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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 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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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 3/3/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Sue Ellen Thompson
When it comes to punctuating poems, opinions vary widely. Some poets are as careful and correct as T.S. Eliot, while others, like W.S. Merwin, have gotten rid of punctuation altogether. In this workshop writers will discuss what traditional punctu...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 2:00 PM-4:30 PM
Dates: 3/3/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Professional Writing and Publishing

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 ...
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$135.00
Days: 4 Mondays
Time: 6:00 PM-8:00 PM
Dates: 3/5/2018–3/26/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Professional Writing and Publishing

Workshop Leader: Rob Jolles
Maybe you've toyed with the idea of writing a business book and sharing what you've learned with others around you. The fact is, anyone can write a book. The problem is, most people are stopped before they even start by the ...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 3/5/2018–3/26/2018
Location: Online
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Jenna McGuiggan
Writing stories from your life is about more than recording a series of events; it's about creating meaning and connection with readers. Whether you're writing personal essays, memoir, or blog posts, how do you write beyond what happened...
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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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$270.00
Days: 6 Wednesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 3/7/2018–4/11/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Professional Writing and Publishing

Workshop Leader: Vanessa Mallory Kotz
Learn the marks and methods used by professional editors and proofreaders! Perhaps you're considering copy editing as a profession, need help deciphering your editor's marks, or just want to be a more h...
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$270.00
Days: 7 Thursdays
Time: 7:30 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 3/8/2018–4/19/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Gina Hagler
The facts rule in narrative nonfiction. The way the facts are used will result in a straight piece of reporting or a piece of narrative nonfiction. In this six week class, participants will discuss the elements of strong narrative nonfiction and s...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Thursdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 3/8/2018–4/12/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Professional Writing and Publishing

Workshop Leader: James Alexander
Learn how to pack a powerful punch when writing to persuade! This six week workshop focuses on the process of crafting newspaper op-eds and written speeches, but participants will be shown how to apply...
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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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$135.00
Days: 3 Thursdays
Time: 7:00-9:30 P.M.
Dates: 3/15/2018– 3/29/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Adults Writing for Children

Workshop Leader: Mary Quattlebaum
Learn how to write a picture book from the 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 st...
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$115.00
Days: 3 Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 3/13/2018–4/3/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Melanie Figg
Struggling to reach a writing goal, or want more creativity in your life? In this class, you’ll learn what’s needed to build a regular writing practice that works for you. As a group, we’ll discuss obstacles to success, and you’ll begin to rec...
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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 Saturday
Time: 11:00 AM-1:30 PM
Dates: 3/17/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Claudia Gary
Here’s an opportunity to improve your ear for meter, and to 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 r...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Tuesdays
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 3/20/2018–4/24/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Ellen Ryan
Get your travel articles published for pay! In this six week workshop, participants will learn how to generate ideas, research well, and structure a story. A former editor for Washingtonian magazine, this experienced instructor will b...
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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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$400.00
Days: 6 Wednesdays
Time: 12:00 PM-3:00 PM
Dates: 3/21/2018–4/25/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Advanced
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Anne Becker & Linda Rollins
In this six week intensive workshop, participants will write a poetry chapbook of up to 15 pages, and then make a physical book! In the first four meetings participants will explore how groups of poems work together...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 2:00 PM-4:30 PM
Dates: 3/24/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Alan Orloff
If you’re having trouble finishing a draft of your novel, this workshop is for you. Explore strategies for overcoming common writing obstacles and distractions that might be preventing you from typing THE END. This workshop will discuss writing qu...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 11:00 AM-1:30 PM
Dates: 3/24/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Claudia Gary
For those who have taken the Sonnet Crash Course and/or Villanelle Crash Course -- or who have worked on sonnets and villanelles before -- here's an opportunity to build on your knowledge and skills. With the help of an internationally published...
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$65.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Dates: 3/24/2018
Location: Capitol Hill
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Professional Writing and Publishing

Workshop Leader: Cherrie Woods
You wrote your book! Now what? Everyone needs effective PR tools to help sell their products, including authors. PR Consultant Cherrie Woods will help authors review their PR tools including headshots, professio...
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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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