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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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$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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$360.00
Days: 8 Weeks
Dates: 9/10/2018–10/29/2018
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Marianne Murphy
Capture your thoughts and memories through poems, visual art, and the space between. First, participants will explore the work of visual poets and the sketchbooks of contemporary artists to expand their boundaries and find inspiratio...
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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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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Dates: 9/17/2018–10/8/2018
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Mary McCarthy
Learn ways to incorporate the principals of meditation into the practice of journaling in a way that encourages inner peace and works with your style of everyday living.
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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-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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$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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$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 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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$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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$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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$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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$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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$360.00
Days: 8 Tuesdays
Time: 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
Dates: 10/9/2018–12/11/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Sara Mansfield Taber
In this workshop participants will read and discuss memoirs, stories, essays, letters, and poetry written by women about their lives as girls and mature women. Mining these readings for perspectives on what it means to be a woman, the ...
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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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$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: 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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$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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$360.00
Days: 8 Weeks
Dates: 10/15/2018–12/3/2018
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: 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 choice...
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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: 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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$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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$115.00
Days: 2 Saturdays
Time: 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 11/3/2018–11/10/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Caroline Bock
Spend two Saturdays working on stories with holiday themes. Participants will work intensively on character development and story structure to produce a series of thematically-linked short fiction. In-class prompts, revision, and critiques ...
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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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$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 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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$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 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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$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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$100.00
Days: 2 Thursday/Saturday
Time: 1:00 PM-3:00 P.M.
Dates: 12/13/2018–12/15/2018
Location: Capitol Hill
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Patricia Gray
Want to write more in 2019? Join us for two discussion sessions setting the resolution to write. Participants will discuss what they want to write about, gain the support of the other workshoppers, and learn how to keep on...
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