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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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$50.00
Days: 1 Thursday
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 8/23/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Professional Writing and Publishing

Workshop Leader: Hank Wallace
Lead with the future -- not background. That's the most important of eight journalism skills that will transform your writing. The others: write your rea...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Tuesday
Time: 6:00 PM-10:00 PM
Dates: 9/11/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Advanced
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Alyce Miller
Are you feeling ready to send off a piece of creative nonfiction, memoir, or personal essay to literary journals and magazines, but want to give a final polishing? Whether you've already published or not, this workshop will afford you the chance "to see...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Wednesday
Time: 7:30 PM-10:00 PM
Dates: 9/12/2018
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 and discuss...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Wednesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 9/12/2018–10/31/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Kathryn Johnson
Can't find the time/energy/inspiration to get your novel written? This popular course, developed by the author of the book by the same name, will help you complete a rough draft in just eight weeks. Participants receive the e...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Thursdays
Time: 6:30 PM-8:00 PM
Dates: 9/13/2018–10/18/2018
Location: Capitol Hill
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Professional Writing and Publishing

Workshop Leader: Bijan C. Bayne
This six-week course will teach aspiring magazine and newspaper freelancers how to construct an article, pitch it, write effective query letters, and find appropriate outlets. Each week, participants will work on...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Thursdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 9/13/2018–10/18/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Professional Writing and Publishing

Workshop Leader: James Alexander
Learn how to pack a powerful punch when writing persuasively! This six-week workshop teaches the processes involved in crafting newspaper op-eds and written speeches: Think. Plan. Write. Participants will learn ...
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$270.00
Days: 8 Mondays
Time: 7:30 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 9/17/2018–11/5/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Rose Strode
Gratitude is complicated. Poems that examine gratitude reveal our human relationships: they may thankfully celebrate sharing, or struggle with indebtedness. Instructor Rose Strode will guide discussions of poems that reveal gratitude’s complex, para...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 9/25/2018–10/30/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Gina Hagler
In this six-week class, participants will explore the themes and conventions of contemporary science fiction. The workshop will compare contemporary to classic sci-fi and discuss how and why things have changed. Participants will also ...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Thursdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 9/27/2018–11/1/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Professional Writing and Publishing

Workshop Leader: Gina Hagler
In this six-week workshop, participants will take an idea and turn it into a pitch for the market of your choice. Develop the idea, explore markets, identify the first choice, and hone a pitch letter.
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$135.00
Days: 3 Thursdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 9/27/2018–10/11/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Adults Write for Children

Workshop Leader: Mary Quattlebaum
Learn how to write a picture book from a successful author of more than two dozen award-winning books for children. Each session will begin with a short discussion of an aspect of writing for children, including story...
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$135.00
Days: 4 Mondays
Time: 6:00 PM-8:00 PM
Dates: 10/1/2018–10/22/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Professional Writing and Publishing

Workshop Leader: Rob Jolles
Maybe you've toyed with the idea of writing a business book and sharing what you've learned with others around you. The fact is, anyone can write a book. The problem is, most people are stopped before they even start by t...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Tuesdays
Time: 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
Dates: 10/2/2018–11/6/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Laura Di Franco
What if there's something you haven't learned yet that could change everything? Participants of this course will learn powerful tools that allow them to use writing as a path to healing and happiness. Writers will explore the topics of ...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Thursday
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 10/4/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Christine Koubek
Submitting personal essays is quite different from submitting other types of nonfiction, not only in the way you query, but also in the vast array of publications that publish them. In this workshop, you'll learn about the unique ...
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$50.00
Days: 6 Thursdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 10/4/2018–11/8/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Melanie Figg
Get ready to have fun and learn a lot. By close reading contemporary poems—by Danez Smith, Terrance Hayes, Paula Cisewski, Diane Suess, and others—participants will better understand how poems move, work, and make use of nifty skills ...
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$80.00
Days: 2 Tuesdays
Time: 7:30 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 10/9/2018–10/16/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Brenda W. Clough
Vampires, zombies, and halflings with swords! Participants will build a world and write in it. The first session of this workshop will be devoted to the basics of fiction and story construction. In the second session, participants will do a ...
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$135.00
Days: 4 Thursdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 10/11/2018–11/1/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Advanced
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Sara Burnett
Revising a poem can often be messy, maddening, and humbling, but it can become the most enjoyable part of your writing process. In this class, participants will experiment with methods to revise poems and help find new life in static material. Ea...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 10/23/2018–12/18/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Elizabeth Rees
In this eight-week workshop, beginning writers will have the chance to explore three different genres: memoir writing, short fiction, and poetry. Each week participants will be given a writing assignment and several readings, to be follo...
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$225.00
Days: 5 Mondays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 11/12/2018–12/17/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Advanced
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Gina Hagler
Narrative Nonfiction uses the facts to write the story. In this five-week class you’ll work on your own piece of narrative nonfiction, using the work of respected authors to examine the way they handle openings, transitions, and more. Note: No m...
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$225.00
Days: 5 Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 11/13/2018–12/18/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Gina Hagler
In this five-week class, we'll explore the themes and conventions of sci-fi masters. We'll compare this to what’s being written today and discuss what has changed. We'll also do some writing of our own. Note: No meeting on November 20...
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$225.00
Days: 5 Thursdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 11/15/2018–12/20/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Professional Writing and Publishing

Workshop Leader: Gina Hagler
In this five-week workshop, participants will take a look at each part of a successful book proposal. Participants will also write some parts of their proposal for group feedback. Note: No meeting on November 22.
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$135.00
Days: 3 Wednesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 11/28/2018–12/12/2018
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...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Wednesday
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 12/5/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Professional Writing and Publishing

Workshop Leader: Hank Wallace
Lead with the future -- not background. That's the most important of eight journalism skills that will transform your writing. The others: write your readers' language, be positive (to be both clear and upbeat), lay out logica...
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$80.00
Days: 2 Mondays
Time: 7:30 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 12/10/2018–12/17/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Brenda W. Clough
Vampires, zombies, and halflings with swords! Participants will build a world and write in it. The first session of this workshop will be devoted to the basics of fiction and story construction. In the second session, participants will do a ...
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