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THE WRITER'S CENTER IS TEMPORARILY RELOCATING DURING OUR RENOVATIONS IN SUMMER 2018

INFORMATION ON THE NEW VENUE FOR BETHESDA WORKSHOPS

 

The Writer's Center Workshop Registration

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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 6/1/2018–6/22/2018
Location: Online
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Tara Campbell
How do you fit the world into 1,000 words or less? In this four-week online course, you'll explore the genre of flash fiction and create your own compact masterpiece. Topics include the elements of fiction, fundamentals of storytelling within the...
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$115.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 11:00 AM-4:00 PM
Dates: 6/2/2018
Location: Hill Center
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Nicole Miller
"Let us think about this for a moment. A stranger enters a room. How do we immediately begin to take his measure?" James Wood asks in How Fiction Works. The novelist, and the memoirist answer. While it takes “a very few brushstrokes to get a port...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:30 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 6/2/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Christine Koubek
Have you dreamed of a getaway devoted to writing? In this Saturday session, you'll learn about writers residencies and retreats. We'll discuss the pros and co...
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$195.00
Days: 3 Saturdays
Time: 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
Dates: 6/2/2018–6/16/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Alyce Miller
Everyone has a story to tell, but how do you transform events in your life into art? The personal essay shares a lot with memoir, but is its own delightful and ancient...
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$115.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Dates: 6/9/2018
Location: Hill Center
Level: Beginner
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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$215.00
Days: 5 Saturdays
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 6/2/2018–6/23/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Jennifer Buxton
This four session workshop will feature four intensives in fiction’s building blocks: plot, dialogue, character, and point of view. Consisting of in-...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Monday
Time: 7:00 PM-10:00 PM
Dates: 6/4/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Alyce Miller
Participants will bring a revised draft of a story to this workshop that they would like to improve. The class will focus on what it means to "see again" (revision) a piece...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 6/4/2018–6/25/2018
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Carolyn Clark
In just four weeks each participant in this online workshop will become immersed in relevant details from the Olympic pantheon. Writers will share guided-research stories (drawn from primary sources offered through reliable online libraries). During the...
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$135.00
Days: 1 Monday-Thursday
Time: 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Dates: 6/4/2018–6/7/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: Intermediate
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Patricia Gray
Designed to help participants write quickly and well, this workshop will serve as a kick-start to summer fun. Day 1 begins with a series of prompts to inspire six ...
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$270.00
Dates: 6/4/2018–7/9/2018
Location: Online
Level: Intermediate
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Emily Rich
Having a great story is just the first step to writing a compelling piece of memoir. In this class, participants will explore what takes a piece of personal writing “from draft to craft,” looking at elements such as character development, incorporating sensory detail, and writing in scenes. Writers wi...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Tuesday
Time: 6:30 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 6/5/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Adults Write for Children

Workshop Leader: Mary Quattlebaum and Joan Waites
Learn to deeply revise and polish your picture book manuscript before submitting to an agent or publisher. Widely published author...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Wednesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 6/6/2018–8/1/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: Advanced
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Kathryn Johnson
This follow-up course to the popular Extreme Novelist is intended for writers serious about their publication goals. Participants will focus on revision and learn ways...
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$195.00
Days: 5 Wednesdays
Time: 6:00 PM-8:00 PM
Dates: 6/6/2018–7/18/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Alex Smith
Generate fear and tension in your work, while daring your reader to plunge forth into the darkness you create! Participants will read and discuss three selected stories in th...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Wednesday
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 6/6/2018–6/6/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Julie Wakeman-Linn
Where will your writing go if you let it go off the map? In this generative workshop, participants will write from a timed prompt and then share for positive c...
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$115.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 11:00 AM-4:00 PM
Dates: 6/9/2018
Location: Hill Center
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Nicole Miller
Atmosphere can be a notoriously elusive thing. A combination of weather, feeling, and fate, it implies both the celestial and the earthbound. It impinges on plot and character, and suggests mood as well as the existence of intellect, intuition, a...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 6/11/2018–7/2/2018
Location: Online
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Mathangi Subramanian
If you could write to anyone, anywhere, anytime, what story would you tell, and how would you tell it? Using sample texts ranging from The Perks of Being a Wallflower to The Color Purple, participants of this online workshop will examine how aut...
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$80.00
Days: 2 Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 6/12/2018–6/19/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Aaron Hamburger
You want to take your writing to the next level, but no matter how hard you work, you feel as if you're spinning your wheels and you can't quite figure out why. Or m...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 6/12/2018–7/24/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: Intermediate
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Gina Hagler
Narrative nonfiction is a genre in which the facts are used to tell the story. It's also the sort of writing that is used to tell about a discovery or how an event unfo...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Wednesday
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 6/20/2018
Location: The Writer's Center
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Julie Wakeman-Linn
Before your story heads out to an editor, add the finishing touches to the opening sentence, the closing paragraph, and to the syntax and imagery for publication. This workshop will feature a discussion on the opening line strateg...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Thursday
Time: 6:30 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 6/14/2018–6/14/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Teen Writing

Workshop Leader: Laura Di Franco
Build confidence, self-esteem and courage in this rule-breaking workshop. Teens will enjoy exploring writing from an authentic, embodied place where a connecti...
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$360.00
Days: 5 Saturdays
Time: 10:30 AM-2:00 PM
Dates: 6/16/2018–7/14/2018
Location: Hill Center
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Nicole Miller
Beginnings are the last part of a novel which is set before a manuscript can be called truly finished, and yet for readers and literary agents, it is the first thing they see, and so makes the greatest impression. Famously, som...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 6/16/2018–6/16/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Kathryn Johnson
Writing a novel involves a huge commitment of time and energy. But it doesn't need to be a daunting experience. Learn how to effectively plan your story, and maste...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 6/18/2018–8/6/2018
Location: Online
Level: Intermediate
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Christopher Linforth
In this class, participants will be examining the qualities of good writing and good storytelling. After a recap on the basic elements of short fiction, writers will take a fresh look at contemporary and classic stories alike. Each week part...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 6/18/2018–7/23/2018
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Hildie Block
In this six-week writing workshop, participants will share and workshop their writing while learning secrets to the craft of short stories -- plot, character, dialogue, setting, and more! Let this be the summer you get writing! Required text: Best American ...
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$100.00
Days: 2 Mondays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:15 PM
Dates: 6/18/2018–6/25/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Professional Writing and Publishing

Workshop Leader: Eva Langston
To get a book published by a major publishing house you first need an agent. In this class you will learn what an agent does and where to find t...
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$195.00
Days: 2 Mondays/Thursdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 6/18/2018–6/28/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Teen Writing

Workshop Leader: Jennifer Buxton
Discover the secrets of the college application essay. And yes, there are secrets. Learn what to do, what to avoid, and above all how to make your ess...
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$80.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
Dates: 6/23/2018–6/23/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Alyce Miller
The characters we love most in literature are often the most flawed. Some of them we empathize deeply with, some of them we outright hate. In this workshop par...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 6/23/2018–6/23/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Melanie Figg
Good syntax—how words are stacked to build sentences and meaning—is one of the key strategies to create an effective poem. This class will teach participants how to arrange...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 6/23/2018
Location: The Writer's Center
Level: Beginner/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 ...
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$135.00
Days: 3 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 6/25/2018–7/9/2018
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Professional Writing and Publishing

Workshop Leader: Shanon Lee
Do you struggle to find a home for your writing in today's competitive market? Are you transitioning from print to digital media? In three weeks, participants will learn the elements of a perfect pitch. This class will cover generating...
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$65.00
Days: 1 Monday
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 6/25/2018–6/25/2018
Location: Hill Center
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. 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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$195.00
Days: 1 Monday-Friday
Time: 10:30 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 6/25/2018–6/29/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Marilyn W. Smith
This week-long workshop invites participants to draft one short memoir utilizing the elements of memoir presented in class. Class time will be spent on disc...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Wednesday
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 6/27/2018–6/27/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Julie Wakeman-Linn
Shake up your neurons. Try a new technique to generate stories. What would you write about a single red glove, Arizona, and a Rwandan refugee? Or some combin...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Wednesdays
Time: 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
Dates: 6/27/2018–8/8/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Sara Mansfield Taber
Writing is “a careful act of construction,” William Zinsser notes. “You must know what the essential tools are and what job they are designed to do.” This is a w...
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$80.00
Days: 1 Thursday
Time: 12:00 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 6/28/2018–6/28/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Alyce Miller
When should material in fiction and nonfiction deserve a full scene, and when is it better served by summary? Participants will explore the pacing and rhyt...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 6/29/2018–8/17/2018
Location: Online
Level: Beginner
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 ficti...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 6/29/2018–8/13/2018
Location: Online
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Teen Writing

Workshop Leader: Tammy Greenwood
A virtual fiction writing camp for teens! Whether you are interested in writing short stories or novels, in this workshop, we will cover a broad range of topics: getting started, keeping going, and revising that finished product. But mo...
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$80.00
Days: 2 Saturdays
Time: 12:00 PM-2:00 PM
Dates: 6/30/2018–7/7/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
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 yo...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 6/30/2018–6/30/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
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 and pastries, and learn what...
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