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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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$135.00
Days: 4 Mondays
Time: 6:00 PM-8:00 PM
Dates: 4/2/2018–4/23/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Professional Writing and Publishing

Workshop Leader: Rob Jolles
Maybe you have toyed with the dream of increasing your book sales and generating additional revenue by building a speaking business, or perhaps you have just thought about addressing occasional requests to speak that have co...
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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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$80.00
Days: 2 Fridays
Time: 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Dates: 4/6/2018–4/13/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate
Genre(s): Professional Writing and Publishing

Workshop Leader: Ellen Ryan
How do you research and hone an idea well enough to get it through the static and into a national publication? Successful writers share queries and the negotiations that led to publication in Bloomberg Businessweek, AARP...
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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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$135.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Dates: 4/7/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Stage and Screen

Workshop Leader: Richard Washer
This workshop will focus on organizational principles at work in structuring a stage play. During this one day class, participants will take a close look at Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, and watch selections from the film version...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 4/7/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Kathryn Johnson
Call it memoir, creative non-fiction, autobiography, journaling, or memory writing. Your inspired-by-life stories may be intended “for the grandkids,” or become a got-to-read bestseller. If you hope to share your life with others, you’ll want the...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 4/14/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Hildie Block
World building is a concept that was once more the property of writing like Sci-Fi and Fantasy. Since they were “imagined” worlds – there was much work to do to get your reader “into” the world and have them understand it. Now, world building is attr...
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$80.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 11:00 AM-3:00 PM
Dates: 4/21/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Abdul Ali
Looking for a one-stop shop to get your work closely read before submitting? This one-day workshop will be dedicated to generating a couple new poems, critiquing a few older poems, and creating a list of literary journals and contest to submit work. Please submi...
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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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$115.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Dates: 4/21/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Sara Mansfield Taber
Virginia Woolf once said, "Nothing has really happened until it has been recorded." Do you want to keep a colorful chronicle of your upcoming travels? Or enliven your journal-keeping? Or pep up your blog? This is a workshop for all those wishing ...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 4/14/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Sue Ellen Thompson
This class will examine some of the more challenging and unusual metaphors that contemporary poets have used to bring their poems to life. This workshop will discuss how to choose between simile and metaphor, how to control and extend an image, a...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Wednesday
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 4/25/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Professional Writing and Publishing

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 logical...
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$135.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Dates: 4/28/2018
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 the basic psychology of how your brain gets a joke to discover what's "gettable" about your subject matter, real or fictional, for a variety of genres. This class also works as a fun in...
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$100.00
Days: 2 Thursdays
Time: 7:00-9:30 P.M.
Dates: 4/26/2018– 5/3/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Mary Quattlebaum and Joan Waites
Have you ever wanted to create art along with your writing—but felt you lacked the skills or direction? Participants begin each session with a personal-writing prompt, ...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 2:00 PM-5:00 PM
Dates: 4/28/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Michele Wolf
Whether participants have yet to submit their first poem to a literary journal or are ready to offer a publisher a book-length manuscript, this intensive one-day workshop will give all poets hands-on advice on how to achieve their publishing goals. Particip...
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