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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.

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$360.00
Days: 8 Weeks
Dates: 1/11/2019–3/1/2019
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Tammy Greenwood
Have you always wanted to write a novel but didn't know where to start? This online workshop will focus on everything from generating ideas to developing characters to establishing point of view. Participants will learn some of the many elements of fiction (dialogue, scene, ...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Dates: 1/11/2019–2/1/2019
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Tammy Greenwood
Whether you are an organized planner or a writer who flies by the seats of their pants, a novel still needs structure. In this four week online workshop, participants will study the architecture of a novel and devise plans for plotting their novels. Required texts: Hooked by...
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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 experience on the mic reading an essay or scri...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Saturdays
Time: 10:30 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 1/12/2019–3/16/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Rose Strode
In literature and myth, winter is often portrayed as a symbol for death, while spring is considered a time of joyful rebirth. Yet both seasons offer beauty and danger, while the transition between the two can be particularly precarious -- for wi...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Weeks
Dates: 1/14/2019–3/4/2019
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Christopher Linforth
Through the course of this workshop, participants will be reading and writing in several sub-genres of creative nonfiction including memoir, essay, literary journalism, and the epistolary form. The focus of this class will be generating new material, offering fe...
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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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$135.00
Days: 3 Weeks
Dates: 1/14/2019–1/28/2019
Location: Online
Level: Intermediate
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Claudia Gary
Improve your sonnet skills, or write your very first one. With the help of a widely published author of sonnets, villanelles, and other poems, you will read classic and contemporary examples to see why they work, and then -- with or without shortcuts -- write one or more of your...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Dates: 1/14/2019–2/4/2019
Location: Online
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Meg Eden
This workshop will provide participants with the tools for forming and submitting poetry chapbooks. Lessons will focus on identifying what makes a chapbook, exploring your voice in the chapbook medium, choosing and ordering poems within your chapbook, and researching publishers....
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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 o...
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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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$80.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
Dates: 1/19/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Alyce Miller
Flash Fiction and Prose Poems are delightful and ancient forms that can also be a great way to jump-start your writing. It's not that they're easier, just shorter!
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$270.00
Days: 6 Saturdays
Time: 10:30 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 1/19/2019–2/23/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Judith Harris
Poetry is, in part, high emotion in language. Cultures throughout the world use poetry to share their histories, shape their stories, and express ideas in lyric form. In this workshop, we will look at our inner language and life experiences to ...
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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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$115.00
Days: 4 Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-8:30 PM
Dates: 1/22/2019–2/12/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Lisa Jan Sherman
This workshop will allow writers of all genres to think and ‘write’ on their feet, using verbal and non-verbal warmups, and new original games to stimulate perspective, generate cognitive flexibility, and gain creative flow. Get rid o...
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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. P...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 1/22/2019–3/12/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Jennifer Buxton
This is your chance to have your work read by a range of writers and see what's working. An M.F.A.-style workshop, this eight week course will include writing exercises, prompts, outside readings, and thorough discussion of your work.
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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 dis...
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$80.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
Dates: 1/26/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Alyce Miller
Both fiction and nonfiction rely on well-rounded characters. This workshop will focus on writing memorable and believable characters, the centerpieces of both fiction and personal essay/memoir. NOTE: Instructor will email specific information and ins...
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$115.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Dates: 1/26/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
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 yo...
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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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$270.00
Days: 6 Weeks
Dates: 1/28/2019–3/4/2019
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Meg Eden
In this workshop, we’ll explore why form is relevant for contemporary poets, and how we can take advantage of form to strengthen both traditional and free-verse poems. Poetic form isn’t just meter and rhyme--it encompasses a diverse range of vessels that poems can inhabit. Form can help fo...
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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 agen...
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$80.00
Days: 2 Wednesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 1/30/2019–2/6/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: John Lingan
Whether you're an accomplished nature writer or just trying to build the settings and scenes of your work, this class will explore the common practices and classic examples of the form. The short readings in this class will comprise fiction, ...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 2/2/2019–2/2/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
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...
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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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$195.00
Days: 4 Saturdays
Time: 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Dates: 2/2/2019–2/23/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Maritza Rivera
What do dead poets, spoken word, and us have in common? Come explore the universal themes of food, work, love, and loss from different points of view to find out.
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$225.00
Days: 5 Weeks
Dates: 2/4/2019–3/4/2019
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Katherine McCord
No matter what genre you normally pursue, Found Poetry can give you new insights into your preferred genre, or it can become a focus in your life. In Found Poetry you take pieces of prose and poetry from other works and make them new. Each week participants will explore ano...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Tuesdays
Time: 10:30 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 2/5/2019–3/26/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: Advanced
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Hildie Block
Take your writing to the next level with a deeper understanding of plot, tension, and quirky characters! This eight-week writing workshop will include workshopping peer stories in class as well as reading from the text Best American Short Stories ...
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$225.00
Days: 5 Wednesdays
Time: 10:30 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 2/6/2019–3/6/2019
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 effectiv...
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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: 4 Weeks
Dates: 2/8/2019–3/1/2019
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Tammy Greenwood
When writing a novel, we must know our primary characters inside and out. We need to understand their desires, motivations, and frustrations, their histories and their futures. This workshop will focus on the development of authentic characters. We will examine character as b...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 2/9/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Cheryl Somers Aubin
In this one-day, three-hour class, participants will explore writing prompts inspired by our five senses. After responding to the writing prompts based on all five senses, participants will have the chance to share their work with others if ...
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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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$135.00
Days: 3 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 2/11/2019–2/25/2019
Location: Online
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Claudia Gary
Improve your villanelle skills, or write your very first one. With the help of a widely published author of villanelles, sonnets, and other poems, you'll read classic and contemporary examples to see why they work, and then -- with or without short...
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$135.00
Days: 2 Wednesdays
Time: 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
Dates: 2/13/2019–2/20/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Alyce Miller
One of the oldest forms around, the personal essay is a prism of possibility, and an exciting way to render your own experience into literature. 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: 2/13/2019–2/20/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate
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! In two two-hour sessions, participants will explore the proper s...
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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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$115.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Dates: 2/16/2019–2/16/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Stage and Screen

Workshop Leader: John Weiskopf
Do you want to produce or direct your own low-budget feature film? There are ingredients that are essential for keeping your budget low, and screenwriting elements that will make your original. Blood Simple and Breaking Ba...
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$65.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 2/16/2019
Location: Capitol Hill
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Nickole Brown & Jessica Jacobs
So much of our self-definition rests on who we love and desire, as well as all those loves lost. But when trying to translate those honest sentences—"I love you," "I want you," or "Here's why our love won't work"—i...
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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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$65.00
Days: 1 Wednesday
Time: 10:30 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 2/20/2019
Location: Capitol Hill
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 discuss h...
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$135.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Dates: 2/23/2019
Location: Capitol Hill
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
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 wa...
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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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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Dates: 3/1/2019–3/22/2019
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Tara Campbell
Have you ever looked at a map or a recipe and thought “there’s a story there”? No? Well, it’s time to change that. In this four-week course, participants will explore different forms of flash fiction and use them as a basis for our own, off-kilter creations. Come ready to read, ...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 3/1/2019–4/19/2019
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Tammy Greenwood
Have you always wanted to write a novel but didn't know where to start? This online workshop will focus on everything from generating ideas to developing characters to establishing point of view. Participants will learn some of the many elements of fict...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Dates: 3/1/2019–3/22/2019
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Tammy Greenwood
Whether you are an organized planner or a writer who flies by the seats of their pants, a novel still needs structure. In this four-week online workshop, participants will study the architecture of a novel and devise plans for plotting their novels. Required texts: Hooked by...
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$315.00
Days: 6 Saturdays
Time: 10:30 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 3/2/2019–4/6/2019
Location: Capitol Hill
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Bijan C Bayne
The purpose of this course is to instruct aspiring magazine and newspaper freelancers in how to construct a destination or hotel article, pitch it, write effective query letters, and find appropriate outlets. Each week, participants will wo...
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$80.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
Dates: 3/2/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: Master
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Alyce Miller
A rare opportunity for more experienced essayists looking for a tune-up and camaraderie. NOTE: Instructor will email specific information and instructions several days before class.
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 3/2/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Sue Ellen Thompson
Assonance, consonance, alliteration, internal rhyme—they’re often called “sound effects,” and they are among the most basic and essential tools that all poets should know how to use. This workshop will focus on how certain vowel or consonant soun...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 3/2/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
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....
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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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$50.00
Days: 1 Tuesday
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 3/5/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Aaron Hamburger
Are you in a literary rut? Need a little inspiration and fun to help you rediscover the magic that attracted you to writing in the first place? In this class, you will do a number of dynamic exercises to jump-start your creativity and motivate you...
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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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$360.00
Days: 8 Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 3/5/2019–4/30/2019
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 followed...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Wednesdays
Time: 10:30 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 3/6/2019–4/24/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Emily Rich and Desirée Magney
Having a great story is just the first step to writing a compelling piece of memoir. In this class, participants will explore what takes a piece of personal writing “from draft to craft,” looking at elem...
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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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$135.00
Days: 3 Weeks
Dates: 3/11/2019–3/25/2019
Location: Online
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
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 strengthen your writi...
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$115.00
Days: 3 Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 3/12/2019–3/26/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Aaron Hamburger
In this workshop, participants will examine how to tell stories based on autobiographical material, whether in the form of a memoir or work of fiction. Writers will consider issues like the limits of memory, our responsibility to our s...
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$215.00
Days: 6 Thursdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 3/14/2019–4/25/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Melanie Figg
Struggling to start—or finish—that story, article, poem, or essay? Committed to make real headway in the next six weeks? This class is for you. With short readings and weekly writing assignments, you’ll explore what keeps you from writing. ...
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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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$135.00
Days: 2 Saturdays
Time: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 3/16/2019–3/23/2019
Location: Capitol Hill
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Patricia Gray
Spring! This can be your time to plant seeds of creativity. Begin by exploring imaginative forms of writing in a supportive environment. Fun prompts will help circumvent the analytic brain and give creativity a chance to t...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Dates: 3/18/2019–4/8/2019
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Bennie Herron
Hip Hop is loved, hated, and misunderstood. Participants in this online workshop will analyze and compare lyrics that fall in line with the poetic heritage.
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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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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 3/23/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Stage and Screen

Workshop Leader: Richard Washer
Dialogue is the playwright’s primary tool for conveying a story that ultimately becomes a visual, aural, and emotional experience for an audience. In this workshop, participants will look at various functions of dialogue and will ...
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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 the most important (if not exciting) choice 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 instruct...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Dates: 3/29/2019–4/19/2019
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Tammy Greenwood
When writing a novel, we must know our primary characters inside and out. We need to understand their desires, motivations, and frustrations, their histories and their futures. This workshop will focus on the development of authentic characters. We will examine character as...
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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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$360.00
Days: 8 Saturdays
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 3/30/2019–5/18/2019
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 already working seriously in the genre. The focus will be par...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Dates: 4/1/2019–4/22/2019
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Marianne Murphy
Writing haiku helps us recognize and capture the beautiful moments in our daily lives. We will explore ancient and contemporary haiku traditions, navigate a series of meditative haiku-writing exercises, and dive into some creative journaling and visual art techniques to expan...
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$135.00
Days: 3 Thursdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 4/4/2019–4/18/2019
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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$115.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Dates: 4/6/2019
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 your...
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$100.00
Days: 2 Saturdays
Time: 1:30 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 4/6/2019–4/13/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Janice Gary
Do you want to write about subjects such as loss, shame, and trauma but are unsure how to proceed? In this workshop for women-identifying writers, participants will follow Adrienne Rich’s poem “Diving Into the Wreck” as a guide, using the tool...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Saturdays
Time: 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Dates: 4/6/2019–4/27/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Maritza Rivera
What do dead poets, spoken word, and us have in common? Come explore the universal themes of food, work, love, and loss from different points of view to find out.
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$135.00
Days: 3 Monday-Wednesday
Time: 10:30 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 4/8/2019–4/10/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Hildie Block
Three days! Lots of prompts and time to write, share your work and learn some craft!
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$135.00
Days: 3 Weeks
Dates: 4/8/2019–4/22/2019
Location: Online
Level: Advanced
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Claudia Gary
If you’ve taken the Sonnet or Villanelle Intensives, or worked on sonnets and villanelles before, here's an opportunity to build on your knowledge and skills. With the help of a widely published author of sonnets and villanelles, you’ll further explore how rhyme, meter, and "received...
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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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$80.00
Days: 1 Wednesday
Time: 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
Dates: 4/10/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Alyce Miller
Revision is one of the most important steps in shaping your work, an exciting time to view your story or essay with a fresh pair of eyes. NOTE: Instructor will email specific information and instructions several days before class.
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 4/13/2019
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 well-concei...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 1:30 PM-3:00 PM
Dates: 4/13/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Laura Oliver
The human brain has evolved to biologically respond to story in specific ways savvy writers use to captivate readers. Learn to fulfill and exceed readers’ hard-wired expectations from the first sentence to the last. This fun and dynamic workshop will ...
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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.
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 4/20/2019
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 ...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Wednesday
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 4/24/2019
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: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 4/27/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Alan Orloff
If you’ve always wanted to write a mystery novel but didn’t know where to start, this workshop is for you. This class will focus on writing fundamentals as they apply to the mystery. Participants will examine characteristics of the many subgenr...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 4/27/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Kathryn Johnson
To capture a reader's attention and hold it, an author needs a great first sentence, paragraph, and chapter. How do we provide the hook that will draw readers into our stories, no matter the genre? This fun workshop will reveal tried-and-true ...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 2:00 PM-4:30 PM
Dates: 4/27/2019
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Professional Writing and Publishing

Workshop Leader: Alan Orloff
You’ve spent months (or years) of your life—not to mention copious amounts of blood, sweat, and tears—writing a dynamite novel. Don’t simply spend five minutes slapping together a weak query letter; you owe it to yourself to writ...
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