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The Writer's Center Workshop Registration

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Nonfiction
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$360.00
Note: Please only register for this class if you have been accepted.
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...
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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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$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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$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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$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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$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: 7:30 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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$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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$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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$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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$270.00
Days: 7 Thursdays
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 s...
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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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$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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$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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$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: 4/16/2018–5/7/2018
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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$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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