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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-12:00 PM
Dates: 2/24/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Tara Campbell
Flash fiction (stories told in 1,000 words or less) is an exciting genre attracting increasing interest in the publishing world. This two-hour course will provide an introduction to the genre, including model examples of flash, techniques of flash, and...
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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: 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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$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: 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: 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: 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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$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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$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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$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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$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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$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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$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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$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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