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The Writer's Center Workshop Registration

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$115.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 11:00 AM-4:00 PM
Dates: 8/18/2018
Location: Hill Center
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Nicole Miller
"Let us think about this for a moment. A stranger enters a room. How do we immediately begin to take his measure?" James Wood asks in How Fiction Works. The novelist, and the memoirist answer. While it takes “a very few brushstrokes to get a por...
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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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$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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$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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$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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$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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$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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$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: 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
Dates: 9/22/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Laura Oliver
In Micro, anecdotes of under 500 words tell a life story one moment at a time. The skill is to choose ground worth reporting on and to learn how to tease out why the memory matters, so it delivers an emotional charge and creates a universal connection....
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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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$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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$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: 1 Wednesday
Time: 10:30 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 10/10/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
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 how to transfor...
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$115.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Dates: 10/13/2018
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 you...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 10/20/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Kathryn Johnson
Scenes are the building blocks of fiction. They convey the vision of the story in the author’s head to the minds of readers miles away. A well-written scene is the story teller’s little miracle tool—transporting readers to other worlds, into the ...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 10/20/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Sue Ellen Thompson
Many poets writing today shy away from rhyme because they’re afraid it will make their poems sound trite or old-fashioned. In fact, knowing how to rhyme subtly and skillfully can achieve quite the opposite. In this workshop, participants will e...
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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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$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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$50.00
Days: 1 Thursday
Time: 6:30 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 11/1/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Adults Write for Children

Workshop Leader: Mary Quattlebaum and Joan Waites
Learn to deeply revise and polish your picture book manuscript before submitting to an agent or publisher. A widely published author and an acclaimed illustrator will lead discussions i...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 11/3/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
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. Participa...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 11/3/2018
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 your ...
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$100.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 9:30 AM-2:30 PM
Dates: 11/3/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Alyce Miller
Ever wondered about the most important decision a writer makes: point of view? Is it more than just "I," "you," and "s/he"? The workshop leader will send you three readings on POV before the class, as well as readings in fiction and creativ...
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$65.00
Days: 1 Wednesday
Time: 10:30 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 11/7/2018
Location: Capitol Hill
Level: All Levels
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 how to trans...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Dates: 11/10/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/ Advanced
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Zach Powers
Learn the ins and outs of publishing stories in literary journals! Drawing from years of personal experience and the advice of numerous writers and editors, this workshop covers ten publication tactics, from choosing the right journals to mak...
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$135.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Dates: 11/10/2018
Location: Capitol Hill
Level: Beginner
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 lea...
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$115.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Dates: 11/10/2018
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 t...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Wednesday
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 11/14/2018
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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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 11/17/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Kathryn Johnson
Sooner or later, you will need to write a plot synopsis of your story. Synopses help the author stay confident and on track while writing, but still allow for creative change. They also are an essential tool for marketing your story—whether it’s ...
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$115.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 9:30 AM-3:30 PM
Dates: 11/17/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Alyce Miller
This class is designed for personal essayists (memoirists, too) who want to fine-tune work they've already revised at least once, but now really want to polish. The workshop leader will email you a few days before the class with more infor...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 12/1/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
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.Participants will ...
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$115.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Dates: 12/1/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Master
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Alyce Miller
This special workshop is designed specifically for advanced writers, interested in publishing or taking their work to the next step, who would like to share revised work that could benefit from “fresh eyes” and feedback before sending it off or sharing with ...
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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: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
Dates: 12/8/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Alyce Miller
The best way to hone your writing is to read, read, read. In this one-day session, participants will focus on discussing specific readings through the lens of craft elements to see how other writers manage point of view, time, place, character, dialo...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 12/8/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Sue Ellen Thompson
Poets who are putting together their first chapbook or full-length book often agonize over what they can do to make their manuscript “hang together” and grab the attention of an editor or contest judge. But there is no one approach to arranging ...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 12/8/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Professional Writing and Publishing

Workshop Leader: Neal Gillen
This three hour workshop will review the world of self-publishing, examine and compare the leading Print on Demand (POD) publishers, reveal the costs and benefits to writers in the printing packages offered, and recommend how to...
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