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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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$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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$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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$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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$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: 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 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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$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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$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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$270.00
Days: 6 Wednesdays
Time: 7:15 PM-9:45 PM
Dates: 1/9/2019–2/13/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Pat McNees
Through a series of exercises designed to open a rich vein of personal material, you will begin the exploration and storytelling that may help you tell your personal life story.
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$360.00
Days: 8 Saturdays
Time: 10:30 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 1/12/2019–3/9/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Katie Davis
Learn the skills of writing for the ear, then put it into practice. A veteran radio broadcaster will guide you through listening to great radio, in-class writing, and editing. By the end, participants will have a polished radio story/essay and...
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$195.00
Days: 5 Mondays
Time: 7:30 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 1/14/2019–2/11/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Rose Strode
Nearly everyone attempts to write a love poem at some point: a poem to a beloved person; a poem about love; or a poem about the loss of love. Love is never the only emotion in a love poem: it may also contain joy, regret, gratitude, anger, grief, or b...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Mondays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 1/14/2019–3/11/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Elizabeth Rees
In this eight-week workshop, intermediate and advanced poets will concentrate on reading, writing, and critiquing poetry. Each class session will include a brief discussion of selected contemporary poems, an in-class writing prompt,...
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$215.00
Days: 5 Tuesdays
Time: 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
Dates: 1/15/2019–2/12/2019
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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$135.00
Days: 2 Tuesdays
Time: 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
Dates: 1/15/2019–1/22/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Alyce Miller
Short stories are one of the most popular and complicated literary forms, but a lot of fun to write. NOTE: Instructor will email specific information and instructions several days before class.
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$80.00
Days: 2 Wednesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 1/16/2019–1/23/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: John Lingan
From poetry to fiction to reportage, the first-person voice can create an incredible intimacy between writers and readers. In this cross-genre class, participants will discuss ways to build that intimacy and read examples of how i...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Tuesdays
Time: 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Dates: 1/22/2019–3/12/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Stage and Screen

Workshop Leader: Alexandra Viets
Drawing from films, short stories, and plays, this intensive eight-week workshop in screenwriting will emphasize character as True North, the fixed point to which a writer can always refer. Dramatic structure, visual wr...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 1/22/2019–2/26/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Kenneth D. Ackerman
Do you have an idea for a history and biography book, or a manuscript in progress? This workshop takes a strategic approach to nailing down the concept and producing a publishing-quality manuscript best positioned for success. Part...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Wednesday
Time: 10:30 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 1/23/2019–1/23/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
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 discus...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 2:00 PM-5:00 PM
Dates: 1/26/2019–1/26/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: GG Renee Hill
This interactive workshop provides writers of all levels with techniques that reveal the patterns, themes, and stories that shape their lives. Participants will practice writing with beginner’s mind, thought labeling to identify hidden ideas...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Monday
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 1/28/2019–1/28/2019
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 may 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? ...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 2/2/2019–2/2/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Sue Ellen Thompson
Should all lyric poems take place in the present? If you’re writing a narrative poem about something that happened a while ago, do you have to use the past tense? Verb tenses are something that most of us learned in grade school but have...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 2/2/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Stage and Screen

Workshop Leader: Richard Washer
What does your audience need to know and when do they need to know it? In this workshop participants will consider various strategies for managing exposition in the context of process in writing a play (getting started, exploring a first draft...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Wednesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 2/6/2019–3/13/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: Advanced
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Virginia Hartman
You’re sick of sitting alone in your room. You want some feedback you can trust, and moreover, you want to see what other good writers are doing with their fiction. This workshop will gather together people of like minds, working hard and...
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$215.00
Days: 6 Thursdays
Time: 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Dates: 2/7/2019–3/14/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Pat McNees
Through a series of exercises designed to open a rich vein of personal material, you will begin the exploration and storytelling that may help you tell your personal life story.
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$195.00
Days: Monday-Friday
Time: 11:00 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 2/11/2019–2/15/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Marilyn W. Smith
This five day workshop (one week) is for writers of fiction or memoir who want to focus on strengthening their characters. An emphasis will be placed on the use of dialogue (direct, indirect, and internal) as one means to develop ch...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 1:00 PM-4:30 PM
Dates: 2/16/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Melanie Figg
Have some poems on life-support? All of us do. Poems that start out strong—and then stall for one reason or another. In this class, you’ll learn a variety of techniques and exercises that can breathe new life into your old drafts. A couple of you will volu...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Mondays
Time: 7:30 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 2/18/2019–4/8/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Rose Strode
Gratitude is complicated. Poems that examine gratitude reveal our human relationships: they may thankfully celebrate sharing, or struggle with indebtedness. Instructor Rose Strode will guide discussions of poems that reveal gratitude’s complex, paradox...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 2/19/2019–3/12/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Melanie Figg
Let’s rattle that cage! Formal poems require some fun rules that can set your imagination free. In this class, you’ll build muscles by practicing up to six poetic forms: the haiku, sonnet, ghazal, villanelle, pantoum, and sestina. Each...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 2/23/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Kathryn Johnson
Revision is a dirty word to some writers. But you needn’t fear the challenges of polishing a manuscript before submission and publication. This fast-paced, half-day class focuses on the ten most common mistakes and concerns, often overlooked by au...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Tuesday
Time: 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
Dates: 2/26/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Lisa Jan Sherman
Authors become Readers! You will be guided to enjoy your own voice and confidant on stage in front of an audience. Aside from gaining practice in speaking and listening in a workshop setting, participants will learn relaxation tools and visualiz...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Wednesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 2/27/2019–4/17/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Kathryn Johnson
This follow-up course to the popular Extreme Novelist is intended for writers serious about their publication goals. Participants will focus on revision and learn ways to avoid the most common issues that result in rejection. ...
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$315.00
Days: 7 Wednesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 2/27/2019–4/10/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Stage and Screen

Workshop Leader: John Weiskopf
In this seven-week workshop participants will write scenes and dialogue for a screenplay or teleplay which they are currently writing, or plan to write. Participants will present their dialogue for review and evaluation, ...
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