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The Writer's Center Workshop Registration

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Poetry
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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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$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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$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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$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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$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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$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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$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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$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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$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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$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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$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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$80.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 11:00 AM-3:00 PM
Dates: 4/21/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Abdul Ali
Looking for a one-stop shop to get your work closely read before submitting? This one-day workshop will be dedicated to generating a couple new poems, critiquing a few older poems, and creating a list of literary journals and contest to submit work. Please submi...
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$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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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 4/14/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Sue Ellen Thompson
This class will examine some of the more challenging and unusual metaphors that contemporary poets have used to bring their poems to life. This workshop will discuss how to choose between simile and metaphor, how to control and extend an image, a...
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$50.00
Days: 1 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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