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

 

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$360.00
Days: 8 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 8/25/2017–10/13/2017
Location: Online
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: T. Greenwood
This workshop will clarify the process of writing a novel. It will focus on everything from generating ideas to developing characters to establishing point of view. Participants will discuss many elements of fiction (dialogue, scene, etc.) but the emphasis...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 8/26/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Stage and Screen

Workshop Leader: Richard Washer
Writing for the stage offers opportunities for writers to explore and be inspired by theatrical tools that can make a play unique and exciting for an audience to attend. In this workshop we will look at the various components that go into sta...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Thursday
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 8/31/2017
Location: 4508 Walsh St. Bethesda, Md 201815
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Professional Development

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), ...
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$80.00
Days: 2 Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 9/5/2017–9/12/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate
Genre(s): Nonfiction

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 conveys your work and vision. We'll go over the necessary components of a nonfiction book proposa...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 9/9/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Stage and Screen

Workshop Leader: Richard Washer
What does your audience need to know and when do they need to know it? You only have a couple of hours (often less) to tell a story onstage, so there isn’t much time for providing back stories. In this workshop participants will consider vari...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 9/11/2017–10/30/2017
Location: Online
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Christopher Linforth
Participants will read classic and contemporary short stories, and develop their own theories and opinions on the constituent elements of the genre. That is: what makes a short story, and more importantly, what makes a good short story. Throug...
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$135.00
Days: 4 Mondays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 9/11/2017–10/2/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Professional Development 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 b...
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$170.00
Days: 4 Mondays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 9/11/2017–10/2/2017
Location: Capitol Hill
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Sandra Beasley
Write poems that come alive: bright, specific, and taking risks on the page. Each workshop will lead off with a guided close reading of a contemporary poem, talking about the poet's strategies; from there we'll segue to discussi...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 9/11/2017–10/30/2017
Location: Online
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Shannon Robinson
Whether you’re interested in capturing personal experiences, family history, or just those uncanny images that lodge themselves in memory, this course will allow you to explore your stories on the page and shape them into engaging narratives. Throu...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 9/11/2017–10/2/2017
Location: Online
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Meg Eden
This workshop provides participants with the tools for forming and submitting poetry chapbooks. Lessons will focus on identifying what makes a chapbook, exploring your voice in the chapbook medium, choosing and ordering poems within your chapbook and resea...
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$340.00
Days: 6 Tuesdays
Time: 6:30 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 9/12/2017–10/17/2017
Location: Capitol Hill
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Con Lehane
This workshop is designed to help you find the stories you were meant to write, and to begin to develop the craft you’ll need to tell them. Where do stories come from? To begin with, they come from memories, associations, and concerns within you....
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$215.00
Days: 6 Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 9/12/2017–10/17/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Laura Di Franco
What if there are things you haven't learned yet that could change everything? Participants of this course learn powerful tools that allow them to use writing as a path to healing and happiness. We'll explore the topics of body awaren...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Tuesdays
Time: 10:30 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 9/12/2017–10/3/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Caroline Bock
Start out short, with flash, and move to longer pieces over four weeks. You'll produce at least four new pieces of fiction generated by in-class prompts, exercises, and revision. Readings, in and out of class, writing assignments, and a discu...
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$215.00
Days: 6 Tuesdays
Time: 7:30 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 9/12/2017–10/17/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Gina Hagler
The facts rule in narrative nonfiction. The way the facts are used will result in a straight piece of reporting or a piece of narrative nonfiction. In this class participants will discuss the elements of strong narrative nonfiction ...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Wednesdays
Time: 10:30 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 9/13/2017–11/1/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Desirée Magney and Emily Rich
Having a great story is just the first step to writing a compelling piece of memoir. In this class, we will explore what takes a piece of personal writing “from ...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Thursdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 9/14/2017–10/19/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate
Genre(s): Professional Development and Publishing

Workshop Leader: James Alexander
Learn how to pack a powerful punch when writing to persuade! In this six-session course, you will learn the concepts and techniques for conceiving and developing message-driven persuasive writing product...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 11:00 AM-1:30 PM
Dates: 9/16/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Claudia Gary
Here's an opportunity either to improve your sonnet skills or to write your first one. With the help of a widely published author of sonnets, villanelles, and other poems, you'll read several classic and contemporary examples and then -- with o...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 11:00 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 9/16/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Elizabeth Hazen Jessica Anya Blau
Join poet Elizabeth Hazen and novelist Jessica Anya Blau as they share their work, discuss the writing process, and lead you through writing prompts that prompted them to write t...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 9/16/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

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 generate a handful of plots from which to choose, methods for effectively planning your story, and simple hacks for fi...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 9/16/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
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 we will look at strategies for exploring and developing characters in the early stages of writing your play and discuss ways to ass...
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$270.00
Days: 4 Saturdays
Time: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 9/16/2017–10/7/2017
Location: Capitol Hill
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Patricia Gray
Bring dormant creative talents to life! Using prompts to get started, participants explore fiction and poetry in the first two sessions, memoir and other prose formats in the third. Then, in the fourth session, there’s an ...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 9/16/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
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!) an...
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$115.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Dates: 9/16/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Professional Development and Publishing

Workshop Leader: Patricia Gavin Sandberg
Have you always wondered how to publish your book on Amazon and Audible? This workshop is designed to answer your questions and help you take your manuscript from page to Internet. Hear from audiobook ...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 2:00 PM-4:30 PM
Dates: 9/16/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Professional Development 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 ...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Saturdays
Time: 10:30 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 9/16/2017–11/4/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Marija Stajic
This workshop is for writers who have already started working on a novel, a story, or a collection and need help getting to the finish line! Participants will workshop each other's manuscripts, apply feedback, and workshop them ag...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 9/18/2017–10/23/2017
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Mathias Svalina
In this workshop participants will devise their own daily writing practice that is meditative, fun, & productive. This practice could be writing in response to physical activities, to works of art, to a focused idea, to a form, any daily work that me...
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$80.00
Days: 2 Mondays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 9/18/2017–9/25/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Ellen Ryan
How do you research and hone an idea well enough to get it through the static and into a national publication? Successful writers share queries and the negotiations that led to publication in Bloomberg Businessweek, AARP, Pacific Standa...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Mondays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 9/18/2017–10/23/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Gregory Robison
“There comes a time,” wrote the late American novelist and short-story writer James Salter, “when you realize that everything is a dream, and only those things preserved in writing have any possibility of being real.” But here’s the pro...
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$270.00
Days: 8 Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 9/19/2017–11/7/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Melanie Figg
Discover some new poets and join other committed writers for deep discussion and workshop. Join us as we tackle some challenging poems (perhaps by Jorie Graham, Emily Dickinson, Claudia Rankine, etc.) to find inspiration to generate or...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Wednesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 9/20/2017–10/25/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Ellen Ryan
Get your travel articles published for pay! In this six week workshop, participants will learn how to generate ideas, research well, and structure a story. A former editor for Washingtonian magazine, this experienced instructor will...
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$100.00
Days: 2 Thursdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 9/21/2017–9/28/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Mary Quattlebaum Joan Waites
Have you ever wanted to create art along with your writing--but felt you lacked skills or direction? Participants begin each session with a personal-writing prompt, which th...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Thursdays
Time: 7:30 PM-10:00 PM
Dates: 9/21/2017–11/9/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Stage and Screen

Workshop Leader: Richard Washer
This workshop will introduce basic elements of writing for the stage through exercises, in-class writing prompts, and examples taken from popular and classic plays. Designed for new writers, writers of other genres interested in wha...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Dates: 9/23/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Tara Campbell
What lies in your future? How will climate change, genetic manipulation, or artificial intelligence affect you in the decades to come? Many people think science fiction is all about the science, but it's not--it's also about us, our families and our com...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 9/23/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Lynn Schwartz
Plot is the organizing force that makes our stories progress and insists that something happen, but plot cannot stand alone. In good fiction and memoir, it’s essential to support plot with other elements of craft such as characterization, theme, su...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 11:00 AM-1:30 PM
Dates: 9/23/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Claudia Gary
Here's an opportunity either to improve your villanelle skills or to write your first one. With the help of a widely published author of villanelles, sonnets, and other poems, you'll read several classic and contemporary examples and then -- wi...
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$65.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Dates: 9/23/2017
Location: Capitol Hill
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Professional Development and Publishing

Workshop Leader: Cherrie Woods
Bring all your questions about the pros and cons of self-publishing to this roundtable discussion led by PR Consultant Cherrie Woods and her guests, author Dee Lawrence and publisher/editor Austin S. Camacho.
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$50.00
Days: 1 Sunday
Time: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 9/24/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Sue Ellen Thompson
The "volta"--also known as "the turn"--is something we associate with the traditional sonnet form. But it has been used with great success by many contemporary poets writing both formal and free verse poems. Marking a shift in the poem’s tone, sub...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 9/25/2017–11/13/2017
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Selena Anderson
In this course, writers will focus on the two major elements of fiction that always keep readers coming back for more: character and voice. Participants will study authors of contrasting styles who have expertly crafted their own unique voices and who...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Wednesdays
Time: 10:30 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 9/27/2017–11/1/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Lisa Leibow
Leave behind the desk and office to paint with words outside. In this six-week course, participants will meet three times at various locations in the D.C. area, and three times at The Writer's Center. Participants will complete writing assignme...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Wednesday
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 9/27/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Professional Development and Publishing

Workshop Leader: Julie Wakeman-Linn Emily Rich Desiree Magney
Like it or not, your literary work is often judged based on first impressions. Join t...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Wednesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 9/27/2017–11/15/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Kathryn Johnson
Participants who have completed one or more short stories, a novella, or at least half of their novel or memoir, will take on the challenge of revising and polishing their work to meet the tough demands of today's publishing ...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 9/30/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Kathryn Johnson
Scenes are the building blocks that enable you, the writer, to create any length or type of story you can imagine. Each scene is a little gem--with a beginning, middle and end--that moves your plot forward toward resolution. This is "showing not t...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 10/2/2017–10/23/2017
Location: Online
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Mathangi Subramanian
Do you have a memoir, novel, or chapbook trapped inside you? Set it free with this course introducing the basic elements of creative writing through a series of fun and interactive activities. Every week, participants will rea...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 10/2/2017–10/23/2017
Location: Online
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Mathangi Subramanian
Are you a journalist, novelist, essayist, or fictionista looking for inspiration? Why not try poetry? In this course, participants will do a series of poetry exercises designed to inject their prose with lyricism, passion, humor, and emotional ...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Tuesdays
Time: 10:30 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 10/3/2017–11/21/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Hildie Block
A great story is focused on that moment when everything changes --- or some subtle shift that changes everything. In this workshop, participants will be looking at how to craft fiction or memoir to capture that moment. Please bring a cop...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 10/3/2017–10/24/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Professional Development

Workshop Leader: Katherine Pickett
With so many viable options to have your book published, how do you know which one is right for you and your book? In this class, participants will explore the wide range of publishing options and evaluate their pros ...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 10/3/2017–11/21/2017
Location: Online
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Dave Singleton
What's your story? What are the tales that you've been dying to tell, but haven't had the time or structure to put pen to paper? Get started and write about your life in this hands-on, practical course in which you'll write four pieces in ...
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$225.00
Days: 5 Wednesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 10/4/2017–11/1/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Alex Smith
The goal of this workshop is to generate fear and tension in your work, daring your readers to plunge forth into the darkness you create. In the first meeting three selected stories will be discussed, considering what scares us, what le...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Wednesday
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 10/4/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Julie Wakeman-Linn
The vast majority of successful stories have a bone structure of conflict, character, and complexity embedded in them. The workshop will uncover the pattern in three published stories and participants will learn to identify the pattern or its...
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$135.00
Days: 3 Thursdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 10/5/2017–10/19/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Adults Write 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 sto...
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$215.00
Days: 6 Thursdays
Time: 7:30 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 10/5/2017–11/9/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: Advanced
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Gina Hagler
In science fiction, it's not enough to tell a great story that includes some amazing gadgets. Both must be part of a world that captures and holds the attention of your reader. We'll look at works by Issac Asimov, Frank Herbert, and Ray Bradbury to...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 10/7/2017–11/11/2017
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Jenny J. Chen
This is a prompt-based workshop that will focus on how writers can use their craft to re-connect as a explore painful experiences. Writers can work in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or hybrid genre. Each week will begin with several prompts that explore b...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 10/7/2017
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 about organizing your time, establishing a productive writing routine, and getting stor...
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$135.00
Days: 4 Mondays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 10/9/2017–10/30/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Professional Development and Publishing

Workshop Leader: Rob Jolles
Maybe you’ve toyed with the dream of increasing your book sales and generating additional revenue by building a speaking business, or perhaps you’ve just thought about addressing occasional requests to speak that have...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Wednesdays
Time: 10:30 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 10/11/2017–12/6/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Ellen Herbert
How trustworthy is your memory? How do you cull the stories you need to tell from the complicated tangle of memory? This workshop will explore “true writing” in the form of the personal narrative, employing literary techniques such as d...
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$135.00
Days: 3 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 10/11/2017–10/25/2017
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Professional Development and Publishing

Workshop Leader: Kathryn Brown Ramsperger
Find the ideal publisher for your book today! Get a behind-the-scenes peek at the way one writer navigated the complex map of the publishing industry; the advantages and disadvantages of self-publishi...
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$215.00
Days: 6 Thursdays
Time: 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Dates: 10/12/2017–11/16/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Marilyn W. Smith
Participants will draft a short memoir or story following the path of the narrative arc. Through interactive and supportive activities, participants will learn the elements of story and share feedback with their classmates. Classes a...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 10/14/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Melanie Figg
Notice how trying to ignore your Inner Critic doesn’t really work, it just keeps you from working? There is a story that instead of ignoring or resisting Trouble, the Buddha invited Trouble to tea. In this class, you’ll begin to get to know your Inne...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 10/14/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Lynn 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 start, one that...
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$135.00
Days: 3 Saturdays
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 10/14/2017–10/28/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Mei Fong
How do you write compelling stories while dealing with that inconvenient thing called ‘facts’? How do you develop and research your topic, turn boring reference material into compelling narrative and get great subject interviews? How do you struct...
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$215.00
Days: 6 Mondays
Time: 7:15 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 10/16/2017–11/20/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Adults Write for Children

Workshop Leader: Eva Langston
Stop spinning your wheels and start writing your first draft! In this class you will generate ideas, write beginning scenes, and flesh out the plot for your novel. Learn about story structure, characterization, conf...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 10/16/2017–12/4/2017
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Selena Anderson
This course will focus on the uncanny in contemporary literary fiction. The uncanny, sometimes known speculative fiction, is often set in a landscape adjacent to the real world and invokes supernatural, gothic, magical, and/or fantastical elements to ...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Thursday
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 10/19/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Claire Handscombe
Every November, thousands of writers worldwide sit down to a challenge: to write 50,000 words, or the first draft of a novel, in just thirty days. Yes, it's crazy, and yet, books like Water for Elephants and The Night Circus were born in past y...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 10/20/2017–11/10/2017
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 workshop, participants will study the architecture of a novel and devise plans for plotting their novels.
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 10/21/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Kathryn Johnson
How do you breathe life into fictional characters--protagonists, antagonists, and supporting cast? How do you make them so believable that readers will bond with your paper people? Learn a practical and effective way of looking at characterizatio...
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$145.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Dates: 10/21/2017
Location: Capitol Hill
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Professional Development and Publishing

Workshop Leader: Patricia Gavin Sandberg
Have you always wondered how to publish your book on Amazon and Audible? This workshop is designed to answer your questions and help you take your manuscript from page to Internet. Hear from audio...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 2:00 PM-4:30 PM
Dates: 10/21/2017
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; redund...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Sunday
Time: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 10/22/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Sue Ellen Thompson
Robert Frost said, "It's tone I'm in love with; that's what poetry is, tone." The ability to control tone in a poem is what makes the poet credible and his or her intention clear. But tone has not always been easy to define, let alone control. In...
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$270.00
Days: 8 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 10/23/2017–12/11/2017
Location: Online
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Mathias Svalina
Have you ever found yourself inspired, but can't quite get the poem right? This workshop will support your creative & personal poetic expressions by helping you to refine your unique set of writing tools. We will explore & develop the too...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Mondays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 10/23/2017–12/11/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Elizabeth Rees
In this eight-week workshop, beginning and intermediate writers will have the chance to explore three different genres: memoir writing, short fiction, and poetry. Each week participants will be given a writing assignment and...
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$215.00
Days: 6 Tuesdays
Time: 7:30 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 10/24/2017–11/28/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Gina Hagler
Theory is great but writing is better! In this class students will have the chance to try their hand at writing narrative nonfiction. A variety of readings and exercises will get students started. We'll also use our time to share s...
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$135.00
Days: 4 Wednesdays
Time: 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
Dates: 10/25/2017–11/15/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Alicia Oltuski
Every component of this workshop takes place in class: craft discussion, writing, editorial feedback, revision (with the option to begin second or third pieces) and advice on where to go with what you’ve produced. Participants may wish...
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$80.00
Days: 2 Thursdays
Time: 7:30 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 10/26/2017–11/2/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Brenda W. Clough
Vampires, zombies, and halflings with swords! Participants will build a world and write in it. The first session of this workshop will be devoted to the basics of fiction and story construction. In the second session, participants will do a...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Thursday
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 10/26/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Claire Handscombe
What are the different options for the serious study of writing, and which is right for you? This one day class will answer your many questions and give details about options such as low residency programs, genre-focused writing programs, a...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 10/28/2017
Location: Bethesda
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. We’ll look at examples in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, and discuss what makes an expression fresh rather than expected, where and how to f...
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$80.00
Days: 1 Saturday/Sunday
Time: 1:00 PM-5:00 PM
Dates: 10/28/2017–10/29/2017
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 humor writing or other ironic purp...
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$65.00
Days: 1 Wednesday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Dates: 11/1/2017
Location: Capitol Hill
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: John DeDakis
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. We'll discuss how to transform the nub of an idea...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Wednesdays
Time: 10:30 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 11/1/2017–12/13/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Beth Kanter
This course is for individuals who want to tone up their writing muscles so they can go the distance. Each class will begin with a short warm up exercise followed by a prompt for a longer piece. We will then focus on specifics like effectiv...
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$145.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Dates: 11/4/2017
Location: Capitol Hill
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: John DeDakis
A day-long workshop that deconstructs and demystifies the novel-writing process for struggling and/or aspiring writers. We'll go all the way from getting the nub of an idea to getting your book into the hands of expectant fans. Along the way you'll ...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 11/4/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Kathryn Johnson
It's often said that without conflict there's no story. It also holds true that strengthening the conflict in any type of fiction will bump up the tension and turn a limp, ordinary tale into an extraordinary adventure. Whether you choose to write ...
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$135.00
Days: 2 Saturdays
Time: 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
Dates: 11/4/2017–11/11/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Michael Burns
Learn how to design characters that are not just interesting but unforgettable! Participants will learn the four factors that go into creating mentality, behavior pattern, and believability for human and non-human characters alike. Along wi...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 11/6/2017–11/27/2017
Location: Online
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Meg Eden
Over the course of four weeks, we’ll discuss four key elements of poems: image, sound, form and realization. Participants will produce a variety of poems and learn tips for maintaining the practice of writing. Participants will have the opportunity to workshop and rev...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 11/6/2017–12/11/2017
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Tyrese L. Coleman
Writing a full story or creative essay under 1,000 words sounds like it would be easy. However, in practice, distilling memories down to essential moments is very hard. Writing flash, whether memoir or fiction, depends on concrete imagery, voice,...
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$80.00
Days: 2 Tuesdays
Time: 10:30 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 11/7/2017–11/14/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Adults Write for Children

Workshop Leader: Jacqueline Jules
While a good plot may intrigue, readers only become absorbed when they connect with the main character. How do you create a fictional character who will engage young readers from the first page? How can you make dial...
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$80.00
Days: 2 Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 11/7/2017–11/14/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Aaron Hamburger
Many of the skills we need to write vivid stories, poems, and creative non-fiction (e.g., slowing down, looking intensely and patiently at an object, precision) are directly in line with one of the hottest philosophies on the spiritua...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Thursday
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 11/9/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Claire Handscombe
Looking to build your social media presence beyond Facebook and Twitter? This session gives an overview of Goodreads, Litsy, and Li.st, and looks into what they might offer readers and writers. We will set up profiles and go over their fea...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 11/10/2017–12/1/2017
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: T. Greenwood
When writing a novel, a writer must know their primary characters inside and out. They need to understand their desires, motivations and frustrations, and their histories and futures. This workshop will focus on the development of authentic characters. P...
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$115.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Dates: 11/11/2017
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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$270.00
Days: 6 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 11/13/2017–12/18/2017
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Meg Eden
In this workshop, we’ll explore why form is relevant for contemporary poets, and how we 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 vessels that poems can ...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Thursday
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 11/16/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Claire Handscombe
Always wanted to try your hand at writing? Or maybe your writing brain is a little rusty? In this class, we’ll spend 15-20 minutes writing in response to prompts, and a few of those who want to will then share their work. Then we’ll play ag...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 11/18/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Kathryn Johnson
Because literary agents and acquiring editors for publishing houses are so overwhelmed with submissions, they often judge a short story, novella, or novel by a quick read of the work's opening pages. How does a writer ensure the person judging th...
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$80.00
Days: 2 Tuesdays
Time: 7:30 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 11/28/2017–12/5/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Brenda W. Clough
Vampires, zombies, and halflings with swords! Participants will build a world and write in it. The first session of this workshop will be devoted to the basics of fiction and story construction. In the second session, participants will do a ...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Dates: 12/2/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Tara Campbell
Flash fiction (stories told in 1,000 words or less) is an exciting genre attracting increased interest in the publishing world. This two-hour course will provide an introduction to the genre, including model examples of flash, techniques of flash, and t...
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$135.00
Days: 4 Thursdays
Time: 7:30 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 11/30/2017–12/21/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Gina Hagler
What makes a great piece of narrative nonfiction a great piece of narrative nonfiction? Simple question. Complex answer. In this course we'll read the work of McPhee, Orleans, Skloot, Kidder, Grann, and others to identify the ways in which t...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:30 AM-1:30 PM
Dates: 12/2/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Professional Development and Publishing

Workshop Leader: Meg Eden
Want to submit your work to magazines but don't know how? In this workshop, we'll talk about what literary magazines are, what editors are looking for in submissions, have a “translation” exercise, tips on how to get the most out ...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 12/2/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Lynn 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 story...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Wednesday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Dates: 12/6/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: John DeDakis
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. We'll discuss how to transform the nub of an idea in...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Wednesday
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 12/6/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Professional Development 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 lo...
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$115.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Dates: 12/9/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: John DeDakis
A day-long workshop that deconstructs and demystifies the novel-writing process for struggling and/or aspiring writers. We'll go all the way from getting the nub of an idea to getting your book into the hands of expectant fans. Along the way you'll lear...
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$80.00
Days: 1 Sunday
Time: 12:00 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 12/10/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Sue Ellen Thompson
Why do so many poems being written today sound like prose broken up into lines? A familiarity with prosody—the study of the patterns of rhythm and sound in poetry—is essential if you want to make your poems sound more musical. In this class we w...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:30 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 12/16/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Meg Eden
Most editors of both magazines and presses will say that they read the first, last, and middle page of a story before deciding if they want to read more. Potential readers are even less forgiving. So how do we snag our readers and make them want to read mo...
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