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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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$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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$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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$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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$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 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 2/16/2019
Location: Capitol Hill
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Nickole Brown & Jessica Jacobs
So much of our self-definition rests on who we love and desire, as well as all those loves lost. But when trying to translate those honest sentences—"I love you," "I want you," or "Here's why our love won't work"—i...
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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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$50.00
Days: 1 Tuesday
Time: 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
Dates: 2/26/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Lisa Jan Sherman
Authors become Readers! You will be guided to enjoy your own voice and confidant on stage in front of an audience. Aside from gaining practice in speaking and listening in a workshop setting, participants will learn relaxation tools and visualiz...
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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: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 3/2/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Sue Ellen Thompson
Assonance, consonance, alliteration, internal rhyme—they’re often called “sound effects,” and they are among the most basic and essential tools that all poets should know how to use. This workshop will focus on how certain vowel or consonant soun...
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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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$50.00
Days: 1 Tuesday
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 3/5/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Aaron Hamburger
Are you in a literary rut? Need a little inspiration and fun to help you rediscover the magic that attracted you to writing in the first place? In this class, you will do a number of dynamic exercises to jump-start your creativity and motivate you...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Thursday
Time: 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
Dates: 3/7/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Laura Di Franco
Learn the powerful secrets to using your blogs to build your platform! Participants will enjoy a powerful 90-minute workshop to help them learn the secrets to writing a great blog, including tips and tricks for getting engagement, followers, and...
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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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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 3/23/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
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 will ...
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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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$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: 1:30 PM-3:00 PM
Dates: 4/13/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Laura Oliver
The human brain has evolved to biologically respond to story in specific ways savvy writers use to captivate readers. Learn to fulfill and exceed readers’ hard-wired expectations from the first sentence to the last. This fun and dynamic workshop will ...
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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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$50.00
Days: 1 Wednesday
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 4/24/2019
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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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 5/4/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Sue Ellen Thompson
Poets and poems are often remembered for their opening lines, but is there a “right” or at least a “better” way to begin a poem? In this workshop, participants will explore some of the ways in which poets have traditionally chosen to open their p...
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