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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.

Fiction
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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: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 9/22/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Alan Orloff
Having trouble getting your dialogue to sparkle? In this workshop, you will see that writing realistic-sounding dialogue has little to do with how people actually speak. You’ll learn how to use dialogue to advance the plot and reveal character, and we’ll co...
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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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$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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$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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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Dates: 10/5/2018–10/26/2018
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: T. Greenwood
When writing a novel, you must know your primary characters inside and out. You need to understand their desires, motivations, and frustrations, their histories and their futures. This workshop will focus on the development of authentic ch...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Dates: 10/8/2018–10/29/2018
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Mary McCarthy
Whether it's fiction, non-fiction, memoir, or business, humor has place in most writing styles. Participants will take a look at how to incorporate a dash of funny stuff without really trying.
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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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$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: 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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$360.00
Days: 8 Weeks
Dates: 10/15/2018–12/3/2018
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Spencer Wise
This workshop will concentrate on developing believable characters who have complex emotions, objectives, desires, and yearnings. The class will study how characters seek to define themselves, consciously or subconsciously, through choice...
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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: 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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$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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$65.00
Days: 1 Wednesday
Time: 10:30 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 11/7/2018
Location: Capitol Hill
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 trans...
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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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$135.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Dates: 11/10/2018
Location: Capitol Hill
Level: Beginner
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 lea...
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$225.00
Days: 5 Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 11/13/2018–12/18/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Gina Hagler
In this five-week class, we'll explore the themes and conventions of sci-fi masters. We'll compare this to what’s being written today and discuss what has changed. We'll also do some writing of our own. Note: No meeting on November 20...
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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: 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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$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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$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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$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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$100.00
Days: 2 Thursday/Saturday
Time: 1:00 PM-3:00 P.M.
Dates: 12/13/2018–12/15/2018
Location: Capitol Hill
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Patricia Gray
Want to write more in 2019? Join us for two discussion sessions setting the resolution to write. Participants will discuss what they want to write about, gain the support of the other workshoppers, and learn how to keep on...
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