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The Writer's Center Workshop Registration

TWC is excited to announce that we're launching a new website in early 2019! In addition to refreshing our look, the site is specifically designed to streamline and simplify class registration. 

In the meantime: 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.

Selections are available in the following sub-categories...
Bethesda
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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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$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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$135.00
Days: 4 Mondays
Time: 6:00 PM-8:00 PM
Dates: 3/4/2019–3/25/2019
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 the...
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$80.00
Days: 2 Tuesdays
Time: 7:30 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 3/5/2019–3/12/2019
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 st...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Thursday
Time: 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
Dates: 3/7/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Laura Di Franco
Learn the powerful secrets to using your blogs to build your platform! Participants will enjoy a powerful 90-minute workshop to help them learn the secrets to writing a great blog, including tips and tricks for getting engagement, followers, and...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Saturdays
Time: 10:30 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 3/9/2019–4/13/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Judith Harris
This workshop will focus on how autobiography mediates and revivifies past events that surface in some perfected, universalized form. Through writing prompts, and mini-lectures on poetic craft and history of the genre, participants will learn ...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 3/16/2019
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: 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 3/23/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Lynn Auld Schwartz
The ending is the last thing your reader sees, but will often feel rushed—added on without thought. Find an organic end for your story or novel. Is there an epiphany or a question? A traditional plotted ending or a resonant finish? Lear...
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$135.00
Days: 2 Saturdays
Time: 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
Dates: 3/23/2019–3/30/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Alyce Miller
Point of view is one of the most important (if not exciting) choices a writer makes. Through exercises, readings, and your own writings, you will discover the many possibilities of POV. NOTE: Instructor will email specific information and ...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 3/30/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Stage and Screen

Workshop Leader: Richard Washer
Characters set in motion a series of events and actions that become the engine of your play. In this workshop participants will look at strategies for exploring and developing characters in the early stages of writing your play an...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 3/30/2019
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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$135.00
Days: 3 Thursdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 4/4/2019–4/25/2019
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 o...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Tuesdays
Time: 7:30 PM-10:00 PM
Dates: 4/9/2019–4/30/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Stage and Screen

Workshop Leader: Richard Washer
This workshop will focus on organizational principles at work in structuring a stage play. During the course of this workshop participants will take a close look at A Streetcar Named Desire and other examples and apply wh...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 4/13/2019
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 y...
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$80.00
Days: 2 Wednesdays
Time: 7:30 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 4/17/2019–4/24/2019
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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$135.00
Days: 2 Wednesdays
Time: 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
Dates: 4/17/2019–4/24/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: Advanced
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Alyce Miller
This workshop is for advanced writers already working in this genre and looking for a chance to exchange and discuss work in a more rigorous way. NOTE: Instructor will email specific information and instructions several days before class, bu...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 5/4/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Sue Ellen Thompson
Poets and poems are often remembered for their opening lines, but is there a “right” or at least a “better” way to begin a poem? In this workshop, participants will explore some of the ways in which poets have traditionally chosen to open their p...
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