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 4/19/2018–4/26/2018
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 s...
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