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The Writer's Center Workshop Registration

Register for The Writer's Center workshops! Members, please log in to view the member rate. Please note that it may take our website up to 2 days to process a new membership. New members may not be able to view member-discounted prices during that timePlease view our refund policy before you register. If you have accessibility needs, please review our accommodations and services and let us know how we can assist you prior to the workshop start date.

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$270.00
Days: 6 Wednesdays
Time: 7:15 PM-9:45 PM
Dates: 1/9/2019–2/13/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Pat McNees
Through a series of exercises designed to open a rich vein of personal material, you will begin the exploration and storytelling that may help you tell your personal life story.
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$360.00
Days: 8 Weeks
Dates: 1/11/2019–3/1/2019
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Tammy Greenwood
Have you always wanted to write a novel but didn't know where to start? This online workshop will focus on everything from generating ideas to developing characters to establishing point of view. Participants will learn some of the many elements of fiction (dialogue, scene, ...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Dates: 1/11/2019–2/1/2019
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Tammy Greenwood
Whether you are an organized planner or a writer who flies 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...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Saturdays
Time: 10:30 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 1/12/2019–3/9/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Katie Davis
Learn the skills of writing for the ear, then put it into practice. A veteran radio broadcaster will guide you through listening to great radio, in-class writing, and editing. By the end, participants will have a polished radio story/essay and...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Saturdays
Time: 10:30 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 1/12/2019–3/16/2019
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 wi...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Weeks
Dates: 1/14/2019–3/4/2019
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Christopher Linforth
Through the course of this workshop, participants will be reading and writing in several sub-genres of creative nonfiction including memoir, essay, literary journalism, and the epistolary form. The focus of this class will be generating new material, offering fe...
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$195.00
Days: 5 Mondays
Time: 7:30 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 1/14/2019–2/11/2019
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 b...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Mondays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 1/14/2019–3/11/2019
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: 1/14/2019–1/28/2019
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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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Dates: 1/14/2019–2/4/2019
Location: Online
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Meg Eden
This workshop will provide participants with the tools for forming and submitting poetry chapbooks. Lessons will focus on identifying what makes a chapbook, exploring your voice in the chapbook medium, choosing and ordering poems within your chapbook, and researching publishers....
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$215.00
Days: 5 Tuesdays
Time: 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
Dates: 1/15/2019–2/12/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Laura Di Franco
What if there's something you haven't learned yet that could change everything? 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...
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$135.00
Days: 2 Tuesdays
Time: 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
Dates: 1/15/2019–1/22/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Alyce Miller
Short stories are one of the most popular and complicated literary forms, but a lot of fun to write. NOTE: Instructor will email specific information and instructions several days before class.
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$80.00
Days: 2 Wednesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 1/16/2019–1/23/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: John Lingan
From poetry to fiction to reportage, the first-person voice can create an incredible intimacy between writers and readers. In this cross-genre class, participants will discuss ways to build that intimacy and read examples of how i...
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$80.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
Dates: 1/19/2019
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. It's not that they're easier, just shorter!
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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 Tuesdays
Time: 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Dates: 1/22/2019–3/12/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Stage and Screen

Workshop Leader: Alexandra Viets
Drawing from films, short stories, and plays, this intensive eight-week workshop in screenwriting will emphasize character as True North, the fixed point to which a writer can always refer. Dramatic structure, visual wr...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 1/22/2019–2/26/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Kenneth D. Ackerman
Do you have an idea for a history and biography book, or a manuscript in progress? This workshop takes a strategic approach to nailing down the concept and producing a publishing-quality manuscript best positioned for success. Part...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 1/22/2019–3/12/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Jennifer Buxton
This is your chance to have your work read by a range of writers and see what's working. An M.F.A.-style workshop, this eight week course will include writing exercises, prompts, outside readings, and thorough discussion of your work.
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$50.00
Days: 1 Wednesday
Time: 10:30 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 1/23/2019–1/23/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: John DeDakis
This workshop offers 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 discus...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 2:00 PM-5:00 PM
Dates: 1/26/2019–1/26/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: GG Renee Hill
This interactive workshop provides writers of all levels with techniques that reveal the patterns, themes, and stories that shape their lives. Participants will practice writing with beginner’s mind, thought labeling to identify hidden ideas...
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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 Monday
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 1/28/2019–1/28/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Adults Write for Children

Workshop Leader: Peter Mandel
Having a children's book published in today's tough market may seem like an impossible dream. But, in reality, getting your book idea into shape and into print can hinge on just the right advice from a pro. Do you need an agent? ...
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$80.00
Days: 2 Wednesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 1/30/2019–2/6/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: John Lingan
Whether you're an accomplished nature writer or just trying to build the settings and scenes of your work, this class will explore the common practices and classic examples of the form. The short readings in this class will comprise fiction, ...
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