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The Writer's Center Workshop Registration

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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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$80.00
Days: 2 Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 1/9/2018–1/16/2018
Location: Bethesda
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 conveys your work and vision! In two two-hour sessions, participants will ...
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$195.00
Days: 5 Wednesdays
Time: 6:00 PM-8:00 PM
Dates: 1/10/2018– 2/7/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
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 the first session, considering the elements of horror, attending ...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 1/12/2018– 3/2/2018
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Tammy 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 empha...
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$80.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 11:00 AM-3:00 PM
Dates: 1/13/2018
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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$135.00
Days: 8 Tuesdays
Time: 7:30 PM-8:30 PM
Dates: 1/16/2018– 3/6/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Michael Sheehan
The godfather of the modern essay, Montaigne, began his project by asking, "What do I know?" This class will start by considering that deceptively simple question to approach the blend of subjective and objective that is at th...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 1/16/2018– 3/13/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Elizabeth Rees
In this eight week workshop, beginner 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 several readings, to be followed...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Tuesday
Time: 6:30 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 1/16/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Laura Di Franco
Fear is just excitement without the breath! What if there was something you haven't learned yet that could change everything? The mission in this workshop is to help you use your fear as a compass, instead of letting it paralyze you - to help you w...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Wednesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 1/17/2018– 3/7/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Jennifer Buxton
This intermediate workshop is a place for you to share your work and see how it’s landing. The workshop leader will emphasize clear, useful feedback, nuts-and-bolts advice, and sharpening conflict and clarity for revision. Participants...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Wednesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 1/17/2018– 2/21/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Con Lehane
This workshop is designed to help 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. We’ll ...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Wednesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 1/17/2018– 3/14/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Kathryn Johnson
Can't find the time/energy/inspiration to get your novel written? This popular course, developed by the author of the book by the same name, will help you complete a rough draft in just eight weeks. Writers will receive the encouraging g...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Thursdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 1/18/2017– 2/22/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Gregory Robison
As writers, we live and move and have our being in a world of words. The bricks and mortar from which we build are the phrases, sentences, sounds, and tropes of our own texts which, in turn, echo those of others. In fact, we are roote...
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$215.00
Days: 6 Thursdays
Time: 7:30 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 1/18/2018– 2/22/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Advanced
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Gina Hagler
Clancy, Ludlum, Le Carre, Follett -- These authors write books with tension that barely eases from beginning to end. Their characters often play to type, but that doesn't keep them from being memorable. How do these authors do it? In this six-week ...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 1/20/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Stage and Screen

Workshop Leader: Richard Washer
Dialogue is the playwright’s primary tool for conveying a story that ultimately becomes a visual, aural, and emotional experience for an audience. In this one-day workshop, participants will look at various functions of dialogue and discuss how...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 11:00 AM-1:30 PM
Dates: 1/20/2018
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 and villanelles, participants will read several classic and contemporary examples and then write one or...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 1/20/2018
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. Participan...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Saturdays
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 1/20/2018– 3/17/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Advanced
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: William O'Sullivan
This workshop is for writers who have a good understanding of what a personal essay is, are open to exploring further the many forms a personal essay can take, and are already working seriously in the genre. The class focus will ...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Monday
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 1/22/2018
Location: Bethesda
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. But, 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? Should you...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Mondays
Time: 7:30 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 1/22/2018– 3/19/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Michael Sheehan
Works of fiction are often identified as either literary or genre, but this class will consider them both/and. Writers will identify what makes fiction "genre" or "literary," and look at contemporary short stories that combine aspects of sc...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 1/22/2018– 3/12/2018
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Christopher Linforth
Over the course of eight weeks, participants will be reading and writing in several sub-genres of creative nonfiction including memoir, essay, literary journalism, and the epistolary form. This online class focuses on generating new materi...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 1/22/2018– 2/15/2018
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Meg Eden
Over the course of four weeks, participants will learn the 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. Everyone will have the opportunity to work...
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$115.00
Days: 3 Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 1/23/2018– 2/6/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: John Lingan
Participants in this workshop will share their projects and discuss short readings from a variety of genres, including journalism, poetry, memoir, and fantasy. We will discuss the various ways to establish an immersive sense of place in your ...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Wednesday
Time: 6:30 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 1/24/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Julie Wakeman-Linn, Desiree Magney, Emily Rich
Like it or not, your literary work is often judged based on first impressions. Join workshop leaders from three literary magazines for a hands-on session to ensure success...
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$215.00
Days: 6 Wednesdays
Time: 7:15 PM-9:45 PM
Dates: 1/24/2018–2/28/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Pat McNees
The goal in this ‘Guided Autobiography’ workshop is to capture your life experiences in six short pieces of autobiographical writing (true stories) for those who will survive you—or for yourself later in life. Knowing that you are wri...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Wednesdays
Time: 7:30 PM-10:00 PM
Dates: 1/24/2018–3/14/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate
Genre(s): Stage and Screen

Workshop Leader: Richard Washer
In this workshop participants will explore tactics and strategies in writing longer works, putting scenes together, and telling a longer story than the typical ten-minute play. Participants will use exercises to jump-start the...
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$115.00
Days: 5 Thursdays
Time: 1:00 PM-2:00 PM
Dates: 1/25/2018–2/22/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Professional Writing and Publishing

Workshop Leader: Alice Stephens
Learn how to write a book review that reads like an essay, going beyond simple recitation of plot to artfully deliver a critical assessment. This workshop will guide participants through how to structur...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 1/27/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Melanie Figg
Do you struggle to find a good title for your poems? Many poets do. A good title will expand the range of a poem, and deepen the reader’s experience. Join us to explore what makes a good title, and learn how to maximize such crucial “real estate” in your ow...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Weeks
Dates: 1/29/2018–3/19/2018
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Bianca Stone
In this eight week online workshop, writers will look at examples of traditional and non-traditional nature poems, and explore the powerful use of looking outside oneself to get at complex themes. Nature poems need-not be singing praise to the underside of a rose petal! But what i...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Tuesdays
Time: 10:30 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 1/30/2018–2/20/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Caroline Bock
Write four stories in four weeks and experiment in form. Write a micro-memoir, a flash fiction, and two stories that blur fiction and autobiography. In-class prompts, thought-provoking homework, and critique of your work will start you wri...
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$65.00
Days: 1 Wednesday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Dates: 1/31/2018
Location: Capitol Hill
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: John DeDakis
This one day workshop gives writers 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 ...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Wednesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 1/31/2018–3/7/2018
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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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 2/3/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Meg Eden
Ezra Pound says that “the natural object is always the adequate symbol.” Visual storytelling mediums such as movies, television shows, and video games are using the natural object to do quite a bit of storytelling in a small space. Games like Deus Ex: Mankind...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 2/3/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Sue Ellen Thompson
How poets handle syntax—the arrangement of words in a sentence—is crucial to everything from establishing the voice of a poem to evoking a particular response from the reader. In this workshop, participants will take a close look at how sentences ...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 2/3/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Kathryn Johnson
You may think you don't have the time, energy, or inspiration to write because of your hectic lifestyle. Wrong! Join us for coffee & pastries, and learn how to organize your time, establish a productive writing routine, and get your stories writ...
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$115.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Dates: 2/3/2018
Location: Capitol Hill
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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$270.00
Days: 6 Saturdays
Time: 1:30 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 2/3/2018–3/10/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Advanced
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Virginia Hartman
You’re sick of sitting alone in your room. You’ve reached a certain level of mastery with your fiction writing, but you want some feedback you can trust, and moreover, you want to see what other good writers are doing with their fiction. Th...
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$135.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Dates: 2/3/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Professional Writing and Publishing

Workshop Leader: Neal P. Gillen
This one-day presentation will educate writers on the world of self-publishing. Specifically, the presentation will review manuscript preparation and the costs of editing and proofing, compare the services offered by the leadin...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 2/5/2018–2/26/2018
Location: Online
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
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 are fun a...
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$270.00
Days: 5 Mondays
Time: 6:15 PM-9:15 PM
Dates: 2/5/2018–3/12/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Nicole Miller
This workshop will be dedicated to making your memories live on the page. Excerpts from memoirs and essays by authors such as James Baldwin, Tobias Wolff, Joan Didion, Maggie Nelson, and Lidia Yuknavitch will teach the art of scene-making. P...
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$215.00
Days: 6 Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 2/6/2018–3/13/2018
Location: Bethesda
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 awareness, the inner critic, using fear as a compass, and mindset magic, in c...
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$135.00
Days: 4 Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 2/6/2018–2/27/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Melanie Figg
Getting a first draft down on paper is just the first step. The revision process is where most of the work, magic, and satisfaction of writing poetry happens. In this class, participants will learn how to open up their early drafts to discover what...
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$215.00
Days: 6 Tuesdays
Time: 7:30 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 2/6/2018–3/13/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Bob Levey
Learn how to make your writing more persuasive and more attractive! Led by former Washington Post columnist Bob Levey, this workshop will teach participants how to fashion an argument elegantly and persuasively via careful planning and precise writin...
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$270.00
Days: 5 Tuesdays
Time: 10:30 AM-1:30 PM
Dates: 2/6/2018–3/5/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Hildie Block
Participants will experiment with words, language, story telling, and poetry through interactive class activities and out of class readings and assignments.
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$360.00
Days: 8 Weeks
Dates: 2/6/2018–3/27/2018
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 4 pieces in 8 weeks and get individual ...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Wednesdays
Time: 10:30 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 2/7/2018–3/28/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Emily Rich and Desiree Magney
Explore what takes a piece of personal writing "from draft to craft," looking at elements such as character development, dialogue, incorporating sensory detail, writing in scene, and musing. Focus ...
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$270.00
Days: 8 Saturdays
Time: 1:30 PM-3:30 PM
Dates: 2/10/2018–3/31/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Robert Friedman
This workshop is for writers who want to use real-life characters and/or true events in their fiction. Each writer will come to class with the noted character or event they would like to novelize, and explore the nexus between journalism ...
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$100.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-3:00 PM
Dates: 2/10/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Solveig Eggerz
Envision your story and discover its meaning before you actually put it on the page. Using pre-writing activities, including storytelling, participants will learn to see their story from different angles. This workshop features active engagement ...
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$135.00
Days: 2 Saturdays
Time: 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
Dates: 2/10/2018–2/17/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Hildie Block
Have a book in your mind but no idea where to start? Sometimes, especially when working with nonfiction or fiction the best place to start is to create a structure or outline that works. This two week workshop will give participants techni...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Dates: 2/12/2018–3/5/2018
Location: Online
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Professional Writing and Publishing

Workshop Leader: Meg Eden
Want to submit your work but don’t know where to start? Publishing in magazines before sending out a novel helps make your query stand out. This online workshop will discuss what editors are looking for in submissions, how to read and "translate" a l...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 11:00 AM-1:30 PM
Dates: 2/17/2018
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 and sonnets, participants will read several classic and contemporary examples to see why they wo...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 2/17/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Kathryn Johnson
Are you a born planner, or a writer who loves to discover stories organically? Understanding how to structure a well-conceived story around a main character and central conflict, and paying attention to pacing, can make the difference between a fin...
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$115.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Dates: 2/17/2018
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 thr...
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$80.00
Days: 2 Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 2/20/2018–2/27/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
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 ma...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Thursday
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 2/21/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate
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. This workshop will uncover the pattern in three published stories and participants will learn to identify the pattern or its...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 2/23/2018–3/16/2018
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. Parti...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Dates: 2/24/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Tara Campbell
Flash fiction (stories told in 1,000 words or less) is an exciting genre attracting increasing 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...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 2/24/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Lynn Auld Schwartz
What do your characters yearn for? Examine how a character's wants and desires drive key elements of story including narrative, dialogue, conflict, and plot. Short exercises and readings will illustrate ways to identify and depict a char...
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$115.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Dates: 2/24/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Sara Mansfield Taber
Why write a memoir? What is the truth? What makes a memoir engaging to read? These are the questions participants will explore during this one-day immersion in the dilemmas that plague the memoirist. Through conversation and writing exercises, pa...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Mondays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 2/26/2018–4/23/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Elizabeth Rees
In this eight week workshop, intermediate and advanced poets will concentrate on reading, writing, and critiquing poetry. Each class session will include a brief discussion of selected contemporary poems, an in-class writing prompt, ...
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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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$270.00
Days: 6 Thursdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 3/1/2017–4/5/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Gregory Robison
“There comes a time,” wrote 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 problem: the great swirl of experience, observation, s...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 3/3/2018
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 a limp, ordinary tale into an extraordinary adventure that will keep readers turning...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 3/3/2018
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. Learn writing fundamentals as they apply to the mystery. Participants will examine characteristics of the many subgenres (thrillers, too!) ...
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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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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 3/5/2018–3/26/2018
Location: Online
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Jennifer McGuiggan
Writing stories from your life is about more than recording a series of events; it's about creating meaning and connection with readers. Whether you're writing personal essays, memoir, or blog posts, how do you write beyond what happe...
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$215.00
Days: 6 Tuesdays
Time: 7:30 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 3/6/2018–4/17/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Advanced
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Gina Hagler
We examined many classic works in the first half of this class. Now we'll take a look at contemporary works by authors including Le Guin, VanderMeer, Butler, Card, and more. How do they create a world? How do they create memorable, yet believable char...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 3/6/2018–4/24/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Con Lehane
You’ve finished your first draft, put it aside, and after a suitable time, read it over. Maybe you’ve come across passages where the story flows and you’re thrilled by what you’ve created. Yet, you’ve also found passages that make you cring...
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$215.00
Days: 6 Thursday
Time: 7:30 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 3/8/2018–4/19/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner
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 six week class, participants will discuss the elements of strong narrative nonfiction and st...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Thursdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 3/8/2018–4/12/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Professional Writing and Publishing

Workshop Leader: James Alexander
Learn how to pack a powerful punch when writing to persuade! This six week workshop focuses on the process of crafting newspaper op-eds and written speeches, but participants will be shown how to apply...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 3/9/2018–4/27/2018
Location: Online
Level: Intermediate
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: T. Greenwood
The focus of this workshop will be on character development, scene building, narrative structure and the process of writing a first draft using John Truby's The Anatomy of Story as a guiding text. Participants will be encouraged to submit a chapter of the...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Saturdays
Time: 10:30 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 3/10/2018–4/28/2018
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 aga...
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$115.00
Days: 3 Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 3/13/2018–3/27/2018
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 re...
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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: 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 3/17/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Lynn Auld Schwartz
Whether you want to write a memoir, blog, college essay, letter to your granddaughter, or use your own life as the basis for fiction, life story writing requires that we tell where we come from and who we are. Learn to identify your s...
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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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$270.00
Days: 6 Tuesdays
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 3/20/2018–4/24/2018
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 b...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Wednesday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Dates: 3/21/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: John DeDakis
This one day workshop gives writers 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 ...
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$400.00
Days: 6 Wednesdays
Time: 12:00 PM-3:00 PM
Dates: 3/21/2018–4/25/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Advanced
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Anne Becker & Linda Rollins
In this six week intensive workshop, participants will write a poetry chapbook of up to 15 pages, and then make a physical book! In the first four meetings participants will explore how groups of poems work together...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 2:00 PM-4:30 PM
Dates: 3/24/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Alan Orloff
If you’re having trouble finishing a draft of your novel, this workshop is for you. Explore strategies for overcoming common writing obstacles and distractions that might be preventing you from typing THE END. This workshop will discuss writing qu...
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$145.00
Days: 2 Saturdays
Time: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 3/24/2018–3/31/2018
Location: Capitol Hill
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Patricia Gray
Spring! This can be your time to plant seeds of creativity. Begin by exploring imaginative forms of writing in a supportive environment. Fun prompts will help circumvent the analytic brain and give creativity a chance to thr...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 11:00 AM-1:30 PM
Dates: 3/24/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Claudia Gary
For those who have taken the Sonnet Crash Course and/or Villanelle Crash Course -- or who have worked on sonnets and villanelles before -- here's an opportunity to build on your knowledge and skills. With the help of an internationally published...
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$65.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Dates: 3/24/2018
Location: Capitol Hill
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Professional Writing and Publishing

Workshop Leader: Cherrie Woods
You wrote your book! Now what? Everyone needs effective PR tools to help sell their products, including authors. PR Consultant Cherrie Woods will help authors review their PR tools including headshots, professio...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 3/24/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Alan Orloff
Having trouble getting your dialogue to sparkle? In this workshop, participants will see that writing realistic-sounding dialogue has little to do with how people actually speak. Writers will learn how to use dialogue to advance the plot and reveal character...
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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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$135.00
Days: 4 Wednesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 3/28/2018–4/18/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Julie Wakeman-Linn
This workshop provides a chance for motivated fiction writers to work on their rough drafts with Potomac Review editor Julie Wakeman-Linn. The first two sessions will explore the strengths of the story draft through discussion and ...
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$145.00
Days: 2 Saturday
Time: 11:00 AM-4:00 PM
Dates: 3/31/2018–4/7/2018
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 ...
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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 Tuesdays
Time: 10:30 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 4/3/2018–4/24/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Hildie Block
This workshop will look at what makes short stories work (and by extension, novels and memoirs). Participants will be read and discuss stories from American Best Short Stories 2017 edited by Meg Wolitzer, as well as workshop their sho...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Thursday
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 4/5/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Lisa Leibow
Learn to show the power of what your characters say and don't say. Well-crafted dialogue reveals layers of subtext: what is said vs. underlying meaning. It contributes to development of conflict, character, and more. Each scene we write should serv...
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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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$80.00
Days: 2 Fridays
Time: 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Dates: 4/6/2018–4/13/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate
Genre(s): Professional Writing and Publishing

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...
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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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$135.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Dates: 4/7/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Stage and Screen

Workshop Leader: Richard Washer
This workshop will focus on organizational principles at work in structuring a stage play. During this one day class, participants will take a close look at Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, and watch selections from the film version...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 4/7/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Kathryn Johnson
Call it memoir, creative non-fiction, autobiography, journaling, or memory writing. Your inspired-by-life stories may be intended “for the grandkids,” or become a got-to-read bestseller. If you hope to share your life with others, you’ll want the...
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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: 4/14/2018
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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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Dates: 4/16/2018–5/7/2018
Location: Online
Level: Beginner
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 read examples of fiction, nonfiction, an...
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$80.00
Days: 2 Thursdays
Time: 7:30 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 4/19/2018–4/26/2018
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 s...
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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: 4/21/2018
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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$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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