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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.

Poetry
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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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$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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$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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$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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$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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$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 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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$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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$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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$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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