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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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Intermediate
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 2/24/2018
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 char...
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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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$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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$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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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 3/17/2018
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 s...
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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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$145.00
Days: 2 Saturdays
Time: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 3/24/2018–3/31/2018
Location: Capitol Hill
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Patricia Gray
Spring! This can be your time to plant seeds of creativity. Begin by exploring imaginative forms of writing in a supportive environment. Fun prompts will help circumvent the analytic brain and give creativity a chance to thr...
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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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$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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$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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$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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