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The Writer's Center Workshop Registration

TWC is excited to announce that we're launching a new website in early 2019! In addition to refreshing our look, the site is specifically designed to streamline and simplify class registration. 

In the meantime: Members, please log in to view the member rate. Please note that it may take our website up to 2 days to process a new membership. New members may not be able to view member-discounted prices during that timePlease view our refund policy before you register. If you have accessibility needs, please review our accommodations and services and let us know how we can assist you prior to the workshop start date.

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$270.00
Days: 6 Saturdays
Time: 10:30 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 1/19/2019–2/23/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Judith Harris
Poetry is, in part, high emotion in language. Cultures throughout the world use poetry to share their histories, shape their stories, and express ideas in lyric form. In this workshop, we will look at our inner language and life experiences to ...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Wednesday
Time: 10:30 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 1/23/2019–1/23/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: John DeDakis
This workshop offers 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 dis...
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$80.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
Dates: 1/26/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Alyce Miller
Both fiction and nonfiction rely on well-rounded characters. This workshop will focus on writing memorable and believable characters, the centerpieces of both fiction and personal essay/memoir. This will include some reading and a short pre-class wri...
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$115.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Dates: 1/26/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
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 yo...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 2:00 PM-5:00 PM
Dates: 1/26/2019–1/26/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: GG Renee Hill
This interactive workshop provides writers of all levels with techniques that reveal the patterns, themes, and stories that shape their lives. Participants will practice writing with beginner’s mind, thought labeling to identify hidden ideas...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 2/2/2019–2/2/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
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...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 2/2/2019–2/2/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Sue Ellen Thompson
Should all lyric poems take place in the present? If you’re writing a narrative poem about something that happened a while ago, do you have to use the past tense? Verb tenses are something that most of us learned in grade school but have...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 2/2/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Stage and Screen

Workshop Leader: Richard Washer
What does your audience need to know and when do they need to know it? In this workshop participants will consider various strategies for managing exposition in the context of process in writing a play (getting started, exploring a first draft...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Saturdays
Time: 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Dates: 2/2/2019–2/23/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Maritza Rivera
What do dead poets, spoken word, and us have in common? Come explore the universal themes of food, work, love, and loss from different points of view to find out.
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$225.00
Days: 5 Wednesdays
Time: 10:30 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 2/6/2019–3/6/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Beth Kanter
This course is for individuals who want to tone up their writing muscles so they can go the distance. Classes begin with a short warm up exercise followed by a prompt for a longer piece. Participants will then focus on specifics like effectiv...
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$195.00
Days: Monday-Friday
Time: 11:00 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 2/11/2019–2/15/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Marilyn W. Smith
This five day workshop (one week) is for writers of fiction or memoir who want to focus on strengthening their characters. An emphasis will be placed on the use of dialogue (direct, indirect, and internal) as one means to develop ch...
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$80.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
Dates: 2/9/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Alyce Miller
Flash Fiction and Prose Poems are delightful and ancient forms that can also be a great way to jump-start your writing. They’re not easier, just shorter! You will receive an email from the instructor a few days before the class with more details, alo...
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$135.00
Days: 2 Wednesdays
Time: 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
Dates: 2/13/2019–2/20/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Alyce Miller
One of the oldest forms around, the personal essay is a prism of possibility, and an exciting way to render your own experience into literature. You should begin drafting two short essays (1250 words or roughly 5 pages) in advance that yo...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 1:00 PM-4:30 PM
Dates: 2/16/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Melanie Figg
Have some poems on life-support? All of us do. Poems that start out strong—and then stall for one reason or another. In this class, you’ll learn a variety of techniques and exercises that can breathe new life into your old drafts. A couple of you will volu...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Saturdays
Time: 10:30 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 2/16/2019–4/6/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Rose Strode
In literature and myth, winter is often portrayed as a symbol for death, while spring is considered a time of joyful rebirth. Yet both seasons offer beauty and danger, while the transition between the two can be particularly precarious -- for wil...
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$115.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Dates: 2/16/2019–2/16/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Stage and Screen

Workshop Leader: John Weiskopf
Do you want to produce or direct your own low-budget feature film? There are ingredients that are essential for keeping your budget low, and screenwriting elements that will make your original. Blood Simple and Breaking Ba...
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$65.00
Days: 1 Wednesday
Time: 10:30 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 2/20/2019
Location: Capitol Hill
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: John DeDakis
This workshop offers 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 h...
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$135.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Dates: 2/23/2019
Location: Capitol Hill
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
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 wa...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 2/23/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Kathryn Johnson
Revision is a dirty word to some writers. But you needn’t fear the challenges of polishing a manuscript before submission and publication. This fast-paced, half-day class focuses on the ten most common mistakes and concerns, often overlooked by au...
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$315.00
Days: 6 Saturdays
Time: 10:30 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 3/2/2019–4/6/2019
Location: Capitol Hill
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Bijan C Bayne
The purpose of this course is to instruct aspiring magazine and newspaper freelancers in how to construct a destination or hotel article, pitch it, write effective query letters, and find appropriate outlets. Each week, participants will wo...
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$80.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
Dates: 3/2/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: Master
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Alyce Miller
A rare opportunity for more experienced essayists looking for a tune-up and camaraderie to share and discuss your own 5-to 10-page essay (1250-2500 words) that you will send out in advance of our meeting, so please start writing! NOTE: Instructor will emai...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 3/2/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Kathryn Johnson
Writing a novel takes commitment, but it doesn’t need to be daunting. Learn how to generate a handful of plots from which to choose, methods for effectively planning your story, and simple hacks for fine tuning your basic fiction skills....
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$360.00
Days: 8 Wednesdays
Time: 10:30 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 3/6/2019–4/24/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Emily Rich and Desirée Magney
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 elem...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 3/16/2019
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: 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 3/23/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Lynn Auld Schwartz
The ending is the last thing your reader sees, but will often feel rushed—added on without thought. Find an organic end for your story or novel. Is there an epiphany or a question? A traditional plotted ending or a resonant finish? Lear...
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$135.00
Days: 2 Saturdays
Time: 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
Dates: 3/23/2019–3/30/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Alyce Miller
Point of view is one of the most important (if not exciting) choices a writer makes. Through exercises, readings, and your own writings, you will discover the many possibilities of POV. NOTE: Instructor will email specific information and ...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 3/30/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Stage and Screen

Workshop Leader: Richard Washer
Characters set in motion a series of events and actions that become the engine of your play. In this workshop participants will look at strategies for exploring and developing characters in the early stages of writing your play an...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 3/30/2019
Location: Bethesda
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 professional writers know about organizing their time, establishing a productive wr...
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$115.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Dates: 4/6/2019
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 your...
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$80.00
Days: 1 Wednesday
Time: 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
Dates: 4/10/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Alyce Miller
Revision is one of the most important steps in shaping your work, an exciting time to view your story or essay with a fresh pair of eyes. Please be sure to choose a story, chapter, or essay (up to 5 pages or 1250 words) that you are willi...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 4/13/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Kathryn Johnson
You have a great idea for a story. Do you dive in and just begin writing, or start by drafting an outline? Are you a born planner or a writer who loves to discover stories organically (i.e., a pantser)? Understanding how to structure a well-concei...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 4/13/2019
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 y...
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$135.00
Days: 2 Wednesdays
Time: 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
Dates: 4/17/2019–4/24/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: Advanced
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Alyce Miller
This workshop is for advanced writers already working in this genre and looking for a chance to exchange and discuss work in a more rigorous way. NOTE: Instructor will email specific information and instructions several days before class, bu...
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