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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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$115.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 11:00 AM-4:00 PM
Dates: 8/18/2018
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 por...
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$80.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
Dates: 9/1/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Alyce Miller
Simply put, flash fiction and prose poems are "tons of fun," both to read and to write, but these gems require the writer's close attention to all the elements of writing to succeed. Note: Information will be emailed to participants before the start ...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 9/15/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
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 -- w...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 9/15/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
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. We’ll discuss writing fundamentals as they apply to the mystery. We’ll examine characteristics of the many subgenres (thrillers, too!) and learn abo...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 2:00 PM-4:30 PM
Dates: 9/15/2018
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 writ...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 9/15/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Stage and Screen

Workshop Leader: Richard Washer
Dialogue is the playwright’s primary tool for conveying a story that ultimately becomes a visual, aural, and emotional experience for an audience. In this workshop, participants will look at various functions of dialogue and discuss how actors...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 9/22/2018
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 limp, ordinary fiction into an extraordinary tale that will keep readers turning p...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 9/22/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Alan Orloff
Having trouble getting your dialogue to sparkle? In this workshop, you will see that writing realistic-sounding dialogue has little to do with how people actually speak. You’ll learn how to use dialogue to advance the plot and reveal character, and we’ll co...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 9/22/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
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 shortcuts --...
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$100.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 12:00 PM-5:00 PM
Dates: 9/22/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Nancy Naomi Carlson
If you have always wanted to write but haven't known how to begin, this is the workshop for you! Participants will explore fiction, poetry (including prose poems), and memoir in order to "jump start" your writing. Exercises started in clas...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
Dates: 9/22/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Laura Oliver
In Micro, anecdotes of under 500 words tell a life story one moment at a time. The skill is to choose ground worth reporting on and to learn how to tease out why the memory matters, so it delivers an emotional charge and creates a universal connection....
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 2:00 PM-4:30 PM
Dates: 9/22/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Alan Orloff
In this workshop for beginning fiction writers, you’ll learn how to excise excess prose to streamline your work. Improve clarity, pacing, and readability using fewer words! We’ll cover concepts like: show, don’t tell; in late, out early; in media res; redunda...
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$195.00
Days: 3 Saturdays
Time: 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 9/29/2018–10/27/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Hildie Block
November is National Novel Writing Month www.nanowrimo.org when 10s of thousands of writers write 50,000 word novels in 30 days! Sound like fun? IT IS! You can't start writing until November 1, but you can plan your novel before then, and d...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 9/29/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Lynn Auld Schwartz
Where should your story open? In the middle? With a bit of dialogue? A character in action? Do your beginning pages introduce conflict? Do they establish point of view, setting, and expectation? Let's explore the components of a strong ...
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$115.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Dates: 9/29/2018
Location: Glen Echo
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Stage and Screen

Workshop Leader: Khris Baxter
These are exciting times to be a screenwriter. With more shows and television channels than ever, the opportunities for inventive ways of storytelling increase daily. This hands-on workshop will guide beginning and intermediate screenwriters th...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Saturdays
Time: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Dates: 9/29/2018–11/17/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Stage and Screen

Workshop Leader: Richard Washer
This workshop is intended for those writers who want to either explore a rough draft of a play (in process or completed), or would simply like to sharpen his or her playwriting skills in a workshop setting. We will lo...
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$115.00
Days: 3 Saturdays
Time: 2:00 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 10/13/2018–10/27/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Teen Workshops

Workshop Leader: Jennifer Buxton
Is the college application essay freaking you out? Let this class make it easy. Participants will talk about what makes a memorable essay and workshop everyone's first draft. Don't worry, you got this!
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$360.00
Note: Please do not enroll before being accepted
Days: 8 Saturdays
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 10/13/2018–12/8/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Advanced
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: William O'Sullivan
This workshop is for writers who have a good understanding of what a personal essay is, are open to exploring further the many forms a personal essay can take, and are alrea...
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$115.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Dates: 10/13/2018
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 come you...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 10/20/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Sue Ellen Thompson
Many poets writing today shy away from rhyme because they’re afraid it will make their poems sound trite or old-fashioned. In fact, knowing how to rhyme subtly and skillfully can achieve quite the opposite. In this workshop, participants will e...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 10/20/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Lynn Auld Schwartz
What do your characters yearn for? Examine how a character's wants and desires drive key elements of story, including narrative, dialogue, conflict, and plot. Short exercises and readings will illustrate ways to identify and depict a c...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 10/27/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
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 stren...
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$115.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 11:00 AM-4:00 PM
Dates: 10/27/2018
Location: Capitol Hill
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Nicole Miller
Many great authors from Mary Shelley to F. Scott Fitzgerald have tried their hand at ghost stories, while some Edgar Allen Poe, Sheridan Le Fanu, M.R. James, and Stephen King have made this niche their empire. A number of minor lights including E....
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 10/27/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Kathryn Johnson
Of all the types of stories within the Mystery genre, the “cozy” may be the most widely and voraciously read. Cozy Mysteries are traditional puzzle stories—modeled, in part, after Agatha Christie’s work. Cozies have their own internationally atte...
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$115.00
Days: 2 Saturdays
Time: 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 11/3/2018–11/10/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Caroline Bock
Spend two Saturdays working on stories with holiday themes. Participants will work intensively on character development and story structure to produce a series of thematically-linked short fiction. In-class prompts, revision, and critiques ...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 11/3/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Lynn Auld Schwartz
Whether you want to write a memoir, blog, college essay, letter to your granddaughter, or use your own life as the basis for fiction, life story writing requires that we tell where we come from and who we are. Learn to identify your ...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Dates: 11/10/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/ Advanced
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Zach Powers
Learn the ins and outs of publishing stories in literary journals! Drawing from years of personal experience and the advice of numerous writers and editors, this workshop covers ten publication tactics, from choosing the right journals to mak...
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$115.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Dates: 11/10/2018
Location: Glen Echo
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Stage and Screen

Workshop Leader: Khris Baxter
These are exciting times to be a screenwriter. With more shows and television channels than ever, the opportunities for inventive ways of storytelling increase daily. This hands-on workshop will guide beginning and intermediate screenwriters t...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 11/17/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Sue Ellen Thompson
Many free verse poets write for years without really understanding how a line of poetry functions and where it should end. Should it be as long as a breath, or should it end wherever there is a comma, a period, or a break in the syntax? In this...
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$115.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 9:30 AM-3:30 PM
Dates: 11/17/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Alyce Miller
This class is designed for personal essayists (memoirists, too) who want to fine-tune work they've already revised at least once, but now really want to polish. The workshop leader will email you a few days before the class with more infor...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 12/1/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Victoria Kelly
Facing a blank page can be one of the hardest things about writing. But the beginning of your story or novel will often determine whether a reader keeps reading. Bring your first page to this workshop, or come to learn from scratch.Participants will ...
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$115.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Dates: 12/1/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Master
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Alyce Miller
This special workshop is designed specifically for advanced writers, interested in publishing or taking their work to the next step, who would like to share revised work that could benefit from “fresh eyes” and feedback before sending it off or sharing with ...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 12/8/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Sue Ellen Thompson
Poets who are putting together their first chapbook or full-length book often agonize over what they can do to make their manuscript “hang together” and grab the attention of an editor or contest judge. But there is no one approach to arranging ...
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