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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
Dates: 4/28/2017–6/16/2017
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
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 wi...
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$100.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 11:00 AM-4:00 PM
Dates: 4/29
Location: Capitol Hill
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Nicole E. Miller
This workshop will offer highlights from a number of the classics, including E.M. Forster’s Aspects of the Novel, Edith Wharton’s The Writing of Fiction, and Henry James’s famous prefaces to the New York Edition of his books. From thes...
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$80.00
Days: 2 Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 5/2/2017–5/9/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
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 proposal ...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Time: N/A
Dates: 5/10/2017–5/31/2017
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: John Lingan
This class will help writers of all backgrounds and genres deepen the sense of place in their work through scenic description, history, local customs and language, and other "world building" techniques. Each week will include a reading in poetry, fiction, or ...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Wednesdays
Time: 10:30 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 5/10/2017–6/14/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Ellen Herbert
Stories we need to tell live undiminished by time in the complicated tangle of memory. This workshop is dedicated to their untangling, or as David Foster Wallace has said, choosing what “to attend to and represent and connect....
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 2:00 PM-5:00 PM
Dates: 5/13/2017
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 succeed. Participants will learn how to...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 5/16/2017–7/11/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Stage and Screen

Workshop Leader: John M. Weiskopf
Good films and television shows work because their dialogue follows some basic techniques. In this workshop, participants will study scenes from films and television and workshop their own scenes for critique. The class ...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 5/20/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Virginia Hartman
This workshop will help participants find precisely the right word to express a meaning, a feeling, or a subtext.Writers will look at examples in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Each participant will also have the opportunity to bring in one ...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 5/22/2017–7/10/2017
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. Through...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Weeks
Time: N/A
Dates: 5/22/2017–7/10/2017
Location: Online
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Christopher Linforth
This advanced class will attempt to answer two questions: Why did that story get published? And what does my fiction need to get there? Over eight weeks, participants will distinguish between familiar workshop-type stories and the ones ...
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$215.00
Days: 6 Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 5/23/2017–6/27/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Bob Levey
This workshop will teach participants how to weld reporting, argument, and voice into a persuasive piece of writing. Participants will study some of the best columnists in the business, and learn to compare their work to casual blogs. Each class w...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Tuesdays
Time: 10:30 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 5/23/2017–6/27/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Marie Pavlicek-Wehrli
Three or four revisions and the poem still falls short of where you intuitively know it is leading, though you can't seem to jump the gap between here and there? It's time to uncover the possibilities while simultaneo...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Tuesdays
Time: 10:30 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 5/23/2017–6/27/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Lisa Leibow
As Spring turns to Summer, become a Plein Air Writer! 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 (including ...
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$80.00
Days: 2 Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 5/23/2017–5/30/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Melanie Figg
Intrigued by those poems with super long lines? In this class, we’ll explore how longer lines affect a poem’s rhythm, pace, and punch. We’ll study some long-lined poems to inspire our own practice with longer lines. Come learn what extending your...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Wednesday
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 5/24/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Julie Wakeman-Linn
Where will your writing go if you let it go off the map? In this generative workshop, participants will write from a timed prompt and then share for positive constructive feedback. This generative workshop allows a writer to shake off bad ...
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$360.00
Days: 6 Wednesdays
Time: 12:00 PM-3:00 PM
Dates: 5/24/2017–6/28/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Anne Becker and Linda Rollins
In this six-week intensive workshop, participants will create a chapbook manuscript of their poetry and then make the physical book. The final draft wil...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Wednesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 5/24/2017–6/14/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Christine Koubek
For beginners interested in learning the basics of travel-writing and writers looking to sharpen their skills, this workshop will help participants experiment with various forms of travel writing, from news items to round...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Wednesdays
Time: 10:30 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 5/24/2017–6/14/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Caroline Bock
Start out short, flash, quick and move to longer pieces progressively over four weekly sessions in a workshop designed for you to produce new fiction. The goal is four new pieces of fiction generated by in-class prompts and exercises, and r...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Wednesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 5/24/2017–6/28/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Con Lehane
This workshop will help beginning fiction writers find the stories they were meant to write, and to begin to develop the craft needed to tell them. Participants will come to understand the importance of substance and structure to a story—why a story...
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$115.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Dates: 5/27/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Stage and Screen

Workshop Leader: John M. Weiskopf
Having a problem with determining where to go in Act 2 of your script? The problem is usually embedded in the basic design of your main character, and their experiential, emotional, and psychological worlds. This one day course w...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Saturdays
Time: 10:30 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 5/27/2017–6/17/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Marija Stajic
How do you build a believable character whom you imagined to be a polyglot, immigrant, expat, worldly or well-traveled? Do you need to know someone who resembles your character or could you create them with diligent research? Will your reade...
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$80.00
Days: 2 Wednesdays
Time: 7:30 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 5/31/2017–6/7/2017
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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$195.00
Days: 4 Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 5/30/2017–6/20/2017
Location: Capitol Hill
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Lucian Mattison
It is often true that as soon as a poem leaves our hands, we immediately begin to read it differently, as if this simple act were a way of stepping out of the self. This notion, coupled with participant led discussion, and th...
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$80.00
Days: 2 Saturdays
Time: 9:30 AM-11:30 AM
Dates: 6/3/2017–6/10/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Ellen Ryan
How do you get your great idea through the static and into national publication? Successful writers share queries and the background thinking that led them to be published in Bloomberg Businessweek, Pacific Standard, AARP, New York Ti...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 11:00 AM-1:30 PM
Dates: 6/3/2017
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 -- wit...
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$135.00
Days: 4 Saturdays
Time: 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Dates: 6/3/2017–6/24/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Maritza Rivera
Explore the erotic in poetry. Discover how you can interject the subtlety of language that makes the reader ponder: Does this mean what I think it means? Let yourself go where you have not gone before and see what you uncover. Allow yourself...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:30 AM-1:30 PM
Dates: 6/3/2017
Location: Annapolis
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Professional Development

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 of a lit mag, a...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 6/5/2017–6/26/2017
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 read ...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Monday
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 6/5/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Mary McCarthy
There's no "I" in essay. Just because a story is being told by you doesn't mean it has to include repeated use of the first person. In this workshop, we'll review ways to tell your story and make it more about your reader than yourself. Incorporating un...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 6/5/2017–6/26/2017
Location: Online
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Tara Campbell
How do you fit the world into 1,000 words or less? In this four-week online course, you’ll explore the genre of flash fiction and create your own compact masterpiece. Topics include the elements of fiction, fundamentals of storytelling within the...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Wednesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 6/7/2017–6/28/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Kathryn Johnson
Whether you're writing a short story, novel, memoir, or even creative nonfiction-- plot drives your tale and gives characters something to do with their time. Discover painless ways to create a plot that will add power, depth, and reader ...
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$195.00
Days: 5 Wednesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 6/7–7/12
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 leaves us col...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Thursday
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 6/8/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Professional Development

Workshop Leader: Claire Handscombe
What are the different options for the serious study of writing - which is right for you? What about low residency programs, genre-focused writing programs, or M.A.s? How do you choose between them and prepare to make the experie...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Thursday
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 6/8/2017
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 it...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Thursday
Time: 6:30 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 6/8/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Laura Probert
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 awareness, the inner c...
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$115.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Dates: 6/10/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: David Hicks
Think you haven't had a very eventful life? Think nobody would be interested in stories of your past? Think again. You can compose a riveting story about an incident that changed your life, either obviously or subtly. In this one-day workshop, participa...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 1:30 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 6/10/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Melanie Figg
Baffled by line breaks? Unsure what makes a good line? In this class, we’ll explore how line length affects pace and content and how good line breaks add to the poem’s meaning and energy. Through in-class exercises, you’ll not only start to notice your own...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 6/10/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Kathryn Johnson
Do you wish you had the time, energy, or inspiration to write, but feel your lifestyle is too hectic? In this workshop, a seasoned novelist will help you shed those doubts. Learn what professionals know about organizing time, establishing a pr...
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$100.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 11:00 AM-4:00 PM
Dates: 6/10/2017
Location: Capitol Hill
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Nicole Miller
Virginia Woolf maintained that the writer’s job was to represent life and the experience of living, whether the medium was fiction or nonfiction. Out of the fearless, flowing fabric of observation and feeling, Woolf composed short stories, lite...
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$290.00
Days: 8 Mondays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 6/12/2017–7/31/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Aaron Hamburger
In this interactive writing workshop, participants will get a chance to submit their new creations for a supportive and constructive class review, as well as explore some key elements of fiction writing through guided discussion and exercises...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Monday
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 6/12/2017
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 can 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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$270.00
Days: 6 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 6/12/2017–7/17/2017
Location: Online
Level: Advanced
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Carolyn Clark
This workshop will enlighten members on issues of concern in today's globalized world. Nature, environment, power struggles between men and women, branding for marketing purposes, hubris - nemesis stories, identification with one's ancient roots/alter e...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Wednesday
Time: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Dates: 6/14/2017
Location: Annapolis
Level: All Levels
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 into a book-len...
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$115.00
Days: 3 Wednesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 6/14/2017–6/28/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Julie Wakeman-Linn
This workshop provides a chance for motivated fiction writers with a rough draft to work with Potomac Review editor Julie Wakeman-Linn to polish their stories. The first session will explore the strengths of the story draft throu...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Thursday
Time: 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
Dates: 6/15/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Zahara Heckscher
The Poetry Game is an interactive game that makes it easy and fun to write a poem, whether you are an experienced poet seeking a new technique to generate poetry, or you haven't written a poem in decades! The focus is on creativity; sharing is opti...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 6/17/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Dana Cann
Of the countless decisions one must navigate when writing a short story or novel, point of view is perhaps the first and most important. In this interactive craft session, we’ll go beyond the basics—first person, third person, etc.—and explore how point of vi...
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$115.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Dates: 6/17/2017
Location: Annapolis
Level: All Levels
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 lea...
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$215.00
Days: 6 Mondays
Time: 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
Dates: 6/19/2017–7/31/2017
Location: Capitol Hill
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Angela Maria Spring
While the very act of writing poetry can be considered a form of resistance, the form and definition of “protest” poetry can have many definitions. In this workshop, participants will explore those different voices and ...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Dates: 6/17/2017
Location: Capitol Hill
Level: Intermediate
Genre(s): Professional Development

Workshop Leader: Cherrie Woods
Bring all your questions about the pros and cons of self-publishing to this roundtable discussion led by a PR Consultant Cherrie Woods and her guests from the publishing industry.
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$360.00
Days: 8 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 6/19/2017–8/7/2017
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Christopher Linforth
This workshop will examine the qualities of good writing and good storytelling. After a recap on the constituent elements of short fiction, participants will then take a fresh look at contemporary and classic stories alike. Each week everyone ...
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$360.00
Days: 6 Mondays
Time: 6:30 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 6/19/2017–7/31/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Nicole Miller
This workshop will be dedicated to your memories of family. Excerpts from memoirs and essays by authors such as Richard Hoffman,Vivian Gornick,Phillip Lopate, Maggie Nelson, and Joann Beard will complement your writing. Participants will wor...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 6/20/2017–7/25/2017
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 in...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Wednesday
Time: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Dates: 6/21/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
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 into a book-len...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Wednesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 6/21/2017–7/12/2017
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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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 6/24/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Kathryn Johnson
Are you stuck in the middle of your novel? Don't know how to grow the tale? You're not alone. Most authors find the middles of their stories the hardest to write. Writers who fail to finish their books often report that they began losing their con...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Saturdays
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 6/24/2017–7/29/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Marija Stajic
Learn how to write fiction, and how to write it well. Learn what "show, don't tell," really means, what point of view is in fiction, how to build complex characters and learn about other elements of the craft. In this workshop participants wi...
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$115.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Dates: 6/24/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
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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$360.00
Days: 8 Tuesdays
Time: 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
Dates: 6/27/2017–8/22/2017
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." This is a workshop for those wishing to keep a lively record of their experiences and reflections—a class for travelers, journal-keepers, bloggers, essay...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 6/27/2017–8/22/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Melanie Figg
Eager to learn more about the mechanics of poetry or re-kindle your writing practice? Deepen your experience with poetry with a focus on craft. In this class, each session will be devoted to an aspect of craft (line, sound, imagery, form). We'll al...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Fridays
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 7/7/2017–7/28/2017
Location: Online
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Jenny J. Chen
Learn to pitch local and national magazines, get bylines, and get paid for your work! We’ll drill down into the mechanics of selling your articles and essays, from how to research markets to marketing yourself. We’ll also talk about how to overcome pitch-bl...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Saturdays
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 7/8/2017–8/26/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: Advanced
Genre(s): Essay

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. Our focus will be part...
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$80.00
Days: 1 Saturday/Sunday
Time: 1:00 PM-5:00 PM
Dates: 7/8/2017–7/9/2017
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 purposes. This...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 7/10/2017–7/31/2017
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...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 7/10/2017–7/31/2017
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 Mondays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 7/10/2017–8/14/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Melanie Figg
Want to write some of your best poems while learning a ton about craft? In this fun, encouraging class, students will learn and practice a variety of forms. You’ll receive helpful feedback from the instructor and get lots of tips for wr...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Wednesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 7/12/2017–8/30/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
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. Participants must commit to...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Wednesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 7/12/2017–8/16/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Con Lehane
In this workshop, we’ll concentrate on writing stories—those things with beginnings, middles, and ends— that delve into the human spirit to reveal to us who we are. Participants will examine such craft elements as character, plot, point...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 11:00 AM-1:30 PM
Dates: 7/15/2017
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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$135.00
Days: 3 Saturdays
Time: 1:30 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 7/15/2017–7/29/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Professional Development

Workshop Leader: Cara Seitchek
Learn how to write proposals to request grants from funders. This workshop will cover how to research prospective funders, the elements of a good proposal, and how to approach funders. Proposal writing is a practical skill th...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 7/18/2017–8/8/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Adults Write for Children

Workshop Leader: Caroline Bock
Ready to begin your young adult novel? The young adult category is one of the most sought-after in the publishing world. In this four-week intensive course, participants will work on jumpstarting their novel and developing an ...
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$80.00
Days: 2 Thursdays
Time: 7:30 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 7/20/2017–7/27/2017
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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$270.00
Days: 6 Saturdays
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 7/22/2017–8/26/2017
Location: Capitol Hill
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Solveig Eggerz
Discover and deepen your stories. Using a variety of pre-writing activities, including mapping and telling, that gently lead to actual writing, participants will discover and enhance the stories that reside in their memories. Class...
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$80.00
Days: 2 Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 7/25/2017–8/1/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Professional Development

Workshop Leader: Eva Langston Patrone
To get a book published by a major publishing house you first need an agent. In this class you will learn what an agent does and where to find the right one for you. After studying sample query letters, you’ll practice wr...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Wednesday
Time: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Dates: 7/26/2017
Location: Capitol Hill
Level: All Levels
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 into a book...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 7/28/2017–8/18/2017
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. Partic...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 7/28/2017–8/18/2017
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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$115.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Dates: 7/29/2017
Location: Capitol Hill
Level: All Levels
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: 7/29/2017
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 turni...
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$315.00
Days: 3 Saturdays
Time: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Dates: 8/5/2017–8/19/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Stage and Screen

Workshop Leader: John M. Weisksopf
Producers, directors, and agents are busy. Their inboxes are filled with scripts and pitches. A screenwriter has 2-3 pages to grab the executive, producer, or agent’s interest, and ten pages to set the hook. This workshop with sh...
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$135.00
Days: 4 Saturdays
Time: 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Dates: 8/5/2017–8/26/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Maritza Rivera
What is your favorite meal? What was your first job? What customs and traditions do you follow? Although these may sound like security questions, these and other topics will unlock commonalities among all cultures, and will be explored in thi...
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$80.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 11:00 AM-3:00 PM
Dates: 8/5/2017
Location: Capitol Hill
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Nicole Miller
Vladimir Nabokov once said, “style and structure are the essence of a book. Great ideas are hogwash.” In this one day workshop, participants will look closely at the smaller units which make up great writing—the right word, the elegant turn of p...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 8/7/2017–8/28/2017
Location: Online
Level: 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 research publishers...
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$100.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 11:00 AM-4:00 PM
Dates: 8/12/2017
Location: Capitol Hill
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Nicole Miller
Edith Wharton once wrote “the story-teller’s first care is to choose [the] reflecting mind [of a story] deliberately, as one would choose a building-site, or decide upon the orientation of one’s house, and when this is done, to live inside the mind...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 8/19/2017
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Stage and Screen

Workshop Leader: Richard Washer
In this session we will discuss, explore, and attempt to demystify one of the more personal and varied aspects of a creative writer’s craft: process. We will look at some strategies for getting started, exploring a first draft, self-criticism...
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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: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center
4805 Edgemoor Lane
Bethesda, MD 20814
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 r...
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