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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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All Levels
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 5/26/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Virginia Hartman
Learn the skills to identify precisely the right word to express your meaning, feeling, or subtext. Participants will look at examples in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction...
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$115.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 11:00 AM-4:00 PM
Dates: 6/2/2018
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 port...
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$195.00
Days: 3 Saturdays
Time: 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
Dates: 6/2/2018–6/16/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Alyce Miller
Everyone has a story to tell, but how do you transform events in your life into art? The personal essay shares a lot with memoir, but is its own delightful and ancient...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 6/4/2018–6/25/2018
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Carolyn Clark
In just four weeks each participant in this online workshop will become immersed in relevant details from the Olympic pantheon. Writers will share guided-research stories (drawn from primary sources offered through reliable online libraries). During the...
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$195.00
Days: 5 Wednesdays
Time: 6:00 PM-8:00 PM
Dates: 6/6/2018–7/18/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Alex Smith
Generate fear and tension in your work, while daring your reader to plunge forth into the darkness you create! Participants will read and discuss three selected stories in th...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Wednesday
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 6/6/2018–6/6/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Julie Wakeman-Linn
Where will your writing go if you let it go off the map? In this generative workshop, participants will write from a timed prompt and then share for positive c...
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$115.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 11:00 AM-4:00 PM
Dates: 6/9/2018
Location: Hill Center
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Nicole Miller
Atmosphere can be a notoriously elusive thing. A combination of weather, feeling, and fate, it implies both the celestial and the earthbound. It impinges on plot and character, and suggests mood as well as the existence of intellect, intuition, a...
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$80.00
Days: 2 Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 6/12/2018–6/19/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Aaron Hamburger
You want to take your writing to the next level, but no matter how hard you work, you feel as if you're spinning your wheels and you can't quite figure out why. Or m...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Wednesday
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 6/20/2018
Location: The Writer's Center
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Julie Wakeman-Linn
Before your story heads out to an editor, add the finishing touches to the opening sentence, the closing paragraph, and to the syntax and imagery for publication. This workshop will feature a discussion on the opening line strateg...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Thursday
Time: 6:30 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 6/14/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Teen Writing

Workshop Leader: Laura Di Franco
Build confidence, self-esteem and courage in this rule-breaking workshop. Teens will enjoy exploring writing from an authentic, embodied place where a connection to thei...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 6/16/2018–6/16/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Kathryn Johnson
Writing a novel involves a huge commitment of time and energy. But it doesn't need to be a daunting experience. Learn how to effectively plan your story, and maste...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 6/18/2018–7/23/2018
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Hildie Block
In this six-week writing workshop, participants will share and workshop their writing while learning secrets to the craft of short stories -- plot, character, dialogue, setting, and more! Let this be the summer you get writing! Required text: Best American ...
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$100.00
Days: 2 Mondays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:15 PM
Dates: 6/18/2018–6/25/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Professional Writing and Publishing

Workshop Leader: Eva Langston
To get a book published by a major publishing house you first need an agent. In this class you will learn what an agent does and where to find t...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 6/23/2018–6/23/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Melanie Figg
Good syntax—how words are stacked to build sentences and meaning—is one of the key strategies to create an effective poem. This class will teach participants how to arrange...
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$135.00
Days: 3 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 6/25/2018–7/9/2018
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Professional Writing and Publishing

Workshop Leader: Shanon Lee
Do you struggle to find a home for your writing in today's competitive market? Are you transitioning from print to digital media? In three weeks, participants will learn the elements of a perfect pitch. This class will cover generating...
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$65.00
Days: 1 Monday
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 6/25/2018–6/25/2018
Location: Hill Center
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Adults Write for Children

Workshop Leader: Peter Mandel
Having a children's book published in today's tough market may seem like an impossible dream. In reality, getting your book idea into shape and into print can hinge on just the right advice from a pro. Do you need an agent?...
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$195.00
Days: 1 Monday-Friday
Time: 10:30 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 6/25/2018–6/29/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Marilyn W. Smith
This week-long workshop invites participants to draft one short memoir utilizing the elements of memoir presented in class. Class time will be spent on disc...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Wednesday
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 6/27/2018–6/27/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Julie Wakeman-Linn
Shake up your neurons. Try a new technique to generate stories. What would you write about a single red glove, Arizona, and a Rwandan refugee? Or some combin...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Wednesdays
Time: 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
Dates: 6/27/2018–8/8/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Sara Mansfield Taber
Writing is “a careful act of construction,” William Zinsser notes. “You must know what the essential tools are and what job they are designed to do.” This is a w...
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$80.00
Days: 2 Saturdays
Time: 12:00 PM-2:00 PM
Dates: 6/30/2018–7/7/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Professional Writing and Publishing

Workshop Leader: 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 yo...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 6/30/2018–6/30/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
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...
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$195.00
Days: 1 Monday-Thursday
Time: 10:30 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 7/9/2018–7/12/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Teen Writing

Workshop Leader: Caroline Bock
Write your stories in this four session workshop! Focus on character, setting, plot, and dialogue to write a story ready to submit to local and national tee...
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$195.00
Days: 2 Mondays/Thursdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 7/9/2018–7/19/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Teen Writing

Workshop Leader: Jennifer Buxton
Discover the secrets of the college application essay. And yes, there are secrets! Learn what to do, what to avoid, and above all how to make your es...
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$80.00
Days: 2 Mondays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 7/9/2018–7/16/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Professional Writing and Publishing

Workshop Leader: John Lingan
Whether you have a great idea, a few sample pages, or a finished manuscript, this workshop will help you bring it all together in a proposal that c...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Tuesday
Time: 6:30 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 7/10/2018–7/10/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Laura Di Franco
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 body ...
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$115.00
Days: 2 Tuesdays
Time: 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 7/10/2018–7/17/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Alyce Miller
Regardless of the genre in which you write, point of view is the single most important choice a writer makes. From POV flows all the other choices: language, event, i...
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$135.00
Days: 3 Saturdays
Time: 1:30 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 7/14/2018–7/28/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Professional Writing and Publishing

Workshop Leader: Cara Seitchek
Learn how to write proposals to request grants from funders. This workshop will cover how to research prospective funders, the elements of a...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 7/14/2018–7/14/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
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 tur...
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$145.00
Days: 2 Saturdays
Time: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 7/21/2018–7/28/2018
Location: Hill Center
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Patricia Gray
Want to try creative writing but don't know where to start? This workshop will help you begin by exploring imaginative forms of writing in a supportive environment. Fun prompts will help circumvent the analytic brain and give creativity ...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 7/28/2018–7/28/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Melanie Figg
Baffled by line breaks? Unsure what makes a good line have integrity and muscle? In this class, we’ll explore how line length affects pace and content and how good line bre...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 7/28/2018–7/28/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Professional Writing and Publishing

Workshop Leader: Kathryn Johnson
Have you submitted whole or partial manuscripts to agents, publishers, or anthology editors—only to have your work swiftly rejected or ...
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$80.00
Days: 1 Wednesday
Time: 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
Dates: 8/1/2018–8/1/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Teen Writing

Workshop Leader: Alyce Miller
Together we'll dispel all the silly myths about the college essay to help you find your voice and craft a solid college essay that admissions committees will be deli...
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$115.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 11:00 AM-4:00 PM
Dates: 8/4/2018–8/4/2018
Location: Hill Center
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Nicole Miller
Edith Wharton once wrote “the story-teller’s first care is to choose [the] reflecting mind [of a story] deliberately, as one would choose a building-site, or decide upon the orientation of one’s house, and when this is done, to live inside t...
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$135.00
Days: 4 Mondays
Time: 6:00 PM-8:00 PM
Dates: 8/6/2018–8/27/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Professional Writing and Publishing

Workshop Leader: Rob Jolles
Anyone can write a book. The problem is, most people are stopped before they even start by the size of the project and fear of the unknown. With the ...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 8/6/2018–8/27/2018
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Professional Writing and Publishing

Workshop Leader: Meg Eden
Want to submit your work to magazines but don't know how? In this workshop, participants will learn about what literary magazines are, what editors are looking for in submissions, tips on how to get the most out of a lit mag, and the secre...
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$115.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 11:00 AM-4:00 PM
Dates: 8/11/2018
Location: Capitol Hill
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Nicole E. Miller
This workshop will reintroduce you to the elements of fairy tales and folk tales familiar to us as children, but so often transformed when we become adults—from Scheherazade to The Brothers Grimm to J.M. Barrie. In class discussion will examine w...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-1:o0 PM
Dates: 8/11/2018–8/11/2018
Location: The Writer's Center 4508 Walsh St Bethesda Md 20815
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 l...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Thursday
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 8/23/2018–8/23/2018
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: writ...
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