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The Writer's Center Workshop Registration

Register for The Writer's Center workshops! Members, please log in to view the member rate. Please note that it may take our website up to 2 days to process a new membership. New members may not be able to view member-discounted prices during that timePlease view our refund policy before you register. If you have accessibility needs, please review our accommodations and services and let us know how we can assist you prior to the workshop start date.

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Bethesda
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 9/22/2018
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 limp, ordinary fiction into an extraordinary tale that will keep readers turning p...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 2:00 PM-4:30 PM
Dates: 9/22/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Alan Orloff
In this workshop for beginning fiction writers, you’ll learn how to excise excess prose to streamline your work. Improve clarity, pacing, and readability using fewer words! We’ll cover concepts like: show, don’t tell; in late, out early; in media res; redunda...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Wednesdays
Time: 10:30 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 9/26/2018–11/14/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Hildie Block
This writing workshop is focused on understanding plot and inciting events. In addition to talking about elements of fiction and memoir, participants will also workshop peer pieces as well as reading stories from the text. Feel free to...
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$135.00
Days: 3 Thursdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 9/27/2018–10/11/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Adults Write for Children

Workshop Leader: Mary Quattlebaum
Learn how to write a picture book from a successful author of more than two dozen award-winning books for children. Each session will begin with a short discussion of an aspect of writing for children, including story...
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$195.00
Days: 3 Saturdays
Time: 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 9/29/2018–10/27/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Hildie Block
November is National Novel Writing Month www.nanowrimo.org when 10s of thousands of writers write 50,000 word novels in 30 days! Sound like fun? IT IS! You can't start writing until November 1, but you can plan your novel before then, and d...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 9/29/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Lynn Auld Schwartz
Where should your story open? In the middle? With a bit of dialogue? A character in action? Do your beginning pages introduce conflict? Do they establish point of view, setting, and expectation? Let's explore the components of a strong ...
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$135.00
Days: 4 Mondays
Time: 6:00 PM-8:00 PM
Dates: 10/1/2018–10/22/2018
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 t...
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$135.00
Days: 3 Mondays
Time: 6:00 PM-10:00 PM
Dates: 10/1/2018–10/15/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Master
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Alyce Miller
This course is specially designed for those of you who are ready to take your essay writing to the next level of mastery. Perhaps you have publication in mind? This is a rare opportunity for those ready to revise and polish their work to publish...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Tuesdays
Time: 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
Dates: 10/2/2018–11/6/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Laura Di Franco
What if there's something you haven't learned yet that could change everything? 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 ...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 10/2/2018–11/20/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Jennifer Handford
Let’s take that shoebox of writing and organize it into a solid novel. Writing is a right-brain activity that requires your creativity, but it also involves your left-brain organization to put it all together. Using topics such as cha...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Thursday
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 10/4/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Christine Koubek
Submitting personal essays is quite different from submitting other types of nonfiction, not only in the way you query, but also in the vast array of publications that publish them. In this workshop, you'll learn about the unique ...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Thursdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 10/4/2018–11/8/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Melanie Figg
Get ready to have fun and learn a lot. By close reading contemporary poems—by Danez Smith, Terrance Hayes, Paula Cisewski, Diane Suess, and others—participants will better understand how poems move, work, and make use of nifty skills ...
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$80.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
Dates: 10/6/2018
Location: The Writer's Center 4508 Walsh St. Bethesda, MD 20815
Level: Advanced
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Alyce Miller
Are you feeling ready to send off a piece of creative nonfiction, memoir, or personal essay to literary journals and magazines, but want to give a final polishing? Whether you've already published or not, th...
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$80.00
Days: 2 Tuesdays
Time: 7:30 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 10/9/2018–10/16/2018
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 ...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Tuesdays
Time: 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
Dates: 10/9/2018–12/11/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Sara Mansfield Taber
In this workshop participants will read and discuss memoirs, stories, essays, letters, and poetry written by women about their lives as girls and mature women. Mining these readings for perspectives on what it means to be a woman, the ...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Wednesdays
Time: 10:30 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 10/10/2018–12/5/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Beth Kanter
This course is for individuals who want to tone up their writing muscles so they can go the distance. Classes begin with a short warm up exercise followed by a prompt for a longer piece. Participants will then focus on specifics like effec...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Wednesday
Time: 10:30 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 10/10/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: John DeDakis
This workshop offers 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 to transfor...
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$115.00
Days: 3 Saturdays
Time: 2:00 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 10/13/2018–10/27/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Teen Workshops

Workshop Leader: Jennifer Buxton
Is the college application essay freaking you out? Let this class make it easy. Participants will talk about what makes a memorable essay and workshop everyone's first draft. Don't worry, you got this!
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$360.00
Note: Please do not enroll before being accepted
Days: 8 Saturdays
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 10/13/2018–12/8/2018
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 alrea...
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$115.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Dates: 10/13/2018
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...
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$115.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Dates: 10/13/2018
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 come you...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 10/20/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Kathryn Johnson
Scenes are the building blocks of fiction. They convey the vision of the story in the author’s head to the minds of readers miles away. A well-written scene is the story teller’s little miracle tool—transporting readers to other worlds, into the ...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 10/20/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Sue Ellen Thompson
Many poets writing today shy away from rhyme because they’re afraid it will make their poems sound trite or old-fashioned. In fact, knowing how to rhyme subtly and skillfully can achieve quite the opposite. In this workshop, participants will e...
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$195.00
Days: 1 Week (Monday-Friday)
Time: 2:00 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 10/22/2018–10/26/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Marilyn W. Smith
This week-long daytime writing class will introduce writers to key elements of stories and memoir. Beginners and intermediates writers will explore character development, dialogue, senses, scenes, and the narrati...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 10/23/2018–12/18/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Elizabeth Rees
In this eight-week workshop, beginning 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 follo...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Wednesdays
Time: 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
Dates: 10/24/2018–11/14/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Tara Campbell
Let's get ekphrastic! Reinvigorate your writing using art as your muse. Participants will engage in visual analysis of a different work of art each week, uncovering personal connections to the piece and responding in poetry or prose....
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 10/27/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Claudia Gary
Improve your ear for meter, and 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 rhythms of speech can stren...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 10/27/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Kathryn Johnson
Of all the types of stories within the Mystery genre, the “cozy” may be the most widely and voraciously read. Cozy Mysteries are traditional puzzle stories—modeled, in part, after Agatha Christie’s work. Cozies have their own internationally atte...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Tuesday
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 10/30/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Professional Writing and Publishing

Workshop Leader: Aaron Hamburger
Getting your fiction, non-fiction, and poetry out into the world can be a daunting and difficult business, whether you're trying to land a book contract or get your work into the literary journal of your dreams. However, ...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Thursday
Time: 6:30 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 11/1/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Adults Write for Children

Workshop Leader: Mary Quattlebaum and Joan Waites
Learn to deeply revise and polish your picture book manuscript before submitting to an agent or publisher. A widely published author and an acclaimed illustrator will lead discussions i...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 11/3/2018
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. Participa...
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$115.00
Days: 2 Saturdays
Time: 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 11/3/2018–11/10/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Caroline Bock
Spend two Saturdays working on stories with holiday themes. Participants will work intensively on character development and story structure to produce a series of thematically-linked short fiction. In-class prompts, revision, and critiques ...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 11/3/2018
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 ...
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$100.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 9:30 AM-2:30 PM
Dates: 11/3/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Alyce Miller
Ever wondered about the most important decision a writer makes: point of view? Is it more than just "I," "you," and "s/he"? The workshop leader will send you three readings on POV before the class, as well as readings in fiction and creativ...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Dates: 11/10/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/ Advanced
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Zach Powers
Learn the ins and outs of publishing stories in literary journals! Drawing from years of personal experience and the advice of numerous writers and editors, this workshop covers ten publication tactics, from choosing the right journals to mak...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Wednesday
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 11/14/2018
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 and pastries, and learn what professional writers know about organizing their time, establishing a productive wr...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 11/17/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Sue Ellen Thompson
Many free verse poets write for years without really understanding how a line of poetry functions and where it should end. Should it be as long as a breath, or should it end wherever there is a comma, a period, or a break in the syntax? In this...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 11/17/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Kathryn Johnson
Sooner or later, you will need to write a plot synopsis of your story. Synopses help the author stay confident and on track while writing, but still allow for creative change. They also are an essential tool for marketing your story—whether it’s ...
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$115.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 9:30 AM-3:30 PM
Dates: 11/17/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Alyce Miller
This class is designed for personal essayists (memoirists, too) who want to fine-tune work they've already revised at least once, but now really want to polish. The workshop leader will email you a few days before the class with more infor...
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$80.00
Days: 3 Tuesdays
Time: 1:00 PM-2:30 PM
Dates: 11/27/2018–12/11/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Jacqueline Jules
Is your poem ready to meet the world? Or would a little feedback help you craft something more powerful? Revise your poems and learn submission tips with an award-winning poet whose work has appeared in over 100 journals and ...
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$135.00
Days: 3 Wednesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 11/28/2018–12/12/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Kathryn Johnson
You have a great idea for a story. Do you dive in and just begin writing, or start by drafting an outline? Are you a born planner or a writer who loves to discover stories organically (i.e., a pantser)? Understanding how to structure a...
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$135.00
Days: 3 Thursdays
Time: 10:30 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 11/29/2018–12/13/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Beth Kanter
The stretch between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day can be the most wonderful time of the year for writers. Stories hide everywhere be it in fraught family dinners, rejected traditions, failed gift swaps, quiet conversations while the kids ...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 12/1/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Victoria Kelly
Facing a blank page can be one of the hardest things about writing. But the beginning of your story or novel will often determine whether a reader keeps reading. Bring your first page to this workshop, or come to learn from scratch.Participants will ...
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$115.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Dates: 12/1/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Master
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Alyce Miller
This special workshop is designed specifically for advanced writers, interested in publishing or taking their work to the next step, who would like to share revised work that could benefit from “fresh eyes” and feedback before sending it off or sharing with ...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Wednesday
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 12/5/2018
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 logica...
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$80.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
Dates: 12/8/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Alyce Miller
The best way to hone your writing is to read, read, read. In this one-day session, participants will focus on discussing specific readings through the lens of craft elements to see how other writers manage point of view, time, place, character, dialo...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 12/8/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Sue Ellen Thompson
Poets who are putting together their first chapbook or full-length book often agonize over what they can do to make their manuscript “hang together” and grab the attention of an editor or contest judge. But there is no one approach to arranging ...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 12/8/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Professional Writing and Publishing

Workshop Leader: Neal Gillen
This three hour workshop will review the world of self-publishing, examine and compare the leading Print on Demand (POD) publishers, reveal the costs and benefits to writers in the printing packages offered, and recommend how to...
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$80.00
Days: 2 Mondays
Time: 7:30 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 12/10/2018–12/17/2018
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 ...
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