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The Writer's Center Workshop Registration

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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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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Dates: 9/7/2018–9/28/2018
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: T. Greenwood
Whether you are an organized planner or a writer who flies by the seats of their pants, a novel still needs structure. In this four-week online workshop, participants will study the architecture of a novel and devise plans for plotting their...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Weeks
Dates: 9/7/2018–10/26/2018
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: T. Greenwood
Have you always wanted to write a novel but didn't know where to start? This online workshop will focus on everything from generating ideas to developing characters to establishing point of view. Participants will learn some of the many ele...
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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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$360.00
Days: 8 Wednesdays
Time: 10:30 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 9/12/2018–10/31/2018
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 “fro...
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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: 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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$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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$195.00
Days: 4 Saturdays
Time: 10:30 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 9/15/2018–10/6/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Judith Harris, Ph.D.
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, participants will look at their inner language and...
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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-12:30 PM
Dates: 9/15/2018
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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$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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$270.00
Days: 6 Weeks
Dates: 9/17/2018–10/22/2018
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Shanon Lee
Whether you are revisiting a traumatic experience to organize your memories, work through emotions, or empower others – writing about painful moments can be cathartic. In this six-week online workshop, participants will explore the creativ...
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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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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Dates: 9/17/2018–10/8/2018
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Adults Write for Children

Workshop Leader: Mathangi Subramanian
Are you a storyteller able to keep kids entertained for hours? Are you an artist who wants to find a way to put words to pictures? Then this course is for you! Explore the art of writing picture books that...
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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: 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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$360.00
Days: 8 Weeks
Dates: 9/24/2018–11/12/2018
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Christopher Linforth
This online workshop will have participants read and write in several sub-genres of creative nonfiction, including memoir, essay, literary journalism, and the epistolary form. The class focuses on generating new materia...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Wednesdays
Time: 10:30 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 9/26/2018–11/14/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Hildie Block
This writing workshop is focused on understanding plot and inciting events. In addition to talking about elements of fiction and memoir, participants will also workshop peer pieces as well as reading stories from the text. Feel free to...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Wednesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 9/26/2018–10/31/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Advanced
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Gina Hagler
This six-week course takes off where we left off in Narrative II. Special topics to discuss will be the narrative thread, structure, scenes, characters, dialogue, and revision. There will be time each week to share works in progress.
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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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$115.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 11:00 AM-4:00 PM
Dates: 9/29/2018
Location: Capitol Hill
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Nicole Miller
“Begin at the beginning," the King said, very gravely, "and go on till you come to the end: then stop.” In the fictional world of Alice in Wonderland, beginnings are magically easy. In real life, for writers writing a novel, often they are not. Beg...
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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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