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Bethesda Magazine's 2017 Best of Bethesda Editors' Pick for "Best Place for Literary Inspiration"

 

The Writer's Center Workshop Registration

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$360.00
Days: 8 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 2/26/2018–4/16/2018
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Bianca Stone
In this eight-week online class participants will be juxtaposing two art forms: poetry and image, giving a new and unique experience to the poetic voice. The class will look at examples of "poetry comics," discuss them, and create work based on those weekly fi...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Time: N/A
Dates: 3/2/2018–3/23/2018
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 characters. Participan...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 3/3/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Sue Ellen Thompson
When it comes to punctuating poems, opinions vary widely. Some poets are as careful and correct as T.S. Eliot, while others, like W.S. Merwin, have gotten rid of punctuation altogether. In this workshop writers will discuss what traditional punctu...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 2:00 PM-4:30 PM
Dates: 3/3/2018
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 write ...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 3/5/2018–4/9/2018
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Meg Eden
In this six week online workshop, writers will explore why form is relevant for contemporary poets, and how everyone can take advantage of form to strengthen both traditional and free-verse poems. Poetic form isn’t just meter and rhyme--it encompasses a diverse range of...
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$135.00
Days: 4 Mondays
Time: 6:00 PM-8:00 PM
Dates: 3/5/2018–3/26/2018
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 the ...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Wednesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 3/7/2018–4/11/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Professional Writing and Publishing

Workshop Leader: Vanessa Mallory Kotz
Learn the marks and methods used by professional editors and proofreaders! Perhaps you're considering copy editing as a profession, need help deciphering your editor's marks, or just want to be a more h...
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$135.00
Days: 3 Thursdays
Time: 7:00-9:30 P.M.
Dates: 3/15/2018– 3/29/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Adults Writing for Children

Workshop Leader: Mary Quattlebaum
Learn how to write a picture book from the 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 st...
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$115.00
Days: 3 Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 3/13/2018–4/3/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Melanie Figg
Struggling to reach a writing goal, or want more creativity in your life? In this class, you’ll learn what’s needed to build a regular writing practice that works for you. As a group, we’ll discuss obstacles to success, and you’ll begin to rec...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 3/17/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Kathryn Johnson
Learn how to breathe life into your fictional characters—protagonists, antagonists, and supporting cast. Make them so believable readers will bond with your paper people! This workshop will teach you practical, effective ways of looking at characte...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 11:00 AM-1:30 PM
Dates: 3/17/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Claudia Gary
Here’s an opportunity to improve your ear for meter, and to 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 r...
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$100.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Dates: 3/24/2017
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 how...
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$115.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 11:00 AM-4:00 PM
Dates: 3/31/2018
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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$135.00
Days: 4 Mondays
Time: 6:00 PM-8:00 PM
Dates: 4/2/2018–4/23/2018
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 co...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Dates: 4/6/2018–4/27/2018
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: T. Greenwood
Whether participants are planners or writers who fly 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 novels. Required texts: Hooked by Les Edge...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Dates: 4/6/2018–4/27/2018
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 characters. Participants will examine cha...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 4/14/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Hildie Block
World building is a concept that was once more the property of writing like Sci-Fi and Fantasy. Since they were “imagined” worlds – there was much work to do to get your reader “into” the world and have them understand it. Now, world building is attr...
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$80.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 11:00 AM-3:00 PM
Dates: 4/21/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Abdul Ali
Looking for a one-stop shop to get your work closely read before submitting? This one-day workshop will be dedicated to generating a couple new poems, critiquing a few older poems, and creating a list of literary journals and contest to submit work. Please submi...
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$115.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Dates: 4/21/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Sara Mansfield Taber
Virginia Woolf once said, "Nothing has really happened until it has been recorded." Do you want to keep a colorful chronicle of your upcoming travels? Or enliven your journal-keeping? Or pep up your blog? This is a workshop for all those wishing ...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 4/14/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Sue Ellen Thompson
This class will examine some of the more challenging and unusual metaphors that contemporary poets have used to bring their poems to life. This workshop will discuss how to choose between simile and metaphor, how to control and extend an image, a...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Wednesday
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 4/25/2018
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 logical...
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$135.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Dates: 4/28/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Basil White
If you can read this and you can laugh, you can write humor! Learn the basic psychology of how your brain gets a joke to discover what's "gettable" about your subject matter, real or fictional, for a variety of genres. This class also works as a fun in...
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$100.00
Days: 2 Thursdays
Time: 7:00-9:30 P.M.
Dates: 4/26/2018– 5/3/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Mary Quattlebaum and Joan Waites
Have you ever wanted to create art along with your writing—but felt you lacked the skills or direction? Participants begin each session with a personal-writing prompt, ...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 2:00 PM-5:00 PM
Dates: 4/28/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Michele Wolf
Whether participants have yet to submit their first poem to a literary journal or are ready to offer a publisher a book-length manuscript, this intensive one-day workshop will give all poets hands-on advice on how to achieve their publishing goals. Particip...
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