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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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$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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$225.00
Days: 5 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 10/1/2018–11/4/2018
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Katherine McCord
Explore and create Found Poems! Participants in this workshop will explore and complete different kinds of Found Poetry, such as Centos, Blackout, etc., and, alongside, explore elements of craft, such as concreteness and lineation. The instructor will...
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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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$360.00
Days: 8 Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 10/2/2018–11/20/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Jennifer Handford
Let’s take that shoebox of writing and organize it into a solid novel. Writing is a right-brain activity that requires your creativity, but it also involves your left-brain organization to put it all together. Using topics such as cha...
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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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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Dates: 10/5/2018–10/26/2018
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: T. Greenwood
When writing a novel, you must know your primary characters inside and out. You need to understand their desires, motivations, and frustrations, their histories and their futures. This workshop will focus on the development of authentic ch...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Dates: 10/8/2018–10/29/2018
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Mary McCarthy
Whether it's fiction, non-fiction, memoir, or business, humor has place in most writing styles. Participants will take a look at how to incorporate a dash of funny stuff without really trying.
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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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$360.00
Days: 8 Wednesdays
Time: 10:30 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 10/10/2018–12/5/2018
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 effec...
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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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$270.00
Days: 6 Saturdays
Time: 10:30 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 10/13/2018–11/17/2018
Location: Capitol Hill
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Judith Harris, Ph.D.
This workshop will focus on how autobiography mediates and revivifies past events that surface in some perfected, universalized form. Through writing prompts, and mini-lectures on poetic craft and history of the genre, participan...
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$115.00
Days: 3 Saturdays
Time: 2:00 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 10/13/2018–10/27/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Teen Workshops

Workshop Leader: Jennifer Buxton
Is the college application essay freaking you out? Let this class make it easy. Participants will talk about what makes a memorable essay and workshop everyone's first draft. Don't worry, you got this!
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$360.00
Note: Please do not enroll before being accepted
Days: 8 Saturdays
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 10/13/2018–12/8/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Advanced
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: William O'Sullivan
This workshop is for writers who have a good understanding of what a personal essay is, are open to exploring further the many forms a personal essay can take, and are alrea...
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$115.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Dates: 10/13/2018
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...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Weeks
Dates: 10/15/2018–12/3/2018
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Dr. Spencer Wise
This workshop will concentrate on developing believable characters who have complex emotions, objectives, desires, and yearnings. The class will study how characters seek to define themselves, consciously or subconsciously, through ch...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 10/20/2018
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 c...
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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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$195.00
Days: 4 Wednesdays
Time: 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
Dates: 10/24/2018–11/14/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Tara Campbell
Let's get ekphrastic! Reinvigorate your writing using art as your muse. Participants will engage in visual analysis of a different work of art each week, uncovering personal connections to the piece and responding in poetry or prose....
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 10/27/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Claudia Gary
Improve your ear for meter, and 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 rhythms of speech can stren...
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$115.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 11:00 AM-4:00 PM
Dates: 10/27/2018
Location: Capitol Hill
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Nicole Miller
Many great authors from Mary Shelley to F. Scott Fitzgerald have tried their hand at ghost stories, while some Edgar Allen Poe, Sheridan Le Fanu, M.R. James, and Stephen King have made this niche their empire. A number of minor lights including E....
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 10/27/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Kathryn Johnson
Of all the types of stories within the Mystery genre, the “cozy” may be the most widely and voraciously read. Cozy Mysteries are traditional puzzle stories—modeled, in part, after Agatha Christie’s work. Cozies have their own internationally atte...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Tuesday
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 10/30/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Professional Writing and Publishing

Workshop Leader: Aaron Hamburger
Getting your fiction, non-fiction, and poetry out into the world can be a daunting and difficult business, whether you're trying to land a book contract or get your work into the literary journal of your dreams. However, ...
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