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The Writer's Center Workshop Registration

TWC is excited to announce that we're launching a new website in early 2019! In addition to refreshing our look, the site is specifically designed to streamline and simplify class registration. 

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Poetry
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$270.00
Days: 6 Saturdays
Time: 10:30 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 1/19/2019–2/23/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Judith Harris
Poetry is, in part, high emotion in language. Cultures throughout the world use poetry to share their histories, shape their stories, and express ideas in lyric form. In this workshop, we will look at our inner language and life experiences to ...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Mondays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 1/21/2019–3/18/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Elizabeth Rees
In this eight-week workshop, intermediate and advanced poets will concentrate on reading, writing, and critiquing poetry. Each class session will include a brief discussion of selected contemporary poems, an in-class writing prompt,...
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$135.00
Days: 3 Weeks
Dates: 1/28/2019–2/11/2019
Location: Online
Level: Intermediate
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Claudia Gary
Improve your sonnet skills, or write your very first one. With the help of a widely published author of sonnets, villanelles, and other poems, you will read classic and contemporary examples to see why they work, and then -- with or without shortcuts -- write one or more of your...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Weeks
Dates: 1/28/2019–3/4/2019
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 inhabit. Form can help fo...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 2/2/2019–2/2/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Sue Ellen Thompson
Should all lyric poems take place in the present? If you’re writing a narrative poem about something that happened a while ago, do you have to use the past tense? Verb tenses are something that most of us learned in grade school but have...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Saturdays
Time: 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Dates: 2/2/2019–2/23/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Maritza Rivera
What do dead poets, spoken word, and us have in common? Come explore the universal themes of food, work, love, and loss from different points of view to find out.
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$225.00
Days: 5 Weeks
Dates: 2/4/2019–3/4/2019
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Katherine McCord
No matter what genre you normally pursue, Found Poetry can give you new insights into your preferred genre, or it can become a focus in your life. In Found Poetry you take pieces of prose and poetry from other works and make them new. Each week participants will explore ano...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Mondays
Time: 7:30 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 2/4/2019–2/25/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Rose Strode
Nearly everyone attempts to write a love poem at some point: a poem to a beloved person; a poem about love; or a poem about the loss of love. Love is never the only emotion in a love poem: it may also contain joy, regret, gratitude, anger, grief, or be...
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$80.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
Dates: 2/9/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Alyce Miller
Flash Fiction and Prose Poems are delightful and ancient forms that can also be a great way to jump-start your writing. They’re not easier, just shorter! You will receive an email from the instructor a few days before the class with more details, alo...
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$135.00
Days: 3 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 2/11/2019–2/25/2019
Location: Online
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Claudia Gary
Improve your villanelle skills, or write your very first one. With the help of a widely published author of villanelles, sonnets, and other poems, you'll read classic and contemporary examples to see why they work, and then -- with or without short...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 1:00 PM-4:30 PM
Dates: 2/16/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Melanie Figg
Have some poems on life-support? All of us do. Poems that start out strong—and then stall for one reason or another. In this class, you’ll learn a variety of techniques and exercises that can breathe new life into your old drafts. A couple of you will volu...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Saturdays
Time: 10:30 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 2/16/2019–4/6/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Rose Strode
In literature and myth, winter is often portrayed as a symbol for death, while spring is considered a time of joyful rebirth. Yet both seasons offer beauty and danger, while the transition between the two can be particularly precarious -- for wil...
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$65.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 2/16/2019
Location: Capitol Hill
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Nickole Brown & Jessica Jacobs
So much of our self-definition rests on who we love and desire, as well as all those loves lost. But when trying to translate those honest sentences—"I love you," "I want you," or "Here's why our love won't work"—i...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 2/19/2019–3/12/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Melanie Figg
Let’s rattle that cage! Formal poems require some fun rules that can set your imagination free. In this class, you’ll build muscles by practicing up to six poetic forms: the haiku, sonnet, ghazal, villanelle, pantoum, and sestina. Each...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 3/2/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Sue Ellen Thompson
Assonance, consonance, alliteration, internal rhyme—they’re often called “sound effects,” and they are among the most basic and essential tools that all poets should know how to use. This workshop will focus on how certain vowel or consonant soun...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Saturdays
Time: 10:30 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 3/9/2019–4/13/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Judith Harris
This workshop will focus on how autobiography mediates and revivifies past events that surface in some perfected, universalized form. Through writing prompts, and mini-lectures on poetic craft and history of the genre, participants will learn ...
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$135.00
Days: 3 Weeks
Dates: 3/11/2019–3/25/2019
Location: Online
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Claudia Gary
Improve your ear for meter, and fine-tune your understanding of how meter works in poetry. Have you ever wondered how scanning the lines of your first draft can make for a better poem? Do you know why listening for the natural rhythms of speech can strengthen your writi...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Dates: 3/18/2019–4/8/2019
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Bennie Herron
Hip Hop is loved, hated, and misunderstood. Participants in this online workshop will analyze and compare lyrics that fall in line with the poetic heritage.
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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Dates: 4/1/2019–4/22/2019
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Marianne Murphy
Writing haiku helps us recognize and capture the beautiful moments in our daily lives. We will explore ancient and contemporary haiku traditions, navigate a series of meditative haiku-writing exercises, and dive into some creative journaling and visual art techniques to expan...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Saturdays
Time: 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Dates: 4/6/2019–4/27/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Maritza Rivera
What do dead poets, spoken word, and us have in common? Come explore the universal themes of food, work, love, and loss from different points of view to find out.
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$135.00
Days: 3 Weeks
Dates: 4/8/2019–4/22/2019
Location: Online
Level: Advanced
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Claudia Gary
If you’ve taken the Sonnet or Villanelle Intensives, or worked on sonnets and villanelles before, here's an opportunity to build on your knowledge and skills. With the help of a widely published author of sonnets and villanelles, you’ll further explore how rhyme, meter, and "received...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 5/4/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Sue Ellen Thompson
Poets and poems are often remembered for their opening lines, but is there a “right” or at least a “better” way to begin a poem? In this workshop, participants will explore some of the ways in which poets have traditionally chosen to open their p...
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