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

 

The Writer's Center Workshop Registration

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$100.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 11:00 AM-4:00 PM
Dates: 3/25
Location: Capitol Hill
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Nicole E. Miller
"Let us think about this for a moment. A stranger enters a room. How do we immediately begin to take his measure?" James Wood asks in How Fiction Works, and it is the novelist who answers. While it takes “a very few brushstrokes to get a portrait wal...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Wednesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 3/29–5/3
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Kathryn Johnson
Whether you’re penning a mystery, family saga, action-adventure tale, Western, science fiction, love story, historical novel, or a book based on personal experiences—understanding today’s readers’ (and therefore, publishers’) preferences will smoot...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Time: N/A (Online workshops are flexible and forum based, letting participants log-in when it's convenient for them)
Dates: 3/31–4/21
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: T. Greenwood
Point of view may be the most important decision you make as a writer. But how do you decide who will tell your story? This workshop will examine the many point o...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 4/1
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Kathryn Johnson
Because literary agents and editors are so overwhelmed with submissions, they often judge a short story, novella, or novel by a quick read of the work’s opening pages. How does a writer ensure that the person judging their work will read past page 2? Le...
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$135.00
Days: 4 Saturdays
Time: 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Dates: 4/1–4/22
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/ Intermediate
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Abdul Ali
You're Busy, I'm Busy: who has time to read a poem that hides from its true feelings? In this workshop, writers will practice being honest with their emotions so that they can write the poems they are afraid to write but that readers are desperately ...
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$100.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Dates: 4/1
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 through ...
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$80.00
Days: 2 Sundays
Time: 11:00 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 4/2–4/9
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Lucinda Marshall
Writing political poetry is an act of bravery, and a potent tool for social and political change. In this workshop, we will examine current and historic examples of this genre as well as use writing prompts to talk about ways in which we can make ou...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Wednesday
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 4/5
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/ Intermediate
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Julie Wakeman-Linn
Before your story heads out to an editor, add the finishing touches to the opening sentence, the closing paragraph, and to the syntax and imagery for publication. This workshop will feature a discussion on the opening line strategies, h...
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$225.00
Days: 5 Mondays
Dates: 4/3–5/1
Location: Online
Level: Intermediate/ Advanced
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Ross White
Strangeness wakes us up and heightens our attention. And oddly enough, strangeness can make our poems more tender, more sensible, more human. This course will encourage participants to examine what strangeness is and why earned strangeness can have a profound effect on a reader’s ...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Time: N/A (Online workshops are flexible and forum based, letting participants log-in when it's convenient for them)
Dates: 4/3–4/24
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 ...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Weeks
Time: N/A (Online workshops are flexible and forum based, letting participants log-in when it's convenient for them)
Dates: 4/3–5/22
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Joshua Young
This workshop will focus on creating work that utilizes practices from other genres and art forms; work that can be hard to categorize, but at its core, poetry. Hybrid...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Wednesday
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 4/5
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Professional Writing

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 logically, be consistent, b...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 4/8
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Kathryn Johnson
Writing a novel involves a huge commitment of time and energy. But it doesn’t need to be a daunting experience. Learn how to generate a handful of plots from which to choose, how to effectively plan your book, and why basic fiction skills (such as point...
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$135.00
Days: 4 Saturdays
Time: 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Dates: 4/8–4/29
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 this workshop...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Tuesday
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 4/18
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Aaron Hamburger
Writing about sex can cause many of us a lot of grief. Some of us try to dance around the topic, perhaps out of fear that if we include too much sex in our work or write about sex in the wrong way, we won't be taken seriously. Others are eager to write ab...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Weeks
Time: N/A
Dates: 4/21/2017–6/9/2017
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 will ...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 4/22
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: C.M. Mayo
Take your travel writing to another level: the literary, which is to say, giving the reader the novelistic experience of actually traveling there with you. For both beginning and advanced writers, this workshop covers the techniques from fiction and poetry that y...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 4/22
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Kathryn Johnson
How do you breathe life into fictional characters—protagonists, antagonists, supporting cast? How do you make them so believable that readers will bond with your paper people and keep turning pages to find out what happens to them? A practical and effe...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Sunday
Time: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 4/23
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Sue Ellen Thompson
Is there a right or wrong way to end a poem? a better way? This workshop will focus on closure—the strategies that poets have traditionally used to bring their poems to a clear, resonant conclusion. Participants will also discuss anti-closure—the resis...
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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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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 4/29
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Susan Tiberghien
In writing memoir, you are writing the story of one aspect of your life. You are looking to find its meaning. In so doing you are contributing to the greater meaning of human life. In this workshop you will look at effective ways to shape life exp...
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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 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 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 stor...
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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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$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 read...
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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: 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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